CIA newest weapon in the War on Terror lifts, uh, spirits

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What's the newest tactic the U.S. is using to gain converts in the War on Terror? Not waterboarding — that's old news. Bombing weddings? Oh, that's sooo 2002. And blasting Britney Spears is just tacky.

No, the newest arsenal the CIA is using to persuade rogue nations to turn in terrorists is none other than Viagra.

And, as this Washington Post story reports, it seems to be working:

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.

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