Churchill’s experience has several pertinent messages for today. First, it shows how hard it can be to call out a despot who has cultivated a completely false image of himself to disarm his adversaries. Second, it marked the beginning of the long and mutually corrosive contest of Russian and American power and cultures that continues to this day.
Russia’s attacks on the 2016 election were nimble, innovative and pervasive. The response was anything but. According to the former FBI agent Clint Watts, in his new book Messing With the Enemy, “America sucks at information warfare. Absolutely sucks.”
Britain’s greatest war leader came to America to warn us about a despot in Moscow. He was widely attacked for doing so. Sound familiar?