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Mech
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GEE WHAT A SUPRISE!!

WE ALL KNOW WHERE THAT HEROIN IS HEADED DON'T WE?


World > Asia: South & Central
from the July 24, 2003 edition
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0724/p06s01-wosc.html

Bumper year for Afghan poppies

Money from the opium trade may diminish US influence over the warlords, and aid Taliban.
By Owais Tohid | Special to The Christian Science Monitor


BATIKOT, AFGHANISTAN – Gul Hazrat Bacha has turned his attention from his fields to building a new house for his family - a dream fulfilled by his recent opium poppy crop.

Only two years ago, Mr. Bacha and his four brothers grew wheat - and fell deeper into debt each year. Now, they make 12 times their former income, have paid back lenders, and see a future for the family. "Honestly speaking, whatever I have is because of poppy," says Bacha with a smile. "Money, happiness, and the house ... everything."


Afghan farmers are producing a bumper crop of poppies this year, despite a ban imposed by President Hamid Karzai's government, and just three years after the Taliban clamped down on cultivation.

The resurgence of this plant - used to make heroin - could unravel the relationships between warlords and the US military that have brought a modicum of peace to Afghanistan.

Poppy cultivation could not happen without the knowledge of powerful warlords who still control most of Afghanistan with their loyal militias. Sources say warlords, commanders, and corrupt officials buy opium from the farmers and provide safe passage to drug barons, who smuggle out either raw opium or refined heroin processed in makeshift factories.

Afghan antinarcotics officials estimate that a kilo of heroin in Afghanistan is worth from $5,000 to $20,000, but in the international black market the price soars, from $70,000 to $300,000. The value varies according to quality.

As more poppy cash is believed to be flowing into the coffers of Afghan warlords, American money may buy less influence with the warlords and jeopardize joint operations hunting down Taliban and Al Qaeda remnants.

"These powerful warlords are still relying on the dollars of the US, [and are] therefore cooperating in a crackdown on terrorism. But with drug money they will have their own dollars and weapons," says engineer Abdul Ghaus Rasoolzai, head of Eastern Afghanistan's antinarcotics department.

The Taliban connection

Some of the regions hardest hit by regrouping Taliban forces are well known areas for opium cultivation, including Nangarhar in the east, and Uruzgan, Helmand, and Nimroz in the south. The latter two provinces serve as a smuggling route into Pakistan and Iran.

Drug money may be providing the funds needed to keep the Taliban insurgency alive. Sources in the Afghan government's antinarcotics department suggest that Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan collect money from the local drug smugglers for their attacks against US forces.

Such attacks have already scared off international aid workers and hampered US-aligned forces that could otherwise interfere with drug trafficking and create viable alternatives to farmers.

When they were in power in Afghanistan, the Taliban outlawed opium cultivation in 2000, saying that it is banned in Islam. The move was designed to placate international critics of the regime. However, behind the scenes the Taliban military commanders made manifold profits by selling stockpiles as prices skyrocketed.

After the Taliban ouster, Afghan farmers started to grow opium again. In 2002, around 3,400 metric tons of opium was produced in Afghanistan. Present estimates for 2003 suggest production levels might reach close to 4,000 metric tons.

And the Taliban now are encouraging farmers to return to the crop, sanctioning it as a jihad against the West.

"We have been approached by the Taliban clerics urging us to grow more poppy to destroy future generations in America and other Western countries," an Afghan antinarcotics official named Khaure Ghualm Zai quoted a villager as saying.

Another farmer, while announcing his resolve to grow poppy this year onwards, says "It is banned in Islam but we don't use it, just grow it. We will only stop growing once they (the Westerners) stop using it."

The Afghan government also claims that Al Qaeda operatives are helping the drug cartels to traffic heroin to the West.

