August 29, 2009

AS THE FATHER WITH THE NAZIS SO THE SON WITH THE COMMIES:

Ted Kennedy's Soviet Gambit: Considering the late senator's complete record requires digging into the USSR's archives. (Peter Robinson, 08.28.09, Forbes)

Kennedy's message was simple. He proposed an unabashed quid pro quo. Kennedy would lend Andropov a hand in dealing with President Reagan. In return, the Soviet leader would lend the Democratic Party a hand in challenging Reagan in the 1984 presidential election. "The only real potential threats to Reagan are problems of war and peace and Soviet-American relations," the memorandum stated. "These issues, according to the senator, will without a doubt become the most important of the election campaign."

Kennedy made Andropov a couple of specific offers.

First he offered to visit Moscow. "The main purpose of the meeting, according to the senator, would be to arm Soviet officials with explanations regarding problems of nuclear disarmament so they may be better prepared and more convincing during appearances in the USA." Kennedy would help the Soviets deal with Reagan by telling them how to brush up their propaganda.

Then he offered to make it possible for Andropov to sit down for a few interviews on American television.


Of course, John shared a lover with Hitler, so just swapping love letters with Andropov doesn't seem so awful.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 29, 2009 6:31 AM
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