Charlie Wilson's War

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Charlie Wilson's War

Introduction
Could a U.S. Congressman named Charlie Wilson really have done all the things the newspapers and columnists have said he did? Is it possible that Congressman Wilson's advocacy of the covert Afghanistan war effort America stealthily engaged in (to support the Mujahideen) was the turning point that not only drove the Soviets out of the Afghanistan, but helped the U.S. win the Cold War? Based on a number of worthy sources that will be presented in this paper, there is a lot of truth in all of the things Wilson was able to accomplish before he died in 2010. This paper also addressed the question: What lessons can one take away from the book Charlie Wilson's war?
Brief biography of Charlie Wilson

Paul Burka, a journalist who also happened to be a friend of Wilson's, published an article in Texas Monthly in February 2010, shortly after Wilson's death. The following passages about Wilson are succinct and entertaining at the same time: "He was one of the last of his era to practice one-on-one personal politics on a grand scale, LBJ-style. His career was a testament to the preservative powers of a lifetime of whiskey, women, and God knows what else" (Burka, 2010, p. 3). That may sound a bit exaggerated, but it is not far from accurate given all the information available that backs up Burka's assertions.
Wilson was born June 1, 1933, in…
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