Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest by George Crile

By George Crile

From an award-winning 60 mins reporter comes the intense tale of the biggest and so much winning CIA operation in history-the arming of the Mujahideen in Afghanistan. After the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979, strain fastened for the american citizens to help the Afghan resistance. Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from East Texas who sat at the strong condo security Appropriations Committee, persuaded his colleagues to allocate $10 million to fund the CIA's attempt to arm the Mujahideen. Charlie Wilson's struggle tells the tale of what grew to become the most important covert operation in historical past; investment finally grew to over $1 billion a 12 months. The publication comprises an enormous forged of characters: Charlie, the charismatic, hard-partying congressman who raised eyebrows whilst touring to Pakistan with strange partners -- one his own stomach dancer, one other an ex-beauty queen -- yet used to be enthusiastic about aiding the Afghans and impressive at getting bargains performed. Gust Avrakotos, a working-class Greek between Ivy Leaguers on the CIA who organize the staff that ran the most important operation within the background of the CIA. President Zia of Pakistan, who turned nice buddies with Charlie and used his leverage to get large relief funds in addition to continue the West taking a look away as he equipped the 1st Muslim bomb. relocating from the again rooms of the Capitol, to mystery chambers at Langley, to arms-dealers conventions, to the Khyber cross, Charlie Wilson's battle is brilliantly stated -- some of the most certain and compulsively readable money owed of the interior workings of the CIA ever written, with a forged of characters and a plot out of Le Carre or Clancy. This booklet is a impressive account of the final conflict of the chilly struggle, a conflict that helped weaken the Soviet Union and resulted in its cave in and, in fact, lead the way to the increase of the Taliban, with outcomes that we're facing today.

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Government that was destined to hound the Red Army with a seemingly limitless flood of ever more lethal and sophisticated weapons was about to be activated. No one, however, was paying attention, not even in the American government, when Charlie Wilson picked up a phone and called the Appropriations Committee staffer who dealt with “black appropriations,” the CIA funds. The man’s name was Jim Van Wagenen, a former college professor and onetime FBI agent. Wilson had just been named to the Defense Appropriations subcommittee.

It can be said with absolute certainty that no one who knew or met these two men at the time the Soviets invaded and occupied Afghanistan could have imagined the circumstances that would cause anyone to give them responsibility for the most sensitive and highest risk of American covert policies. But no one ever gave them this commission. They seized it and this is the story of how they did it. It needs to be underscored that this is a true story. It’s purely by coincidence that, as in any good spy novel, we happen to come upon the leading man in the beginning of this account surrounded by beautiful women.

Zia drove a hard bargain: the CIA could provide the weapons, but they would have to hand them over to his intelligence service for distribution. America’s spies would have to operate exclusively through Zia’s men. S. shipment, the Afghans soon began receiving arms and money from the Egyptians, the Chinese, the Saudis, and other Muslim nations. That response might have sounded impressive in a news dispatch, but the reality on the ground was that a bizarre mix of unsophisticated weapons was being handed over to tribesmen in sandals with no formal military training.

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