Ken Blackwell

Because of these impressions of Western “flexibility,” the Kremlin bosses knew they could toss thousands of dissidents into the GuLAG with impunity. And they also knew they could slow-walk arms control talks with the U.S., tossing out scraps here and there.

It would take another decade before a U.S. President could sign the largest arms reduction treaty in history. That’s because Ronald Reagan believed in “peace through strength.” Reagan’s INF agreement of 1987 came only after years of patient re-building of American military might and his determination to “trust, but verify.”

Vice President Biden benefits from a credulous media that isn’t terribly interested in the past. Especially, they give a pass to the past record of liberals. Sec. of State John Kerry, for example, has never been called to account for his dealings with North Vietnamese Communist officials in Paris in 1971. He went there as an anti-war leader.

What did young John Kerry tell the enemies of his country? What did they tell him? Did he keep any written records of this extraordinary and possibly illegal encounter? Depending on what he told the North Vietnamese, his meetings may have been illegal. That’s because the Logan Act of 1798 forbids U.S. private citizens from negotiating with foreign powers. Kerry was confirmed as Sec. of State by the Senate by a vote of 94-3, with not even the strongest conservatives demanding his contemporaneous notes from his Paris interlude.

Kerry, likewise, never had to account for his activities in the Nuclear Freeze movement. Documents from the Soviet archives show that the Freeze movement was funded in large part by the KGB. Did Kerry know this at the time? Did he later learn about this? Did he say anything about KGB penetration of the movement of which he was a leading member? How might all this affect his role as America’s top diplomat?

So it is Joe Biden and not John Kerry they send to Poland to show we are serious. And Claire Berlinski is right in saying that Biden’s record is surely known to the leaders in the Kremlin.

In other words, [Biden and Lugar] directly admitted [to the Russians] that what is happening is a kind of a show, that they absolutely do not care for the fate of most so-called dissidents.

Remarkably, the world has shown little interest in the unread Soviet archives. That paragraph about Biden is a good example. Stroilov and Bukovsky coauthored a piece about it for the online magazine FrontPage on October 10, 2008; it passed without remark. Americans considered the episode so uninteresting that even Biden’s political opponents didn’t try to turn it into political capital. Imagine, if you can, what it must feel like to have spent the prime of your life in a Soviet psychiatric hospital, to know that Joe Biden is now vice president of the United States, and to know that no one gives a damn.

When President Obama staged a White House signing ceremony for the massive health care act, Joe Biden chose that august occasion to tell his chief: “This is a big [bleep]ing deal.” Is that what he will say to reassure the Poles?

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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