But also, Congressional Representative Charlie Wilson, single-handedly helped to get appropriations (matched by Saudi Arabia) to defeat the Soviets in Afghanistan with CIA funding of the Mujahideen in the Soviet–Afghan War . This was the Soviet Vietnam.
Tom Hanks starred as Charlie Wilson in the 2007 movie, Charlie Wilson's War.
The movie was based on the 2003 book, "Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History"
Both the film and the book are worth watching/reading. Truly an incredible story.
Public facing Charlie Wilson was a playboy. Privately behind he scenes he was on two Congressional subcommittees that doled out black-ops funding to the CIA.