Nonetheless, following deliberations I haven’t seen sufficiently explicated, FDR normalized relations with the Red monster-regime early in his first term. In exchange, the U.S. received Soviet pledges, including that the USSR would not support organizations or groups aimed at the overthrow of “the political or social order of the United States.” In other words, the Soviet Union pledged not to wage a secret intelligence war against us.
But such a war was already underway. Post-recognition, this Soviet war on America, spearheaded by traitors directed by Moscow, would intensify. A veritable army of Stalin’s secret agents, agents of influence, fellow travelers and dupes entered the U.S. government and related institutions. They would fight an unceasing stealth war against this country, even — I should say, especially — during World War II. Much to the executive branch’s consternation, the House and Senate would do much to expose this stealth Soviet war in the House Un-American Activities Committee and other committees.
Here’s where the government’s institutional lying comes in. In order to maintain “normal relations” as initiated in 1933 — and, later, military alliance with Stalin in 1941 — the U.S. government had to pretend everything having to do with the USSR, with communism, with Soviet mass murder, with Soviet subversion was “normal,” and to ignore or reject evidence, testimony and results to the contrary. The U.S. government, in other words, had to learn to lie. And so it did, enmeshing itself and the lives of millions of people in a kind of darkness we have yet to shine a light on and fully appreciate — something I attempt to do in “American Betrayal.”
Eighty years ago, then, that first U.S.-USSR agreement wasn’t worth the paper it was written on. But, for the sake of “normal” relations, it didn’t matter! Similarly, the boxes full of U.S.-USSR agreements to come would be worthless, or worse. But for too long, that didn’t matter, either.