*UPDATE: A fellow blogger has scolded me for stating that this aid went directly to the Taliban. It was actually humanitarian aid ostensibly given to Afghan farmers. But it was given to the Taliban’s subjects, in direct response to the Taliban’s crackdown on opium, a crackdown cheered on by the Bush administration. The Taliban certainly benefited from the aid. And much of the aid ended up getting confiscated by the Taliban, anyway. Oh, and in the end the crackdown actually only strengthened the Taliban. They merely eradicated the opium farms not under their direct control, driving up the cost of the stuff. Meanwhile, they themselves kept selling on the open market, with higher profit margins. My point was that the Bush administration’s moral absolutes when it comes to dealing with terrorist-harboring regimes haven’t been so absolute when it comes to the drug war. That point still stands. If I have time, I’ll have more on all of this later.