Uncle Sam's Mission

by Don Boudreaux on August 10, 2007

in Current Affairs

Part of the U.S. government’s idea of spreading freedom in Iraq: uprooting "illegal fuel sellers."

(HT Brian Summers)

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Floccina August 10, 2007 at 12:16 pm

Oh my! These stories drive me crazy. I was listening to NPR the other day and they were talking about poppy eradication in Afganastan! Considering such even Democrats should start supporting Ron Paul.

The Cynical Libertarian August 10, 2007 at 7:04 pm

Oh that enfuriates me Floccina. Our (British) troops are operitng in the areas with the heaviest production of poppies and one of their primary goals is to destroy the industry. Why? Because our government, through prohibition, has made heroine a problem at home, so we invade a foreign country and destroy their industry because we can't face righting our wrongs.

Ray G August 10, 2007 at 11:13 pm

Wow, we jumped right into legalizing heroin. You guys aren't playing around.

More to the point, there really ought to be an economic handbook floating around Iraq right now telling the story of the great economic miracles of world history. The United States of course, but what immediately jumps to mind is the British "neglect" of Hong Kong that allowed it to become the freest economy on earth.

We should engage in such neglect.

Tim Townsend August 11, 2007 at 9:18 am

In regard to harrassing the "illegal fuel sellers" in Iraq and the poppy growers in Afghanistan; are you really surprised? Anyone who has served in the U.S. military knows it's nothing more than a glorified social service agency.Being as politicized as it is,it does its current master's bidding, whoever that might be for whatever is degreed.Logic and thought much less economic reasoning is absent.An old saying was, " The unknowing leading the unwilling to do the unnecessary."

Ray G August 11, 2007 at 2:20 pm

Yes, that is correct. The US military does the bidding of the US government.

Now that we've ascertained that the sky is blue, and the grass is green, the larger point is of course, that the US government, regardless of who is carrying out their bidding, is sowing the wrong seeds into a young and possibly dynamic economy.

Stephen Reed August 12, 2007 at 3:29 am

Is it possible that these "illegal fuel sellers" obtained the fuel from sources that stole it? If not, what is the purpose of this law?

Stephen Reed August 12, 2007 at 3:32 am
Stephen Reed August 12, 2007 at 3:33 am

Sorry about the multiple posts, but the link I tried to post seems to be cut off, try this one instead:

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