"$475 million counternarcotics program" --- poppies have more uses than heroin - they are also a source of poppyseed oil and a foodcrop.
Why don't they just pay for the crops at higher than the street value rather than pump in money to fight natural growth?
Buy the crop and use it for other usages.. like poppyseed oil and foodcrop. - why destroy 95% of the worlds poppy production?
Stopping the trade of illicit drugs is one thing but destroying a countries economy without reason is another. You'd think the military would be able to police the borders of afghanastan - and stop the drug trade..