Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Oh yeah, that'll work

President Obama's chief counterterorrism advisor has written to the deans of schools of public health saying that the CIA has abandoned the practice of using vaccination programs as a ruse to collect intelligence. As you may recall, this is a response to the shitstorm over the fake vaccination program in Abbotobad they used to try to confirm that Osama bin Laden was living there.

The fake vaccination program didn't work -- they failed to get ObL's DNA -- but it did result in numerous vaccination workers in Pakistan being murdered, contributing to the resurgence of polio in Pakistan and putting the world in peril.

But that's okay now, if the director of the CIA says something, then clearly everybody in the tribal regions of Pakistan will believe him. They never lie, after all.

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