American Gangster:The Movie. As a movie, this was one of the best of the year. And the fact that it was based upon truth made it even better. Denzel Washington and Russel Crowe did themselves proud.
However, as I was watching this and remembering what it was really like in the late 1960's and 1970's, I thought back to life when I was 21 in 1969. And among the young people I knew at that time it was generally accepted that the CIA funded its most expensive Black ops operations with drug money, especially heroin and cocaine. So when I watched Denzel smuggle raw heroin into the USA from Viet Nam or Cambodia, on board Army hercules C-130's I knew from those days that this COULD NOT be done without a CIA connection. One just did not waltz into a situation like that without CIA Black ops help.
Also, I have wondered a lot about whether the real reason the United States took out the Taliban recently (2001 and 2002) was because the Taliban were destroying US Black ops profits from the Opium poppies they were destroying in Afghanistan. Since Opium poppies are the basis of American Black ops money at least since the 1960's. Though this hasn't been spoken of since the 70's and 80's it is a dirty little secret that most Viet Nam veterans and people who were adults who actually lived through the 1960's and 1970's know about. This could also be another reason so many Afghan Taliban terrorists are kept incommunicado in Guantanamo Bay Cuba so they can't tell anyone about this.
If you have lived as an adult through the Cold War then you know Western Powers (i.e. US, Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan etc would do literally ANYTHING not to go communist. So it is not a surprise to any of us that this sort of thing went on and is likely still going on. The world has changed a lot but in some ways it has remained EXACTLY the same.
It makes me wonder a lot what is being smuggled back into the United States from Afghanistan, and Iraq these days on board military planes?
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