The Great Game continues

I’ve told my son numerous times that he can’t imagine the irrational paranoia of the Cold War, when anti-war protesters were routinely told to “go back to Russia” for criticizing anything from the MX missile to funding the contras. I remember during the Carter administration my father saw US and Soviet posturing as a continuation of the Great Game. Until recently labeling anyone to the left of Zbigniew Brzezinski a fellow traveler seemed anachronistic. But not today! Now one can apparently be considered a “Putinite” for criticizing Hillary Clinton’s devotion to transparency. Perhaps I’m only feeling nostalgic, but somehow this turn of events is comforting. Continuity in the face of change reassures, I guess.

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