Rise of Support for US in Afganistan

December 26, 2008

The Washington Post reports the CIA has found a new way to raise support for the US occupation of the country.

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.

Given that the country is awash in heroin, it makes perfect sense for us to fight what has become a drug war with more appropriate weapons.

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.

Given that the country is awash in heroin, and the whole experience is becoming one large drug war with everyone but the US and the Europeans in the drug business, it makes perfect sense to start fighting the battle on their terms.

My fear is that the Afghans figure out a way to grow the stuff.  Then we’re screwed.