|A little history, lest we forget . . .|
Posted by: Russ Walden ® |
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. . . how far the Democrats will go to further their own goals, without regard to the welfare of the nation:
Six months after becoming general secretary of the CPSU, Yuri Andropov received a highly confidential letter from his successor as KGB chief, Viktor Chebrikov. It was classified “Top Secret—Of Special Importance,” and reported an approach to the Soviets made through the good offices of former senator John Tunney of California. The senior American politician making the approach was Senator Edward Kennedy. He was requesting a personal interview with Andropov because “in the interest of world peace it would be useful and timely to take a few extra steps to counteract the militaristic policies of Ronald Reagan.” (Chebrikov is summarizing Kennedy here rather than quoting him directly.)
According to Chebrikov, Kennedy thought that a meeting with Andropov “would equip him with the Soviet positions on arms control and add conviction to his own appearances on the subject in the U.S.” The senator also proposed to organize U.S. television interviews for Andropov and other high Soviet officials who “would have the chance to address directly the American people with their own explanation of peaceful Soviet initiatives.
He claimed that his aim in all this was world peace, but the Soviets believed he had less creditable motives: namely, the hope that a meeting with Andropov would help his efforts to become president of the United States in 1988. For whatever reason, Andropov turned Kennedy’s application down flat. A signed note to Gromyko and Dmitri Ustinov, the defense minister, argued woundingly, “If the time comes to talk to the Democrats, then it would be better to meet one of the presidential candidates, the more so since Kennedy has recently reduced his political profile.”
Wisely, Kennedy seems to have remained silent on this little social history.
The President, the Pope, And the Prime Minister: Three Who Changed the World (p. 198). Regnery History. Kindle Edition.
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