re: "Charlie Wilson's War"
"I started my career at the end of the Cold War; I joined the FS to help fight world communism and one of the first causes I publicized as a public affairs officer was the fight against the communists in Afghanistan."
"After helping the brave Afghans defeat the evil empire, we more or less walked away and largely ignored the place throughout the 1990s. This abandoned the field to people like Osama bin Laden – the so-called Arab Afghans & extremist their local allies - allowing them to claim that it was THEY who had won the victory, when their actual role in the fight against the Soviets was marginal at best. Connecting my two historical strains, it was analogous to what the Bolsheviks did, showing up after others had done the heavy & dangerous work of overthrowing the Czar, convincing the world that they had done the deed and imposing their own obscene system on a devastated country.
It is a tribute to the success of their nefarious propaganda that ninety years later most people still believe the Soviet version."
"Maybe I am just drinking the Kool-Aid, but surrounded as I am be people committed to finishing the job in Iraq, all of them volunteers, I think it would be hard not to want to be part of the team. It is a feeling akin to the scene in Casablanca when Victor Laszlo says to Rick Blain, “Welcome back to the fight. This time I know our side will win.” "
"(D)o go to see “Charlie Wilson’s War.”"