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This (from Johnson's review of the original book) may also be worth taking out, to keep the history straight re- assisting the Mujahedeen in their resistance against the Soviet Invasion:
"For the CIA legally to carry out a covert action, the president must sign off on -- that is, authorize -- a document called a 'finding.' Crile repeatedly says that President Carter signed such a finding ordering the CIA to provide covert backing to the mujahideen after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan on December 24, 1979. The truth of the matter is that Carter signed the finding on July 3, 1979, six months before the Soviet invasion, and he did so on the advice of his national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, in order to try to provoke a Russian incursion. Brzezinski has confirmed this sequence of events in an interview with a French newspaper, and former CIA Director [today Secretary of Defense] Robert Gates says so explicitly in his 1996 memoirs. It may surprise Charlie Wilson to learn that his heroic mujahideen were manipulated by Washington like so much cannon fodder in order to give the USSR its own Vietnam. The mujahideen did the job but as subsequent events have made clear, they may not be all that grateful to the United States."
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Tue Jan 15th, 2008 at 06:45:31 AM EST
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Carter has been lionised as the perfect president, but his hands are from clean.

On the positive side, this shows that Obama and Clinton (and possibly Edwards) are going to be carrying on in this fine tradition of realpolitk and expediency without bothering their telegenic heads about mere morality.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Jan 15th, 2008 at 07:21:06 AM EST
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Morality is held to be inapplicable in international affairs. Doesn't apply.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jan 15th, 2008 at 07:24:23 AM EST
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Brzezinski has apparently endorsed Obama.

"The basis of optimism is sheer terror" - Oscar Wilde
by NordicStorm (m<-at->sturmbaum.net) on Tue Jan 15th, 2008 at 07:26:29 AM EST
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Zbigniew is on the Obama team now, of course.

Still, Carter is the only President who didn't fight a war of his own. As close to perfect as it gets in the US, I'm afraid.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Tue Jan 15th, 2008 at 07:28:41 AM EST
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This is referred to in the movie, which I saw this afternoon.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Jan 16th, 2008 at 10:27:03 AM EST
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