President Obama’s war on Afghani poppies is a continuation of stupid Bush policies


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“President Obama’s new strategy for Afghanistan calls for continuing the destruction of poppy fields, although experts and his top envoy to the region have called the practice counterproductive.  Richard Holbrooke, the administration’s coordinator of Afghanistan policy, said this month that eradicating the opium poppy fields is “wasteful and ineffective” and has been “pushing farmers into the Taliban’s hands” because it destroys farmers’ livelihoods and leaves them with few alternatives,” according to U.S.A. Today.

Why in the world would Obama continue the stupid Bush policy of destroying Afghani poppy fields when even his own envoy to that part of the world thinks it is a “wasteful and ineffective” policy?

When are Americans going to grow up and stop promoting drug policies that simply don’t work?  I really expected better from Obama.

Holbrooke criticized the Bush strategy in a column in TheWashington Post last year. “Even without aerial eradication,” he wrote, “the program, which costs around $1 billion a year, may be the single most ineffective program in the history of American foreign policy. It’s not just a waste of money. It actually strengthens the Taliban and al-Qaeda.”

I wonder how happy Holbrooke must be to have to implement the same idiotic Bush policy under his boss Obama?


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