May 6, 2009 11:00AM

Counterinsurgency or Counternarcotics?

This clip from NBC Nightly News shows a DEA raid in Afghanistan:

As I have said before, the quickest way to create an insurgent is to burn a man’s livelihood. This may be a competent counternarcotics tactic, but it is an epic failure as a counterinsurgency strategy. We can fight a war against the Taliban or we can fight the war on drugs, but we can’t do both in the same place at the same time.

Related thoughts from Doug Bandow here.