"It is an unholy alliance," says Mr.Rasoolzai, head of Eastern Afghanistan's antinarcotics department. "Al Qaeda is using drugs as a weapon against America and other Western countries. The weapon of drugs does not make a noise. The victim does not bleed and leaves no trace of the killer."

To combat the poppy crop, officials say that more development is needed.

"If we are to eradicate poppy cultivation, we have to provide [farmers] viable alternatives of employment. Otherwise the farmers will be like toys at the hands of warlords and drug smugglers and poppy will flourish again," says Rasoolzai.

But resources and employment have been slow to arrive to the poor farmers in Batikot and in many other parts of Afghanistan. In their eyes, poppy cultivation is a means to happiness and prosperity.

"Obviously I will grow poppy," says Bacha, speaking of his plans for the next season. "We brothers have decided to buy a land cruiser next year and five new kalashnikovs."

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>During George Bush's years at Andover, Feuss, his headmaster,.... had married into the Boston Cushing family.<
>Cushing and Coolidge families had made their fortunes in opium trafficking.<

>For `` Best All-Around Fellow, '' Poppy Bush was third. Bush did not show up in the `` Most Intelligent '' category.

Interestingly, Bush came in second on `` Most Faculty Drag ''--the teachers' pets--<

As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.

Perhaps those teachers so proud of their drugdealing ancestors made an impression on the man who ran US Intelligence when drug imports were set up..

Ever wonder why Poppy got the nickname poppy.

short for "Opium Poppy"

eg: Iran Contra drugs flown into Mena airport was a "National Security" operation

Read about America's Druglord: http://www.tarpley.net/bushb.htm

Or do your own search with the terms "cia & drugs"

BTW a la "The Godfather"s fictional account of a crime boss having influence with corrupt people in government.

Like father/ like son:
As a Bush-authorized version puts it, `` One wonders why the Navy relaxed its two years of college requirement for flight training in George Bush's case. He had built an outstanding record at school as a scholar [sic], athlete and campus leader, but so had countless thousands of other youths.

``Yet it was George Bush who appeared to be the only beneficiary of this rule-waiving, and thus he eventually emerged as the youngest pilot in the Navy--


As Dubya also got special treatment in evading service in vietnam.

Drug money is pervasive in government corruption at all levels.

From the cop who plants a roach to the President who fights a war to restore opium production, which had been cut off by the Taliban.

Of course they got Afghanistan's business ties to US Intelligence agencies back in business. (then quit caring about the rest of that nation)
Just like the war to get SE Asia's crops under contract to 'only US Intel agencies'.

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Sumeria

Osama Bin Laden's Bush Family
Business Connections

Mike Rupert www.fromthewilderness.com


Money connections between Bush Republicans and Osama bin Laden go way back and the political and economic connections have remained unbroken for 20 years. And what appears to be a "new" alliance with Pakistan is merely a new manifestation of a decades-long partnership in the heroin trade. Conveniently ignored in all of the press coverage since the tragic events of Sept. 11 is the fact that on May 17 Secretary of State Colin Powell announced a gift of $43 million to the Taliban as a purported reward for its eradication of Afghanistan's opium crop this February. That, in effect, made the U.S. the Taliban's largest financial benefactor according to syndicated columnist Robert Scheer writing in The Los Angeles times on May 22. But — as we described in FTW's March 2001 issue — the Taliban's destruction of that crop was apparently the single most important act of economic warfare against U.S. economic interests that the Taliban had ever committed. So why the gift?

Critics of the Gulf War well recall how, just prior to Sadam's invasion of Kuwait, President Bush (Sr.) dispatched Ambassador April Glaspie to visit Sadam with a letter and a "wink and a nod" telling the Iraqi leader that it was OK to invade his smaller neighbor. The May gift from Uncle Sam could well have been sending the same kind of message, along with necessary funds to complete the attacks. Drugs and terrorism go hand in hand.

