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I would like to call attention to my Reader's Corner blog, where I am trying to stay current posting the interesting, marvelous, shocking, humbling letters I am receiving from readers of American Betrayal.

I am also happy to note 59 60 -- 60! -- 5-star reader reviews at Amazon, out of 72 reader reviews.

The MSM may stay silent about the book, but its readers are not.

To listen to Andrea Tantoros and me discuss Huma Abedin and her Muslim Brotherhood background and exactly why that demands further inquiry, click here, Our two segments start around the 27-minute mark.

From the Financial Times:

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the billionaire Saudi Arabian investor, has warned that his country’s oil-dependent economy is increasingly vulnerable to competition from the US shale revolution, setting him at odds with his country’s oil ministry and Opec officials.

In an open letter addressed to Ali Naimi, the Saudi oil minister, the prince called on the government to accelerate plans to diversify the economy.

"Our country is facing continuous threat because of its almost total dependency on oil," he wrote in the letter, copied to King Abdullah, Prince Alwaleed's uncle, among others.

Wa-hoo!

The letter, which was accompanied by several others addressed to officials including the finance minister, was posted to Prince Alwaleed’s Twitter account on Sunday....

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Just another press bulletin from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) -- and, therefore, put away loose crockery and stop operating heavy machinery:

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: NONE Good Morning, Today, SIGAR released an audit highlighting concerns with USAID's Stability in Key Areas Programs (SIKA), which was set up to address sources of instability in Afghan communities.  The audit found that after 16 months and $47 million spent, USAID had not met essential program objectives.  None of the funds spent had gone to grants that would fund projects to address instability as called for in the contracts, even though this was deemed the essential component to the program.  The $47 million was largely spent on workshops and training sessions resulting in community dissatisfaction with the lack of progress in implementing grants. 

Forty-seven million dollars' worth of workshops and training session will disaffect anyone. But all that money spent to teach...

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One of my favorite things to do is go on Trentovision with Tom Trento, C.J. and the rest of the "bunker boys" of the United West -- so smart, so funny. Here's our most recent installment from yesterday.

"Citizen Scholar" Spencer Irvine and I discuss American Betrayal, July 17, 2013, Washington, DC.

This week's syndicated column

Nationalized health care was one of the first programs enacted by the Bolsheviks after they seized power in 1917. Nearly a century later, the U.S. enacted “Obamacare.”

Who won the Cold War again? This is one of the questions I work over in my new book, “American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character” (St. Martin’s Press). Can we realistically claim liberty and free markets triumphed over collectivism when today there is only a thin Senate line trying to fend off Obamacare’s totalitarian intrusions into citizens’ lives? We see perhaps a dozen or so patriots led by conservative ace Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, gallantly mustering forces to defund further enforcement of this government behemoth aborning. (Call your senators and ask them to join – or tell you why they didn’t at the next town hall.) How can we maintain that the republic endured when a centralized super-state has taken its place?

So, once more, who really won the...

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From RTL Nieuws, a story about what Dutch political leaders are reading on their summer vacations:

De PVV doet geen uitspraken over het vakantieadres van Geert Wilders. Maar hij heeft wat lichte lectuur meegenomen, zoals 'Understanding dhimmitude' en 'American Betrayal', vertelt z'n voorlichtster.

Translation (via Google translate):

The PVV will not comment on the holiday address of Geert Wilders. But he has brought some light reading, such as 'Understanding Dhimmitude' and 'American Betrayal', says his spokeswoman.

Understanding Dhimmitude is Bat Ye'or's new book. American Betrayal, of course, is mine.





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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), bless him, isn't letting go of Benghazi and seeks a select committee to  investigate the many secrets of Benghazi that remain unknown to the American people.

To that end, Wolf  has been taking to the House floor to ask a Benghazi "Question of the Day."

There are seven to date.

