The March of PrOgress in Afghanistan


Wed, 10 May 2006 21:02:04 -0500
Asset B13958 Posted By GWHunta
Opium, the other Big O. Has the CIA cornered the global market?

JALALABAD, Afghanistan
February 15, 2001 8:19 p.m. EST

U.N. drug control officers said the Taliban religious militia has nearly wiped out opium production in Afghanistan — once the world’s largest producer — since banning poppy cultivation last summer.

After nearly 5 hard fought years of progress in Afghanistan…..

March 1st, 2006

State Department Says Country Produces 90 Percent of World’s Opium ABC News
For a broader perspective of the global drug trade at the time of the US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and removal of the Taliban government.

Bottom line, it’s always about the O.

Sometimes no Peace,

4 years ago

The forgotten war?
Sometimes no Peace,
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3 years ago

The latest from Afghanistan and our global war of DRUGS and TERROR
Justice, then Peace.
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3 years ago

3 years ago

3 years ago

Land where anybody is somebody….
Fucking textile
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2 years ago

Afghan opium cultivation ‘growing worse’
Aug. 28: U.N. Executive Director of the Office of Drugs and Crimes Antonio Maria Costa warns of a situation out of control in Afghanistan.
Six GIs killed in ambush, raising number of Americans killed in ’07 to 101
AP: Deadliest year for U.S. in Afghanistan
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2 years ago

1 year ago

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1 year ago

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1 year ago

Maybe all that missing opium is gonna show up as Heroin in the states shortly after the whole economy implodes
1 year ago

the whole economy is not going to implode. those guys are just faking it to try and gain strategic advantage.
it’s taking a long time because it’s not going according to plan.
1 year ago

the whole economy is not going to implode
if you say so.
1 year ago

only a fairly large chunk of it is.
8 months ago

Can you say ‘O’ bomba?
Sometimes no Peace
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8 months ago

so numb
7 months ago

5 months ago

695 U.S. Troops “KIA”
(killed/died in Afghanistan or received injuries there that later proved fatal)
Sometimes no Peace
4 months ago

3 months ago

July deadliest month for troops in Afghanistan
U.N. report says Afghan civilian deaths up by 24 percent
3 months ago

3 months ago

It’s official. G.I.‘s are now dying faster in Afghanistan than Iraq.
Change We Need?
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3 months ago

dont worry, when your children have children, they will fight the same war and ask the same questions.
3 months ago

Opium addiction ravages Afghan families
Ever Wonder
why the Taliban continue to resist?
Sometimes no Peace
2 days ago

As Nick Gillespie noted this morning, a new report from the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says Afghan opium production fell 10 percent between 2008 and 2009.
Is this good news, finally, for the drug warriors who are always trying to eradicate the poppies that become the opium that becomes the heroin that ends up in the noses and veins of Europeans and Americans? Not exactly:
United Nations officials said this year’s decline stemmed largely from a steep drop in the value of opium amid a huge supply glut; high prices last year for some other crops that caused farmers to switch; and more aggressive counter-narcotics actions by Western and Afghan forces. They said it was not clear whether the decline would continue, especially if the difference between prices for opium and other crops were to widen to previous levels. Just two years ago, for example, an acre of opium fetched 10 times as much as an acre of wheat, but that ratio has diminished to three to one. Whatever impact “aggressive counter-narcotics actions” have had, they have not succeeded in raising retail prices (which have fallen dramatically since the early 1990s) or reducing heroin consumption. The “steep drop in the value of opium” is due not to a decline in demand but to oversupply:
“Lower opium prices in Afghanistan reflect the continuing high levels of opium production, which is thought to exceed global demand for opium and its derivatives,” according to the 42-page report issued today. “Annual world demand for illicit opium has never exceeded 5,000 tons.” Yet even after the 10 percent drop, Afghanistan produced some 6,900 tons of opium this year. Where does all the extra opium go? The answer worries the UNODC:
United Nations officials…reported that perhaps more than 10,000 tons of illegal opium—worth billions of dollars and enough to satisfy at least two years of world demand—is now secretly stockpiled. They said they were concerned that part of this stockpile could be a “ticking bomb” in the hands of people who could use it to pay for “sinister scenarios.” Opium is easily smuggled and stored and “is an ideal form of terrorist financing,” Antonio Maria Costa, the executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, said in an interview. “It’s a huge amount of money to have in the wrong hands.” To sum up: After years of crop eradication and other “aggressive counter-narcotics actions” in Afghanistan, production routinely exceeds worldwide demand, prices are lower than ever, and terrorists are sitting on “a huge amount of money” that would not exist but for the risk premium created by prohibition.
The UNODC report is available here.
In a July column, (the author) discussed the Obama administration’s plans to move away from crop eradication in Afghanistan, which special envoy Richard Holbrooke called “a waste of money” that “just helped the Taliban.”
More Reason coverage of Afghan opium here.

9 Responses to The March of PrOgress in Afghanistan

  1. gwhunta says:

    “It’s complicated.”

    ~U.S. State Department

  2. gwhunta says:

    Kabul rioters burn SUVs, yell ‘Death to America’

    Crash reportedly involving U.S. Embassy vehicle sparks protests

  3. GWHunta says:

    A U.S. Army officer walks through a poppy field in Zharay district in Kandahar province, Afghanistan on April 26.
    Baz Ratner / Reuters

    Strawberry fields forever……………………

  4. GWHunta says:

    Afghanistan’s resources could make it the richest mining region on earth

    Western diplomats were also warning last night that the flow of money from the minerals is likely to fuel endemic corruption in a country where public figures, including Ahmed Wali Karzai, the President’s brother, have been accused of making fortunes from the narcotics trade.

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