Maverick who whipped the Soviets!


LUFKIN, Texas | The late Rep. Charlie Wilson was a dedicated public servant who took his work but never himself seriously, friends recalled during a memorial service in his Texas hometown.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who is challenging Texas Gov. Rick Perry in next month’s Republican primary, was among those honoring the fun-loving Texas congressman at Angelina College in Lufkin on Sunday.

Mr. Wilson, 76, died Wednesday 10 February 2010 of cardiopulmonary arrest.

The flamboyant lawmaker funneled millions of dollars in weapons to Afghanistan through backroom dealmaking, allowing the country’s underdog mujahedeen rebels to beat back the mighty Soviet Red Army in the 1980s.

The 12-term member of the U.S. House from 1973 to 1996 was known in Washington as "Good Time Charlie" for his reputation for drinking and womanizing. He will be buried with full militay honours on February 23 at Arlington National Cemetery.

MAVERICK he may have been but he was a helluva man, and despite his womanizing ways he helped beat the Soviets in Afghanistan. Sadly, the very people he helped later turned against the USA, hence 9-11 and the evil Osama. A case of the ungrateful dog biting the hand that feeds it. In Bahasa Melayu: Mendukong biawak hidup. Well, nobody’s perfect.
"Good Time Charlie" may have been a Casanova like Tiger Woods, but Hell, at least he wasn’t a poofter!
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