Fw: Fwd: Ted Kennedy

"That [state] which separates its scholars from its warriors will have its
thinking done by cowards, and its fighting by fools." Thucydides, 'The
Peloponnesian Wars'

>Senator Ted Kennedy is a traitor.
> The antipathy that congressional Democrats have today toward President
>George W. Bush is reminiscent of their distrust of President Ronald Reagan
>during the Cold War, a political science professor says.
> "We see some of the same sentiments today, in that some Democrats see
>the Republican president as being a threat and the true obstacle to peace,
>instead of seeing our enemies as the true danger," said Paul Kengor, a
>political science professor at Grove City College and the author of new
>book, The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism.
> 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. (Emphasis
>In my opinion, Kennedy's act was traitorous. At the time, Russia was our
>enemy, and Kennedy sought to work in concert with our enemy to defeat US
>foreign policy.
>At a minimum Kennedy demonstrated a stunning cynicism about our form of
>government - the kind of disrepect that should disqualify him for public
>office. He wasn't alone. A number of other Democrats were involved. Rather
>than work hard to win at the ballot box, these traitors prefer to work
>secretly to undermine the will of the people.
>Imagine the outcry if a US Senator was caught today offering , in a letter,
>to assist Al Qaeda to overcome Bush's policy for democracy in the MidEast.
>The traitorous streak runs deeply in the Democrat party. For them, the
>possession of power is more important than the survival of our country. Ted
>Kennedy. Jane Fonda. John Kerry. All claim to be patriots. All actively
>work to undermine our country. All directly offer to help our enemies
>defeat us. They don't need to be defeated at the ballot box. They need to
>be arrested, tried and imprisoned.
>For his traitorous act, Kennedy enters the Hall of Shame. (Hat tip to
>UPDATE: Curt, at Flopping Aces, has much more evidence of Kennedy's
>dealings with the Soviets, going back well before Reagan.
>It includes this stunning little tidbit.
> Kennedy suggested that he could provide a venue to bring Soviet views to
>the major networks and into American living rooms by inviting ABC
>television network chairman of the board Elton Rule, Walter Cronkite or
>Barbara Walters to Moscow. (Emphasis mine.)


Snarla said...

This book was published in 2006 and is selling on Amazon for fifty cents used from select sellers. $2.73 new.
Personally, you need only call someone a "crusader" in a book title for me to have a really good idea where you're coming from.

gruaud said...

I read the KGB memo; it states that Kennedy is concerned about US/Soviet relations and he wanted to send a democrat/REPUBLICAN delegation to Moscow for talks.

Kengor's own words:
"His (Kennedy's) office issued a statement, saying that the interpretation was “way off the mark,” but not denying the authenticity of the document. If his office is disputing my interpretation then that means his office is disputing Chebrikov’s interpretation. I merely reported what Chebrikov wrote."

Kengor throws it out there blandly, knowing the right will jump to the desired conclusions like Pavlov's dog. The guy is a two-bit conservative hagiographer.

Anonymous said...

"That [state] which separates its scholars from its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards, and its fighting by fools."

Holy shit, you guys, a member of the RW just called our soldiers idiots!!!
(Although I admire Kennedy quite a bit for certain things, I am not sure I think he is a scholar... maybe I shouldn't try to make the epigraph fit in any way with the rest of the e-mail since assuming logical thought on behalf of the writer is the gateway to madness.)

Marlowe said...

Stick to Chappaquiddick, guys, because you're out of your element with anything more complex. Also, fancy book-larnin' quotes followed by baseless accusations of treason are like pretentious oil and douchey water.

Anonymous said...

Vis my rightwing family, I know that rightards will vilify Ted Kennedy about anything at the drop of a hat. I had heard about this before. I see they're scraping the bottom of the barrel yet again to drum up that old booga booga feeling amongst the knuckledraggers.

Ho hum.

Anonymous said...

Yeesh, the guy's dying of cancer, and it looks like he's not even going to see any real health reform passed. Time to pull out the scaremongering!

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