During the first invasion it was more of a statement they were trying to make. They wanted to make it clear that that no one was going to scuffle with Washington. No positive was done, only destroying of crops and livelihoods. America backed some Afghani’s to gain money and leverage throughout the country. Saying that they would not deal with internal affairs. To attack the fields would be a direct blow against themselves. And America needed the drug money to pay off militias to assist them in the fight. In 2005 Rumsfeld was meeting with Afghani officals who were locally called the ‘godfathers of drug trafficking’. It was for this reason that America ignored the issue for so many years. A team of Green Berets were ordered to not disrupt any opium sales. A reason that America would not attack the fields was because they were worried that the farmers would join the Taliban to fight back. The Taliban said it would pay give a farmer financial assistance in exchange for fighting America. So attacking poppy would have directly sent recruits to the Taliban.
America began a five step plan to fight opium later in