Taliban's Ban On Poppy A Success, U.S. Aides Say
May 20, 2001
The first American narcotics experts to go to Afghanistan under Taliban rule have concluded that the movement's ban on opium-poppy cultivation appears to have wiped out the world's largest crop in less than a year, officials said today.
Marines offer cash in fight against Afghan opium (gee, the other buyers offer cash, too, don't they?) ~t*t
Sun Mar 21, 2010
After weeks of intense fighting over the Taliban stronghold of Marjah, U.S. Marines are now taking cautious aim at the drugs trade, with a program designed to pay opium farmers to destroy their own crops without a fight.
Now, how long after you collect your cash for destroying your field would it take ... for the poppies in your field to mysteriously re-sprout?
Such a clever "stra-tee-ger-ree" makes you wonder why it isn't the same policy used with American 'growers' back home. ~t*t