The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: The Soviets' Psychic Hurts

The Presidency

American spies these days do not often get something to chuckle about. Over the past few weeks they have not only had a laugh or two at Soviet expense, but have also been given a small shot of pride to use during the continuing struggle with Moscow's agents in the world's back alleys.

Our intelligence network around the globe has picked up fragments of Soviet anguish about how come the Israelis, flying American F-15s and 16s over Lebanon, shot down Syrians flying MiG-23s at a ratio of 83 to zip. And how come those SAM-6s and 8s...

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