Former Rep Charlie Wilson, the East Texas Democrat who successfully funneled millions of dollars in covert aid to the Mujahideen rebels in Afghanistan during the 1980’s has died at age 76 in Lufkin, TX, apparently of cardiac arrest.
“Good Time Charlie” established an early D. C. reputation as a hard-partying womanizer (he publicly referred to Rep. Patsy Schroeder as “Congresswoman Babycakes” and Rep. Bella Abzug as “Toots”) but later distinguished himself as a strong supporter of the US military and a die-hard opponent of global Communist expansion.
Wilson’s efforts to bring about the defeat of the Soviets in Afghanistan were chronicled in the book and movie “Charlie Wilson’s War,” which Wilson himself said he enjoyed.
As a kid growing up in Southeast Texas during the 1970’s, I remember Charlie Wilson making the news quite frequently, usually in connection with partying, alleged cocaine use, or taxpayer-funded junkets with a bevy of attractive young women. But I wish today’s Democrats were as serious about stopping the global menace of terrorism as Charlie Wilson was about defeating communism.
(h/t The Anchoress)