U.S. Lets Afghan Farmers Have Their Poppy Fields
At last, a U.S. policy in Afghanistan that makes sense: Leave the poppy fields be.
From Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal on down, the military’s position is clear: “U.S. forces no longer eradicate,” as one NATO official put it. Opium is the main livelihood of 60 to 70 percent of the farmers in Marja, which was seized from Taliban rebels in a major offensive last month. American Marines occupying the area are under orders to leave the farmers’ fields alone.
"We don’t trample the livelihood of those we’re trying to win over.”
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