Question #7 reveals that Amb. Stevens made multiple phone calls seeking help on that terrible night:

According to an excerpt of the new book Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi, which was published in this month’s Vanity Fair magazine, on the night of the attack, Ambassador Stevens made several calls for help after reaching what he believed was a safe room on the consulate compound.  Some of those calls were made to “nearby consulates.”  Assuming the authors are correct, the government should have the phone records from that night.  Which foreign consulates did he call? How did those consulates respond?

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From Scott and Vicki Behenna:

To all the thousands of Michael supporters, Thank you so much for the huge outpouring concerning our request to contact your local VFW chapter about the courageous VFW Resolution to free Michael. We don’t know the final outcome of the Resolution as the VFW National Conference will not vote on resolutions until the end of this week. We will advise you when we hear the result.  We realize that the VFW request may have been more of an appeal to those who had military contacts, but we certainly appreciate all those supporters without military contacts that also cold-called their VFW’s to assist with Michael’s resolution.  We have one more very important request for all who have followed Michael’s case and want to help him directly. Michael is eligible for parole for the first time in January 2014 and his parole packet must be completed by the end of August 2013. It is our desire to provide...

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A fine review of American Betrayal in the Smoky Mountain News (Waynesville, NC):

"The hard truth about the Cold War"

by Jeff Minick

We Americans like to sidle around the truth nowadays, which we do by labeling ourselves relativists. Like Pontius Pilate, we ask “What is truth?” with the implication being that truth exists only in the eye of the beholder. In the political realm, this preference for opinion rather than facts means that many of us debate our positions by covering our ears, closing our eyes, and shouting at one another.

So when truth does come shambling along to whap us upside the head, we’re inevitably shocked. The truth may set us free, but often our first reaction to a violent encounter with facts and objective reality is confusion,...

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Here is an op-ed I wrote for Breitbart.com about my new book, American Betrayal.

"Who Really Won the Cold War?"

How could there be anything left to say about World War II and the Cold War that hasn’t been said already? We know the narrative, start to finish. In researching my new book, American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character (St. Martin’s Press), I was shocked to learn that’s not the same thing as understanding what really happened.

That probably won’t make sense until you find yourself, as I did, staring at the brick wall that somehow blocks the body of intelligence history from entering the general flow of the narrative we know so well. Bringing them together--intelligence history with general history--changes almost everything. It actually alters the course of history, and with plenty of applications for the post-9/11 age.

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This week's syndicated column

Watching the Justice Department under President Obama transform into a dirty weapon of political manipulation to divide Americans into warring camps of class and race is enough to make a citizen feel helpless. I am referring, of course, to the federal government’s outrageous reaction to the jury verdict in the George Zimmerman case.

Innocent, the jury said, finding no evidence that Zimmerman intended to kill Trayvon Martin.

Not good enough, said the feds, now soliciting “tips” for a possible “civil rights” indictment against Zimmerman, even though an FBI investigation last year concluded there was no evidence of what the government defines as “racial bias” in Zimmerman’s background.

Having ripped off its blindfold, Justice makes no bones about wanting a guilty verdict. To be sure, they went to a lot of trouble to ensure a trial in the first place. How...

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Doris Wise Montrose has now posted the video of the 7/10 lecture and Q & A on American Betrayal at the Luxe Hotel Sunset that was sponsored by her organization, Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors.

You will find it here.

MRC's Tim Graham picks up on the New Republic's Isaac Chotiner's pick-up on a particularly fawning New York Magazine gush-crush by Mark Jacobson about Huma Abedin -- aka Mrs. Anthony Weiner, aka veritable Muslim Brotherhood Princess.

Oops. Neither Graham nor Chotiner mention this salient aspect of Abedin's station in life.

Further, neither Graham nor Chotiner seems to have noticed the following dollop of journalistic goo.

Endlessly entranced, Jacobson writes:

As the conversation turned to kids and travel, Huma showed me a picture of her father, Syed Zainul Abedin, which she keeps in a small frame on the windowsill.

Born in India in 1928, Syed Zainul Abedin was educated at the Aligarh Muslim University, in a western Uttar Pradesh town where, in 1803, a regiment under the command of the British East India Company waged war against the Maratha Empire.

