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creating along the ISIS and probably the rest of forces behind the 9 11 horror Niiice How to you really manage to get over people spending billions of tax payers money to promote terrorism shit Read this and see how the author manages to endorse these actions in this research Q 9 11 was a watershed, as stunning in its boldness as it was frightening in its message The fact that Afghanistan was the cradle of the attack should not have come as a surprise, for both the territory and t creating along the ISIS and probably the rest of forces behind the 9 11 horror Niiice How to you really manage to get over people spending billions of tax payers money to promote terrorism shit Read this and see how the author manages to endorse these actions in this research Q 9 11 was a watershed, as stunning in its boldness as it was frightening in its message The fact that Afghanistan was the cradle of the attack should not have come as a surprise, for both the territory and the Islamic warriors who gather there are familiar to our government Throughout the 1980s the Afghan mujahideen were, in effect, America s surrogate soldiers in the brutal guerrilla war that became the Soviet Union s Vietnam, a defeat that helped trigger the subsequent collapse of the Communist empire c Uh huh, you fund mujaheeden and then you are surprised when they organise the 9 11 What, someone forgot to disband them after the USSR Q Afghanistan was a secret war that the CIA fought and won without debates in Congress or protests in the street It was not just the CIA s biggest operation, it was the biggest secret war in history, but somehow it never registered on the American consciousness When viewed through the prism of 9 11, the scale of that U.S support for an army of Muslim fundamentalists seems almost incomprehensible In the course of a decade, billions of rounds of ammunition and hundreds of thousands of weapons were smuggled across the border on the backs of camels, mules, and donkeys At one point over three hundred thousand fundamentalist Afghan warriors carried weapons provided by the CIA thousands were trained in the art of urban terror Before it was over, some 28,000 Soviet soldiers were killed.At the time, it was viewed as a noble cause, and when the last Soviet soldier walked out of Afghanistan on February 15, 1989, the leaders of the CIA celebrated what they hailed as the Agency s greatest victory The cable from the CIA station in Islamabad that day read simply We won But the billions spent arming and training the primitive tribesmen of Afghanistan turned out to have an unintended consequence In a secret war, the funders take no credit and no doubt that s why the mujahideen and their Muslim admirers around the world never viewed U.S support as a decisive factor in their victory As they saw it, that honor went to Allah, the only superpower they acknowledge But for the few who know the extent of the CIA s involvement, it s impossible to ignore the central role that America played in this great modern jihad, one that continues to this day.This book tells the story of the CIA s secret war in Afghanistan, of the men who dreamed it, and of the journey they took to see it through If the campaign had different authors, menassociated with shaping foreign policy or waging wars, it might have surfaced earlier or been the subject of debate But the unorthodox alliance of a scandal prone Texas congressman and an out of favor CIA operative that gave birth to the Afghan jihad kept this history under the radar It is the missing chapter in the politics of our time, a rousing good story that is also a cautionary tale c Q None of the other men or women in the bus looked terribly important Generally speaking, no one ever looks impressive in a bus c Q Wheels within wheels moved in his brain as he thought of the incredible irony of this ceremony c Q It was his great good fortune to have been in charge of the South Asia task force in the final years when his men, funneling billions of dollars worth of weapons to the mujahideen, c Q It s the story of how the United States turned the tables on the Soviet Union and did to them in Afghanistan what they had done to the U.S in Vietnam c Only without funnelling billions and creating ISIS along the way Q Along the way, however, Wilson had discovered that he didn t need money of his own to lead a big, glamorous life The rules governing Congress were far looser in those days, and he d become a master at getting others to pick up the tab junkets to exotic foreign lands at government expense, campaign chests that could be tapped to underwrite all manner of entertainments, and, of course, the boundless generosity of friendly lobbyists, quick to provide the best seats at his favorite Broadway musicals, dinners at the finest Parisian restaurants, and romantic late night boat parties on the Potomac c Q Charles Nesbitt Wilson comes from a part of the country very familiar with Satan c Probably way too familiar.Q It was an enormous Jacuzzi, he recalled I was in a robe at first because, after all, I was a congressman