Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Charlie Wilson, RIP

Sad news in Rant-land tonight. I have just learned that former Rep. Charlie Wilson - yes, THAT Charlie Wilson - has passed onto the great party in the sky.

Former U.S. representative Charlie Wilson, a flamboyant 12-term East Texan Democrat who used his control of CIA purse strings to finance and arm an Afghan insurgency that drove out the Soviet occupation in the 1980s, died Feb. 10 at a hospital in Lufkin, Texas. He was 76 and had a history of heart ailments.

You can say what you like about how he may or may not have inadvertently created the Taliban, or at least aided in their early development, and his own motives for doing it. but the fact remains that Rep. Wilson helped the Afghan people keep the Soviets from just rolling over them like they did to so many other countries, and that can only be a good thing.

May the afterlife be full of hot tubs, hotter women, and all the fine, white powder you'd care to partake of (or not), sir. Goddess be with you.


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