"In wartime," Winton Churchill told Franklin Roosevelt and Josef Stalin at their conference in Tehran in 1943, "truth is so precious that she should always be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies." The remark, Churchill later wrote, amused Stalin and his entourage. It might well bring a smile to the Soviet dictator's current successor, Russian President Vladimir Putin. As he watches President Trump and his Republican defenders' parrot Russian disinformation to fight his impeachment, Putin can take credit for demonstrating that Churchill's admonition applies just as well in American politics today.
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