85. 12/26/1979

“On December 26 [1979], the USSR invades Afghanistan. [National Security Advisor] Zbigniew Brzezinski writes, ‘We now have the opportunity to give Russia its own Vietnam War.’ U.S. support for the Afghan Arabs had begun earlier that summer and would later grow to more than $700 million a year. Within days, Osama bin Laden decides to join the battle against the Soviet ‘infidels.’ ”

 – Craig Unger, House of Bush, House of Saud, Pages 301-302

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