There’s Viagra Amongst the Poppies

Friday, December 26th, 2008 5:33 pm by Neal

(Hat tip: Andy McCarthy)

Our operatives in Afghanistan and other countries have to be creative with bribes and are using 21’st century enticements to get information on our enemies. From the Washington Post, Little Blue Pills Among the Ways CIA Wins Friends in Afghanistan:

The Afghan chieftain looked older than his 60-odd years, and his bearded face bore the creases of a man burdened with duties as tribal patriarch and husband to four younger women. His visitor, a CIA officer, saw an opportunity, and reached into his bag for a small gift.

Four blue pills. Viagra.

“Take one of these. You’ll love it,” the officer said. Compliments of Uncle Sam.

The enticement worked. The officer, who described the encounter, returned four days later to an enthusiastic reception. The grinning chief offered up a bonanza of information about Taliban movements and supply routes — followed by a request for more pills.

Excellent! So much better than bribing with guns or stinger missiles.

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