It was nice to see the word it reminded me of General Buck Turgidson in Dr Strangelove:
"Mr. President, if I may speak freely, the Russkie talks big, but frankly, we think he's short of know how. I mean, you just can't expect a bunch of ignorant peons to understand a machine like some of our boys. And that's not meant as an insult, Mr. Ambassador, I mean, you take your average Russkie, we all know how much guts he's got. Hell, lookit all them Nazis killed off and they still wouldn't quit."
This is grimmer than one might think: it was probably a direct allusion to the unstated premise for the legal lynching of the Rosenbergs: "Those stupid Russian peasants could never have built a nuclear weapon by themselves.