From Reagan to the end of the 'War on Terror'

Juan Cole connects the dots from Reagan through Afghanistan, to the creation of Osama, Iraq, and finally through the end of the War on Terror [the phrase, not the hopelessly abstract policy...]. As Stirling Newberry puts it: "The Republican Congressman reading this can just look at the pictures."

A sampling...

"Once upon a time, a dangerous radical gained control of the US Republican Party.



"Reagan increased the budget for support of the radical Muslim Mujahidin conducting terrorism against the Afghanistan government to half a billion dollars a year.



"One fifth of the money, which the CIA mostly turned over to Pakistani military intelligence to distribute, went to Gulbuddin Hikmatyar, a violent extremist who as a youth used to throw acid on the faces of unveiled girls in Afghanistan..." (Informed Comment)
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