a reply to: IgnoranceIsntBlisss
And again, the only things he should be doing about the opium situation, are actions which need taking against the intelligence group members and
influential figures who orbit that community, NOT actions on the ground in Afghanistan. Correcting the presence of amoral, self serving entities in
the intelligence community, will bear better, stronger, more long lasting fruit, than blowing up drug labs, and putting the torch to a poppy crop.
The reason I say this is simple. To begin to attack the problem at any other place, other than at the intelligence community level, will ensure that
any efforts gone to are largely meaningless. Where one starts is absolutely imperative, the most important aspect of dealing with ANY issue which even
resembles this one. You start where the impetus lies, and the intelligence communities of at least two western nations is where the impetus to grow
this particular crop originates from, and it has to be said, the majority of that comes from the American part of the global intelligence industry.
Correcting that, by arresting, trying and convicting all persons who have been involved with that business, from the American side of the dispute,
will be far more effective long term, than just removing some easily replaced or replanted infrastructure from the theatre in which this is all
playing out. As proven time and again by drug enforcement efforts in Mexico, Colombia and other South American nations, affected by CIA drug peddling
operations, attacking the crop or the farmers does not work well enough, fast enough, because the underlying enemy just ups and starts again
elsewhere, with the backing of millions upon millions of dollars of US taxpayers money, not to mention dark budgets, generated by illegal trade
engaged in by intelligence entities in the US.
Removing the people who decide to spend that money in that way (intelligence officials) from the field of play, making punishment for any activity
which even SEEMS similar to theirs, so harsh that no one would dare engage in it, and having standards enforcement in the judiciary and the
intelligence community be so tough that to even try to evade, avoid or fool the system in the slightest regard is a capital crime, would be far more
effective, far more quickly, than dropping any number of bombs, or using any number of troops, anywhere on the face of the world.
While there is a source of funding at the ground level, while there are people in the very organisations which are supposed to combat this sort of
thing, actively engaged in promoting it instead, the problem cannot be solved, no matter how many thousands of pounds of explosives, no matter how
many millions of dollars of munitions are delivered to whatever number of targets one might reasonably come up with. He is, essentially, wasting time
and money on a problem which already does that perfectly well, left to its own devices.
And heres the real crux of it... There is no justification for bombing opium fields, unless you make sure that the organisations running them (NOT AQ
or any other such nonsensical, braindead collective of inbred religious fundamentalists, but the people who control them) are broken up from the top
down, and all executive level collaborators are either shot or incarcerated, this will keep happening, because the black budget from which these
operations are run, is larger than the one which is officially kept in reserve to help dismantle them, and always has been.
This is a decades old, systemic problem, and solving it at home, BEFORE performing any other action, is an absolute must. I know this, and I think in
your guts you know this, and the fact that we, laypersons, persons at street level, without special access, know this based on the empirical evidence
available even to us, but HE does not appear to know it at all, suggests that Trump either has no capacity for deep logic, making him unfit to perform
the job he has, OR that he has no intention of preventing intelligence money from being used to manufacture either drugs, or terrorist cartels, for
the purpose of attacking the very nation he swore to aid in the protection of.