It’s surprising that it took Steve Bannon‘s Breibart News to highlight that President Trump did not explicitly address the high levels of opium production in Afghanistan, a lucrative source of funding for the Taliban.
Source: Trump’s Afghan Speech Ignored Record Opium Profits Funding Taliban
Of course, it took an op-ed from Russian news agency RT to further highlight:
‘It’s the opium stupid ‘Afghan surge guarantees CIA black ops budget boost’.
Explore Google’s response to the question, ‘Who is involved in the Afghanistan drug trade‘?
Meanwhile, the opioid epidemic in North America is well documented, and widely featured in the media.
Close examination of the evidence will highlight a strong correlation between President Obama’s policy in Afghanistan and America’s opioid epidemic.
According to Wikipedia, Steve Bannon’s political views have been described by others as nationalist, right-wing populist, and paleoconservative, adding that he describes himself as an economic nationalist.
When Trump fired Bannon as his Chief Strategist, Bannon threatened to get even with his political enemies in the White House. There’s been widespread conspiracy theory about US opium policy in Afghanistan.
Let’s explore an open question:
Is Steve Bannon about to link the dots concerning US foreign policy in Afghanistan, alleged CIA black ops budgets and North America’s opioid epidemic?
Dr Alf will not find Steve Bannon “dot joining” although the Octaganarian founder of Executive Review has been doing so every year since the 1970s. Lyndon LaRouche, first wrote ‘Dope Inc’ complete with maps, detailed diagrams and names in 1978. This explains how the British East India Company and the Taipans in the form of the Matthieson family were the first Opium traders.
The Opium Wars was one of the darker periods of British colonial history.
The drugs trade today is centred on Afghanistan where since the Western invasion of that country the poppy crop has increased 15 fold. Somehow this poppy crop is refined into heroin and finds its way into America, the UK and Europe without any criminal gang owning a single cargo plane, freighter or lorry.
America’s DEA spends a billion and a half dollars a year trying to stop drug dealers but only interdicts 10% of what is coming in whilst the rest is repriced to cover shrinkage. We do the same in the UK and recover even less, even based on the Home Office crime figures derived from the police, which the ONS says are “statistically unreliable”. Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington puts it more colourfully “Chief constables have been fiddling the crime figures for years”.
Drug money is keeping the American and global banking system afloat at the same time as US worker productivity is being damaged by opiates. One can add up figures from exports and domestic consumption subtract tax and quickly see that huge inflows of unaccountable monies are entering the system. This was the case with HSBC PLC, whose branches were used by just 1 Mexican drug cartel to launder billions. HSBC were fined 1.5 billion dollars by the New York State prosecutor, at a time when the head of the bank was advising David Cameron when he was Prime Minister.
Steve Bannon knew all this before he met Trump so he can hardly finger wag now.
The drugs trade is the world’s biggest industry and without it the global economy would collapse and have to rebuilt.
Steve Bannon can rail against Trump’s enemies but his powers are limited.