When the winds blow gently out of the south of a winter’s morn, a spinster aunt’s thoughts turn to Viagra, and how hilarious it is that CIA operatives are using it to bribe old Afghan horndogs into spilling their guts about secret Taliban stuff.
And by “hilarious” I mean “repellent.”
There isn’t much that isn’t repellent about this piece in last Friday’s Washington Post, but the thinly disguised chortle in the writer’s tone is pretty much the eel’s eyebrows. The American spy dudes are congratulated on their creative solution to an intelligence-gathering problem. “Using sex as a motivator” (blamer translation: “pimping out women receptacles”) has a long and colorful history in the espionage biz.
The KGB used “honey traps” (rapeable females) with great success, so why not turn Afghanistan’s “notoriously fickle warlords” into “grinning chiefs” with heretofore unavailable American sexual performance drugs? Apparently it works a treat: “Aging village patriarchs were easily sold on the utility of a pill that could ‘put them back in an authoritative position’.” The old bastards buzz along home, maul the harem, and come back singing like canaries.
Wink wink, nudge nudge, puke puke.
The heart bleeds for the multiple wives of these old farts; after a lifetime of conjugal duty, these women were undoubtedly basking in sweet relief when the old warlord finally couldn’t get it up anymore. Naturally it couldn’t possibly occur to either the CIA operatives or prurient Americans reading this amusing article clapping the CIA on the back for its good old American ingenuity that some woman somewhere was gonna have to pay the price in this “crucial battle.”
As always, women are the invisible casualties in men’s stupid wars.
[Gracias, Famous Soviet Athlete]