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    Former Texas Rep. Charlie Wilson Dies at 76

    Former Texas Rep. Charlie Wilson Dies at 76

    Wilson represented the 2nd District in east Texas in the U.S. House from 1973 to 1996 and was known in Washington as "Good Time Charlie" for his reputation as a hard-drinking womanizer. He once called former congresswoman Pat Schroeder "Babycakes," and tried to take a beauty queen with him on a government trip to Afghanistan.
    The man who helped bring down the Soviet Union has died.

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    Re: Former Texas Rep. Charlie Wilson Dies at 76

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    The man who helped bring down the Soviet Union has died.

    R.I.P.
    Wilson was an enigma. He was such a womanizer that his campaign bus had a bed in the back and a wet bar in the front, and Wilson was very up front about it. But, as hard as his opponents tried to bring him down each election cycle, he won all of his contests by huge margins. The man was pure teflon.

    Although you can give Reagan a lot of the credit for bringing down the Soviets, it could not have been done without Wilson's extensive campaigning, which brought arms to the Mujahadeen, who eventually ran the Soviets out of Afghanistan, and bankrupted their economy.

    Rest in peace, ya' horny soldier.
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    R.I.P. you old wildcatter.

    But you shoulda let the Russian's kill those bastards. Now they're killing us, (with a lot of our weaponry I would imagine) and helping to bankrupt us.

    Or not.

    Whatever, go with God. Thank you for your service.

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    Wilson, a Democrat, was considered a progressive but also a defense hawk. He had acknowledged some responsibility for Afghanistan becoming a safe haven for al-Qaida after the Soviets retreated and the U.S. withdrew its support.

    "That caused an enormous amount of real bitterness in Afghanistan and it was probably the catalyst for Taliban movement," Wilson said in a 2001 interview.
    From the link.

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    Re: Former Texas Rep. Charlie Wilson Dies at 76

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    The man who helped bring down the Soviet Union has died.

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    Reagan died several years ago.

    Mr. Wilson was helpful, the key player was Reagan.

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    Re: Former Texas Rep. Charlie Wilson Dies at 76

    Quote Originally Posted by bhkad View Post
    From the link.

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    Reagan, were he still alive, would have taken some responsibility too. However, it was still a good move. While the Taliban is a huge pain in the ass, they were nothing compared to the Soviets, who were truly dangerous to all life on this planet. At one point, they were playing war games on the premise that "We can win a nuclear war". Kudos to Reagan, and kudos to Wilson. Kudos to both for helping to put an end to that kind of sheer madness. The world may be a very complicated place at this time, but it is much, much safer than it was when the Soviets were in power. Some people forget, or are not old enough to remember. I am old enough to remember, and I will never forget.
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    Why do Republicans try so hard to believe Reagan and Charlie Wilson had anything to do with the actual downfall of the soviet union? Have any of you people read a book on the soviet union? At all? This myth needs to be debunked.
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    Re: Former Texas Rep. Charlie Wilson Dies at 76

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    The man who helped bring down the Soviet Union has died.

    R.I.P.
    You are right on target !! Charie Wilson did one hell of a lot more to bring down the evil empire than Jelly beans Ron even thought about doing!!!
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    Re: Former Texas Rep. Charlie Wilson Dies at 76

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Why do Republicans try so hard to believe Reagan and Charlie Wilson had anything to do with the actual downfall of the soviet union? Have any of you people read a book on the soviet union? At all? This myth needs to be debunked.
    I think everyone will concede that the Soviet Union was falling before Reagan came into office, and it was just a matter of time before they collapsed.

    Reagan, and Wilson both did a lot to hurt the Soviets even more. In regards to what Wilson did, the Soviets were winning in Afghanistan until we sent our Stinger Missiles and other equipment over. After that, they were flat out being slaughtered. While that couldn't have caused the collapse of the Soviet Union in and of itself, it was a big kick in the pants, and IMO made them collapse up to half a decade then they might have otherwise.
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    Re: Former Texas Rep. Charlie Wilson Dies at 76

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Why do Republicans try so hard to believe Reagan and Charlie Wilson had anything to do with the actual downfall of the soviet union? Have any of you people read a book on the soviet union? At all? This myth needs to be debunked.
    I will take that challenge. The Soviet Union did have within it the seeds of it's own destruction. Those seeds where the corrupt economic systems, corrupt society, and the fact that only 52% of the population was one ethnic group - Muscovite Barbarians aka Russians. What RR did was bring attaention to the evil that the USSR was. What Charlie Wilson did was to place a knife in the side of the Soviet Savages. What the Soviet defeat in Afghanistan did was to show not only thw worls but the captives peoples inside the prison aka as the USSR that the filty scumbags in the Kremlin could be defeated. The Afghanistan experience set the stage for the Soviet Union to go to where it belonged - the cesspool of history.
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