US Arrests Drug Lord Informer

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  1. Chockstock

    Chockstock "Forever One Team"

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/12/world/asia/12drugs.html?ref=world


    I thought this was pretty interesting. Also a bit confused. Why did we suddenly decide to bring him in after the damage was done? According to the article, we already knew what he was up to. Was the intelligence gleaned from him worth letting him spawn a narcotic empire that ultimately still was getting our soldiers killed because he financed the Taliban?

    I feel like we screwed up here. I mean, there's gotta be better ways to get information we need. The fact of the matter is that most fighters in the Taliban ranks are there simply because they need the wages. Many have economic motivations, not really religious. We've been trying to "buy them off" because of this. Cutting off their funding seems like it would be more than half the battle and this sounds like a pretty bad error.

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