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Monday, January 14, 2008


'Charlie Wilson's

The Aaron Sorkin–penned Charlie Wilson's War tells the story of a Dem from East Texas in the 1980s who loves the ladies, hates the Commies, and believes the Soviet Union must be vanquished in Afghanistan, even if it means pouring billions into the pockets of the little-understood rebels known as the mujahideen. Tom Hanks isn't annoying, Julia Roberts plays a Republican, and Philip Seymour Hoffman is a fat CIA slob. It's a timely reminder: Ending a war is all very nice, but watch out for what comes next. (See movie times for details.)


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Has her neck always been that long? Holy crap!

Posted by PA Native | January 14, 2008 12:08 PM

Actually Annie, the “timely reminder” should be Russia collapsed after losing that war because it was broke. We defeated communism in Afghanistan so the Taliban could take over, another great American policy fuckup. If the lesson you take from this movie is we should stay in Iraq, you are a fool. America’s religious belief in war and occupation is going to be our undoing as a solvent democracy. As an aside, Communists are better at feminism than then Taliban.

Posted by tek | January 14, 2008 12:43 PM

The war's been over for years. It's an occupation.

Posted by catalina vel-duray | January 14, 2008 12:46 PM

@2 - we had known in military circles that the USSR was essentially broke for quite a while then. Most of our tactics were based on that, even if we never admitted it in public (secrecy).

The lesson is that Iraq is bleeding us dry for a war that has nothing to do with America's long term goals.

Oil is 19th century thinking. Just look at where the auto IPOs are being financed - not oil based.

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 14, 2008 1:22 PM

How fucked are Iraq and Afghanistan? We'll see.

Posted by Greg | January 14, 2008 2:27 PM

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