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U.S. drug war in Afghanistan has been miserable failure

Posted by Martin C. Fox on March 9, 2017

ttp://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/03/06/editorial-u-s-drug-war-in-afghanistan-has-been-miserable-failure/?_sm_byp=iVVV1hSBt3fr2Zvh

There is no delicate way to put this: The federal government’s “war on drugs” in the U.S. has been a stupendous failure. The only way it doesn’t look quite so bad is when it is compared to the mess we have made conducting a drug war as part of the rebuilding of Afghanistan.

More importantly, Afghanistan is responsible for 90 percent of the world’s illicit opiates, such as heroin, and opium production increased 43 percent just in the past year, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reported in October.

Whoops.

Unfortunately, this is just one of the many whoops moments for the U.S. efforts in Afghanistan. The rebuilding effort has been plagued by waste, fraud and corruption from the start.

Consider the $772 million the Defense Department spent to purchase aircraft that the Afghan military cannot operate or maintain, the $34 million for a 64,000-square-foot military headquarters facility that military commanders did not want and never used and the $34.4 million spent on a program to encourage soybean farming and consumption, despite the fact that Afghans generally do not like soybeans and produced so few of them that the vast majority of crops had to be grown in America and shipped to Afghanistan.

Unfortunately the current administrations remedy appears to be the same as previous administrations.  Increase budgets and do even more of the same.

Government, unlike the real world, does not have to worry about the profit/loss statement.

Be seeing you

 

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