America’s Cycles of Change

New US Report Reveals Truth Behind ‘War on Drugs’

Wed, 02 March 2016

Arab leaders concerned about the growing domestic and international drug trades threatening their countries should read very carefully the pattern of individual country reports in the US government’s International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) for 2016.

Released on March 2 by the State Department, these studies reveal an extraordinarily revealing and disturbing pattern:

Wherever the United States has committed its military forces most heavily and plunged most deeply into nation-building and the fight against extreme jihadis, those are the countries that are most heavily ravaged by drug abuse and the narcotics trade.

This conclusion would appear unbelievable, if it were not solemnly attested to by the United States government itself.

But it fits within the pattern of official US policies that are actually hastening the very catastrophes they are meant to avert.

I document this process in more detail in my 2015 book, Gathering Storm (Amazon-Kindle) and place this in the larger context of previous eras of failure, crisis and renewal in American history in my other 2015 book, Cycles of Change (Amazon-Kindle), which documents the patterns of American history from Thomas Jefferson to Barack Obama.

Afghanistan and Iraq especially are in vastly worse shape for the number of drug addicts and the extent of transit trade than they were before the US came in to liberate them from all their woes.

In the years that followed the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, the number of drug abusers grew fourfold across the nation, the INCSR acknowledged.

The report cited a 2015 survey carried out by the US government and the Iraqi Ministry of Health which confirmed that four times as many Iraqis are using hard drugs compared with 12 years ago.

“The results of the survey report show an increase in substance abuse, with a 3.7 percent lifetime prevalence use rate, as compared with a 2004 WHO [World Health Organization] report indicating a less than one percent rate,” it said.

“Iraq continues to be a transit country for illicit drugs, with growing rates of substance abuse due to an upsurge in trafficking of pharmaceuticals and other synthetic drugs…. Heroin, opium, methamphetamine, and hashish are transported through Iran into Iraq, and then onward to international markets,” the report added.

The same story applies in Afghanistan, the target of a $1 trillion effort in nation-building and supposed progress in eliminating the Taliban, al-Qaeda and other Islamist groups that, instead are now thriving there.

“The cultivation, production, trafficking and consumption of illicit drugs flourish in Afghanistan,” the INCSR admitted.

Not surprisingly, the report also recognized that a symbiotic relationship exists between the insurgency in Afghanistan and organized narcotics trafficking.

“2015 saw a resurgence of the security challenges seen in earlier periods of the insurgency, and the intensity of active battles undermined progress toward the Afghan government’s drug control goals,” it said.

In fact, over the past 14 years, the United States has spent $8 billion fighting opium production in Afghanistan – and has failed miserably.

The Narcotics Report explained that drug traffickers provide weapons and funding to the Afghan insurgency in exchange for the protection of drug trade routes, cultivation fields, laboratories and trafficking organizations.

The Taliban generates revenue by taxing drugs trafficked through areas they control, it explained.

Since the United States charged into Afghanistan in late 2001 and stayed to remake the country into a modern, Westernized, secular democracy and unified state, drug addiction among the Afghan people has soared.

Afghanistan today has one of the highest substance abuse rates in the world with an estimated 3million people being addicted, or 11 percent of the population, the report admitted.

Why should this be? After all, the report also proudly recorded that the US government had invested $1.5 billion into the war on drugs in Afghanistan alone.

The conclusion is inescapable: It is the corruption and incompetence of the US government and its armed forces, reflecting, the greed and drug addictions rampant within US society itself that magnified the drugs plague in countries where it had long existed, but was never remotely as bad.

The Arab world is certainly not to blame for this process: Nor is it uniquely incompetent, wicked and hopeless as the false stereotypes and lies so common throughout American media, popular culture and politics claim.

For the INSCR documented exactly the same process in countries as far apart as Mexico and Ukraine – countries that have absolutely nothing in common except being targeted for “improvement” and “institution-building”– US style by so called American “advisers” and “experts.”

The writing on the wall is clear for those with eyes to see.