Until February, Afghanistan had been the world's largest producer of opium/heroin, claiming close to 70% of the world's total production. That opium, consumed largely in Western Europe and smuggled through the Balkans, was a direct source of cash deposits in Western financial institutions and markets. I specifically commented on this at an economic crisis conference in Moscow, Russia on March 7. In my formal statement to the Russian conference I said, "Just before coming to this conference I read in the Associated Press, Agence France Press and other reliable sources that the Taliban has recently eradicated most of its 3,000 ton opium crop in Afghanistan. If true, I view this as a form of economic warfare against Russia [and the U.S.] because it would drive opium production more into Southeast Asia and Colombia. However, I now suspect that this will result in a shift of opium production to the Caucasus under the Kurds which will see an increase in smuggling through Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. I should note that both Vice President Richard Cheney and the designated Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage are members of the US-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce. Such a move would have the effect of drastically shortening smuggling routes and costs into Western Europe and of bypassing unstable areas of the Balkans.

I have received additional reports that Uzbekistan is now awash in the opium poppy and, as in the US with the CIA, that Russian military and intelligence agencies facilitate the trade as a means of protecting access to hard currency. The point here is not that the US it totally evil or the only country doing these things. But the US is far and away the most advanced nation when it comes to the use of such methods to achieve superiority. As [Russian economist Michael] Khazin has noted, the US and Britain and Germany started the conflict in Kosovo in 1999 to stave off a collapse of western markets following the Asian collapse of 1997-8. Now Colombia is a last-ditch effort to protect the US markets and European opposition is jeopardizing that plan."

The Taliban's actions this year severed the ruling military junta in Pakistan from its primary source of foreign revenues and made bin Laden and the Taliban completely expendable in the eyes of the Pakistani government. It also cut off billions of dollars in revenues that had been previously laundered through western banks and Russian financial institutions connected to them.

Now as US military action will replace the Taliban government and fresh crops will be planted in Afghanistan, the slack in cash flow will assuredly be replaced by dramatically increased opium production in Colombia; the revenues from that effort being needed to maintain the revenue streams into Wall Street. Prior to the WTC attacks, credible sources, including the U.S. government, the IMF, Le Monde and the U.S. Senate placed the amount of drug cash flowing into Wall Street and U.S. banks at around $250-$300 billion a year.

In that context, the real history of Osama bin Laden, as America's useful terrorist-du-jour reveals a long and continuous history, interwoven with the drug trade and the Bush family, of supporting conflicts that have benefited U.S. military and economic interests of bin Laden .

There are direct historical links between Osama bin Laden's business interests and those of the Bush family. On September 15 I received the following message from FTW subscriber, Professor John Metzger of Michigan State University:

"We should revisit the history of BCCI, a bank used by the legendary Palestinian terrorist known as Abu Nidal. BCCI was closely tied to American and Pakistan intelligence. Its clients included the Afghan rebels, and the father of Osama bin Laden. The father of bin Laden named Houston investment broker James R. Bath as his business representative in Texas, right after George W. Bush's father became CIA director in 1976. By 1977, Bath invested $50,000 into junior's first business, Arbusto Energy, while Osama bin Laden would soon become a CIA asset. George W. Bush's FBI director Robert Mueller was part of the Justice Department's questionable investigation of BCCI. (On BCCI, the bin Ladens, and the Bushes, see the books, The Outlaw Bank, A Full Service Bank, and Fortunate Son)." Further details of the business and financial relationships between the Bush and bin Laden family are found in Peter Brewton's 1992 book The Mafia, CIA and George Bush. BCCI, incidentally, was founded by a Pakistani."

Economics Professor Michel Chossudovsky of the University of Ottawa has just completed a detailed history of bin Laden's career detailing his secret funding and logistical support to terrorist organizations beginning from his early CIA-supported roots in the 1980s as a "freedom fighter" through to the present day. Chossudovsky's compelling and well documented article, Who Is Osama Bin Laden? dated Sept 12, 2001 can be found on the Internet.

