My father fought the CIA’s secret war in Laos

The summer before university, my dad and I went for a drive in the old Volvo – just the two of us, something we never did. We buckled our seatbelts, and kicked up dust on the gravel lane.

“Peter, it’s time to tell you about the family business,” my dad said as he tapped his fingers on the wheel waiting for a red light. The light turned green and we pulled out onto the main road.


  • Watchman

    Featured on the BBC – a good sign of being PC
    “I gave Xing the opportunity to admonish the CIA and the US” Why does this author sound quite disappointed in this refusal?

  • simus1

    The CIA and the Kurds have a parallel history in many ways. Always over promising on results to keep their hand in the game, yet never secure from some fainthearted booby high up the political food chain pulling the rug out from under them on a whim.
    The irony of their early success in post 9-11 Afghanistan, then being shoved aside by the big boys after the hard lessons learned through decades of political failures and cock ups everywhere else must have really rankled.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Laos is a communist single party state to this day. The Laotian government isn’t shy about its use of ‘political re education’ and similar things.