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After being urged by Houston socialite Joanne Herring, Charlie agreed to visit the Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan.

-History Channel, The True Story of Charlie Wilson Is Charlie Wilson's War a round-a-bout attempt to provide an opinion on present day politics?

After a TIME magazine interviewer implied that the movie's depiction of the US involvement in Afghanistan directly relates to the US in Iraq, Tom Hanks corrected him by saying, "This isn't about Iraq. Charlie Wilson's War is about something happening in 1980." Hanks obviously wants to avoid having his film associated with the recent string of left wing Iraq flavored box office failures.

For the most part, the movie is not about Iraq, but a postscript to the movie quotes the real Charlie Wilson as saying, "We f---ed up the endgame." Mr.

Wilson is referring to how the Mujahedeen, who the US supplied with weapons in Afghanistan, eventually flowered into the Taliban and backed Osama bin Laden's war against the US.

This included a shot of the Pentagon in flames at the end of Aaron Sorkin's original screenplay. "The shelf life of a Stinger missile is five years.

When she first read the script, Texas socialite Joanne Herring says that she "practically choked." She and Charlie Wilson were aghast at the screenplay's implications that they had abetted Al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden. There's no weapon we got them that can be used today." Herring and Wilson brought in famed Houston attorney Dick De Guerin, who helped pressure Universal and the producers to change the script.

In the movie Charlie Wilson's War, Joanne Herring (Julia Roberts) sets up a meeting between Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks) and President Zia of Pakistan.

The meeting proves effective after Charlie visits wounded and starving Afghans living in refugee camps in Northern Pakistan.

Are they afraid of spoiling the feel-good uplift of Charlie's victory with the harsh downdraft of history?

It's as if Titanic ended with a celebratory shipboard banquet, followed by a postscript: by the way, it sank." Tom Hanks, who purchased the rights to George Crile's biography, Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of How the Wildest Man in Congress and a Rogue CIA Agent Changed the History of Our Times, stated during a November 2007 Oprah interview, "I think Charlie Wilson is a fascinating example of how things can get done from the oddest quarters.

Her friendships with politicians like future Secretary of State James Baker added to her political influence.