U.S. and Britain again target Afghan poppies (by paying them)

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    The U.S. and British governments plan to spend millions of dollars over the next two months to try to persuade Afghan farmers not to plant opium poppy, by far the country's most profitable cash crop and a major source of Taliban funding and official corruption.

    By selling wheat seeds and fruit saplings to farmers at token prices, offering cheap credit, and paying poppy-farm laborers to work on roads and irrigation ditches, U.S. and British officials hope to provide alternatives before the planting season begins in early October. Many poppy farmers survive Afghanistan's harsh winters on loans advanced by drug traffickers and their associates, repaid with the spring harvest.

    U.S. and Britain again target Afghan poppies

    lets see....wehat and fruit saplings are a lot of work...poppy growing...not so much...drug dealers are gonna stay there...americans not so much....why work on roads and ditches when you can grow poppies ...who thinks this shit up?
     
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    Another record crop of poppies in Afghanistan...

    US watchdog: Afghanistan poppy production at record levels despite massive counternarcotics efforts
    October 20, 2014 — Afghanistan’s opium economy is booming despite $7.6 billion in U.S. counternarcotics efforts since 2002, federal auditors said in a report released Tuesday.
     
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    Throwing money away on a wasted effort to stop what has been happening for centuries...
     
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    US and British forces had no problem with selling opium to China....even started a war with China over it...twice...
     
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    And they're still not all addicted....... Oh well time for another war.......
     
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    I'll say...
     
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    Granny says, "Oh, look atta pretty poppies!...

    Pentagon Expects Lull in Afghan Fighting for Poppy Harvest
    Mar 14, 2016 | The Afghan army's struggling 215th Corps in southwestern Helmand province is expected to get some respite in the coming weeks as the Taliban turns its attention to the lucrative poppy harvest, according to the U.S. military.
     
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    Bumper crop of poppies providing Taliban with funds for offensive...

    Taliban Gets 'Windfall' from Poppy Harvest to Fund Offensives
    May 05, 2016 | The Taliban will reap "windfall" profits from a bumper poppy harvest in Afghanistan this spring to fund coming offensives, a U.S. military spokesman in Kabul said Thursday.
     
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