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Former Rep. Charlie Wilson dies

Charlie Wilson, 76
Former Rep. Charlie Wilson dies; led U.S. support of Afghans against Soviets

Former U.S. representative Charlie Wilson, a flamboyant 12-term East Texas Democrat who used his control of CIA purse strings to finance and arm an Afghan insurgency that drove out the Soviet occupation in the 1980s, died Feb. 10 at a hospital in Lufkin, Tex. He was 76 and had a history of heart ailments.

Mr. Wilson's epic overseas engagements outlive him. The power vacuum left in Afghanistan when the Soviets exited in 1989 contributed to the rise of the Taliban, and the weapons that Mr. Wilson helped bring to that country were probably in use when the United States went to war there in 2001.

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

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Added: Feb-10-2010 Occurred On: Feb-10-2010
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  • Real safe weapon handling there. Get that finger off the trigger badass.

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  • Yes, he give weapon to terrorist.
    Im sorry i mean freedomfighters. This world is so complex.
    One day you are freedomfighter and next day you are terrorist.
    It changes like weather!

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  • R.I.P. You stupid bastard...

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  • he left afghanistan a frigging mess.

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    • Sorry...did you say "decent" or "typical" ????

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    • You mean putting dictators like Pinochet, Batista, and the Shah of Iran in power to the point that all meddling has basicly come back to bite us in the ass?

      All that mattered is that the puppets hated communism no matter how brutal they were:

      Pinochet is among the most evil people in history and said "Democracy is the breeding ground of communism"

      Batista was such a facist, the plan backfired and the country became communist anyway when the people had a revolt after the US sponso More..

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    • Charles Wilson was a Democrat.

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    • "Sixteen hours ago an American airplane dropped one bomb on Hiroshima, an important Japanese Army base. That bomb had more power than 20,000 tons of TNT. It had more than 2,000 times the blast power of the British "Grand Slam," which is the largest bomb ever yet used in the history of warfare."

      Harry S. Truman
      Democrat

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/HarrySTruman

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