I am sorry I just don’t get this afghanistan mess.
Ultimately this is a battle for the hearts and minds of the people. In fact that can be said about most wars.
So from here it seems the government and the people themselves are no better off than they were 9 years ago.
I seems that their largest single source of income is sales of opium. roughly 200,000 families earn an average of $5000 or $1 billion a year. Another $3 Billion a year goes to politicians drug lords and the like..
Could we just pay more than the market and buy the entire crop as kind of an aid program and destroy it? $2 billion a year seems like a bargain at this point. The money would continue to flow through the country, and everyone would be better off except the Taliban.