With the 2012 elections approaching many search to define Barack Obama’s re-election plan. We have gathered a two-way street that may play key on certain re-election paths.
Afghanistan poppy fields and troop release, delivering “change” in a predictable 3-D angle. We step into the recap.
The World Trade Center terrorist attack of 9/11 was masterminded by someone, or a specific group. Post 9/11 arrived as the president gave America a name, Osama Bin Laden. The hunt for Bin Laden began. Most Americans wanted a piece of Bin Laden on a silver platter, tied to a tree next to a can of gas. Others didn’t know what to make out of the claims that Bin Laden masterminded the entire 9/11 attack plan. U.S. troops had a mission to tackle in the guidance of America’s Commander in Chief, George Bush.
In 2006, reported by CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 (and other media sources), news of Taliban’s Afghanistan poppy profit spread. The Taliban, who were said to have protected the poppy fields of Afghanistan, also were rumored to be funded by the poppy crops. Afghanistan was defined as 90% of the world’s heroin trade, of the entire globe. 5 years after U.S. entered Afghanistan due to seeking Bin Laden, no such “terrorist” was found, but plenty of poppy seemed to have continued in circulation. We must rewind. That’s a huge purse, 90%.
Read the complete Another World is Possible “The Opium Wars” report for more. But let’s stop beating around the Bush, shall we? Back to plugging poppy into this political prediction.
Seen in these Department of Defense U.S. Marine Corps Afghanistan poppy photos, as viewed through Public Intelligence, soldiers walk around the purple majestic fields with only a few shots of poppy destruction. Most know that certain parts of Afghanistan will always have that seasonal growth of poppy, an infestation, so per say. Each passing poppy crop feeds Afghanistan farmers and families. The notion of Afghanistan replacing all poppy crops with wheat (much less in profit) deems semi-unrealistic in the “change” for a healthier global environment.
What can the photos say? Photos can speak a thousand words, depending upon the caption. Photos that may appeal to a drug-free mind hoping for a drug-free society. They may not be at all what they appear. But just enough for a supporter of a drug-free world to vote Obama.
Now, the flipside.
Independent researchers point out the “changes” to the poppy crops by way of deliverance and taxation, instead of killing the crops all together. The P.I. report suggests that NATO taxed the production of opium within regions of their control and chalking it up as a slice of profitable pie for the front runners and foreign troops. 90% post 9/11, outstanding!
Troop Release of 2011?
In July of 2011 U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan will begin to return back home. That is if Obama’s plan goes as, well, planned. As families start to embrace their loved ones others may run to the polls in an Obama appreciation for the release. More troops that return, more votes in the box. Simple as that.
Again, the flipside.
There is one NATO document that this Yahoo! News / AP report skirts for all to consider. The U.S. is said to pay $6 billion a year (we do not know for how many years) in preparations of the training and support when it comes to Afghan police and troops.
$6 billion a year could go a long way for the United States. Especially for the living 9/11 rescue workers and citizens who, to this day, suffers from health conditions tied to 9/11.
Obama has been known to take credit for many accomplishments on the way to election day. The multi-term Illinois senator and now 44th president could have more in stake in Afghanistan than most know. More, as in four.
Two paths, one location, double dipping in benefits and potential votes. As Americans we must do some research before placing that vote into that box. What can it cost for the next four years?
Question is, what has it cost in the last four?
(accessed September 13, 2010)