Lucian Truscott IV's reflections on the political scene and his recollections about his personal history represent a strong upgrade for Salon, the online news site.
Truscott, the descendant of a distinguished military family, in his latest Salon post draws on childhood memories to illuminate the revelations regarding Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner's Russian connections.
When Truscott was a young teen, he spent summers with his grandfather, Lucian Truscott Jr., the noted World War II general whom President Eisenhower tapped to keep an eye on CIA director Allen Dulles. Truscott calls his grandfather Eisenhower's spy on the master spy Dulles.
In his article, Truscott recalls Friday afternoon gatherings at his grandfather's Washington home, sessions attended by high-ranking CIA, military and State Department officials. The young boy was given the task of keeping the martini pitchers coming. Dulles sometimes showed up for the drinking/discussion events. The piece opens a window on a sunny period when the United States dominated world affairs, despite its Cold War with the Soviet Union.
Truscott, himself an Army officer during the Vietnam era, receiving a dishonorable discharge for seeking help for addicted soldiers, cites Dulles' spy manual and its outlining of action similar to that the Russians reportedly took in reaching out to Kushner and former Trump national security chief Michael Flynn.
A best-selling novelist and trenchant journalist, Truscott brings a deeper level of sophistication to the shallow and inconsistent Salon. Truscott's work is among the best at making sense of Trump's America.