Holly Barnes Higgins writes today in the Washington Post about the feelings of futility she went through in Afghanistan trying to get some honest work going in one of the hell provinces. The big problem being the poppy trade. I’m not at all sure why we can’t put all this USAID money into paying whatever the going rate is for poppy but instead of buying poppys buying wheat with it at the same rate. Or even buying the poppy’s and burning it. The point of the money right now is to get the Afghans on their feet, not to create a perfect capitalistic society. Anyway, the article was a good read and I admire her for having given it her best.