The Afghan Connection

It had been an open secret that the State Department took care neither to confirm nor deny. As long as it was widely believed but not officially acknowledged that the U.S. was helping Afghan guerrillas resist the Soviet occupation of their country, the Reagan Administration enjoyed the best of all worlds. It could bask in the credit for aiding a just cause without interference from Congress or propaganda attacks from the East bloc.

But in a surprise move last week, a segment of the Administration made the American role public by leaking details to the New York Times. Unnamed Administration officials disclosed...

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