This Is Your War Policy On Drugs
Via Instapundit here is a blurb quoting (the admittedly execrable) Guardian which highlights the absolute irrationality of favoring the Drug War over the actual war.
British officials are worried about the consequences of US proposals to eradicate Afghanistan's opium poppy harvest, which include spraying the crops from the air, a policy it adopted in Colombia. The fear is that tough anti-narcotic measures now would alienate poor farmers who have no alternative livelihood and drive more Afghans into the hands of the Taliban.
Which reminds Kid Various of an email he got from friend and swashbuckler Mr. Democracy last year who wrote:
I got an offer from a friend of mine to come out to Afghanistan and do a media strategy for his program which tries to get Afghan farmers to substitute other crops for poppies. I told him his bosses wouldn't like my my PSA's.Indeed.
"Want to get Afghan farmers to grown cotton? LEGALIZE HEROIN!"