The Lies That Blind: Is Communism Dead? for the Past 25 Years, Soviet Defector Anatoliy Golitsyn Has Been Publicly Warning the West against Acceptance of This Deadly Illusion

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Two critically important (and crucially intertwined) events that concern our national security--and our survival--occurred during the week of July 5-11, but you almost certainly didn't hear a peep or read a word about either one of them. Apparently, our political and media elites think it's not important for us to know about such things.

Here is the first event to which I refer, as presented by the Sino-Soviet "news" agencies.

"Russian troops are getting aboard a Chinese train Wednesday to take part in joint anti-terrorist exercises Peace Mission 2009, that will be held on the Chinese territory," the Russian agency ITAR-TASS reported on July 8, 2009. In addition to a Russian motorized rifle battalion and an airborne company, the Chinese train also transported 150 Russian tanks, armored personnel carriers, and trucks. Some 20 Russian aircraft--bombers, fighter jets, transports, and helicopters--were flown to the exercise site in northeast China.

The headline of a July 12 story for Communist China's Xinhuanet news agency reported, "More Russian military forces arrive in China for joint anti-terror exercise." The massive five-day war games, held July 22-26 in the Shenyang Military Area Command, are a repeat of similar China-Russia joint military exercises in 2005 and 2007, which also took place under the name of "Peace Mission." A shorter two-day joint "anti-terror" drill took place in April of this year. The operation, dubbed Norak-Antiterror 2009, was conducted in Kazakhstan on April 17-18 with units from the armed forces of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO): Russia, China, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.

These military operations (which have gone virtually unreported in the United States) underscore the extensive and growing military, economic, technological, and political cooperation between Moscow and Beijing over the past decade and a half. They also demolish the supposed wisdom of the prevailing "experts" at the CIA and State Department, who contended that the "Sino-Soviet split" was "permanent," and that the United States should encourage this perceived split by wooing both communist regimes with diplomatic overtures, aid, and trade.

Four decades of this bipartisan wisdom by U.S. policymakers has resulted in the transfer, virtually, of America's entire manufacturing base to China and the transformation of Mao's "People's Republic" from a weak and hopelessly primitive Third World state into a global economic and military superpower.

The second event to which I referred above took place in Moscow about the same time as the Sino-Russian military operations were being set into motion in China: President Barack Obama and his entourage landed in Russia on July 6 for a three-day state visit. In addition to meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Obama met with former President Mikhail Gorbachev and Gennady Zyuganov, chairman of the Russian Communist Party, who said he complimented President Obama on his economic stimulus program. "I said that I had thoroughly studied [Obama's] anti-crisis program, that I liked it, as well as that it is socially oriented and primarily aimed at supporting poor people and enhancing the state's role," Zyuganov told Interfax, a Russian news agency. "I said all this to President Obama."

These two events illustrate two fatal fallacies that underlie our decades of suicidal policies vis-a-vis Russia and China, as implemented by both Democratic and Republican administrations.

"Splits" and Scissors

Belief in a strategically exploitable Sino-Soviet split became not only the foundation for U.S. policy toward Communist China, but also provided the rationale for our relations with all communist regimes. If the world communist monolith was fragmenting owing to internal fissiparous forces, the argument ran (and continues to run today), then why not speed the process? …