A recent news item on Circa follows up on the (in)effectiveness of spending to eradicate poppy agriculture in Aphganistan. Billions spent and growth has expanded.
“In past years, surges in opium poppy cultivation have been met by a coordinated response from the U.S. government and coalition partners… The recent record-high level of poppy cultivation calls into question the long-term effectiveness and sustainability of those prior efforts.”
John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstructionSopko sent a letter Oct. 21 to Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other top U.S. officials. U.S. counter-narcotics efforts in Afghanistan have cost $7.6 billion.