The top U.S. anti-drug official said Saturday that Afghan poppies would be sprayed with herbicide to combat an opium trade that produced a record heroin haul this year, a measure likely to anger farmers and scare Afghans unfamiliar with weed killers.  
 
John Walters, the director of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy, said Afghanistan could turn into a narco-state unless "giant steps" are made toward eliminating poppy cultivation.
Uhhh
fb-: Anybody else expecting to see thousands of cases of retardation and birth defects coming from Afghanistan in 10 years?  
 
See agent orange.
crustacean: anybody else expecting a rash of bullet-ridden guys with spray tanks strapped on their backs?
Just a thought....
Muggins: given that poppies are their most important cash crop I wonder what destroying them all at once would do to the economy. They are one of the world most poorest countries.
fb-: I'm sure it will bring freedom.. or liberty.. or some buzz word like that. Maybe something like this....  
 
"A new day of freedom is ringing across Afghanistan, as our liberty planes have salted the wretched Earth that has birthed the drug scourge in Afghanistan! The dark days of the evil drug trade are over in Afghanistan. No longer will Afghan poppy fields bring forth money to those that wish to strike our way of life with terror! Through our brave chemical assault on evil, the meek of Afghanistan are now free to starve in whatever way seems best to them, under the beacon of democracy and liberty!"
FoolProof: Maybe Uncle Sam should just buy it all.
Fluffy:  
we could make biodiesel out of all those poppies
FoolProof: Enough to get the whole country stoned.. er.. free. from.. foreign oil?
re
an cow: This is not going to end well