Opinion|Ken Pittman: Drugs Come to USA With Top Powers Involved
Ninety percent of the world's supply of opium is grown in Afghanistan. The United States is 90-percent of the consumer market for opiates. We have had a strong military presence in Afghanistan since early 2002. There isn't a square mile in that nation we couldn't enter with just a few hours of preparation. We "own" both ends of the opium route. How is it, the drug problem escalates here in soon to be 2018 or 16 years later?
It doesn't happen, it cannot happen without the blessings of the very highest of office. The Taliban once provided a false campaign depicting the "moral obligation" to destroy the poppy fields. But that's what propaganda is; a ruse, a lie to serve a political goal. In truth, Islamist terrorists have been selling heroin to finance their wars for decades, centuries.
Recently, and thanks to a story in Politico Magazine, we got perhaps, the most frightening and clearest picture yet of how these things are possible. The DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) had opened a massive investigation into the sale of cocaine in the United States sold by Hezbollah. The same Shi'ite Muslim terrorist organization headquartered in Tehran, Iran. The same terrorist organization that murdered American 241 servicemen including 220 US Marines in Lebanon in 1983. The Obama Justice Department put the entire DEA effort to a screeching halt.
President Obama was deeply intent to get through the nuclear plan with Iran and made some incredibly poor decisions including giving the terrorist state $1.7B to which, then Secretary of State John Kerry (D-MA) readily admitted that some money would go to radical killers. CNN reported that on January 21, 2016, he acknowledged to CNBC Thursday that some of the money Iran received in sanctions relief would go to groups considered terrorists.