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smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Wed, 10th Feb '10 8:13 PM

REP. CHARLIE WILSON DIED

There is a guy who led an interesting life.....

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Wed, 10th Feb '10 8:40 PM

How faithful was the movie Charlie Wilson's War to real life?

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Wed, 10th Feb '10 10:02 PM

Based on a true story.....Wilson did get in ethics trouble and was a wild man with the partying and women.

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Thu, 11th Feb '10 2:58 AM

"As the head of the House of Representatives Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Wilson quietly oversaw vast funding increases for the CIA’s campaign against Soviet forces in Afghanistan, with Pakistan playing a prominent role.

But arming the Afghan fighters - seen as a triumph in Washington after the Soviets withdrew - turned out to have unintended consequences that have since haunted the United States.

Some of the Afghan warlords that Wilson championed and who received millions from the CIA are now viewed as dangerous Islamist extremists with ties to Al-Qaeda, including Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and Jalaluddin Haqqani.

“As the world now knows, his efforts and exploits helped repel an invader, liberate a people, and bring the Cold War to a close,” said Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who worked with Wilson during his years at the CIA. “After the Soviets left, Charlie kept fighting for the Afghan people and warned against abandoning that traumatized country to its fate -- a warning we should have heeded then, and should remember today.”

Even after the attacks of September 11, 2001, Wilson never expressed regret about arming the Afghan warriors.

“We were fighting the evil empire. It would have been like not supplying the Soviets against Hitler in World War II,” he told Time magazine in 2007. “Anyway, who the hell had ever heard of the Taliban then?”

The Central Intelligence Agency broke with tradition and eventually gave Wilson the Honored Colleague Award for his efforts in Afghanistan, the first civilian to receive the award.".

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/21-charlie-wilson-us-champion-of-afghans-against-soviets-dies-sk-30


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