The comradeship of American liberals and Soviet Communists lasted to the Soviet Union’s end. In May 1983, for example, in an incident widely reported at the time and confirmed by Soviet archives, former U.S. senator John Tunney visited Moscow and, on behalf of his friend and classmate—and prospective Democratic presidential candidate—Senator Edward Kennedy, proposed to KGB director Viktor Chebrikov that Kennedy work with Soviet dictator Yuri Andropov 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” because “[t]he only real potential threats to Reagan [in the 1984 election] are problems of war and peace and Soviet-American relations.” Kennedy promised “to have representatives of the largest television companies in the USA contact Y.V. Andropov for an invitation to Moscow for the interviews.” Collusion, anyone? Today, with the Soviet Union gone, its moral-intellectual imprint on our ruling class remains.
— Andrew Codevilla, “What’s Russia to Us?” in The Claremont Review of Books (Vol. XIX, No. 3, Summer 2019)
Codevilla gives no sources, but it is a dead certainty that he is reporting factually. Sounds like the “Lion of the Senate” would get canceled today, no? No. Because truth died with God. Only the Narrative survives. Still, “our side” should find a way to get such information out to the public at large.Published in