Thursday, February 11, 2010

Charlie Wilson dies. His Afghan "war" legacy lives on

Charlie Wilson, US politician who secretly funded CIA in Afghanistan, dies

Charlie Wilson, the Texan Democrat who championed covert CIA support for Afghan Mujahidin in the 1980s and whose life was chronicled in a Hollywood film, has died. He was 76.
He sat on a key House subcommittee and helped to secure huge increases in funding for CIA efforts to help Afghan Mujahidin fighting Soviet occupation forces after the 1979 invasion.

I want to point out that the above mainstream media reporting is incorrect!
Yes, Charlie Wilson he did help secure the funding, for the Afghan "freedom fighters", as Ronald Reagan so fondly called them.
But, what is totally incorrect is that the funding was in response to Soviet invasion.
The CIA funded, covert attacks by the Mujahidin were conducted and financed to encourage a Soviet response, to provoke a war, to give Russia their Vietnam.

The CIA's Intervention in Afghanistan:Interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Jimmy Carter's National Security Adviser

Question: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs ["From the Shadows"], that American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan 6 months before the Soviet intervention. In this period you were the national security adviser to President Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that correct?

Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.

Q: Despite this risk, you were an advocate of this covert action. But perhaps you yourself desired this Soviet entry into war and looked to provoke it?

B: It isn't quite that. We didn't push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would.

Q: When the Soviets justified their intervention by asserting that they intended to fight against a secret involvement of the United States in Afghanistan, people didn't believe them. However, there was a basis of truth. You don't regret anything today?

B: Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter. We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.

Q: And neither do you regret having supported the Islamic fundamentalism, having given arms and advice to future terrorists?

B: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?

These words, "carry on a war, unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about demoralization and finally break up"
They ring as true now, as they did then. Only this time the US and it's NATO allies will be demoralized and broken, in the graveyard of empires.

OH and a note of interest, if you recall the Rambo movies?
Besides being bad movies, they served as propaganda. For the consumption of the dumbed down western audience. Collusion between Hollywood and the Military is nothing new.

"As Wilson was pleading in Washington on behalf of the Mujahideens, Rambo was doing the same on the silver screen for America’s public opinion."

Rambo 3; Doing it for his friends!

''Rambo III'' is dedicated ''to the gallant people of Afghanistan,'' and it clearly intends that its politics be taken seriously. The plot sends Rambo into Afghanistan on a rescue mission after Trautman, who has been educating Afghan freedom fighters in the ways of Stinger missiles and is taken prisoner by a smirking, strutting Soviet colonel (Marc de Jonge). This casts Trautman in the unenviable role of political mouthpiece, as he lectures the colonel about Soviet foreign policy. And it makes the Afghan fighters, who are this film's noble Indians, entirely one-dimensional.

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