Bin Laden's role has not just been as a practitioner of terrorist acts but as a trainer and supplier of terrorist organizations around the world. Included in bin Laden's coterie are terrorist groups linked to the Balkans, Albania, the KLA (a U.S. ally), and rebel groups leading the insurrection against Russia in Chechnya.

As FTW described in 1998, and as confirmed by Chossudovsky, the key to understanding U.S. support of bin Laden is to grasp that he has always been controlled by a cutout, the Pakistani government and its intelligence service the ISI. In this manner there has been virtually no direct contact between bin Laden and the CIA. This has served the dual purpose of maintaining his apparent "purity" with his followers and providing plausible deniability for the CIA. The whole underlying pretext for this relationship evaporated with the Taliban's destruction of the opium crop in February.

Chossudovsky writes: "The history of the drug trade in Central Asia is intimately related to the CIA's covert operations. Prior to the Soviet-Afghan war, opium production in Afghanistan and Pakistan was directed to small regional markets. There was no local production of heroin. In this regard [Professor] Alfred McCoy's study confirms that within two years of the onslaught of the CIA operation in Afghanistan, 'the Pakistan-Afghanistan borderlands became the world's top heroin producer, supplying 60 per sent of the U.S. demand....

"With the disintegration of the Soviet Union, a new surge in opium production has unfolded. (According to UN estimates, the production of opium in Afghanistan in 1998-99 — coinciding with the build up of armed insurgencies in the former Soviet republics — reached a record high of 4,600 metric tons. Powerful business syndicates in the former Soviet Union allied with organized crime are competing for the strategic control over the heroin routes. "The ISI's extensive intelligence military-network was not dismantled in the wake of the Cold War. The CIA continued to support the Islamic "jihad" out of Pakistan..." "... The Golden Crescent drug trade was also being used to finance and equip the Bosnian Muslim Army (starting in the early 1990s) and he Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). In the last few months there is evidence that Mujhideen mercenaries are fighting in the ranks of the KLA-NLA terrorists in their assaults into Macedonia... "... With regard to Chechnya, the main rebel leaders Shamil Basayev and Al Khattab were trained and indoctrinated in CIA sponsored camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan... In this regard, the involvement of Pakistan's ISI and its radical Islamic proxies are actually calling the shots in this war. "Russia's main pipeline route transits through Chechnya and Dagestan. Despite Washington's perfunctory condemnation of Islamic terrorism, the indirect beneficiaries of the Chechen war are the Anglo-American oil conglomerates which are vying for control over oil resources and pipeline corridors out of the Caspian Sea basin." The oil and drug connections were the subject of FTW's story, The Bush-Cheney drug Empire in October, 2000. That story is online.

Both Bush and Cheney are oil men.George Bush, Sr. was Vice President and, by virtue of executive Order 12333, in charge of all U.S. intelligence and narcotics operations from 1981 through 1989. As President from 1989 through 1993, he continued and expanded his control in these areas. Thus, it was Bush (the elder) who directly nourished and nurtured bin Laden's evolution.

Dramatic Confirmation From Indian Government

The web site of the Indian Embassy in Washington contains dramatic confirmation for these positions. On September 4, 2000, B. Raman, Director of India's Institute for Topical Studies wrote an open letter to the U.S. Congress entitled Pakistan's Noriega's. That eight-page article exposed the depth of Pakistani government involvement in the drug trade. It may be viewed at: www.indianembassy.org/int_media/saag_september_04_2000.html http://www.indianembassy.org/int_media/saag_september_04_2000.html

The letter said, in part: "For more than a decade, the people of India have been living in a state of half-war and half-peace due to the depredations of a large number of terrorists, outrageously called jehadists, who have been trained, armed and funded and infiltrated into the State of Jammu & Kashmir and other parts of India by Pakistan in order to make the people of India and its security forces bleed in the name of religion.

