"The CIA in Afghanistan: 30 Years of Drug Smuggling", Afghanistan, Brent Scowcroft, C-130, Carter Administration, covert operatins, drone kill list, George Webb, heroin, heroin epidemic, Iran-Contra Affair, John F. Abbotsford, Kandahar, Opium, poppies, poppy operations, President Obama, Western Pakistan
From the Wayback Machine… George Webb’s “No More Informants” blogsite
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
OK, so suppose that the CIA was actually teaching Afghani farmers how to seed, fertilize, and harvest poppies. Suppose further that this raw opium was processed in Western Pakistan universities? Or perhaps it is flown directly from Kandahar to US military bases on return routes of the numerous C-130s that fly resupply missions there daily.
What does a President Trump do if he finds out this money is used to fund covert operations. A very similar situation occurred when a new President Obama inherited a drone kill list program when he took office. But this would be different, because Trump would know the end product heroin would be going to major US cities. In a similar situation, Ronald Reagan kept poppy operations going that had been started in the Carter Administration under Brent Scowcroft which indirectly led to the Iran Contra affair.
I have no idea how a President Trump would weigh the decision, but it might be one he has to make.