Teddy’s Russian Romance

So we hear lots about Russian Collusion these days, near as I can tell, it’s all fake news, concocted to damage an American president. But it wasn’t always a fantasy, there are some cases. The American Spectator looked at perhaps the most flagrant yesterday. There is also an earlier article, here. Paul Kendor, who actually wrote the book, fills us in.

“Senator Kennedy’s request”

First, in brief recap, here’s what Parry noted: In books published in 2006 and 2010, I reported a highly classified May 14, 1983 memo from the head of the KGB, Victor Chebrikov, to his boss, the head of the USSR, Yuri Andropov. The lead words atop the document stated in caps: “SPECIAL IMPORTANCE.” The next words: “Committee on State Security of the USSR.” That’s the KGB. Under that followed this stunning header: “Regarding Senator Kennedy’s request to the General Secretary of the Communist Party Y. V. Andropov.” Kennedy’s request was delivered directly to Moscow by his law school roommate, John Tunney, a former Democratic senator from California.

In the memo, Kennedy was described by Chebrikov as “very troubled” by U.S.-Soviet relations, which Kennedy attributed not to the odious dictator spearheading the USSR but to President Ronald Reagan. The problem was Reagan’s “belligerence,” compounded by his alleged stubbornness. “According to Kennedy,” reported Chebrikov, “the current threat is due to the President’s refusal to engage any modification to his politics.” This was made worse, said the memo, because the 1984 presidential campaign was just around the corner, and Reagan was looking easily re-electable.

Well yeah, he was pretty electable in 1984. Wonder why?

The KGB memo speculated — compliments of Kennedy’s appraisal — that the chink in Reagan’s political armor was matters of war and peace. Thus, said the head of the KGB: “Kennedy believes that, given the state of current affairs, and in the interest of peace, it would be prudent and timely to undertake the following steps to counter the militaristic politics of Reagan.”

Let me repeat that: “undertake the following steps to counter… Reagan.”

That is very significant. Here was a letter from the head of the KGB to the head of the USSR initiated by an offer from Ted Kennedy, amid the context of the coming presidential race, to “counter” Ronald Reagan.

Sounds very much like Russian collusion to me, at a time when Russia The Soviet Union was indeed America’s enemy. But wait, there’s more!

In the memo, Chebrikov then delineated for Andropov a series of specific steps proposed by Kennedy to help the Soviets “influence Americans.” This included Kennedy arranging for Kremlin officials to meet with certain American media. Which media? The memo went so far as to directly name Walter Cronkite and Barbara Walters. Kennedy offered to help bring Soviet political and military officials to New York and Washington to connect them with friends in the press. And further, the memo included an offer from Kennedy himself to personally fly to the Kremlin to meet with Andropov.

Yes, a direct one-on-one between Kennedy and Andropov.

All of this was pursued in the deliberate service of countering this “belligerent” Reagan. Besides, noted Chebrikov, “Kennedy is very impressed with the activities of Y. V. Andropov and other Soviet leaders.”

Ted Kennedy: impressed with Andropov; unimpressed with Reagan.

The memo then wrapped up with an assessment of Kennedy’s own presidential prospects in 1984 (which even Chebrikov noted weren’t good). The memo instructed Andropov that Kennedy “underscored that he eagerly awaits a reply to his appeal.”

The next step. Well, we don’t know, the press never published any of this.

But even then, there’s much more to what I’ve reported on Kennedy and the Soviets. It’s this material that even conservatives have missed and largely glossed over from Dupes. Again, I urge readers to continue on.

One of these is an almost comical case of Russian manipulation smack on Moscow territory. On page 406 of Dupes is a photo of Ted Kennedy merrily dancing with a Russian bride at a reportedly staged Soviet wedding.

The source for the photo was Yuri Bezmenov, journalist and editor for Novosti, the Soviet press agency. A KGB hand himself, Bezmenov defected to the West in the 1970s. Among his chief duties in Moscow had been to handle Western visitors through propaganda and disinformation. This entailed some unique skills that applied to the likes of Kennedy. “One of my functions,” explained Bezmenov, “was to keep foreign guests permanently intoxicated from the moment they landed at Moscow airport.” He managed “groups of so-called ‘progressive intellectuals’ — writers, journalists, publishers, teachers, professors of colleges…. For us, they were just a bunch of political prostitutes to be taken advantage of.”

Bezmenov, sickened by the stench of the Soviet system, was deeply troubled that these progressives, who prided themselves on intellectual superiority, couldn’t detect the rot. (I’ve heard this lament many times from communist dissidents.) It nagged at his conscience. “I did my job,” he lamented, but “deep inside I still hoped that at least some of these useful idiots [would catch on].”

Among the worst of them, said Bezmenov, was Senator Ted Kennedy. With that, Bezmenov offered as an exhibit the photo of Kennedy dancing at a wedding at Moscow’s Palace of Marriages, but it wasn’t a real wedding. Gesturing to the photo, Bezmenov commented: “Another greatest example of monumental idiocy [among] American politicians: Edward Kennedy was in Moscow, and he… was being taken for a ride.” This was a “staged wedding used to impress foreign media — or useful idiots like Ed Kennedy. Most of the guests there [had] security clearance and were instructed what to say to foreigners.”

Monumentally stupid, or completely blinded by ideology? Take your pick, or go for the power of ‘and’.

I know this seems absurd to modern eyes and ears, but such were the wretched lengths to which the Soviets descended. They were outstanding liars. They built phony factories, schools, and villages to hoodwink Western visitors, beginning back in the 1920s, when they went full force in cynically suckering what I call “Potemkin Progressives”: John Dewey, Margaret Sanger, George Bernard Shaw, H. G. Wells, etc.

Notice those names? All heroes of the Anglo-American left. See a pattern?

And thus, one of the slicker gimmicks was a staged wedding, with lots of dancing, frolicking, girls, and booze. This was so well-known than even the New York Times, on March 10, 1958, published an article on these fake weddings, titled “Comrades Have Lovely Soviet Wedding; But Irked Party Finds It Was a Fraud.”

So, this was old hat to the Kremlin.

Bezmenov said that Kennedy “thinks he’s very smart,” but, “from the viewpoint of Russian citizens who observed this idiocy,” he was “an idiot,” a “useful idiot.”

And then there was the Strategic Defense Initiative. But this is long enough here, so read about that at the link: The Kremlin’s Dupe: Ted Kennedy’s Russia Romance

So here we have the greatest hero of the left, a murderer, as Chappaquiddick shows, or at least prima facie guilty of negligent homicide, not to mention very very close to guilty of treason against the United States as well. We were saved by the innate sense of the American people, nothing else. I’d say just like 2016, but that’s not proven yet.

And of all the blindness of ambition, seeing Jimmy Carter as a warmonger! Hardly credible, even for this fool.

Some bloody hero!

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2 Responses to Teddy’s Russian Romance

  1. the unit says:

    Also maybe something else went unpublished by the press, that went something like this…hot mic before ’84 election 🙂 “Tell Andropov that I’ll be less engageable to modify my politics after my next election.”

    Liked by 1 person

    • NEO says:

      Could be. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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