Charles Wilson on the Soviet-Afghanistan War – Part 1 (1988)

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February 9, 1988 Watch the full program: Charles Nesbitt Wilson (June 1, 1933 — February 10, 2010) was a United States naval officer and former 12-term Democratic United States Representative from the 2nd congressional district in Texas. He was best known for leading Congress into supporting Operation Cyclone, the largest-ever Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) covert operation, which under the Reagan administration supplied military equipment, including anti-aircraft weapons such as Stinger antiaircraft missiles, and paramilitary officers from their Special Activities Division to the Afghan Mujahideen and the Taliban during the Soviet war in Afghanistan. His behind-the-scenes campaign was the subject of the non-fiction book Charlie Wilson’s War by George Crile and a subsequent film adaptation starring Tom Hanks as Wilson. In 1980, Wilson read an Associated Press dispatch on the congressional wires describing the refugees fleeing Soviet-occupied Afghanistan. The communist Democratic Republic of Afghanistan had taken over power during the Afghan Civil War and asked the Soviet Union to help suppress resistance from the mujahideen. According to biographer George Crile III, Wilson called the staff of the House Appropriations Committee dealing with “black appropriations” and requested a two-fold appropriation increase for Afghanistan. Because Wilson had just been named to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense (which is

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25 Responses to “Charles Wilson on the Soviet-Afghanistan War – Part 1 (1988)”

  • etphonehome2915:

    As I said: “I would never support a communist regime no matter what. The only way is democracy.” If the government is based on democracy then, thats their choice, and I also said: But neither do I support most wars … However, if the state is a dictator regime like that of Stalin, Hitler, Mao, North Korea, I would fight it with every atom in my body. Besides I also said that I don’t support US foreign policy because it is based on CIA shit. I don’t see any contradiction

  • grnbaypack4:

    @bapyou and as for me needing to be slapped….. ill bet youll say that on here but your prolly the last person do to any slapping in real life. go read some real books by real historians instead of the liberal revisionist garbage you apparently have been reading….start with VENONA and COMRADE J. both good books. ill come up with more. i think your the dope, dirty hippie, what 26 yr old do you know who has a personal collection of over 500 books(and counting) and has read nearly all of them? 0

  • grnbaypack4:

    @bapyou and your just a has been hippie with a lost cause, looking for a new one. that greatest country comment was me being a smart ass to a bitch ass liberal who doesn’t know shit. your on here crying about what we did to the japs, guess you forgot about what they did to the chinese. look i feel bad too about little kids being maimed or killed, but what future do they have when the extremists in control? poppy pushers? terrorists? whores? they throw acid in womens face who go to school. fuckem

  • bapyou:


    “you have pity on them when we pound them for (the imperialist war they started).”

    It’s not pity.

    Look: You’re just a fucking asshole kid … with your moronic comments about “the greatest country in the world.” Listen to yourself.

    You fucking kids are all dopes. I fear for the future you morons will bring into being after I leave this Earth.


    You need to be slapped. You’re a stupid fucking cheerleader for American imperialism. Stupid fucking dope.

  • grnbaypack4:

    @bapyou CORRECTION! the mujahideen that became the taliban were the ones supported by saudis and packistan. they were the most fanatical of the extremist and therefore engaged the soviets more often. they were given the most weapons. they used them to assume control of the country.the US supported the moderate elements, like al maousad. our only mistake was not staying involved after the soviets left. we are freeing them from the taliban right now. its necessary to be there.. what about binLaden

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