Call it Charlie Wilson’s second war.
A dozen University of Texas professors are protesting a plan to endow a Charlie Wilson Chair in Pakistan studies, saying the former East Texas congressman’s efforts to arm the Afghan resistance against the Soviet Union ended up boosting Osama bin Laden and nurturing the Taliban movement.
A sharply worded letter sent to administrators does not take issue with Wilson’s image as a living-large womanizer, as depicted in the Tom Hanks movie, Charlie Wilson’s War.
Rather, the scholars describe him as a poor role model for students because of all the human misery they say was an unintended consequence of his geopolitical machinations.
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