Sufferers from “Churchill Derangement Syndrome” hold “Aryan stock” high among Winston Churchill’s appalling utterances. The remark rose again in correspondence with a journalist. I dug out for him the background of that remark, but his report omitted it. Out of context the quote is misleading, so I guess that’s just as well. But rather than write off several hours’ research, the facts might here serve to advance reality.
Published 8 March 2017 on the Daily Caller, under the title “A Lesson on Russia for Trump.” Their title, not mine; I do not presume to offer anyone lessons.
“I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma: but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.” —Winston Churchill, 1939
“If Putin likes Trump, guess what, folks, that’s called an asset, not a liability. Now I don’t know that I’m going to get along with Vladimir Putin. I hope I do. But there’s a good chance I won’t.” —Donald Trump, 2017Russia National Interests
Trump-Churchill comparisons are invidious and silly.…
November 5th— A call from the London Daily Mail: “We are doing a piece on a new book and wanted to run it by you.”
November 6th— The new book is Thomas Maier’s When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys. What’s exciting is their discovery of a Shocking Fact about Churchill (Shocking Fact #22,385, by my count.)
Mr. Maier reports, calmly and dispassionately, a 1947 conversation between Churchill and Senator Stiles Bridges (R-NH). In it, Churchill says “that if an atomic bomb could be dropped on the Kremlin wiping it out, it would be a very easy problem to handle the balance of Russia, which would be without direction.”…