Sunday, October 22, 2006


Can we start the treason trial already?

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.

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."

It looks like not much has changed- Democrats believing that the biggest risk to world security is not the enemy of the United States but the president himself. Maybe it's just me but if these allegations had been made about a Republican the Dems would be screaming it from the rooftops- and demanding hearings. Can we please have the same? An elected representative of the USA making secret advances towards an enemy regime at the height of the Cold War in the hopes of derailing an election. In other words, putting lust for power ahead of country. Sounds like treason to me. Surely there should be an official and public investigation into this to see if the claims are indeed true.

Will the Republican leadership really let a matter like this slip?

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