In my first few months in Afghanistan, I have been in multiple regions. Even though Afghanistan is mostly desert (12-13% arable), the Afghans love plants and typically, after taking over an installation, will plant thousands of trees and try to green up their new bases.
As you’ve heard in the news, the US and coalition forces are actively trying to elimnate the poppy-trade in Afghanistan and replace it with more legitimate sources of economic development. I don’t think General Petraeus ever thought that would mean substituting for another illicit cash crop!
The Kabul Military Training Center, the premier ANA training center in Afghanistan, has been a case study for wasting water and they continue to amaze.
While no one wants to see water wasted, at least the Afghans have demonstrated their acumen for poppy cultivation is transferrable to another cash crop–marijuana.
Happy Fourth of July!