Email #9, Subject: New Cold War

I read in the Washington Post that the CIA has now officially concluded that Russia “intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency.” This is a massive fact. A foreign power, the former “Evil Empire” that battled the U.S. in a half century of Cold War conflicts, hacked our country and then used its hacked information to elect the candidate who made repeated pro-Putin statements against the candidate who made repeated anti-Putin statements. If this had happened in the 50s or 60s or 70s or 80s, it would have been enough to start World War III. It certainly would have gotten GOP leaders talking openly about direct retaliation, military and otherwise. The GOP will now run every branch of our government, so it’s up to you to act. How are you responding to this extraordinary act of Russian aggression? How are you going to fight this New Cold War?

Chris Gavaler

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Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University where he teaches creative writing, contemporary fiction, and comics. He has published two novels, Pretend I'm Not Here (HarperCollins 2002) and School For Tricksters (Southern Methodist University 2011), and two nonfictions, On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa University 2015) and Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury forthcoming 2017).

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