And then everyone disappeared except for two beautiful, long legged showgirls with high heels They were a bit drunk and flirtatious and they walked right into the water with their high heels on The girls had cocaine and the music was loud Sinatra, My Kind of Town We all mellowed out, saying outrageous things to each other It was total happiness And both of them had ten long, red fingernails with an endless supply of beautiful white powder It was just tremendous fun better than anything you ve ever seen in the movies As Wilson later framed the episode that almost brought him down, the Feds spent a million bucks trying to figure out whether, when those fingernails passed under my nose, did I inhale or exhale and I ain t telling c Of course, that s all perfectly ok, since it s all on the taxpayers dime Q Charlie Wilson, however, had a genius for getting people to judge him not as a middle aged scoundrel but instead as if he were a good hearted adolescent, guilty of littlethan youthful excess This survival skill permitted him to routinely do things that no one else in Congress could have gotten away with c I m sure he was good at it.Q He had an uncanny ability to take a complex issue, break it down, get all the bullshit out, and deliver the heart of it There s no question he could have been anything he wanted to be His goal was to become secretary of defense Certainly he intended to run for the Senate c Q That failing was perfectly summed up in a fitness report written by Wilson s commanding officer in the navy in the late 1950s Charlie Wilson is the best officer who ever served under me at sea and undoubtedly the worst in port c Q Wilson had an uncanny ability to consume enormous quantities of Scotch and seem unaffected Also, he was a happy drunk who told wonderful stories and made everyone laugh On the occasions when drinking would get to him, Simpson says, Wilson would simply lie down on the floor for an hour, wake up, and act as if he had just had twelve hours of sleep It was the most unreal thing I d ever seen He d do this at his own parties just sleep for an hour with everything going on around him, then get up and start again c Q Wilson himself would later say, I was caught up in the longest midlife crisis in history I wasn t hurting anybody, but I sure was aimless c Q Never before had the CIA had such a powerful vehicle for blackening the image of the Soviet Union The Agency began placing heartrending articles in foreign newspapers and magazines academic studies and books were underwritten c Q I would be sitting there where the button is, and if you re twenty seven, it makes you feel very cocky knowing that here s Moscow, and here s Kiev, and if they fuck with us I ll just hit all these buttons c Q It s not legal for active duty servicemen to campaign for public office, but Wilson decided to disregard that detail He took thirty days leave from the navy and entered his name in the race for Texas state representative He won and managed to complete his Pentagon tour without anyone noticing his entry into the political arena In 1961, at twenty seven, he was sworn in to office in Austin, Texas, the same month his political role model became the thirty fifth president of the United States c Q Always, she told her young son and his kid sister always stand up for the underdog If you re ever in doubt, back the underdog Q He discovered that the authorizing committees, like Foreign Affairs, were littlethan debating societies He now served on a committee that doled out the nation s money fifty men appropriating 500 billion a year He watched and saw how one man, if he s on the right subcommittee and knows how to play the system, can move the entire nation to fund a program or cause of his choice c Q The truth is, there were always two Charlie Wilsons at work in Washington But he was moving heaven and earth in those days to allow only one image to surface, and to promote that image so loudly that no one would go looking for the other To begin with, he staffed his office almost exclusively with tall, startlingly beautiful women They were famous on the Hill, known to all as Charlie s Angels And to his colleagues amazement, whenever questioned about this practice, Wilson invariably responded with one of his favorite lines You can teach them how to type, but you can t teach them to grow tits That was the way he tended to present himself in public, which was tame compared to the way he decorated his condo c Q How much are we giving the Afghans he asked Van Wagenen Five million, said the staffer.There was a moment s silence Double it, said the Texan But as dramatic as the doubling might sound, it had no visible impact on the war It wasn t reported or debated, and it never even registered on the KGB s radar screen in Russia At best, all it did was provide the mujahideen with a few thousandEnfield rifles and perhaps some machine guns, so that they could go out and die for their faith in greater numbers c Q But at twenty five, as a gunnery officer on a destroyer sailing the world with the American fleet at the height of the Cold War, he felt that he was at last coming