Viagra the way to an Afghan warlord's heart
THE CIA is using Viagra to entice Afghan warlords into supplying information on Taliban movements and supply routes.
Reports yesterday said US intelligence officers were offering the pharmaceutical enhancements to ageing Afghan chieftains and warlords burdened with their duties as tribal patriarch and husband to several younger women.
The Washington Post reported that while the CIA had a long history of buying information with cash, the growing Taliban insurgency had prompted the useof novel incentives and creative bargaining to gain support in some of the country's roughest areas.
CIA officials told the paper that in their efforts to win over notoriously fickle warlords and chieftains, the agency's operatives had used a variety of personal services. These included pocketknives and tools, medicine or sweets for ailing family members, toys and school equipment, tooth extractions, travel visas, and, occasionally, pharmaceutical enhancements for ageing patriarchs with slumping libidos. continued