VEN (KABUL) — Everything old is new again, as President Trump on Monday night announced additional troop increases in the 16-year-long so-called “war” in Afghanistan, but this time to defeat terrorism instead of the failed strategy of nation building which — sadly — had beguiled and misled the two previous well-intentioned administrations.
What began as the Soviet Union’s 10-year Vietnam in December 1979, has become a vast, demoralizing, no-win situation for the United States in all but one area of keen interest to the American intelligence community — opium production.
According to the BBC, as of October 2016, opium production in Afghanistan increased by over 43% from 2015, as more hectares were put under poppy cultivation, a growth pattern that — ironically — mirrors America’s military presence there:
And even more ironically, the increase in heroin overdoses in the United States corresponds to the increase in opium production in Afghanistan, baffling social scientists and community organizers alike:
As even Wikipedia points out, “With a farm gate price of approximately $125 per kilogram for dry opium, an Afghan farmer can make 17 times more profit growing opium poppy ($4,622 per hectare), than by growing wheat ($266 per hectare).”
However, of greater concern to America currently is the ominous threat posed by statues of long-dead Confederate generals and soldiers, statues of presidents Washington, Jefferson, and Jackson (who owned slaves), statues of social engineer and culture rapist Christopher Columbus who — in league with the genocidal colonialist monarchs of 15th-century Spain — started it all in 1492 when he discovered the New World, as well as neo-Nazis, white supremacists, manspread/mansplainers, Mount Rushmore, Stone Mountain, gluten, fat shamers, Islamaphobes, and of course literally-Hitler Donald Trump and his many racist supporters.
As Pogo cartoonist Walt Kelly famously wrote in 1971, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”
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