There is a lot to write about in regard to Charlie Wilson’s War—most notably the excellent acting, the Religious implications, and how rockin Julia Roberts’ body was. But I want to focus on another topic in this post—one which won’t get too much airtime in most blogs or mass media outlets: the insinuation that a womanizing Texas drunk single handedly brought down the Soviet Empire. From the very beginning, credit is given to the Congressman Wilson for altering history—without Charlie, history would be sadly different, a speaker says. Perhaps, but to give him lone credit and ignore Reagan’s arm race like a cheap whore with leprosy is to portray a outright lie.
Yes, it’s likely that the Congressman made a push to arm the Afghani Mujahideen after he saw the news anchor guy in a turban (though it’s also likely that he did so to avoid being discovered as a huge tub of lard wasting hundreds of thousands of tax-payer dollars on sluts and coke). Regardless of his motives, his actions probably contributed, but Crile’s book and Sorkin’s screenplay ignore the most important factor in the downfall of the Soviet Union: the fact that their economy was a piece of shit sham that was spiraling downward faster than lead Zeppelin in a fart storm.
I don’t appreciate Reagan’s budget deficits, but he pushed the arms race (including the nuclear one) to heights that the Commies couldn’t handle. The Soviets were dumping everything into their military and overextending themselves and we Americans just flicked a switch and produced the most advanced military ever.
The makers of CWW want us to believe that the Majahideen, supported by Charlie’s machismo defeated the Soviet empire, but that’s a crock and it dampers an otherwise great flick.