Fact: Despite all the troops, money, and talk about the Taliban on the run, Afghanistan is still the #1 supplier of heroin and was responsible for 90% of the world’s stash last year. And mind you, we’re not talking about raw product anymore, somehow these on-the-run “insurgents” have managed to construct labs and produce ready to ship smack globally. Then today there’s a report in the New York Times about how various NATO countriesâ€”unlike the United Statesâ€”do not permit their soldiers to partake in anti-narcotic operations. Why? Well for one, many haven’t found it helpful to use their armies as police forces.
The U.S. of course has never has this moral problem despite Posse Comitatus, since it only forbids military acting in a law enforcement capacity within the country. But for years, we’ve had no problem sending troops abroad to fight cocaine trafficking
rivals groups in Columbia and who could forget the military “action” we took in Panama to rake in drug kingpin Manuel Antonio Noriega. Still, the U.S. powers will argue that sales from heroin are fueling the Taliban insurgency and therefore a broader expansion must include a new War On Drugs, a move some Europeans aren’t willing to get on board with yetâ€”or at least until they’re told what their cut is.