We've been told again and again for years on end that the Taliban were running their operations off the opium trade, clearing as much as $400 million per year. Now, a Senate Foreign Relations Committee investigation says the proceeds are closer to $70 million.
But that's not the real news. The real news is what's missing: If our enemies aren't taking as much money as we thought to provide protection to the source of raw material for 90% of the world's heroin, then who is providing that protection?
Apparently, the answer is: our friends.
Unflipping believable, and I can almost guarantee you: you're not going to see this bit on any corporate news outlet.
For quite some time, this site has maintained that the two reasons we're in Afghanistan are to secure the pipelines (to control the oi), and protect the drug trade from which so many profit so handsomely.