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  February 21, 2009

The Afghan trap

Ray McGovern: US attempt to trap the USSR in 1979 is at root of current situation in Afghanistan
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Ray McGovern is a retired CIA officer. McGovern was employed under seven US presidents for over 27 years, presenting the morning intelligence briefings at the White House under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. McGovern was born and raised in the Bronx, graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University, received an M.A. in Russian Studies from Fordham, a certificate in Theological Studies from Georgetown University, and graduated from Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program. McGovern now works for "Tell the Word," a ministry of the inner-city/Washington Church of the Saviour.

As Obama sends 17,000 troops to Afghanistan, we look back to the roots of the conflict. Ray McGovern says that the USSR was "mousetrapped" into invading Afghanistan by the CIA under both the Carter and Reagan administrations. He adds that the CIA policies of that day are "largely responsible" for the existence of today's armed fundamentalist groups.


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