February 26, 2004

"the very same vitriol"

This is the sort of thing to keep in mind, when "Progressives" extoll the glorious 1960's, and the heroic antiwar movement:

...As a spy chief and a general in the former Soviet satellite of Romania, I produced the very same vitriol Kerry repeated to the U.S. Congress almost word for word and planted it in leftist movements throughout Europe.

KGB chairman Yuri Andropov managed our anti-Vietnam War operation. He often bragged about having damaged the U.S. foreign-policy consensus, poisoned domestic debate in the U.S., and built a credibility gap between America and European public opinion through our disinformation operations. Vietnam was, he once told me, "our most significant success."... � Ion Mihai Pacepa [link]

And back in the '60's, a working definition of "McCarthyite" (or "Right-Wing kook" or "John Bircher") would have been "someone who thinks the antiwar protesters are fronting for the KGB>"

Posted by John Weidner at February 26, 2004 12:07 PM
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