Let's face it: except for Peter Sellers' Dr. Strangelove, the Cold War wasn't a barrel of laughs. From hair-raising crises set off by its nuclear balance of terror to proxy wars in countries most Americans couldn't find on a map, Washington's competition with Moscow didn't offer much comic relief. If there were any giggles, they came from Soviet propagandists whose copy sometimes supplied one-liners for cartoon characters like Boris Badenov or Bob Hope's comedy routines. Funny or not then, their successors are giving Vladimir Putin the last laugh as his disinformation warriors gear up to mislead Americans in the 2020 election campaign.
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