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Second Thoughts on Charlie Wilson's War by Chalmers Johnson / Tom's Dispatch I have some personal knowledge of Congressmen like Charlie Wilson (D-2nd District, buy discount herbal testosterone Texas, buy discount herbal testosterone 1973-1996) because, buy discount herbal testosterone for close to twenty years, buy discount herbal testosterone my representative in the 50th Congressional District of California was Republican Randy "Duke" Cunningham, buy discount herbal testosterone now serving an eight-and-a-half year prison sentence for soliciting and receiving bribes from defense contractors. Buy discount herbal testosterone Wilson and Cunningham held exactly the same plummy committee assignments in the House of Representatives -- the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee plus the Intelligence Oversight Committee -- from which they could dole out large sums of public money with little or no input from their colleagues or constituents. Buy discount herbal testosterone Both men flagrantly abused their positions -- but with radically different consequences. Buy discount herbal testosterone Cunningham went to jail because he was too stupid to know how to game the system -- retire and become a lobbyist -- whereas Wilson received the Central Intelligence Agency Clandestine Service's first "honored colleague" award ever given to an outsider and went on to become a $360, buy discount herbal testosterone000 per annum lobbyist for Pakistan. Buy discount herbal testosterone In a secret ceremony at CIA headquarters on June 9, buy discount herbal testosterone 1993, buy discount herbal testosterone James Woolsey, buy discount herbal testosterone Bill Clinton's first Director of Central Intelligence and one of the agency's least competent chiefs in its checkered history, buy discount herbal testosterone said: "The defeat and breakup of the Soviet empire is one of the great events of world history. Buy discount herbal testosterone There were many heroes in this battle, buy discount herbal testosterone but to Charlie Wilson must go a special recognition." One important part of that recognition, buy discount herbal testosterone studiously avoided by the CIA and most subsequent American writers on the subject, buy discount herbal testosterone is that Wilson's activities in Afghanistan led directly to a chain of blowback that culminated in the attacks of September 11, buy discount herbal testosterone 2001 and led to the United States' current status as the most hated nation on Earth. Buy discount herbal testosterone On May 25, buy discount herbal testosterone 2003, buy discount herbal testosterone (the same month George W. Buy discount herbal testosterone Bush stood on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Buy discount herbal testosterone Abraham Lincoln under a White-House-prepared "Mission Accomplished" banner and proclaimed "major combat operations" at an end in Iraq), buy discount herbal testosterone I published a review in the Los Angeles Times of the book that provides the data for the film Charlie Wilson's War. Buy discount herbal testosterone The original edition of the book carried the subtitle, buy discount herbal testosterone "The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History -- the Arming of the Mujahideen." The 2007 paperbound edition was subtitled, buy discount herbal testosterone "The Extraordinary Story of How the Wildest Man in Congress and a Rogue CIA Agent Changed the History of Our Times." Neither the claim that the Afghan operations were covert nor that they changed history is precisely true. Buy discount herbal testosterone In my review of the book, buy discount herbal testosterone I wrote, buy discount herbal testosterone

"The Central Intelligence Agency has an almost unblemished record of screwing up every 'secret' armed intervention it ever undertook. Buy discount herbal testosterone From the overthrow of the Iranian government in 1953 through the rape of Guatemala in 1954, buy discount herbal testosterone the Bay of Pigs, buy discount herbal testosterone the failed attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro of Cuba and Patrice Lumumba of the Congo, buy discount herbal testosterone the Phoenix Program in Vietnam, buy discount herbal testosterone the 'secret war' in Laos, buy discount herbal testosterone aid to the Greek Colonels who seized power in 1967, buy discount herbal testosterone the 1973 killing of President Allende in Chile, buy discount herbal testosterone and Ronald Reagan's Iran-Contra war against Nicaragua, buy discount herbal testosterone there is not a single instance in which the Agency's activities did not prove acutely embarrassing to the United States and devastating to the people being 'liberated.' The CIA continues to get away with this bungling primarily because its budget and operations have always been secret and Congress is normally too indifferent to its Constitutional functions to rein in a rogue bureaucracy. Buy discount herbal testosterone Therefore the tale of a purported CIA success story should be of some interest. Buy discount herbal testosterone "According to the author of Charlie Wilson's War, buy discount herbal testosterone the exception to CIA incompetence was the arming between 1979 and 1988 of thousands of Afghan mujahideen ("freedom fighters"). Buy discount herbal testosterone The Agency flooded Afghanistan with an incredible array of extremely dangerous weapons and 'unapologetically mov[ed] to equip and train cadres of high tech holy warriors in the art of waging a war of urban terror against a modern superpower [in this case, buy discount herbal testosterone the USSR].' "The author of this glowing account, buy discount herbal testosterone [the late] George Crile, buy discount herbal testosterone was a veteran producer for the CBS television news show '60 Minutes' and an exuberant Tom Clancy-type enthusiast for the Afghan caper. Buy discount herbal testosterone He argues that the U.S.'s clandestine involvement in Afghanistan was 'the largest and most successful CIA operation in history, buy discount herbal testosterone' 'the one morally unambiguous crusade of our time, buy discount herbal testosterone' and that 'there was nothing so romantic and exciting as this war against the Evil Empire.' Crile's sole measure of success is killed Soviet soldiers (about 15, buy discount herbal testosterone000), buy discount herbal testosterone which undermined Soviet morale and contributed to the disintegration of the Soviet Union in the period 1989 to 1991. Buy discount herbal testosterone That's the successful part. Buy discount herbal testosterone "However, buy discount herbal testosterone he never once mentions that the 'tens of thousands of fanatical Muslim fundamentalists' the CIA armed are the same people who in 1996 killed nineteen American airmen at Dhahran, buy discount herbal testosterone Saudi Arabia, buy discount herbal testosterone bombed our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, buy discount herbal testosterone blew a hole in the side of the U.S.S. Buy discount herbal testosterone Cole in Aden Harbor in 2000, buy discount herbal testosterone and on September 11, buy discount herbal testosterone 2001, buy discount herbal testosterone flew hijacked airliners into New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon."
Where Did the "Freedom Fighters" Go? When I wrote those words I did not know (and could not have imagined) that the actor Tom Hanks had already purchased the rights to the book to make into a film in which he would star as Charlie Wilson, buy discount herbal testosterone with Julia Roberts as his right-wing Texas girlfriend Joanne Herring, buy discount herbal testosterone and Philip Seymour Hoffman as Gust Avrakotos, buy discount herbal testosterone the thuggish CIA operative who helped pull off this caper. Buy discount herbal testosterone What to make of the film (which I found rather boring and old-fashioned)? It makes the U.S. Buy discount herbal testosterone government look like it is populated by a bunch of whoring, buy discount herbal testosterone drunken sleazebags, buy discount herbal testosterone so in that sense it's accurate enough. Buy discount herbal testosterone But there are a number of things both the book and the film are suppressing. Buy discount herbal testosterone As I noted in 2003, buy discount herbal testosterone
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