into his own He was in command of the warship s weapons, and his gunnery teams almost always won the mock battles, in part because he had his men practicethan anyone else They always ran out of ammunition long before they could get back to their home port to be resupplied Wilson did this to sharpen his men s skills, but also to empty the ammo boxes so that he could fill them with cheap alcohol bought on shore leave in Gibraltar to smuggle back to the States Wilson s training style was unconventional, but he ended up with the happiest men and the best shots in the fleet c Q Each new language gives you a new set of eyes and ears, a new window on the world, c Q As diplomat Janet Bogue told us, The U.S government now finds itself giving guns to a friend who shells civilian populations, and then we turn around and send in a humanitarian mission to deal with the refugees created by our own investment c Q For all practical purposes, the Cold War was over, and it seemed as if the United States and Russia had come to share roughly the same long term goals in Afghanistan The only logical explanation for why the two superpowers were now funding this mysterious war of the tribes was the force of inertia Simply put, neither side wanted to be the first to pull back c Q The secret appropriation was hidden in the 298 billion Defense bill for fiscal year 1992 When it was presented for a vote, no one but the interested few noticed the 200 million earmarked for the Afghans c Q There were many early warnings well before Charlie s award at Langley In January of that year, a young Pakistani, Mir Aimal Kasi, walked down the line of cars at the gates of the CIA and calmly murdered two officers before escaping to Pakistan where he was embraced as a folk hero The month after Kasi s shooting spree at the CIA in February 1993, the World Trade Center was bombed c Q While news reports explored every possible avenue that might explain America s new enemy, there was curiously little commentary on the role the United States had played in Afghanistan s recent past The fact that the CIA had supported the Afghans in their guerrilla war against the Soviet Union was mentioned But the impression left was of a nuisance campaign, like the one the Agency ran with the Nicaraguan Contras And it was perhaps to be expected that no one from the administration chose to spell out the scope and nature of the CIA s role in the Afghan jihad It would have been embarrassing at best c This book was too long and poorly written It repeated itself and skipped around quite a bit It took me a very long time to get through this, despite being interested in the material The author would have done better with a condensed book that flowed better The story is over dramatized and extrodinarily biased I d like to hear from Casey, George, and others who were denigrated in this book I think this is overinflated and a very egotistical version of an important turning point in US Histor This book was too long and poorly written It repeated itself and skipped around quite a bit It took me a very long time to get through this, despite being interested in the material The author would have done better with a condensed book that flowed better The story is over dramatized and extrodinarily biased I d like to hear from Casey, George, and others who were denigrated in this book I think this is overinflated and a very egotistical version of an important turning point in US History World History It is a shame this is sensationalized in this book Quite an unputdownable book,the most interesting one I ve read this year.Alarm bills started ringing in Pakistan when the Soviet Union invaded neighbouring Afghanistan,in 1979.Would Pakistan be next The Soviet occupation continued for nearly a decade.Pakistan s military strongman,General Zia ul Haq chose to turn Pakistan into a frontline state.It was a very risky policy,challenging the might of the Soviet Union and becoming heavily allied with the US effort to defeat the Soviets.Massive amounts Quite an unputdownable book,the most interesting one I ve read this year.Alarm bills started ringing in Pakistan when the Soviet Union invaded neighbouring Afghanistan,in 1979.Would Pakistan be next The Soviet occupation continued for nearly a decade.Pakistan s military strongman,General Zia ul Haq chose to turn Pakistan into a frontline state.It was a very risky policy,challenging the might of the Soviet Union and becoming heavily allied with the US effort to defeat the Soviets.Massive amounts of US aid,arms and ammunition flooded Pakistan.Millions of Afghan refugees fled their country and were given shelter in Pakistan.In the meanwhile,the Soviets often gave dire warnings to General Zia himself that they would destroy Pakistan.Miraculously,however,that didn t happen.In the US,Texas congressman,Charlie Wilson played a key role in mobilising huge amounts of money for the Afghan mujahideen He wanted to kill communists and turn Afghanistan into the Soviets Vietnam.A Texas socialite,Joanne Herring,influenced him initially to take up the Afghan cause.She exercised a great deal of influence over