Reagan Officials claim that "Charlie Wilson's War" has "left-wing" slant

Conservative officials who served in the Reagan administration are upset by the left-wing slant of the new movie about the covert action program that helped Afghan guerrillas defeat the Soviet army during the 1980s.

"Charlie Wilson's War," out Friday, is based on a book about former Rep. Charles Wilson, Texas Democrat, known widely on Capitol Hill during his tenure as "Good Time Charlie" and who helped fund the semi-secret war that ultimately helped fell the Soviet Union.

The Reagan-era officials said the movie promotes the left-wing myth that the CIA-led operation funded Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda and ultimately produced the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Bin Laden, the officials said, never got CIA funding or weapons, and was not directly involved in Islamist extremist activities until years after the Afghan operation ended after the withdrawal of Soviet troops in 1989. . . .

The officials blamed the anti-Reagan slant of the film on the movie's screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin, the Hollywood liberal who regularly attacked conservatives on his television drama "The West Wing," also known as "The Left Wing" because of its liberal bias.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ironically, I read another reviewer that observed that war movies were tanking because "people were tired of the war." Apparently, it didn't occur to the reviewer that the reason the recent war movies aren't popular is more likely due to their anti-war message.

12/23/2007 8:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both views may contain some truth. Anti-war movies only appeal to the left wing. Lefties don't like war movies. Righties don't want to see anti-war crap. Result: only fanatically dedicated anti-war lefties will suffer through the movie and feel cleansed by their sacrifice.

On the other hand, "truthy" war movies appeal to the righties, who see them in droves, while the lefties are home watching "60 Minutes" or reruns of "Fairy on the Prairie."

12/26/2007 8:26 AM  

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