- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 14, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

You’ve got to hand it to the CIA. Like Taliban.

As the U.S. operatives provided education on the pill’s potency for older tribal chieftains, who might have as many as four wives. The Post dispatch says the effort has had excellent success, and we’ll leave it at that.

The CIA teams use a variety of other personal services to win over Afghan tribal leaders, including pocketknives, toys, school equipment, medical services and tooth extractions, tools and travel visas. While these inducements don’t sound sexy, they are helping get valuable information in areas where warlords and tribal chieftains operate on a pay-to-play basis. We salute the CIA for its out-of-the-box thinking.

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