Friday, October 20, 2006

Ted Kennedy, traitor to his country? 

In his book, which came out this week, Kengor focuses on a KGB letter written at the height of the Cold War that shows that Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) offered to assist Soviet leaders in formulating a public relations strategy to counter President Reagan's foreign policy and to complicate his re-election efforts.

The letter, dated May 14, 1983, was sent from the head of the KGB to Yuri Andropov, who was then General Secretary of the Soviet Union's Communist Party.

In his letter, KGB head Viktor Chebrikov offered Andropov his interpretation of Kennedy's offer. Former U.S. Sen. John Tunney (D-Calif.) had traveled to Moscow on behalf of Kennedy to seek out a partnership with Andropov and other Soviet officials, Kengor claims in his book.

At one point after President Reagan left office, Tunney acknowledged that he had played the role of intermediary, not only for Kennedy but for other U.S. senators, Kengor said. Moreover, Tunney told the London Times that he had made 15 separate trips to Moscow.

IF this is accurate - and to be fair, it's a big "if" - then Ted Kennedy ought to be driven from his post.


Specifically, Kennedy proposed that Andropov make a direct appeal to the American people in a series of television interviews that would be organized in August and September of 1983, according to the letter.

"Tunney told his contacts that Kennedy was very troubled about the decline in U.S -Soviet relations under Reagan," Kengor said. "But Kennedy attributed this decline to Reagan, not to the Soviets. In one of the most striking parts of this letter, Kennedy is said to be very impressed with Andropov and other Soviet leaders."

In Kennedy's view, the main reason for the antagonism between the United States and the Soviet Union in the 1980s was Reagan's unwillingness to yield on plans to deploy middle-range nuclear missiles in Western Europe, the KGB chief wrote in his letter.

This is a crass, deliberate attempt by a sitting Senator to undermine American foreign policy, while making common cause with an arch-enemy of freedom and a murderous regime that had already slaughtered millions.

Unfortunately, I have zero confidence in our mainstream news outlets to take an honest look at the evidence here.

Meanwhile, thousands were still perishing in the Soviet Gulags.

Splash, out


(hat tip: Ace)

Funny, I just put up a short new post tonight about preparedness for war. In writing it, I did a little reading on SDI/"Star Wars". I wasn't even a teenager yet when Reagan first proposed SDI in a speech in March of 1983. This Kennedy letter is only two months later. Suppose there is any connection??
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