In fact, we are not eliminating poppy fields.
US/UK Soldiers guard the poppy fields with armed patrols. “Although the poppy fields are beautiful to look at, 2 Para Patrols Platoon are on guard at all times.”http://news.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/hi/newsbeat/newsid_7375000/7375494.stm
The Taliban banned opium in 2001
To actually answer the question, what is the reason we are in Afghanistan, I will give the only explanations that make sense to me: 1) heroin — Drugs = money; 2) control over fossils fuels; 3) control over territory (empire); 4) human attraction to war
1. Heroin — Drugs = Money
2. Control over fossil fuels
3. Control over territory
4. Human attraction to war
How did all of these aggressive, largely unethical motivations result in an invasion and continued occupation? The best explanation I have heard is the theory given in the book The Psychology of War : Comprehending Its Mystique and Its Madness.
Basically, the idea is that ‘mythical thinking’ (as opposed to observation and rational thought) makes it possible to engage in activities (wars) that solve the most basic age-old human dilemma: the conflict between self and the group.
Put yourself in the position of U.S. leaders who see all of these strategic goals in Afghanistan.
What do you think would have been the reaction if they had simply presented all of these reasons and asked the American public for permission to invade Afghanistan on this basis in September 2001?