The AP is reporting that Rep. Charles Wilson (D-TX) has died from a heart attack. Wilson was a champion of the Cold War, credited as the driving force behind the covert war against the Soviets' occupation of Afghanistan (see Operation Cyclone, made famous by the book and motion picture Charlie Wilson's War). He was also a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a former naval intelligence officer.
Flags were flying at half-mast at U.S military installations worldwide this week, in honor of Congressman John Murtha. May they remain there into next week to memorialize this remarkable veteran and public servant.