The CIA and Charlie Wilson’s War – The CIA and Hollywood 06

Sibel Edmonds is our final guest as we dissect this shambolic re-telling of the Soviet-Afghan War.  Much of this conversation is devoted to what the film leaves out, such as Charlie Wilson being a CIA asset, the origins of Operation Cyclone being older and much more important than one drunk congressman and his ultra-right wing Christian friend and of course the likes of Jalaluddin Haqqani, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and Osama Bin Laden who are completely absent from the movie.  This was a no-holds-barred critique of this quite shameful piece of CIA propaganda, and all the more fun because of that.

Sources

Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)

The Making of Charlie Wilson’s War

Who was Charlie Wilson?

The True Story of Charlie Wilson’s War

George Crile

George Crile Obituary

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