"More people belonging to different religions — Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and others — have been killed in India by these mercenary-terrorists sponsored by the State of Pakistan than by any other terrorist groups anywhere else in the world..." "...Many other States have suffered and have been suffering due to the depredations of terrorists, made in and exported from Pakistan and the Taliban-controlled Afghanistan — [these include] Algeria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Central Asian Republics, the Chechnya and Dagestan areas of Russia, the Xinjiang province of China, Bangladesh, the Arakan area of Burma and the southern Philippines..."

"After his [1993] removal, [as official head of Pakistani intelligence, trusted advisor to Pakistani leader Gen. Pervez Musharraf] Lt. Gen. Nasir traveled to Somalia, Chechnya, Dagestan, the Central Asian Republics, ...China, and the Southern Philippines as a preacher... and helped Islamic organizations, including the group which killed U.S. troops... in Somalia." "...It was he, who, during his tenure as the DG Director General] of the ISI... has entered into an agreement with the LTTE of Sri Lanka [which secured] LTTE's assistance in smuggling Afghanistan produced heroin in its ships to West Europe, the USA and Canada..." "...Another reason for the ISI's helping the LTTE, despite its anti-Muslim policies, was to use it for smuggling heroin to West Europe, the U.S. and Canada. During Zia-ul-Haq's regime in the 1980s, heroin had become a major source of extra revenue not only for the State of Pakistan, specially the ISI and Pakistan's nuclear and missile establishment, but also to many senior officers of the Pakistan Army, including [Musharraf et al]..." "The way Mr. Sharif before October 1999 and Gen. Musharraf since then have been using the heroin money to prevent the Pakistani economy from collapsing has not received due attention in the U.S. ..." "If one goes purely by economic indicators, Pakistan's must be in as bad a shape as that of Russia, or even worse, since Russia has been in receipt of, Western and IMF assistance..." "Where does the money come from?

From the smuggling of heroin to West Europe, the U.S. and Canada. The U.S. Government might have stopped economic assistance... from the taxpayers' money. But why should the Noriegas of Pakistan be worried when they get billions of dollars from the heroin sale in the U.S.?... " Vice President Dick Cheney's recent comment that the CIA needs to get in bed with "unsavory characters" is a joke. That's a bed that the CIA has never left. And it's a marriage vow that President Bush has just reaffirmed for all the world to see.

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So whats your point or should I say the persons you cut and paste this from? It's all inconclusive.

Try reading the order itself... http://www.cia.gov/cia/information/eo12333.html#2.11

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Well hey..you call it "Inconclusive"...I call it Federally Sponsored GENOCIDE.

Heroin killed a few of my fiends back in the late 80's thanks to POPPY Bu$H flooding the major cities with it to fund his little pet projects.

So don't give me that crap that it never happened.

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Your friends were the ones who made the choice to use, I doubt Bush SR was holding a gun to their head and making them do it.

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You are wrong Prof, I am sure Bush went around to each and every drug user and held a gun to their head.

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Well you want to brush it off like it is no big thing that these kids weren't even 20 yet...fine.And the fact that that slimy lizard BU$H SRs family has historical ties to the EUGENICS oh excuse me "bioethics" movement.

You probably favor that sort of thing.

Comapassionate conservatism Feelin'Kockie (what a name) style...


You get the big F-you of the year award.


Thanks for pissing on their graves.

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Drugs push Afghanistan to brink of failure
By Hashmat Allah Muslih in Kandahar

Friday 09 April 2004, 0:01 Makka Time, 21:01 GMT

Opium poppy production has escalated out of control

Less than three years after the first bomb was dropped on Afghan soil by the US-led coalition against the Taliban, Afghanistan looks like its becoming a failed state.

In the government's bid to create a modern, democratic country free from corruption, "terrorism" and drugs, the opposite has happened.

