Sense of Deception

Soldiering for the Smack House: U.S. Troops’ Unfortunate Role in Afghanistan


‘Drugs come down from Master / The ruling class’s answer /`Coke works like opium / For British on Chinese / …”

“Crack / War Goin’ On”, 1989

By Don Paul~Puppetgov

As we ponder President Obama’s recent injection of 30,000 more men and women of the U. S. Armed Forces into Afghanistan, we may also want to ponder the causes for which these 30,000 men and women are put at risk. Let me suggest that these 30,000 more men and women are being sent to kill and be killed primarily to protect opium crops and heroin traffic from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

More broadly, these troops are going not to root out ” ‘AlQaeda” (who number a maximum of “less than 100″ in Afghanistan, with “no bases” and “no ability to launch attacks on us or our allies”, according to U. S. Marines Corps General James Jones, National Security Adviser to President Obama [1]); they’re going, instead, to guard and advance the interests of President Obama’s major backers. These troops’ presence is meant above all to perpetuate the business of war as debt at the same as it saps the United States as a nation whose natives might resist a supranational  ‘New World Order.’ They’re going as an unfortunate whole of sons and daughters to serve a completely destructive and pathological system that can be summarized through the acronym of G.O.D.D: Guns, Oil, Drugs, Debt.

From Smack to Crack and Back and All for Banks:                                         A Brief History of the CIA’s Past 50 Years

During the latter 1980s and throughout the 1990s, the United States Government’s White House was widely known as the Crack House. “The White House is the Crack House,” the saying went. The saying’s far-flung usage became the text for a popular poster.

The saying arose from widespread knowledge of the Central Intelligence Agency’s crucial role in the traffic of cocaine and cocaine’s derivative Crack from Latin American to inner-city neighborhoods in the U.S., a role detailed in Gary Webb’s 1996 series of articles for the San Jose Mercury News, these articles later growing into Webb’s marvelously revealing book Dark Alliance: The C.I.A., the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion. [2]

According to another pioneer journalist, Alfred McCoy, author of 1972’s great and suppressed The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia, U.S. Government agencies also promoted the enormous increase of opium crops in Afghanistan during the early and middle 1980s. McCoy’s piece in the August 1, 1997 issue of The Progressive, ‘Drug Fallout: the CIA’s 40-year Complicity in the Drug Trade’, relates: ‘The Pakistan-Afghanistan borderlands became the world’s top heroin producer, supplying 60 per cent of U. S. demand…. CIA assets again controlled this heroin trade. As the Mujahedeen guerrillas seized territory inside Afghanistan, they ordered peasants to plant opium as a revolutionary tax.

Across the border in Pakistan, Afghan leaders and local syndicates under the protection of Pakistan Intelligence operated hundreds of heroin laboratories.’ [3]

Afghan opium dominated the world’s market for more than a decade after Soviet troops left Afghanistan. An average annual harvest between 1994-2000, before and after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan’s government, was 3050 metric tons, according to United Nations’ findings listed by the very valuable researcher and writer Michel Choosudovsky [4] Such harvests represented hundreds of billions of U.S. dollars to the world’s illegal economies through traffic in heroin–and trillions of dollars to the world’s legal economies when those hundreds of billions in narcotics’ profits were laundered through Banks and other Corporations. See Catherine Austin Fitts’ Narcodollars for Dummies for an entertaining explication that may also infuriate you. [5]

During the growing season of 2000-2001, the Taliban government of Afghanistan ordered farmers to turn their fields of poppies into fields of wheat. Production fell to 185 tons within Afghanistan’s territory, according to the United Nations Office of Drug Control. [6] This reduction meant a loss of $180 billion to the world’s illegal economies and at least 20 times $180 billion, or $3.6 trillion, to Banks and other money-laundering Corporations in the world’s legal economies.

” ‘9/11′ ” and the ensuing ” ‘War on Terror’ ” reversed these losses. The attacks of September 11, 2001 allowed the U.S. and Great Britain and allies to bombard, invade and take over Taliban-held Afghanistan. Afghan warlords and druglords who fought the Taliban were immediately returned or elevated to power. On November 25, 2001 the British newspaper The Observer ran this headline: ‘Victorious Warlords Set to Open the Opium Floodgates’ [6]. On February 24, 2002 London’s Financial Times summarized results on the ground: 2002’s crop of opium was expected to be 3500 to 4500 metric tons. The United Nations later measured the 2002 crop as 3400 metric tons, a jump from 2001 of about 2000%. [7].

The CIA’s track-record since World War II thus remained consistent. Researcher Peter Dale Scott offers worthwhile detail in his piece from May 2009, ‘Afghanistan: Heroin-ravaged State’. Scott notes ‘the dramatic increases in every other drug-producing area where America has become militarily or politically involved’ since World War II.

Scott writes: ‘This was demonstrated over and over in the 1950s, in Burma (thanks to CIA intervention, from 40 tons in 1939 to 600 tons in 1970), in Thailand (from 7 tons in 1939 to 200 tons) and Laos (less than 15 tons in 1939 to 50 tons in 1973).’

