Opinion – Trump’s Afghan Speech Ignored Record Opium Profits Funding Taliban – Breibart News

English: Afghanistan Opium Production for 2005...

English: Afghanistan Opium Production for 2005-2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

US Marine on a Poppy Field

US Marine on a Poppy Field (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: President George W. Bush and Presiden...

English: President George W. Bush and President-elect Barack Obama meet in the Oval Office of the White House Monday, November 10, 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: VOA reporter interviewing Afghan popp...

English: VOA reporter interviewing Afghan poppy cultivators. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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?

Thoughts?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revisited – The Despair Death of the Middle-Aged American – The Atlantic

It’s time to revisit this brilliant Atlantic article on the despair death of the middle-aged American. The article explains simply and graphically why uneducated white Americans are living sicker and dying younger.

Source: The Despair Death of the Middle-Aged American – The Atlantic

Despair deaths from alcohol, suicide and drugs are very much in the news. But if anything matters have got considerably worse since the 2015 Atlantic article. Both drug enforcement and treatment are way behind the curve. But perhaps most alarming is the explosive growth in highly addictive, synthetic opioids that have swamped North American cities and are now increasingly a problem in Europe, especially the UK.

With technology increasingly taking over semi-skilled and unskilled jobs, poor Americans with limited education are increasingly likely to suffer despair deaths.

It’s worth joining the dots and suggesting that the poor, uneducated and unskilled American whites who are at risk of despair deaths also probably voted for Donald Trump. As we have seen over the last six months, Trump has consistently failed to deliver, so we must be ready for a spike in despair deaths.

Thoughts?