In Afghan fields the poppies blow

Jules Crittenden says Patches, in a way, is right — the media are missing the story in Afghanistan.

You have to hunt down…the occasional Ahmed Rashid interview on NPR’s Fresh Air to learn that the Taliban is tired and having trouble recruiting. Which is really important news, given that our military is in the process of cutting off their revenue stream. But you could be forgiven if you didn’t know that, because while the difficulties of getting Marjah off opium has been discussed quite a bit, the importance of cutting the Taliban off from Marjah’s opium growing, processing and marketing center that was a major source of Taliban revenues has barely gotten lip service. I have yet to see anything that explores what effect that might have on the Taliban’s ability to meet its payroll. Which, if what they’ve been saying about the Taliban as largely an army for hire with an ideological hat is true, theoretically could be a pretty big deal. Please tell me if you have seen that article, because I’d like to read it. We can talk about good governance and services, all that, and work on getting them in. But wars run on money, as our thankfully ineffective Democratic surrender faction can ruefully tell you, and cutting the Taliban off from theirs could go a long way toward giving all that nation-building some breathing room.

Here’s the only to-the-point mention of all that I’ve been able to find. The New York Post’s Ralph Peters: “The mission is to wrest a key opium-growing, income-producing region from the Taliban — and keep it.”

Crittenden goes on to add:

One more caveat about where I deviate from Patches’ rant. Never mind that he clearly doesn’t understand either the purpose or the means of achieving success in Afghanistan … which you can’t really blame him for given the sorry job both the media and the president have done explaining that. But from Vietnam to Iraq, the sacrifices of American soldiers have never been honored by disparaging and abandoning the cause they died for. We did it in Vietnam, and millions more lives were destroyed. Thank God we didn’t do it in Iraq. We’d be talking genocidal bloodbath and Iran incursion instead of remarkably peaceful Sunni-Shiite election dynamics right now if the Kennedy faction had had its way. As I heard one gob-smacked commentator say the other day, Iraqis are actually resorting to politics to resolve their differences. Who’d have thought? Thank you, George Bush.

The House on Wednesday defeated a resolution to cut and run from Afghanistan, by a vote of 356-65. Eight of Massachusetts’ 10 congressmen voted for the resolution, which goes to show how deeply embedded the moonbat strain is in the Massachusetts Democratic Party.

Image by AP via Marine Corps Times

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3 responses to “In Afghan fields the poppies blow

  1. No, I don’t want to cut and run from the place where the war started, but I’m deeply ambivalent about the Afghans themselves. In a lot of ways, the regime in Kabul is Reduced-Fat Taliban, and Fighting For Sharia Lite gives me pause. Abdul Rahman, and all that. We have to keep fighting for now, but I am not at all confident of the ultimate result.

  2. Dale, did you ever read the original Flashman?

    A commentator on the radio the other day was saying the great challenge in Afghanistan is that the place is entirely tribal ~ the “nation” is a mappers’ construct ~ and everyone involved in the government has his hand out. We shall see how it all turns out.

  3. Elk,
    That is a great pic!

    Indicative of the “War on Drugs as a Gestalt miasma…It is subjective.

    100 years ago, cocaine and opiates were used in all manner of concoction. 75 years ago, cigarette smoking was as “normal” as the up and coming “medical” marijuana wave sweeping across the urban landscape.

    That being said, I agree that distilled opiates such as heroin and morphine take a devastating toll on humanity, so does alcohol.

    For me the question arises, how do you separate that subjective of Culture and Polity from the objective of Politics and Statehood?

    My concern continues to be the imposition of law for social control…for whatever reason!

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