Jalaluddin Haqqani may be familiar to those who know of Charlie Wilson’s War, the book by George Crile or the movie starring Tom Hanks, the story of a maverick Texas congressman who secretly funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to fund the Afghan mujahideen and help defeat the Soviet Union. Haqqani gave Wilson a tour of Khost not long after the Soviets abandoned the city in 1991. Charlie Wilson described Haqqani as “goodness personified” (p. 521). Now that Haqqani is allied with al-Qaeda, and is ranked as America’s third most wanted jihadist after Osama bin Laden and Mullah Muhammad Omar, Wilson admits to second thoughts about his old friend:
“That did give me pause for thought,” Wilson admits. “But Haqqani took care of me, and I’ll never forget that. I’d love to see him again. I would try to persuade him that the Taleban was a force for destruction – which he definitely wasn’t” (Times Online).