President Zia himself.Wilson was introduced to Zia,and the two men became indispensable to each other.Wilson said that he had three heroes,Churchill,Lincoln and Zia.The book sheds light on the covert operations of the CIA during the war.The initial policy was to bleed the Soviets.But later,escalation became the name of the game.That escalation was so huge that it could have provoked a Soviet invasion of Pakistan.Wilson had started off on the wrong foot with the CIA,but when Gust Avrakotos became the Islamabad station chief of the agency,he had found the perfect ally.Wilson kept findingandmoney and got a matching amount from the Saudis as well.Avrakotos and his staff gotandsophisticated weapons and techniques to inflict heavy casualties on the Soviets.Tens of thousands of tons of arms and ammunition was passing through Pakistan on its way to Afghanistan.The country would never be the same again.But at the time,the impact was being felt mainly in the areas bordering Afghanistan.The Stinger missiles,which were finally given to the Afghans,became the game changer.Before that,the Soviet helicopter gunships,the Hinds were mowing down Afghans.But these heat seeking missiles could destroy the multi million dollar gunships with ease.On their part,the Soviets had used a scorched earth policy,carpet bombing Afghanistan.It still wasn t enough.The CIA trained the Afghans in a dirty war,teaching them how to carry out targeted assassinations and bombings of all kinds.On their part,the Afghans,despite their glamourised image at the time,were a bloodthirsty people.They took delight in killing Soviet soldiers with as much cruelty as possible.After the Soviets left,the warlords turned on each other.The story of Charlie Wilson is very colourful.He liked his drink and he was a womaniser,who took beauty queens and belly dancers on his foreign junkets,including those to Egypt and Pakistan.He wasn t too well known in the US,but abroad,he was a VIP.His escapades in Pakistan are very entertaining and so are his encounters with General Zia.He even got Zia to slip him into Afghanistan to witness several days of fighting.A very well written book,in which the author did a lot of original research and interviewed lots of key players including General Zia himself.He doesn t however,analyse the plane crash that killed General Zia.Movie ReviewI watched the movie several years ago.Tom Hanks played Charlie Wilson,Julia Roberts was Joanne Herring and Indian actor Om Puri was General Zia.It is a commercial movie,a comedy with quite a few funny moments.It didn t do justice to the book at all.But then,that is Hollywood Charlie Wilson s war is indispensible for anyone who wants to understand the roots of our current war in Afghanistan It s also a primer on how Washington worked in the 1970s 1980s under Reagan, Tip O Neill, and others Congressman Charlie Wilson and the CIA funneled billions of dollars worth of money and equipment to the Mooj, or Mujahadeen, in Afghanistan to bleed the Soviet 40th Army Every penny, every bullet, went via Pakistan s ISI, as a condition of Pakistan allowing it all Wilson, his Charlie Wilson s war is indispensible for anyone who wants to understand the roots of our current war in Afghanistan It s also a primer on how Washington worked in the 1970s 1980s under Reagan, Tip O Neill, and others Congressman Charlie Wilson and the CIA funneled billions of dollars worth of money and equipment to the Mooj, or Mujahadeen, in Afghanistan to bleed the Soviet 40th Army Every penny, every bullet, went via Pakistan s ISI, as a condition of Pakistan allowing it all Wilson, his delusions of Churchillian Great Man grandeur fueled by cocaine, alcohol, pretty women, and the perks of a seat on powerful Congressional committees, was able to take the campaign from one to bleed the Soviets to one that led to the biggest military humiliation in Soviet history, a defining event in the collapse of that empire.The bad news It was all so officially secret that the Mooj thought it was all due to Allah instead of America, and once the Soviets were gone, they ve turned their weapons on America in the years since Some American foreign policy critics, after the events of September 11th, talked about how we had created a monster that escaped our control and bit us back This is what they were talking about.The movie version of this book is far too glib to get across such amazing characters as Wilson and his CIA partner Gust Avrokotos, or the dozen or so other characters, from Presidents and Ministers to fringe characters that ended up playing huge roles Read Charlie Wilson s War to understand the quagmire we find ourselves in today The Karma, she is a bitch This definately falls in the category of truth being stranger than fiction because this story is so unlikely that no one would believe it if it hadn t happened Not only is there muchdetail and depth than the movie even hinted at, it s also a great inside look at how the American government and intelligence community actually work. During the height of the Cold War, the United States attempted to keep the spread of communism at bay throughout