U.S. Marines protect Afghan’s poppy fields | General Says 20,000 Troops Should Stay in Afghanistan

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Many news stories about U.S. Military protecting poppy fields fail to point out some of the very obvious hypocrisy.

It’s not just that poppies are grown for opium, that can be turned into heroine. If the fact that our military budget assists in other countries drug problems, that would be a small, but relevant point of hypocrisy. The larger picture is that these opium fields are also used to supply opium all over the world and are used to create pharmaceutical drugs that we use in the United States as well as everywhere else in the world.

Yes, as usual, the wealthy mega-corporations exploit the poor and exacerbate their problems to make a profit.

U.S. Marines protect Afghan’s poppy fields

Dr. Paul L. Williams   Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Marines of Bravo’s Company 1st Platoon sleep beside groves of poppies Troops of the 2nd Platoon walk through the fields on strict orders not to swat the heavy opium bulbs. The Afghan farmers and laborers, who are engaged in scraping the resin from the bulbs, smile and wave at the passing soldiers.

The Helmand province is the world’s largest cultivator of opium poppies – the crop used to make heroin.

Afghanistan grew 93 percent of the world’s poppy crop last year, with Helmand alone responsible for more than half of the opium production in the country, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

we are all born ignorant but one must work hard to remain stupid benjamin franklinHeroin, as it turns out, represents the only staple of the Afghan economy. The country manufactures no domestic products for exportation and the rocky terrain yields no cash crops – – except, of course, the poppies.

The poppies fuel the great jihad against the United States and the Western world. More than 3,500 tons of raw opium is gleaned from the poppy crops every year, producing annual revenues for the Taliban and al Qaeda that range from $5 billion to $16 billion.

Destroying the fields could very well put an end to terrorist activities in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

But the Obama Administration remains intent upon protecting the poppies so that the Afghan farmers and local drug lords can reap the benefits of what purports to be a bumper crop.

Many Marines in the field are scratching their heads over the situation.


General Says 20,000 Troops Should Stay in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The American commander in the Middle East said on Tuesday that he had recommended that 13,600 United States troops remain in Afghanistan after the combat mission ends in 2014, a number slightly higher than the one being considered by NATO and Pentagon officials.

The officer, Gen. James N. Mattis of the Central Command, revealed his recommendation during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he also said that a NATO contribution to an enduring mission in Afghanistan could equal half of the American deployment, for a total alliance troop presence of 20,000 under his proposal.

President Obama has not decided on the size of any troop deployment after 2014, which would also require agreement with the government in Kabul.

During a session of NATO defense ministers last month, alliance officials discussed a proposal for training, support and counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan after 2014 that envisioned a force of up to 9,500 American troops and up to 6,000 more from other coalition nations.

George Little, the Pentagon press secretary, said those talks focused on a smaller range of 8,000 to 12,000 troops over all, including American and allied contributions. There are about 66,000 American troops in Afghanistan today, with that number to drop to 32,000 by early next year.

Discussing Syria, General Mattis told the Senate that providing weapons and other lethal aid to rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad was complicated, and potentially self-defeating, since the situation was so chaotic that the arms could end up in the possession of militants linked to terrorist organizations.

His assessment of Iran’s nuclear program is that Tehran is enriching uranium at a pace far beyond any peaceful purpose, but that he fully supports economic sanctions. General Mattis warned Iran not to view reductions in American deployments in the region as a sign of weakness; they were brought on by budget cuts under the sequester.

poppy nacartics afghanistan troopsIn particular, he noted that he had other combat assets to make up for the decision to deploy just one aircraft carrier in the region, rather than two. “I have what it takes to make it the enemy’s longest day and their worst day,” General Mattis said. “And we’ll get the other carrier out there quickly to reinforce.

General Mattis testified alongside Adm. William H. McRaven, commander of the Special Operations Command, who also was questioned on the impact of the sequester on his ability to carry out training and missions.

Admiral McRaven said the sequester cut of $900 million per year for the Special Operations Command would be made even worse by reductions in money to the various armed services that support his organization and its personnel.

“So the service cuts that they take compound the problem of Special Operations support,” he said. “I get a tremendous amount of my support from the various services, and that will absolutely affect the Special Operations capability of this nation.”



One Response to U.S. Marines protect Afghan’s poppy fields | General Says 20,000 Troops Should Stay in Afghanistan

  1. Ellen says:

    They even turned the Kosovo drug-mafia who 2naturally were not happy with Serb police into the Kosovo Liberation Army(KLA) , a much nicer name, and gave them under breaching the peace treaty, independcy in order to ship opium today by diplomatic luggage wordlwide without problems.

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