Charlie Wilson's Real War

There has been quite a hue and cry in the town of Lufkin, Texas in the United States over the death of former Democratic Rep. Charlie Wilson, who died Feb. 10 of a heart attack at the age of 76. Good old Charlie, the subject of a book by George Crile titled "Charlie Wilson's War" and later a movie of the same title, was famous for funneling as much as US$5 billion worth of weapons to the mujahedeen in Afghanistan with the help of Ronald Reagan's spymaster, William Casey, and bringing about the end of the Soviet occupation of the country. This act, the common wisdom goes, broke the back of the entire Soviet empire.

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