Mexico drug plane carrying 3.3 tons of cocaine also used for US ‘rendition’ flights: report. (File photo)

Regarding cocaine from Colombia since the U.S. ‘War on Drugs’ targeted that nation in the late 1980s, Scott records multiples of growth for trade in both Crack and Smack:  ‘Coca production in Colombia tripled between 1991 and 1999 (from 3.8 to 12.3 thousand hectares), while the cultivation of opium poppy increased by a multiple of 5.6 (from .13 to .75 thousand hectares).’ [8]

1999 was the year that New York Stock Exchange Chairman Richard Grasso flew to Colombia and offered Colombia’s largest guerrilla organization, the FARC, ‘ “a message of cooperation from U.S. financial services.” ‘

The FARC was reportedly making millions of U.S. dollars from taxing coca growers. The FARC rejected the NYSE’s Chariman’s overture, saying that decriminalization of cocaine and Crack offered a better solution [9].

More comprehensive information on the history of opium in Afghanistan and southeast Asia, elitists’ traffic in narcotics, and money-laundering by multinational Banks and other Corporations, can be found on pages 90-97 and 210-212 of The World Is Turning and pages 47-50 of  Waking Up from Our Nightmare.

Afghanistan and the World Now

‘War war war our fix commands /War war war supply for demand /   Lord Lord Lord blood ’s like the oil we drink through guns / … ”  “Many Fine Years Of Bombing”, 1994

Since 2002 Afghan opium crops have risen to more than double that year’s harvest, reaching a peak of 8200 metric tons. [10] The mainstream Observer newspaper of Britain headlined in July 2007: ‘Afghan Opium Production Up 50 Per Cent in one year’. [11] Control of these crops is sensibly attributed to the governments and militaries that control the land on which the crops are grown. In 2008 the New York Times reported more about the involvement in opium-unto-heroin traffic of Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of newly re-installed Afghan President Hamid Karzai. [12] Ahmed Wali Karzai is one among many high Afghan officials implicated in opium and heroin business since the post-” ‘9/11′ ” invasions and occupations. The Karzais are of the Pashtun ethnicity, the most prevalent in Afghanistan. Peter Dale Scott names one-time provincial Governors Sher Muhammad Akhundzada and Gul Agha Sherzai as other principals in the trade [13]. Gul Agha Sherzai was the first Afghan leader whom candidate Barack Obama met when he visited Afghanistan in July 2008. [14].

So in Afghanistan now:

•The newly reinstalled Government of Hamid Karzai continues rule by evident warlords who are also druglords.

•Opium-into-heroin laboratories first built during the 1980s in Afghanistan and Pakistan continue though a few days’ worth of missile-strikes could destroy them entirely.

•The opium-into-heroin trade remains essential to the West-run economies of Afghanistan and Pakistan and involves masses of needy, working people through the informal money-transfer system known as Hawala.

•The Pashtun-dominated area southwest Afghanistan (Helmand and Kandahar provinces) and northeast Pakistan are the focus of new U. S. troops’ deployment and U.S. strikes against native resistance. [15]

These prominent or crucial elements form a clear picture: U. S. Armed Forces are fighting in Afghanistan and Pakistan to protect the opium-into-heroin traffic there and all that such traffic entails in continuing profits and control around the world. They’re not fighting a vanished AlQaeda; these sons and daughters are having to serve as enforcers for the dealers to tens of millions of heroin-users around the world. Further, they’re ultimately serving the multi-national Banks that most profit from opium-into-heroin traffic, through these Banks laundering the drug-traffics’ revenues from billions into trillions of dollars. These Banks are the very Banks that have most robbed the United States’ and many nations’ peoples for more than a century.

Most importantly–and most pathetically and infuriatingly– these fresh troops are going to maintain the monstrous trick of war for debt that has so enslaved nations’ peoples since institution and machinations of the Bank of England in the late 17th century and rise of the House of Rothschild across Europe in the latter 18th century and early 19th century, this trick of war for debt played upon the U. S. people with creation in 1913 of the Federal Reserve System, our nation’s third sufferance of a private Central Bank, followed by World War I and its tremendous gains for Rockefellers and Bushes and their ilk.

More comprehensive information on the Guns, Oil, Drugs, Debt (G.O.D.D.) system can be found on pages 106-109, 196-206, and 221-224 of The World Is Turning and pages 40-46 of Waking Up from Our Nightmare.

Many currently working alternatives to these systems can be found toward the ends of both books. They can also be found in ‘Special Features’ of the DVD from which the excerpt below is taken. The “9/11 Guilt / The Proof Is in Your Hands” DVD was done by Jim Hoffman, Celestine Star and myself in the Fall of 2005 to help in the turn from the societal imprisonment that keeps us subject to “one act of terror, one war, to the next” for the maintenance of a “fundamentally destructive” economic system. The excerpt from “9/11 Guilt that deals with Afghan opium and Banks’ money-laundering starts at 5:45 in the youtube VIDEO A, below. The mock prosecutor’s speech (Jim and I were taped in Oakland, CA as if were addressing the Los Angeles Citizens’ Grand Jury that was held later in August 2005) continues at 7:05 VIDEO B below. Its concluding part deals with how Banks’ own debt–their trillions of dollars in “derivatives” et cetera–intrinsically leads more and more to wars that “sacrifice us.”














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