FU*&in CONSPIRACY THEORIES..... 💯 #ITOLDYOUSO from @freedom_faction - As the longest war in #UnitedStates history approaches yet another anniversary, the U.S. is being forced to admit that after pouring billions of dollars into “counternarcotics efforts” in #Afghanistan, the result has been an overwhelming increase in opium production.
The recent report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) reveals that U.S. taxpayers spent $8.62 billion in Afghanistan between 2002 and 2017—solely on combatting #poppy cultivation and drug production. The result was an absolute failure, and the report confirmed that “Afghanistan remains the world’s largest #opiumproducer, and #opium poppy is the country’s largest cash crop.” “SIGAR’s analysis revealed that no counternarcotics program led to lasting reductions in poppy cultivation or opium production. Eradication efforts had no lasting impact, and eradication was not consistently conducted in the same geographic locations as development assistance. Alternative-development programs were often too short-term, failed to provide sustainable alternatives to poppy, and sometimes even contributed to poppy production.” The report also claimed that “the #Afghan #drugtrade has undermined reconstruction and security, including by financing insurgent groups and fueling government corruption.” The reality is that if the $8.62 billion the U.S. has spent on countering drug production and trade in Afghanistan has actually helped it immensely, then the U.S. is literally undermining the “reconstruction” efforts it claims to have spent the last 17 years pursuing.
Ironically, before the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in 2001, poppy cultivation was actually at a low. Now, as the war rages on with no end in sight, production has reached an all-time high.
According to a report from the #UnitedNations Office on Drugs and Crime and Afghanistan’s Ministry of Counter Narcotics, published in November 2017, the “area under opium poppy cultivation increased by 63% since 2016, reaching a new record high.” 🖐🏾More in comments👇🏾 #OpioidEpidemic #BigPharma #WarOnDrugs #DrugWar