Sunday, October 22, 2006

Ted Kennedy worked with KGB to oust Reagan?

It is just a low buzz at the moment, but I imagine that soon it may turn into a much louder noise in the US mainstream. In an interview with Cybercast News, Professor Paul Kengor has talked about his new book The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism which contains a letter from the Viktor Chebrikov, head of the KGB in 1983, to Yuri Andropov, General Secretary of the Soviet Union's Communist Party referring to contacts made by Senator Ted Kennedy.

The letter apparently shows that Ted Kennedy used Sen. John V. Tunney to contact the Soviet Union with a plan to help them counter Reagan's foreign policy and stop him from becoming re-elected. "Kennedy was afraid that Reagan was leading the world into a nuclear war... He hoped to counter Reagan's polices, and by extension hurt his re-election prospects."

There's no doubt about it, if it's true then it is of massive significance. For Senators Kennedy and Tunney to have approached the KGB during the middle of the Cold War with a mind to effecting the foreign policy of the USA is surely an act of complete, and unquestionable, treason. The story is potentially the October Surprise the Republicans have been waiting for.

Update: There are some who are speculating this is a smear and a fake, a la Zinoviev, I have however just found article of 3 years ago whcih refers to the same memos along with other relating to Senator Tunney and the KGB.

10 comments:

Michael Oakeshott said...

It shows that, for the left, patriotism is an alien concept. Hopefully this gives the Republicans and Mr Bush the bosst they need for the mid-terms.

Og said...

I wish a boost to the Republicans in the mid-terms, Michael Oakeshott, but why Bush?

Michael Oakeshott said...

I think a good result for the Republicans in the mid-terms would strengthen his hand when it comes to bringing pressure on Iran and North Korea. I would prefer the US to be able to confront these countries, in the likely event of their continued defiance of US will.

And I like the guy and trust his judgement.

Anonymous said...

The name Zinoviyev ring a bell, anyone?

dizzy said...

Yep, a letter that was a fake that was sent to a paper. This is a memo found in the Soviet Archive that is referenced in a little known book that no one has paid much attention too. Whilst the contents of the memo may indeed be false, it is by no way historically comparable to Zinoviev. I'd say it is unwise to dismiss it out of hand so readily, just as it is unwise to accept it as gospel as well.

Tim Roll-Pickering said...

From what I've read in newspapers from the 1980 Democrat Convention (I was born that week) part of the peace settlement between Carter and Kennedy was supporting the latter in a bid for 1984. But I don't think Kennedy ever sought the nomination then - does anyone know why?

Alex said...

I would bet cash money that the document is a contact report, which every Soviet diplomat who spoke to an important person would have to file. Kennedy was afraid Reagan was leading the world into a nuclear war - yes, so were millions - and he hoped to counter Reagan's policies? Outrageous, an opposition politician indulging in opposition to the government's policy! Where will it end.

As usual with this kind of story, the quote doesn't contain any actual support for the allegation. Frankly, anyone who read the Washington Post could have deduced those two points.

clark said...

Does anyone have a link to the letter with a translation?

xray said...

Here's the link to the Kennedy letter translated and pulled from KGB files. If the original can be gleaned from the KGB archives it would indict Kennedy as a traitor to his country.

I've always suspected his leaning s were meant to destroy America. Having two brothers assasinated his mind is gone. Not that he had one.

Barbara said...

This is 100 percent true, I read His file at the FBI page They were watching Him. It just shows How the democrates are always for sale no better than prostitutes, They will do anything to win an election even if it means Sleeping with the enemie Why any body would vote for any of Them is beyond Me . They are Destroying Our Countrys Economy , and Our whole way of life will be taken away if We font get rid of these people God Bless America Please