"There is a palpable risk that Afghanistan will again turn in to a failed state in the hands of drug cartels and narco-terrorists," says Antonio Maria Costa, the executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

He warns that if the Afghan government supported by the international community does not take the necessary measures the "drug cancer will spread beyond the country’s borders".

Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan is rising once again, rivalling its all-time peak of 1999 when a staggering 91,000 hectares were recorded.

Tough measures

The Taliban government, under intense international pressure and in desperate need of recognition, banned the practice and legislated against heroin.

As a direct result, there was a sharp decline in production compared to the previous two years. In 2001, the UN recorded just 8000 hectares of poppy cultivation.

By 2002, the figures recorded by the UN survey show a return to the mid-1990s level of 70,000 to 80,000 hectares [of poppy growth].
The Taliban's success could be accredited only to the nature of its uncompromising government. The fear of the repercussions was enough for farmers to abandon their crops.

However, after the fall of the Taliban, production rose sharply again.

By 2002, the figures recorded by the UN survey show a return to the mid-1990s level of 70,000 to 80,000 hectares. In 2003, the UN recorded an increase in poppy cultivation of eight per cent from 2001.

The 80,000 hectares in 2003 is the third highest record in the past five years.

Rapid rise

What is alarming is the rapid spread of poppy cultivation to previously unaffected areas.

Today, 28 out of 32 provinces grow poppies. New information arriving from Ghazni and Paktica provinces suggests that they too have joined the trend.

Records for 2004 may very well show poppy cultivation across Afghanistan.

But the face of the industry has changed. It is no longer the highly organised practice of the past, but is increasingly being taken up by small families.

The UN shows that 264,000 families are growing poppies (1.7 million rural people), which is seven per cent of the total population.

As more people turn to poppies, prices decline. In 2002, a farmer could fetch $350 for one kilo of fresh poppy; in 2003, it was $283. Despite the decline, it is still a lucrative market compared to wheat, which garners only $0.19 per kilo.

"Wheat needs a lot of water compared to the poppy," says Muhammad John, a first-time poppy grower in the Herat province. "There has not been good rain this year. At first, I had grown wheat, then when I saw others growing poppy, I re-cultivated my land with poppy; I have many mouths to feed.

"Wheat has no price because the UN World Food Programme is bringing wheat in to the country and that crashes the already fragile market. The UN should purchase its wheat from us."

Crop gamble

John looks worried. He planted late in the season. He looks at the tiny shoots: "I do not know if it is normal, but they look small. I think I am late," he says.

The neighbouring fields look promising. Here the weather is cold and poppies are about only a hand-span high. In the warmer areas of the south and east harvest will begin in about two weeks' time.

There, in order to compensate for the fall in prices, people have cultivated in vast proportions. In some cases, labs have been established inside Afghanistan to process the raw poppy in to heroin.

In the Helmand province, just a short drive away from the main road to the north of the province, poppy fields stretch as far as the eye can see, yet this province has one of the largest dams in Afghanistan and is renowned for its abundant water supply.

"They want to get rich quick," says the deputy governor of the province, Haji Muhammad Wali.

"They have one wife and they want to get another three; that is why."

What is striking is there is no fear of the government. In Nangarhar province bordering Pakistan on the main road to Kabul, one can easily see farmers harvesting their fields.

Government bans

This is despite the government's announcement that the cultivation is banned and that it plans to destroy the fields.

In Musa Qalah, 120km north of Helmand, I ask how serious the government is about eradicating the poppy fields.

"The government has allocated a percentage of poppy fields to each province to be destroyed and we have our share," says Musa Qalah district governor Mullah Haji Amir Akhund.

He takes a piece of paper smaller than a dollar note out of his pocket and reads the number of hectares that have been destroyed in his district. It adds up to no more than half a hectare.

Paltry destruction

Later I am invited to witness soldiers destroying a crop.

Armed with sticks, they attack a field the size of a cricket ground, destroying no more than a tennis court-sized area.

