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I’m vaguely reminded of the story in George Crile’s book Charlie Wilson’s War about how during the 1980s Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, Oliver North and Richard Perle championed the idea of persuading Soviet soldiers to defect to the Free World:
Their idea was to encourage Soviet officers and soliders to defect to the mujahideen. … At a White House meeting, North and Perle told [CIA man Gust] Avrakotos [who was played by Philip Seymour Hoffman in the 2007 movie] they wanted the Agency to spend millions on this program, expressing the belief that as many as ten thousand defectors could be expected to pour across the lines.
Avrakotos thought North and Perle were “cuckoos of the Far Right …” “What Russian in his right mind would defect to those f****** all armed to the teeth? Avrakotos said in frustration. “To being with, anyone defecting to the Dushman would have to be a crook, a thief, or someone who wanted to get cornholed every day, because nine out of ten prisoners were dead within twenty-four hours and they were always turned into concubines by the mujahideen. I felt so sorry for them I wanted to have them all shot.” …
At one point Avrakotos arrived for one of these White House sessions armed with five huge photographic blowups. Before unveiling them he explained that they would provide a useful understanding of the kind of experience a Soviet soldier could expect to have should he surrender to the mujahideen. One of them showed two Russian sergeants being used as concubines. Another had a Russian hanging from the turret of a tank with a vital part of his removed. … “If you were a sane f****** Russian, would your defect to these people?” he had demanded of Perle.
In spite of the angry complaints, Claire George and everyone else on the seventh floor [of CIA headquarters] agreed with Avrakotos’s position. He says that Director [William] Casey even privately told him, “I think your point is quite valid. What a****** would want to defect to those animals?”