Thursday, February 13, 2014



by Keith Shirey

The U.S. government announced that  $300 million dollars in aid would be going into the Afghanistan economy, $125 million for farm production.  Since most agricultural activity involves the cultivation of poppy fields  - from witch opium and heron are derived – the new aid should put a smile on the rural suppliers and the opium trade. 
Prior to the U.S. occupation, in 2001, Afghanistan was not a major world player in the heroin trade.  But today 92% of it comes from Afghanistan.  Opium the major part of the Afghan economy. 
According to the United Nations Drug Control Program (UNDCP), opium cultivation increased by 657 percent in 2002 after the US military invaded the country under the direction of then-President George W. Bush and has been on the rise ever since, last year increasing by 37%.
Why would this be the case?  The U.S. military has allowed poppy cultivation to continue in order to appease farmers and government officials involved with the drug trade who might otherwise turn against the Afghan Karzai government in Kabul. Fueling both sides, in fact, the opium and heroin industry is both a product of the war and an essential source for continued conflict.
But the major reason is that  The Obama administration has had to please President Hamid Karzai, the unpredictable, Western-hating head of state, because Barak wanted to fight a war against the Taliban and the few remaining al-qaeda who are there and the unpredictable Karzi could have told the U.S. to leave.   So how, to make Hamid happy?
Well, the brother of current Hamid Karzai has actually been on the payroll of the CIA for at least eight years.  (the CIA, MI6, and various other groups also profit big time from this illicit drug trade scheme.)

Ahmed Wali Karzai was a crucial player in reinstating the country's opium drug trade.  So, Wali gets a big cut out of what ends up being Heroin in the West and probably so does brother Hamid.
But, wait, there’s more fun to come:  What may shock many is the fact that the US military has been specifically tasked with guarding Afghan poppy fields, from which opium is derived, in order to protect this multibillion dollar industry that enriches the Karzi,  Big Banks involved in money laundering, the CIA, MI6, and various other groups that profit big time from this illicit drug trade scheme.

To put the new $300 aid to Karzi announced today in perspective, during the last decade, the U.S. has spent $20 Billion in construction projects.  For non-construction projects it’s been $2billion a year.  This year Obama wants an increase to $2.5 Billion.

Today the New York Times reported that U.S. and Karzi forces were killing one another over a dispute the nature of which hasn’t been discovered.

Afganistan is the longest war in U.S. History, over 12 years.  But Obama wants to stay longer with a residual force.  Whether they too will be guarding Afghan poppy fields isn’t known.  But that must be the case since al-queda are gone and the Taliban has never been a threat to the U.S. Homeland.  

There doesn’t seem to be any other rational reason for the U.S. to remain in Afghanistan except to protect the supply and price of heroin on the world wide market.