An Afghan man walks through a poppy field in the Surkhroad district of Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, 14, 2017. (AP/Rahmat Gul)
Drug War

How a Failed Drug War Will Defeat Trump’s Afghanistan Adventure

The question of opium eradication has gotten surprisingly “little attention in the Trump administration’s new strategy for the Afghan war.” It seems that U.S. counter-narcotics officials have come to accept a new reality “with a sense of helplessness” — that the country now supplies 85% of the world’s heroin and there’s no end to this in sight.