Nice reverie of The Raj. Relevant? Wait. Watch the sepia-toned cloud of disinformation form.

With...

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What with all the excitement around here I haven't updated American Betrayal's media links.

Here's most of the latest batch (earlier links below):

American Betrayal on Democast TV here.

Ed Driscoll's interview on American Betrayal here.

"The Glenn Beck Show" on American Betrayal with Erick Stakelbeck here.

Mark Tapson reviews American Betrayal here.

On "Stakelbeck on Terror" with Erick Stakelbeck here.

Susan Freis Falknor reviews American Betrayal at Blueridge Forum here.

On Newsmax TV with Paul Scicchitano here.

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On Monday, July 8, before catching a 5:45 am shuttle bus to Dulles to take American Betrayal to LA, I managed to scan a new, perfectly wonderful review by Mark Tapson posted at Frontpagemag.com. The timing was perfect. Along with the group Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, Freedom Center was co-sponsoring one of my LA book events, which the piece duly noted, including a link to register for the Wednesday event.

Both Frontpage and the Freedom Center are David Horowitz enterprises.

Here is the review at Frontpage. Or, rather, here was the review at Frontpage.

What happened?

Later, when I couldn't pull up the Frontpage review to send a link to someone, I...

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The Luxe Hotel Sunset event in West LA co-sponsored by Doris Wise Montrose's Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors (CJHSLA) and the Freedom Center, July 10, 2013

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Last week, I headed out West to debut the new book in my home town of Los Angeles, CA. After all, Into every lotus-land, some American Betrayal.

But first, lunch (view) in Malibu at ( Mel-Gibson-infamous) Moonshadows.



I would spend Tuesday evening with the Pasadena Patriots at the beautiful, old Romanesque Room on Green Street. I received a memorably warm welcome from the P.P.'s, who asked excellent questions after the talk. I also finally...

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While I was away on a perfectly splendid book tour of Los Angeles and Pasadena (with a virtual stop in Dallas), Ed Driscoll posted a lively PJ Media interview. The audio may be listened to or downloaded here.

The transcript is below -- a little scary but most sentences do find their final destination.

By Ed Driscoll:

On the back cover of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character,...

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A friend sends in a translated excerpt from the Prague newspaper, Prager Zeitungo:

The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency.  It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.  The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America.  Blaming the prince of fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their President.

This speaks to the subtitle of the new book: "The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character."...

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Edward Snowden's Twitter feed, which I wrote about earlier, is in all likelihood a fraud, so I've taken down my comments about it.

Some thoughts I am leaving up touch on my sense that Snowden's revelations against the massive and surely unconstitutional invasions of Americans' privacy by the US government amount to a public service, not treason.

Which isn't to say that treachery isn't part of the story -- against the Constitution.

As an American, I want to know the government is listening, storing, watching, boundlessly, endlessly -- and pointlessly. After all, big, bad, but see-no-Islam NSA couldn't even pick up on the Tsarnaev brothers on their jihad in Boston!

Meanwhile, the grotesque state invasions have drastically upset any sense of balance in the relationship between citizens and the state by stripping us of our protections, leaving us all naked before unchecked, unbalanced powers of a roguishly omniscient state.

Still, the Snowden story-line dominates the public...

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What a special treat -- a second opportunity to speak with my friend Erick Stakelbeck of CBN about American Betrayal, this time while Erick was helming "The Glenn Beck Show" at The Blaze TV.

This week's syndicated column

Something a little different: Instead of writing a column opposing the nomination of Samantha Power to become U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, I appeared on a panel in Washington, D.C., last week to state the case. My co-panelists were some very illustrious Americans, including organizer Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy, retired Army Lt. Col. Allen West, former U.N. Ambassador Jose Sorzano, Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin (U.S. Army retired) and Morton Klein of the Zionist Organization of America.

