To the editor:
Your editorial of August 16, entitled “Vote! Vote! Vote!”, contained much with which I can agree, but one particular line that I think is dangerously ignorant:
“He [Trump] embraces our historical enemies like Russia while denigrating our allies who have fought and died for us like Canada, Mexico and Great Britain.”
For those of us whose historical memory reaches back farther than the most recent edition of the Rachel Maddow show, it is useful to recall that during the American Civil War, Czar Alexander II of Russia, who had recently freed the serfs in his nation, sent the Russian fleet to New York and San Francisco harbors. He issued a warning to the British, who were on the verge of entering into a military alliance with the Confederate States of America, that if they entered the war on the side of the South, Russia would attack them. The British backed off. A US-Russian wartime alliance was negotiated by US Ambassador to Russia Cassius Clay.
It is also worth remembering that during WWII, the Russians did in fact die in very, very large numbers — upwards of 20 million — in order to defeat Hitler. The British were more concerned about how to regain their empire after the war, and American military leaders like George Patton were constantly annoyed at their reluctance to engage the enemy.
As bad as Trump may be, I would encourage you to ignore the wacky conspiracy theories about Russian involvement in the election. Don’t follow Hillary and the DNC in a rush to revive the Cold War. It is completely unwarranted, unnecessary, and as we used to say, one nuclear bomb can ruin your whole day.