Take the War to the Drug Lords

Published: May 18, 2009

“So far, Western-led efforts to fight the opium trade in Afghanistan have focused mainly on eradicating poppy crops, a policy that has done little to hamper the drug lords and simply victimized poppy farmers and poor sharecroppers who work the land. As the Obama administration overhauls strategy in Afghanistan, installing Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top commander, the focus of anti-drug efforts should be on the smugglers and drug processors. ”

View Article: https://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/19/opinion/19peters.html