August 4, 2014

The Enemy of My Enemy...


U.S. President Ronald Reagan meets with a group of Afghan Freedom Fighters to discuss Soviet atrocities in Afghanistan, especially the September 1982 massacre of 105 Afghan villagers in Lowgar Province.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at August 4, 2014 6:44 PM
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She explained: "Eat with the right, wipe with the left."

RayGun was speculative, and the other dood muttered, "Yeah, right."

Posted by: ghostsniper at August 4, 2014 8:02 PM

Reagan vibed confident. A room full of killers and he was giving and taking with them. They felt it too, they didn't shit on the carpet or anything. He made some decisions that eventually turned bad but he did the best he could with what was available at the time. The way I understand it he let them have slack but they were still on a leash. If they screwed up too much he'd jerk their chain, oh yeah.

contrast with: "... A half breed faggot of dubious provenance on the throne and toadying grifters running the place ...".

Seriously did we expect any different, any better with numb nuts on the throne?

Posted by: chasmatic at August 5, 2014 4:07 AM

I think Benjamin Franklin had it right when he said, and I'm paraphrasing, "The people will get the gov't they deserve.", and they'll get it good and deep and continuous.

"Choose your master well, but choose you will, it's preordained."
--gs, 2099

Posted by: ghostsniper at August 5, 2014 4:25 AM

For better context to this photo you need to read "Charlie Wilson's War."

For a summary go here:

Wilson supported the Aghanis against the Soviets. As a Congressman from Texas he was able to plead their case to the CIA and Reagan. At it's peak, the U.S. was supporting the Afghan at a billion dollars per year. Reagan was not overtly a big supporter of the effort, but he wanted to foil the USSR wherever he could. Thus, his support in a low key fashion - letting Wilson and the CIA take the lead.

Some have connected the Soviet defeat in Afghanistan to the collapse of the USSR that occurred shortly after their withdrawal from Afghanistan. It undoubtedly had an effect, but low oil prices that reduced their national income was probably a more primary cause.

Posted by: Jimmy J. at August 5, 2014 8:49 AM