What Are We Fighting For?

President Barack Obama announced yesterday that he intends to send another 30,000 troops to the Afghanistan meat grinder.

But what exactly are the troops doing there? Who or what are they protecting? Here’s a hint:

Occupiers involved in drug trade: Afghan minister

from Press TV

The Afghan minister of counter narcotics says foreign troops are earning money from drug production in Afghanistan.

General Khodaidad Khodaidad said the majority of drugs are stockpiled in two provinces controlled by troops from the US, the UK, and Canada, IRNA reported on Saturday.

He went on to say that NATO forces are taxing the production of opium in the regions under their control.

Afghanistan is the world’s biggest supplier of opium.

Drug production in the Central Asian country has increased dramatically since the US-led invasion eight years ago.

A recent report by the United Nations states that Afghan opium is having a devastating impact on the world, killing thousands in consumer countries.

Meanwhile, The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Ahmad Wali Karzai, a brother of the Afghan president, is involved in the opium trade, meets with Taliban leaders, and is also a CIA operative.

The opium trade is the major source of Taliban financing.

We are hearing very little about this issue from the mainstream media, with a few half-mentions like the video below from CNN which talks briefly about marijuana production right under troops noses.

Though Obama and his Bushy predecessor would have us believe it is Us vs. The Terrorists in Afghanistan, the reality is a murky network of alliances between the military, local drug lords and the Intelligence Community – for mutual profits – at the expense of the Afghan people.

Jeremiah Vandermeer
Jeremiah Vandermeer

Jeremiah Vandermeer is Cannabis Culture Chief of Operations and Editor of Cannabis Culture Magazine & Pot TV.

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  1. Anonymous on

    What are we fighting for? Control of the opium. The USA government needs this income to fund their little pet projects around the world that they can’t get congress to pay for. We’re doing the same thing there that we’re doing in Columbia and other countries in South America: protecting the cartels who work with us and fighting the ones who don’t. Also, and I may just be cynical, it seems that we’re positioning our troops for the coming war with Iran that most Americans realize is coming. With our troops in both Afghanistan and Iraq the military can easily attack Iran from two sides at once when the time comes. Make no mistake about it, the US really doesn’t care about Iran develping nuclear weapons since they won’t be able to hit American soil…what our government really cares about is the oil fields in Iran and Iraq. If Iran goes nuclear and fights a war with Israel the price of oil will go up dramaticlly further cripling our already weak economy.

  2. Anonymous on

    “Though Obama and his Bushy predecessor would have us believe it is Us vs. The Terrorists in Afghanistan, the reality is a murky network of alliances between the military, local drug lords and the Intelligence Community – for mutual profits – at the expense of the Afghan people” haha if you replace local drug lords with politicians or pharmaceutical companies and Afghanistan with America you’ve just described the war on drugs…