C-SPAN covered the press conference, which may be watched at the C-SPAN website. So did Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, who wrote: “Their technique was straightforward: They would impugn the patriotism of the Irish-born nominee. … I asked the speakers whether they really believed that she was an enemy of the United States or whether they merely disagreed with her politics.”

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A review of American Betrayal by Frontpage Mag's Mark Tapson:

Seven weeks ago at FrontPage Mag I reviewed Stalin’s Secret Agents, M. Stanton Evans’ and Herbert Romerstein’s book which demonstrated that widespread government infiltration by Soviet spies sabotaged our foreign policy and molded the post-WWII world in favor of the Soviet Union. Now comes a brand new book that serves as a sort of companion piece to that work, while being an even deeper, more detailed exploration of that infiltration and its consequences.

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On July 3, Frank Gaffney organized a press conference at the National Press Club to oppose the nomination of Samantha Power to become US Representative to the United Nations. In addition to Gaffney, Lt. Col. Allen West (USA ret.), Amb. Jose Sorzano, Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (USA ret.), Mort Klein of the Zionist Organization of America, and I made separate arguments opposing the Power nomination.

CSPAN covered the press conference, which may be watched here.

So did the Washington Post's Dana Milbank, who wrote about it in his next day's column:

Their technique was clear: They would impugn the patriotism of the Irish-born nominee. ...

I was unaware that she was un-American. ...

I asked the speakers whether they really believed she was an enemy of the United States or whether...

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This week's syndicated column

As practically everyone knows by now, multimillionaire TV chef Paula Deen was yanked from the pinnacle of free-market success after admitting to a lawyer taking a deposition in a racial and sexual harassment lawsuit (already Orwellian) that she had used what is referred to as “the N-word” some 25 years ago.

“The N-word”? Here we give the Victorians a run for their word-mincing money. The offending word, of course, is “nigger,” and no matter how ugly it is, it is hardly taboo when a quick search of iTunes pulls up 2,000 entries for sale featuring the term.

According to the deposition, Deen said the word when telling her husband about the man who had stuck a gun to her head during a robbery at the bank where she worked years ago. She also admitted to using the slur at other non-specific times but said, “It’s been a long time,” adding: “That’s just not...

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COIN and its manual have been much discussed (reviled) here.

Below are some of the things that Samantha Power, President Obama's nominee to be UN Ambassador, said about COIN when she reviewed the Army COIN manual in 2007 for the New York Times.

Power wrote:

The fundamental premise of the manual is that the key to successful counterinsurgency is protecting civilians.

This is indeed the fundamental premise of the 2007 manual -- and the theory behind the US-led ISAF strategy in Afghanistan. We now know, however, protecting civilians isn't the key to anything  "successful."

As spelled out by the COIN brass (Petraeus, McChrystal, Mullen, etc.), this same premise included de-emphasizing force protection -- in other words, sublimating the protection of American lives and limbs to the US government's mission of Afghan population protection.

McChrystal, 2009:

What we want to do is build into our systems, and more importantly, build into the minds of all of...

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My latest piece for Dispatch International:

Veteran Democratic senator demands new investigation, blames Bush and Obama administrations.

WASHINGTON DC. After September 11, 2001, Sen. Bob Graham (Florida Democrat) co-chaired Congress’s 2002 investigation into the catastrophic Al-Qaeda attacks that killed 3,000 Americans. Today, nearly a dozen years later, Graham, now retired from the Senate, believes the investigation should be re-opened to pursue evidence that the Bush administration and, more recently, the Obama administration have withheld crucial evidence from the American people linking Saudi Arabia to the attacks.

This isn’t really anything new for Graham, who in 2004 published a book about Congress’s inquiry (which was separate from the 9/11 Commission investigation). It’s called Intelligence Matters: The CIA, the FBI, Saudi Arabia and the Failure of America’s War on Terror, and it lays out evidence of stonewalling and complicity on the part of the Bush administration...

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I will be taking American Betrayal on the road to home turf next week: Southern California.

On July 9, I will be in Pasadena; on July 10, I will be in West LA. Everything you need to know below.

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