Little Blue Pills Among the Ways CIA Wins Friends in Afghan

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  1. Little Blue Pills Among the Ways CIA Wins Friends in Afghanistan
    By Joby Warrick
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Friday, December 26, 2008; Page A01
    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.

    For U.S. intelligence officials, this is how some crucial battles in Afghanistan are fought and won. While the CIA has a long history of buying information with cash, the growing Taliban insurgency has prompted the use of novel incentives and creative bargaining to gain support in some of the country's roughest neighborhoods, according to officials directly involved in such operations.
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  2. Hmmm . . . this is an effective technique. So what the UK badly needs now are intelligence agents disguised as belly dancers. Ms Moneypenny, your moment has finally come.
  3. Didnt think 'hardened' Taliban chiefs needed such a bribe!
  4. That pun made me laugh xD

    Seems like a pretty good and fair tactic to me :D
  5. Nothing surprises me anymore.

    I have to wonder why a CIA field officer had viagra in his bag, but whatever
  6. They could have saved a few bob and bought some 500mg Indian red pills in the bazaar.
    Is this an instance of "soft power."
  7. This 'aid' could all backfire, say 16 years down the line...Typical Americans, never plan for the long term.
  8. Did the IRA plan for the long term, when the money you collected was used to blow innocent people to kingdom come?
  9. For some weird and wonderful reason the Canadian medics in Afghanistan have literally thousands of the things, Theres a thriving black market... er I heard.
  10. The latest intel states that a Taliban chieftain got one caught in his throat.

    He suffered a severe stiff neck...

    Thank you, I'll be here all week...
  11. :smile: As long as it lasts no more than four hours...
  12. Well, if they are bonking each other, bonking their sheep, donkeys and goats, then they have less time to shoot at our lads and lasses in the Military....

    Maybe they could go and bonk some our so-called NATO friends bigging it up in Kabul amongst the Beerfests and Lazyfest...... :? :(