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?

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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.

When asked about whether some the $150 billion in sanctions relief to Iran would go to terrorist groups, Kerry reiterated that, after settling debts, Iran would receive closer to $55 billion. He conceded some of that could go to groups considered terrorists, saying there was nothing the U.S. could do to prevent that.
"I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists," he said in the interview in Davos, referring to Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps. "You know, to some degree, I'm not going to sit here and tell you that every component of that can be prevented."
But that is only one component of the awful decision making by Barack Hussein Obama to advance Iran's nuclear program with hollow assurances (similar to the North Korean promises).
According to four former officials who worked on "Project Cassandra" and had for years, sealed indictments, ready to pounce on an over $400M cocaine/money laundering operation that included an odd alliance of used car dealers, the global terrorists of Hezbollah, organized crime, black market weapons dealers and Ali Fayed, an amrs dealer and seller of manufactured WMDs used by Syrian leader Bashar Assad on his own people. Fayed also had also planned on murdering American officials. Still, President Obama got him out of the Czechoslovakian prison system and is today, believed to be back in business. All to get the Iran nuclear deal done.
"I have met the enemy and he is us" - US Navy Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry September 10, 1812, after defeating a British naval squadron on Lake Erie.
Some things never change.....
 (Ken Pittman is the host of the Ken Pittman Show on WBSM. The opinions expressed in this commentary as solely those of the author.)