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The U.S. had nothing whatsoever to do with these people’s decision to fight,” said former Rep. Charlie Wilson, D-Tx., “but we’ll be damned by history if we let them fight with stones.”

Wilson, a 12-term representative from Texas’ 2nd Congressional District, poses on horseback in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan. As a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, he managed to increase the CIA budget for Operation Cyclone from $5 million to nearly $500 million.

These funds were used in part to supply the mujahideen resistance with Stinger missiles, military equipment and small arms such as these AKMs.charlie-wilsons-war-2

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