Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Charlie Wilson Dies At 76

Former Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson died today at age 76.

His funding of Afghanistan's resistance to the Soviet Union was legendary and was the
subject of the movie "Charlie Wilson's War". This lead to the largest covert CIA operation in history. Supplying huge amounts of weapons to the Afghans in their fight
against the Soviet Union.

He was known as "Good time Charlie", but was a great statesman and a great Congressman. Elected to twelve terms in Congress fighting for Medicaid, minimum wage bill, tax exemptions for the elderly and the Equal Rights Amendment.

Wilson was a Cold War Veteran serving in the US Navy from 1956 to 1960, he was assigned to the Pentagon as part of a unit that evaluated Soviet nuclear forces.

Always a friend to the military and veterans, he will be missed.

Our thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends.