The history of Democratic Party failures on Russia

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The history of Democratic Party failures on Russia

By John Ruberry

Since Don­ald J. Trump’s upset win in 2016 over Hillary Clin­ton – who after the elec­tion the left-​wing media belat­edly informed us was a flawed can­di­date – we’ve been bom­barded with story after story that the pres­i­dent is either col­lud­ing with Rus­sia or is weak in deal­ing with it.

But the Democ­rats have a decades-​long his­tory of fail­ure involv­ing Rus­sia and the Soviet Union, which is some­thing Mark Levin reminded me last week, as the media spewed venom after Trump’s sum­mit with Russ­ian pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin last week.

Here are some of those fias­cos.

At the Yalta Con­fer­ence in 1945, Franklin D. Roo­sevelt, his­tor­i­cally the most pop­u­lar pres­i­dent among Democ­rats, signed over most of the east­ern Europe to the Soviet Union, includ­ing Poland. It was the inva­sion of that nation by the Nazis that led France and Great Britain to declare war on Germany.

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While cam­paign­ing for a full pres­i­den­tial term in 1948 Tru­man said, “I got very well acquainted with Joe Stalin, and I like old Joe! He is a decent fel­low. But Joe is a pris­oner of the Politburo.”

Many Democ­rats still cel­e­brate the mem­o­ries of Julius and Ethel Rosen­berg, who gave away atomic bomb secrets to the USSR. They were exe­cuted for trea­son in 1953. Alger Hiss, a State Depart­ment offi­cial, was con­victed of per­jury three years ear­lier. Many Dems revere his mem­ory too. After open­ing up Soviet archives in the 1990s, it was dis­cov­ered that indeed all three were Soviet agents, and yes, traitors.

“He sav­aged me.” is what John F. Kennedy said of Nikita Khrushchev after a two-​day sum­mit in 1961. The Soviet leader judged JFK as weak, two months later the com­mu­nists began build­ing the Berlin Wall. The fol­low­ing year the Sovi­ets com­menced build­ing a mis­sile base in Cuba, which led to the Cuban Mis­sile Cri­sis, which nearly started a nuclear war.

Amaz­ingly, the Democ­rats’ “Lion of the Sen­ate,” JFK’s brother Ted Kennedy, hadn’t learned his les­son after being thumped in the Demo­c­ra­tic pri­maries at the hands of incum­bent pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter in 1980. The peanut farmer was trounced in a land­slide in the gen­eral elec­tion later that year. Yet Kennedy was con­sid­er­ing chal­leng­ing Rea­gan in 1984. His plan was to – wait for it – col­lude! Teddy would aid Soviet leader Yuri Andropov in con­fronting Rea­gan – and the leader of the Evil Empire would assist Kennedy in fac­ing off against the Gipper.

Barack Obama’s feck­less response to the Syr­ian Civil War allowed Rus­sia to gain a foothold in that trou­bled nation. After Syria’s dic­ta­tor Bashar al-​Assad crossed Obama’s “red line” on the use of chem­i­cal weapons, Obama did nothing.

Shortly after becom­ing sec­re­tary of state, Hillary Clin­ton pre­sented a “reset” but­ton to Russ­ian coun­ter­part, sig­ni­fy­ing a new start to rela­tions between our countries.

Bonus round:

The Democ­rats’ favorite news­pa­per is the New York Times. Its Moscow cor­re­spon­dent in the 1920s and 1930s, Wal­ter Duranty, received a Pulitzer Prize for his cov­er­age of Stalin’s USSR. But not only did Duranty fail to report on the famine in the Soviet Union in the early 1930s, he claimed such sto­ries about it were untrue. But Duranty knew that as many as 10 mil­lion peo­ple starved to death dur­ing the famine, which as a direct result of Stalin’s bar­baric poli­cies. The pro­lif­er­a­tion of fake news is not a recent development.

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit. His wife was born in the Lat­vian Soviet Social­ist Repub­lic.

By John Ruberry

Since Donald J. Trump’s upset win in 2016 over Hillary Clinton–who after the election the left-wing media belatedly informed us was a flawed candidate–we’ve been bombarded with story after story that the president is either colluding with Russia or is weak in dealing with it.

But the Democrats have a decades-long history of failure involving Russia and the Soviet Union, which is something Mark Levin reminded me last week, as the media spewed venom after Trump’s summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin last week.

Here are some of those fiascos.

At the Yalta Conference in 1945, Franklin D. Roosevelt, historically the most popular president among Democrats, signed over most of the eastern Europe to the Soviet Union, including Poland. It was the invasion of that nation by the Nazis that led France and Great Britain to declare war on Germany.

Graffiti in Latvia

While campaigning for a full presidential term in 1948 Truman said, “I got very well acquainted with Joe Stalin, and I like old Joe! He is a decent fellow. But Joe is a prisoner of the Politburo.”

Many Democrats still celebrate the memories of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who gave away atomic bomb secrets to the USSR. They were executed for treason in 1953. Alger Hiss, a State Department official, was convicted of perjury three years earlier. Many Dems revere his memory too. After opening up Soviet archives in the 1990s, it was discovered that indeed all three were Soviet agents, and yes, traitors.

“He savaged me.” is what John F. Kennedy said of Nikita Khrushchev after a two-day summit in 1961. The Soviet leader judged JFK as weak, two months later the communists began building the Berlin Wall. The following year the Soviets commenced building a missile base in Cuba, which led to the Cuban Missile Crisis, which nearly started a nuclear war.

Amazingly, the Democrats’ “Lion of the Senate,” JFK’s brother Ted Kennedy, hadn’t learned his lesson after being thumped in the Democratic primaries at the hands of incumbent president Jimmy Carter in 1980. The peanut farmer was trounced in a landslide in the general election later that year. Yet Kennedy was considering challenging Reagan in 1984. His plan was to–wait for it–collude! Teddy would aid Soviet leader Yuri Andropov in confronting Reagan–and the leader of the Evil Empire would assist Kennedy in facing off against the Gipper.

Barack Obama’s feckless response to the Syrian Civil War allowed Russia to gain a foothold in that troubled nation. After Syria’s dictator Bashar al-Assad crossed Obama’s “red line” on the use of chemical weapons, Obama did nothing.

Shortly after becoming secretary of state, Hillary Clinton presented a “reset” button to Russian counterpart, signifying a new start to relations between our countries.

Bonus round:

The Democrats’ favorite newspaper is the New York Times. Its Moscow correspondent in the 1920s and 1930s, Walter Duranty, received a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of Stalin’s USSR. But not only did Duranty fail to report on the famine in the Soviet Union in the early 1930s, he claimed such stories about it were untrue. But Duranty knew that as many as 10 million people starved to death during the famine, which as a direct result of Stalin’s barbaric policies. The proliferation of fake news is not a recent development.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit. His wife was born in the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic.