I am currently reading Legacy of Ashes (The history of the CIA) by Tim Weiner.
Came accross this gem
'The CIA officer who fought the hardest in Laos was Tony Poe. With a bottle of scotch or Hmong rice whisky his constant companion, Tony Poe was the field commander for the secret war, walking point on the highland trails and valley paths with his Hmong and Thai troops. He had gone completely native and more than a little crazy.
Poe told his grunts to cut off the ears of the men they killed as proof of their victories in battle. He collected them in a green cellophane bag and, in the summer of 1965, he brought them in to the CIA station in Vientiane and dumped them on the chiefs desk.
The normal problems of red blooded Americans posted in a tropical war zone -sex, alchol, madness- multiplied in Vientiane, most often than not at a nightclub called the White Rose. Lilly recalled the day that one of our senior officers briefed a visiting congressional delegation on the secret war upcountry. That evening the delegation was taken to the White Rose for exposure to nightlife in Vientiane. Member of the delegation saw a large American man stark naked on the floor of the bar yelling, I want it now! A hostess lifted up her skirt and sat on his face. It was the same officer who had briefed the delegation earlier in the day.
Saturday, 2 May 2009
Legacy of Ashes
Got this email from a friend today who regularly tours the fleshpots of Asia in search of a suitable place for retirement - at age 42.
Badly proofread by Boy on a bike at Saturday, May 02, 2009