Adolph Dubs, known as Spike, was appointed the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan in 1978 after the Soviet-backed Khalq came to power in a coup. On Feb. 14, 1979, three men approached the black Chevrolet carrying Dubs in Kabul and burst into the car with guns when the driver rolled down the window. They took Dubs to the government-owned Kabul Hotel, dragging him from the car upon arrival as they met up with another accomplice. Within three hours, dozens of Afghan commanders—under direct orders from the foreign minister, who possibly was acting under the orders of the KGB—had stormed the hotel in a “rescue attempt,” leaving Dubs and the four kidnappers dead. Following Dubs’s death, President Carter cut off aid to Afghanistan—and Afghanistan deteriorated under a series of coups, countercoups, and kidnappings, and eventually was left open to the Soviet invasion later that year.