Charlie Wilson's War received only one Oscar nomination, best supporting actor, for Philip Seymour Hoffman portraying Gust Avrakotos, a CIA agent. Had there have been an award for Best Public Deception, Charlie Wilson’s War should surely have won an Oscar.
As film critique Joanne Laurier wrote for the World Socialist Web Site,
“as history, Charlie Wilson’s War is an effort to take advantage of the general low level of popular historical knowledge."
The film hides President Carter's having secretly funded, armed and trained the fundamentalist hill tribes, attacking a modern women emancipating government in Kabul, in order to sucker the Soviets into entering Afghanistan SIX MONTHS LATER - as his National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski would later BRAG to a French Newspaper in 1998.
President Carter's heartless criminally homicidal secret attack on a small friendly nation's government using ethnic and religious divisions to foment civil war goes unprosecuted. Our presidential CIA government is above all laws, treaties, and our own constitution, ONLY for the acquiescent silent cover up by conglomerate entertainment/news media
Added to the shameful cover up by conglomerate owned entertainment/news industry is this grotesque Hollywood movie of which scams it audience, hiding a now documented presidential homicidal crime.
Though relatively few Americans know, it was their very own government headed by the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter that first made use of Islamic terror - and did it to provoke the Soviet Union into entering its forces in to Afghanistan to protect the Kabul Socialist government.
Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts have let their popular public images be used to falsify history in what must be seen as betrayal of their fans - whether or not they were aware of the truth.
Critic Joanne Laurier describes the opening scene:
"In a secret CIA ceremony in the 1990s, a Democratic Party congressman from Texas is being honored for his role in delivering a “lethal body blow to Communism.” The agency is celebrating the “defeat and break-up of the Soviet Union”—one of the “great events of the 20th Century.”
So begins the new Mike Nichols movie, Charlie Wilson’s War. Starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman, the film bills itself as the real story of how in the 1980s, a hedonistic politician, Charlie Wilson (Hanks), conspires with an extreme right-wing Houston socialite, Joanne Herring (Roberts), and an untamed CIA agent, Gust Avrakotos (Hoffman), to conduct the largest US covert operation in history: the securing of money and weapons for the fight of the Afghan “freedom fighters” against the Soviet army."
But the truth is that the US under Carter/Brzezinski heavily supported the mujahedeen before the Russian military ever got to Afghanistan. The whole idea of that policy, of course, was to lure the Soviets in.
It was Carter's advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, who bragged to French news magazine, Le Nouvel Observateur, in Paris, 15 January 1998, of suckering in the Russians, by frightening them into believing the U.S. was threatening to create a hostile Muslim nation on its doorstep amid the Soviet Muslin republics, by our pouring in money to arm and train fundamentalists, fundamentalist tribes who would later receive much more, openly, from successive U.S. administrations, and which would include the funding, along with Saudi help, of tens of thousands of extreme Wahhabi sect madrasahs, schools that would eventually produce the Taliban, who along with Osama bin-Ladin, would eventually also receive U.S. aid.
“Question: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs [From the Shadows], that American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan 6 months before the Soviet intervention. In this period you were the national security adviser to President Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that correct?
Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise. Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.”
Critic Laurier continues,
“In its effort to lionize Charlie Wilson as the savior of the Afghan people, who are scarcely present, the film omits a few inconvenient facts. The maverick congressman came onto the scene well after the Democratic administration of Jimmy Carter had decided to give financial and military support to the Islamicists engaged in guerilla warfare against the Soviet-backed regime in Kabul, which had come to power in a military coup in 1978. This preceded the Soviet invasion of the country in 1979.