Thursday, February 11, 2010

Charlie Wilson and Ollie North

Charlie Wilson, a 12 term Congressman (D) from Texas and former United States naval officer, passed away yesterday at 76.

I bought the movie 'Charlie Wilson's War' when my local Blockbuster was going out of business, but haven't gotten around to watching it yet... Though I know the general gist of what Representative Wilson was known for.

From Wiki:
"...He was best known for leading Congress into supporting Operation Cyclone, the largest-ever CIA covert operation, which supplied military equipment, including anti-aircraft weapons such as Stinger antiaircraft missiles, and paramilitary officers from their Special Activities Division to the Afghan Mujahideen during the Soviet war in Afghanistan. His behind-the-scenes campaign was the subject of the non-fiction book Charlie Wilson's War and a subsequent film adaptation..." (source)

Hollywood liked him enough to make a film and some libs on FB were lamenting his passing yesterday, but for the life of me I can't figure out what he did differently than Ollie North with the Contras. Funding a resistance group with government funds and Wilson is heralded and North demonized? Am I missing some major component of the story?

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