the world without actively engaging in real warfare with the Soviet Union Certain hot spots, such as Southeast Asia and Central America, were the primary focus of the U.S military and intelligence groups Other hot spots, such as the Middle East, were of equal importance, due to their strategic importance as oil rich nations.Wedged in between the countries of Iran, Pakistan, Russia, During the height of the Cold War, the United States attempted to keep the spread of communism at bay throughout the world without actively engaging in real warfare with the Soviet Union Certain hot spots, such as Southeast Asia and Central America, were the primary focus of the U.S military and intelligence groups Other hot spots, such as the Middle East, were of equal importance, due to their strategic importance as oil rich nations.Wedged in between the countries of Iran, Pakistan, Russia, and lots of other countries that end with istan , Afghanistan is a country of mostly poor tribal people who have suffered centuries of rule and abuse from countries like China, Britain, Russia, and the U.S In 1979, the Soviet Afghan War began, but it is perhaps unfair to call it a war, as that implies that there was a level playing field In truth, the Soviets hardly faced any impactful resistance The Soviets had helicopters and tanks The Afghans had rifles and rode on horseback What the Soviets were doing in Afghanistan wasn t war It was genocide.And while the generally hawkish Republican party in the U.S led by President Ronald Reagan claimed to be heart sick and disgusted by what was going on in Afghanistan, they weren t doing much to stop it The CIA annual budget for that part of the world was 5 million Pocket change compared to what was being spent in Central and South America There were also only about three CIA officers in charge of the Afghan division Gust Avrakotos, a blue collar Greek American from PA with a propensity for pissing off his superiors, was one of those guys He was trying his best, but he also knew that his best wasn t enough.Then along came two unlikely allies in the fight against the Commie bastards one was a beautiful rich Texas socialite named Joanne Herring, known to be even too Far Right wing for Reagan Republicans, who nevertheless had a soft spot for nations being oppressed or murdered wholesale, especially when the murderers happened to be Communists It was her attempts at championing the Afghan people that attracted the eyes of Congressman Charlie Wilson D Texas, Second District , a little known and little cared about politician who was notorious for being a drunk and a womanizer He was also, by some strange set of circumstances, a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee This is the political body that was in charge of setting the budget for the CIA.Herring encouraged Wilson to look deeper into the Afghan situation, which he did What he found was sobering, infuriating, and heart wrenching Wilson, who always took the side of the underdog, in any fight, saw in the Afghan people a proud warrior race who were willing to die to the very end to keep the Soviets from taking their land After finding out how little the federal government was doing to help the Afghans, Wilson turned to Avrakotos A deep friendship and a history making turn of events resulted.George Crile s thorough and incredibly fascinating book Charlie Wilson s War examines in thorough detail the decade long attempt by Wilson to almost single handedly push for the largest covert operation in the history of the CIA, which also turned out to be the single most successful CIA operation in history.Not that his actions didn t have unforeseen and tragic consequences the lack of any aid and support in helping the Afghan people rebuild their government, infrastructure, schools, hospitals, etc after kicking the Soviets out created a set of falling dominoes that directly led to the events of September 11, 2001 It wasn t, of course, for lack of trying on Wilson s part He quickly learned that while his fellow Americans were okay with spending billions on killing Russians, they weren t that interested in giving aid money to poor people in a desert.As Wilson himself once said, These things happened They were glorious and they changed the world And the people who deserved the credit are the ones who made the sacrifice And then we fucked up the endgame Which, if you think about it, is so very American.P.S The 2007 Mike Nichols s film starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman is a decent if somewhat white washed and CliffsNotes adaptation of Criles s far superior book It s really all in the details, or lack thereof Much of the film criticism stems from the decision by the screenwriters Aaron Sorkin being one of them to neglect to include any information about CIA money going to a thoroughly awful Afghani named Gulbaddin Hekmatyar, who used some of his CIA money to kill Russkies, sure, but also to kill other Afghanis he didn t like Hollywood doesn t like messy stuff like this getting in the way of a good black and white story of good and evil Thankfully, Criles doesn t sugar coat