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Super Tuesday Blues: Charlie Wilson’s legacy in comparison to the political leadership of today

http://youtu.be/sQ_4m2ocxhI Charlie Wilson's War Trailer courtesy of MovieClips on You Tube Charlie Wilson's War was the unmasking of one of the true stories of the behind the scenes efforts by many to hasten the collapse of the Soviet Union, and Congressman Charlie Wilson was the individual to make the War in Afghanistan for the Soviet Union   into a Vietnam nightmare for the communist regime. The story was not public knowledge because of the man behind the operation. Congressman Charlie Wilson was the over the top (movie does capture how over the top) 12 term Congressman from Texas that liked drinking, women, and alleged illegal substances. Congressman Charlie Wilson would be thrown out of Washington, DC on his respective ear. The bad behavior was the other side of Charlie Wilson as his love of country and respect for the principles of this country was the triumph card over all in his life. Charlie Wilson's antics would not the everlasting legacy of his political leadership, but his involvement was paramount in bring down the Soviet Union. In the times of peril, America had to utilize every resource of talent in leadership, and those times did require more unorthodox people such as President Abraham Lincoln and Congressman Charlie Wilson. Both men would not be tolerated in today's political environment, but both men did play a role in keeping America secure for the future generations to enjoy. Our current political leadership in Congress does not publicly act so out of the mainstream as Abe and Charlie, but the legacy of this generation's political leadership is the approaching  financial ruin due to fiscal madness in Washington, DC. Our politicians may be transparent in bad behavior as being publicly drunk or chronically depressed, but the legacy of this Congress is nothing less than moral culpability in the decline of the American society for the future generations to come. Super Tuesday Blues are knowing the status quo is alive in the halls of Congress, and the full speed ahead to the path of financial ruin is real as the debt ceiling worries are rearing again. Holding out for hero at this point may be nothing less than wishful thinking. Content by: Donny Wise @ donny-wise.com --------------------------------------------------------------------- Charlie Wilson's War: When Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction Written By Martin Frost Published December 17, 2007 NONE The real Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson Tom Hanks as Congressman Charlie Wilson, and Philip Seymour Hoffman as a rogue CIA agent in the new film, 'Charlie Wilson's War.' Actress Julia Roberts plays the love interest in 'Charlie Wilson's War.' Next Slide Previous Slide Some times truth is stranger than fiction. My guess is that a significant number of people who see the new movie, “Charlie Wilson’s War,” about the exploits of my former Congressional colleague from Texas, Charlie Wilson, will walk out of the theater shaking their heads thinking that Hollywood made all this up. It simply couldn’t be true. Well, folks, it is true. All of it. Congressman Charlie Wilson, a member of the House Appropriations Committee for much of his 24 years in Congress representing a rural district in East Texas, single handedly convinced Congress during the 1980’s to appropriate hundreds of millions of dollars to finance a covert war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. The money went to provide weapons for Afghan rebels who drove the Soviet Army out of their country, humiliating one of the two greatest armies in the world and contributing to the collapse of the Soviet Union a few years later. What makes the story even more incredible is that Charlie Wilson was a rake — a fun-loving Congressman who liked whisky, beautiful women and, allegedly, an occasional dose of recreational drugs. Tom Hanks plays Charlie and, if anything, portrays him in a somewhat subdued way. If Hanks had really come over as outrageous as the real Charlie Wilson, absolutely no one would have believed the story. Julia Roberts plays Charlie’s Houston socialite love interest — a born-again beauty who first interested Charlie in the cause of the rag-tag Afghan resistance force. Philip Seymour Hoffman plays the rogue CIA agent who showed Charlie how to actually get the arms to the Muslim Afghans without causing an international incident. Would you believe that he devised a plan to use the Jewish state of Israel as the middleman? Before Charlie took up the cause of the Afghan resistance, no one was providing them the sophisticated weaponry needed to shoot down Soviet helicopters and to blow up Russian tanks. Charlie basically traded every chit he had accumulated as a member of the Appropriations Committee over his Congressional career by doing favors for other Congressmen (many of whom were liberals from the North East) in exchange for his project of defeating the Soviets in … [Read more...]

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