Gary Schmitt, who served as the Democratic staff director on the Senate Intelligence Committee, recalls that early in the Reagan administration CIA career bureaucrats "were insisting that the Soviets could not possibly lose the war, and the folks from the operational side at Langley were saying, 'Let's bleed 'em, but lef s not start World War III either.'" Ronald Reagan changed all that. Peter Bergen, who served as CNN's terrorism analyst, believes at least $600 million of the U.S. aid went to Hekmatyar, who "had the dubious distinction of never winning a significant battle during the war, training a variety of militant Islamists from around the world, killing significant numbers of mujahedeen from other parties, and taking a virulently anti-Western line."
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