Charlie Did It. (Just Ask George)
During the 1980s, the United States government provided covert assistance to the Mujahideen, an Afghan rebel force engaged in armed revolt against their Russian occupiers. At the heart of these clandestine efforts was a not-so-covert Texan, Congressman Charlie Wilson. 6’7” in his boots, Wilson made multiple trips to Afghanistan between 1982 and 1988, where he was greeted as a hero. The reason: Wilson’s wheeling and dealing in the U.S. House of Representatives (he was a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee) enabled millions of dollars in equipment and supplies to be funneled to the rebels.