Here is a really good book review entitled, "Fools for Communism: Still Apologists After All These Years". The book reviewed is entitled, " In Denial: Historians, Communism and Espionage" by John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr, San Francisco: Encounter Books, 300 pages, $25.95. The review is found at the Reason.
Fools for Communism: Still Apologists After All These Years
Here is an excerpt:
In 1983 the Indiana University historian Robert F. Byrnes collected essays from 35 experts on the Soviet Union -- the cream of American academia -- in a book titled After Brezhnev. Their conclusion: Any U.S. thought of winning the Cold War was a pipe dream. "The Soviet Union is going to remain a stable state, with a very stable, conservative, immobile government," Byrnes said in an interview, summing up the book. "We donâ€™t see any collapse or weakening of the Soviet system."
Barely six years later, the Soviet empire began falling apart. By 1991 it had vanished from the face of the earth. Did Professor Byrnes call a press conference to offer an apology for the collective stupidity of his colleagues, or for his part in recording it? Did he edit a new work titled Gosh, We Didnâ€™t Know Our Ass From Our Elbow? Hardly. Being part of the American chattering class means never having to say youâ€™re sorry.
Journalism, academia, policy wonkery: They all maintain well-oiled Orwellian memory holes, into which errors vanish without a trace. Stern pronouncements are hurled down like thunderbolts from Zeus, and, like Zeus, their authors are totally unaccountable to mere human beings. Timeâ€™s Strobe Talbott decreed in 1982 that it was "wishful thinking to predict that international Communism some day will either self-destruct or so exhaust itself in internecine conflict that other nations will no longer be threatened." A Wall Street analyst who misjudged a stock so badly would find himself living under a bridge, if not sharing a cell with Martha Stewart. But Talbott instead became Bill Clintonâ€™s deputy secretary of state, where he could apply his perspicacious geopolitical perceptual powers to Osama bin Laden.