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Robert Gates reflects on funding the mujahideen

 
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UniversalDeceit



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2006 12:11 am    Post subject: Robert Gates reflects on funding the mujahideen Reply with quote

Here's an interesting article from the BBC yesterday. The last section, 'Cold warrior' is rather telling.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6130302.stm

"In his book, From the Shadows, published in 1996, Mr. Gates defended the role of the CIA in undertaking covert action which, he argued, helped to win the Cold War.

In a speech in 1999, Mr. Gates said that its most important role was in Afghanistan.

"CIA had important successes in covert action. Perhaps the most consequential of all was Afghanistan where CIA, with its management, funnelled billions of dollars in supplies and weapons to the mujahideen, and the resistance was thus able to fight the vaunted Soviet army to a standoff and eventually force a political decision to withdraw," he said.


Notice he vehemently defends that billions of dollars in supplies were provided to defend the freedom fighters. But it turns out it wasn't about defending the freedom fighters at all, but rather setting up a front of muslim extremism to provoke conflict with the Soviets. Here he is bragging about it, calling it a "success."
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