Capitalism is all the rage in Afghanistan this year. Market demand for opium poppy is sky high so permissive local warlords and subsistence level farmers are doing what they can to increase production. Directly benefitting from this spike in cultivation are Taleban and Al Qaeda functionaries that continue to control much of Afghanistan. Speaking to an Army enlisted co-worker last week who just returned from Kabul I was told that most of Afghanistan was “a Wild West town”. He described how it was possible to engage in a fire-fight within 100 yards in any direction of their base and since this administrations singular gaze has been dead set upon Iraq, Afghanistan has been left to the same groups and individuals they claimed to rid the country of.