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.I find this incredibly funny. I'm also embarrassed that it's something that's never occurred to me (yes, I do spend time thinking about things like "how can we be more effective fighting terrorists). Modern technology (pharmaceuticals, electronics, general medical) can work miracles, miracles that people have searched after for thousands of years. That's an incredible tool in the fight against the barbarians. I'm glad that we're using it.
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.
Now that I think of it, I wonder if they're also giving out Rogaine? :-)