Yet the Marines are not destroying the plants. In fact, they are reassuring villagers the poppies won’t be touched. American commanders say the Marines would only alienate people and drive them to take up arms if they eliminated the impoverished Afghans’ only source of income.
Oh? The Taliban had all but eradicated the opium growers before the US invasion. What did the people have for a source of income then?
And if the opium is for the Taliban, why is cheap heroin flooding into the United States?