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a former top DEA agent in the Middle East, said at an anti-drug conference a couple years back: “In my 30-year history in the Drug Enforcement Administration and related agencies, the major targets of my investigations almost invariably turned out to be working for the CIA.” After 9/11, when the U.S. sent troops to Afghanistan that fall of 2001, “the Pentagon had a list of twenty-five or more drug labs and warehouses in Afghanistan but refused to bomb them because some belonged to the CIA’s new NA [Northern Alliance] allies.”32 The CIA mounted its anti-Taliban coalition by recruiting and sometimes even importing drug dealers, many of them being old assets from the 1980s. Friends, family, and allies of Afghan president Hamid Karzai are heavily involved. It recently came out that Karzai’s brother is not only involved with the drug trade, but has been receiving regular payments from the CIA for the last eight years!33 Another of the traffickers, Marshal Muhammad Qasim Fahim, who was the country’s defense secretary and may be its next vice president. He was a general when the U.S. swept into Afghanistan after 9/11, worked closely with the CIA, and got rewarded with millions in cash. Except by 2002, the CIA was well aware that Marshal Fahim was into the heroin trade—long before the invasion, and after becoming defense minister. “He now had a Soviet-made cargo plane at his disposal that was making flights north to transport heroin through Russia, returning laden with cash.” So what was the Bush Administration’s response? “American military trainers would be directed to deal only with subordinates to Marshal Fahim.”34 Gee, I’ll bet they were clean! As clean as Karzai’s brother anyway. Pakistan’s ISI intelligence service, which we’ll be talking about again in terms of financing the 9/11 terrorists, is another big player. One expert says there is an ISI-backed Islamist drug route of al Qaeda allies that stretches across all of North Central Asia.35 Richard Holbrooke, who is now Obama’s special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, wrote in an op-ed in 2008 that “breaking the narco-state in Afghanistan is essential, or all else will fail.” Holbrooke also said that it’s a complete waste of money to aerial-spray the poppy fields, which costs about a billion dollars a year, as this only serves to strengthen the Taliban and al Qaeda with the local people. Of course, Donald Rumsfeld and the Pentagon under Bush-II “fiercely resisted efforts to draw the United States military into supporting counternarcotics efforts” because they feared this “would only antagonize corrupt regional warlords whose support they needed.” Now, under Obama,

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