Farmers had initially taken the action seriously but soon saw it was little more than a joke.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai
can do little to help farmers
But destroying a crop that yields $2.3 billion, or half of the legitimate GDP of the government, is no joke.

The government has reached an agreement with farmers that, in principle, poppy cultivation should stop in return for development and economic incentives. But with an economy kept barely alive by the millions of dollars pumped in to it by donor countries and no real economic infrastructure, the future looks bleak.

Cash flow

The current value of the Afghani currency against other local ones is maintained by the political and military presence of the American government and other European governments.

The economy is politically driven not market driven. Afghanistan is now a route for illegal goods transported to and from Europe to southeast Asia, while all the transactions occur in foreign banks.

Under current circumstances, Hamid Karzai's government can exchange only promises with the farmers. Meanwhile, the country loses respect for central government and corruption defiantly smiles in the face of initiatives on good governance.

Some provincial administrators now wonder whether good governance means no governance at all.

The 2003 UN reports writes: "Out of this drugs chest, some provincial administrators and military commanders take a considerable share: the more they get used to this, the less likely it becomes that they will respect the law, be loyal to Kabul and support the legal economy."

And according to the report, the longer this goes on, the less chance Afghanistan has for making it as a stable and flourishing country.

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music to OD to:

"Poppy Bush's Boys" www.amiright.com/parody/70s/waylonjennings0.shtml

"Poppy The Senior Bush" www.amiright.com/parody/misc/themesong1.shtml

" ... most ruthless and successful drug dealing murderer of all time - former CIA don, Iran-Contra architect and bin Laden’s recruiter – Poppy Bush... "
www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00043.htm

Like the Mafia did,
the Dons eventually organize.
Some families specialize in one criminal enterprize, some various, but just like the
Cosa Nostra, heads of crime families themselves have bosses they answer to:

The NWO seems to be shaking out it's leadership, as young turks like Poppy Bush shoved the old guard of Royal families aside, and now the drug lord (Poppy Bush) with the political connections,
seems to answer to a "boss of bosses"
who has emerged worldwide as a power broker:
http://www.geocities.com/craigmaxim/p-politicians-governorgeorgewbush2.html

" ... administration: the upper-level power structure of an organized crime Family, composed of the boss, underboss, and consigliere. ... " www.uta.fi/FAST/GC/mobspeak.html

History lesson to put today's "politics" in context: http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cid/orgcrime/lcn/genovese.htm
>Italian criminal groups in New York controlled by Joseph Masseria in the 1920s. However, in Masseria's attempt to control organized crime across the country, he became a casualty of the war that resulted. This war, known as the Castellammarese War, raged from 1928 to 1931. When it ended, Salvatore Maranzano emerged as the most powerful Mafia boss in America after conspiring with Charles "Lucky" Luciano, one of Masseria's Capos, to have Masseria murdered in early 1931. Arguably, the two most powerful LCN families, known today as the Genovese and Gambino families, emerged from the groups controlled by Masseria when Maranzano set up five separate criminal groups in New York and named himself "Boss of Bosses."<

FBI, CIA and other government agents document drug trafficking ...
" ... Confidential transcripts of testimony given to members of Congress by CIA operatives of the CIA's dealing in drugs, dealing with organized crime families ... " www.ciadrugs.com/index_right_cia.html

" ... The CIA & Drugs. Narco-colonialism in the 20th Century CIA Lobby Seal Enter http://ciadrugs.homestead.com. In accordance with Title ... " www.angelfire.com/id/ciadrugs/

"CIA & DRUGS Rep. McKinney of Georgia Blasts "Drug War" Lawsuit in Open Letter to Rob't Strauss. Read More... ... Casey Letter Admits CIA Drugs Read More... ... " www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ciadrugs/

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CD's, money market accounts, not paying much ? Invest your money in Methadone Programs.At least we have Cheap heroin. Inconclusive my ass, why don't you sample some. Impeach Bush.

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