Afghanistan http://kuer.org en Drugs, Corruption Complicate U.S. Mission in Afghanistan http://kuer.org/post/drugs-corruption-complicate-us-mission-afghanistan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>As U.S. forces prepare to leave Afghanistan, retired general Barry McCaffrey says the opium trade is making it harder to leave a stable country behind. &nbsp;McCaffrey says the corrupting influence of the drug trade complicates the mission of American troops.</p><p>"So we have a rifle platoon of U.S. Marines or a Ranger company moving through an endless sea of opium poppy," McCaffrey&nbsp;said in an interview with KUER. &nbsp;"And they say, 'Well, look, this isn't why we're here. &nbsp;We're here for counter-insurgency."</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Dan Bammes 26265 at http://kuer.org Drugs, Corruption Complicate U.S. Mission in Afghanistan