Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, spokesman for the Taliban, declared in an interview posted on the jihadist group’s website, that President Trump’s new strategy of increasing U.S. troop numbers in Afghanistan and targeting poppy fields and opium production sites for destruction was an “amateurish and wicked strategy which is harmful for their own forces besides undermining their long-term interests in the region,” writes CNS News.
Read between the lines and what becomes clear is that Trump’s new strategy is very effective at diminishing the Taliban and eliminating their source of revenue (opium production and sales).
At a recent NATO ministerial meeting Operation Resolute Support commander U.S. Army Gen. John Nicholson, told those gathered that the previous administration’s penchant for publicly announcing a draw down in U.S. troop levels in the ‘graveyard of empires’ known as Afghanistan, gave the Taliban a boost of morale as all they had to do was out-wait the infidels.
“War is a contest of wills. And from 2011 to 2016, we telegraphed to the enemy that we were leaving. We drew down our forces steadily – I’d say too far and too fast – and so the enemy believed that in this contest of wills, we had lost our will.”
With President Trump in office, Gen. Nicholson says the will to succeed has returned. The targeting of the poppy fields and opium production centers is also interesting.
Is it just a coincidence that the when the U.S. took over Afghanistan, the biggest exporter of heroin, that this nation experienced an explosion in opioid addictions that have killed hundreds of thousands? In the 1980s, the U.S. government was caught using the sales of CIA exported cocaine from Central America to fund the Contra rebels, so could history be repeating itself?
This is why the destruction of these fields and drug factories is so important. America not only has the will to win once again, but has the moral authority to do so.