Secret Weapon in the Middle East

Joby Warrick, Washington Post, 26 Dec 08

An 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 in his bag
for a small gift. Four blue pills. Viagra. The officer 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 US
intelligence officials, this is how some crucial battles in
Afghanistan are fought and won.

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