anything, nor does he leave any important information like this out of his book He paints a pretty accurate picture of Wilson and Avrakotos as decent humans with a lot of gray areas .READ KINDLE ☫ Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of How the Wildest Man in Congress and a Rogue CIA Agent Changed the History of our Times ♶ Charlie Wilson s War was a publishing sensation and a New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times bestseller In the early s, a Houston socialite turned the attention of maverick Texas congressman Charlie Wilson to the ragged band of Afghan freedom fighters who continued, despite overwhelming odds, to fight the Soviet invaders Wilson, who sat on the all powerful House Appropriations Committee, managed to procure hundreds of millions of dollars to support the mujahideen The arms were secretly procured and distributed with the help of an out of favor CIA operative, Gust Avrokotos, whose working class Greek American background made him an anomaly among the Ivy League world of American spies Avrakotos handpicked a staff of CIA outcasts to run his operation and, with their help, continually stretched the Agency s rules to the breaking point Moving from the back rooms of the Capitol, to secret chambers at Langley, to arms dealers conventions, to the Khyber Pass, this book presents an astonishing chapter of our recent past, and the key to understanding what helped trigger the sudden collapse of the Soviet Union and ultimately led to the emergence of a brand new foe in the form of radical Islam A drama based on a Texas congressman Charlie Wilson s covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets have some unforeseen and long reaching effects.A movie was made based on this book 2007 , directed by Mike Nichols with Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman. An incredibly entertaining history of Amercia s most successful covert war via proxy When the Soviets went into Afghanistan, Congressman Charlie Wilson pushed to support the mujaheddin.It s true that this eventually turned against us, providing the training that militarized those who would eventually become terrorists, but those dots wouldn t be connected until many years later At the time, many thought it plausible that Afghanistan would be solidly a U.S partisan The U.S State Department i An incredibly entertaining history of Amercia s most successful covert war via proxy When the Soviets went into Afghanistan, Congressman Charlie Wilson pushed to support the mujaheddin.It s true that this eventually turned against us, providing the training that militarized those who would eventually become terrorists, but those dots wouldn t be connected until many years later At the time, many thought it plausible that Afghanistan would be solidly a U.S partisan The U.S State Department is tragically often blinded to reality typically because real subject experts aren t considered trustworthy by the True Patriots or other ideologues among their appointed and elected taskmasters , so prior lessons of The Great Game weren t examined or considered.Tom Hanks starred as Charlie Wilson in the movie of the same name, which also featured the wonderful and recently deceased, c 2014 Philip Seymour Hoffman as the maverick CIA agent.Charlie Wilson died on 10 February 2010, prompting a small torrent of obits Obituaries worth reading The Economist Charles Nesbitt Wilson, congressman, party animal and saviour of Afghanistan The UK Guardian Charlie Wilson Flamboyant Texan congressman who masterminded covert US support for the mujahideen during the Soviet Afghan war New York Times Charlie Wilson, Texas Congressman Linked to Foreign Intrigue, Dies at 76 BBC News Obituary US Congressman Charlie Wilson I guess now that Tom Hanks starred in a movie based on this book, I m obligated to write a review If you re into politics , intrigue, and war stories, this will be your favorite book It s a completely true story, yet it reads like the best fiction in the genre The movie covered a lot, but of course, a lot was left out, like Charlie s short marriage and long decline into alcoholism, which was only symbolized in the movie.Charlie Wilson was a Democrat hawk who saved freedom for the world from t I guess now that Tom Hanks starred in a movie based on this book, I m obligated to write a review If you re into politics , intrigue, and war stories, this will be your favorite book It s a completely true story, yet it reads like the best fiction in the genre The movie covered a lot, but of course, a lot was left out, like Charlie s short marriage and long decline into alcoholism, which was only symbolized in the movie.Charlie Wilson was a Democrat hawk who saved freedom for the world from the Russians, stopping them for the first time from taking over a country, by spending insane amounts of U.S treasure to fund the mujahideen in Afghanistan Unfortunately, this same event set the stage for the Taliban takeover as Charlie was incapable of drawing the same level interest in Cogress for the fate of the decimated Afghani public as he could in killing Russians by their hands