Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Charlie Wilson Dies

Former US Congressman Charlie Wilson has died at age 76.

Wilson was a 12-term Member of the US House of Representatives representing Texas' 2nd District.

Wilson's strong advocacy of US support of mujahadeen in their quest to repel Soviet forces in Afghanistan were the subject of the book and movie "Charlie Wilson's War".

Wilson's adoption of the anti-Soviet crusade in Afghanistan became the CIA's largest covert operation and helped empower what are now the Afghan Taliban that American and allied forces are fighting today. After the Soviets withdrew, Wilson lamented the collapse of American interest in supporting the Afghan people as they tried to rebuild their society and lives.

-- Steve Clemons


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