Early in his Sword of Honour series, Evelyn Waugh’s autobiographical hero rejoices in the purity of his country’s cause: all the big dictatorships of Europe are on the other side. The Soviet Union is actively aiding the Axis – vitiating the British blockade with megabushels of raw materials, freeing up the Wehrmacht to attack Western Europe, divvying up Poland, having the local Communist parties strike defense plants and argue for surrender. The Soviets even asked to join the Tripartite Pact.
And Guy Crouchback thinks that this is just the greatest thing in the world.
No compromise !
Because he’s an idiot.
So. Why is Russia the “real threat” to the US, rather than China? Do we want to make absolutely sure that they never get close enough for us to catch their cooties? Have the members of the Establishment in Washington never played a single game of Risk?
Well, maybe they’re idiots too. Probably a different kind of idiot.