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American Betrayal

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"This explosive book is a long-needed answer to court histories that continue to obscure key facts about our backstage war with Moscow. Must-reading for serious students of security issues and Cold War deceptions, both foreign and domestic."

-- M. Stanton Evans, author of Stalin's Secret Agents and Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies

"It is not simply a good book about history. It is one of those books which makes history. ... "

-- Vladimir Bukovsky, author of To Build a Castle and co-founder of the Soviet dissident movement, and Pavel Stroilov, author of Behind the Desert Storm.

"I have read it, and agree wholeheartedly."

-- Angelo Codevilla, Professor Emeritus of International Relations at Boston Unversity, and fellow of the Claremont Institute. 

"A brilliantly researched and argued book."

-- Edward Jay Epstein, author of Deception: The Invisible War between the KGB and the CIA, The Annals 0f Unsolved Crime 

"American Betrayal is absolutely required reading. Essential. You're sleepwalking without it."

-- Chris Farrell, director of investigations research, Judicial Watch

"As Diana West writes in her remarkable book, American Betrayal, we have `new totalitarians who look to Mecca instead of Moscow.' "

-- Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House of Representatives 

"I've been, quite frankly, mesmerized by Diana West and her new book American Betrayal. If you get it (a) you won't put it down, and (b) you'll be flipping back to the notes section because every paragraph your hair's going to be on fire."  

-- Stephen K. Bannon, Breitbart News Radio

"Every once in a while, something happens that turns a whole structure of preconceived ideas upside down, shattering tales and narratives long taken for granted, destroying prejudice, clearing space for new understanding to grow. Diana West's latest book, American Betrayal, is such an event."

 -- Henrik Raeder Clausen, Europe News

No book has ever frightened me as much as American Betrayal. ... [West] patiently builds a story outlining a network of subversion so bizarrely immense that to write it down will seem too fantastic to anyone without the book’s detailed breadth and depth. It all adds up to a story so disturbing that it has changed my attitude to almost everything I think about how the world actually is. ... By the time you put the book down, you have a very different view of America’s war aims and strategies. The core question is, did the USA follow a strategy that served its own best interests, or Stalin’s? And it’s not that it was Stalin’s that is so compelling, since you knew that had to be the answer, but the evidence in detail that West provides that makes this a book you cannot ignore. 

-- Steven Kates, RMIT (Australia) Associate Professor of Economics, Quadrant

Her task is ambitious; her sweep of crucial but too-little-known facts of history is impressive; and her arguments are eloquent and witty. ... American Betrayal is one of those books that will change the way many of us see the world.

-- Susan Freis Falknor, Blue Ridge Forum

“What Diana West has done is to dynamite her way through several miles of bedrock. On the other side of the tunnel there is a vista of a new past. Of course folks are baffled. Few people have the capacity to take this in. Her book is among the most well documented I have ever read. It is written in an unusual style viewed from the perspective of the historian—but it probably couldn’t have been done any other way.”

-- Lars Hedegaard, historian, editor, Dispatch International

"Diana West's new book rewrites WWII and Cold War history not by disclosing secrets, but by illuminating facts that have been hidden in plain sight for decades. Furthermore, she integrates intelligence and political history in ways never done before."

-- Jeffrey Norwitz, former professor of counterterrorism, Naval War College

Although I know [Christopher] Andrew well, and have met [Oleg] Gordievsky twice, I now doubt their characterization of Hopkins -- also embraced by Radosh and the scholarly community. I now support West's conclusions after rereading KGB: The Inside Story account 23 years later [relevant passages cited in American Betrayal]. It does not ring true that Hopkins was an innocent dupe dedicated solely to defeating the Nazis. Hopkins comes over in history as crafty, secretive and no one's fool, hardly the personality traits of a naïve fellow traveler. And his fingerprints are on the large majority of pro-Soviet policies implemented by the Roosevelt administration. West deserves respect for cutting through the dross that obscures the evidence about Hopkins, and for screaming from the rooftops that the U.S. was the victim of a successful Soviet intelligence operation.

-- Bernie Reeves, founder of The Raleigh Spy Conference, American Thinker

Diana West’s American Betrayal — a remarkable, novel-like work of sorely needed historical re-analysis — is punctuated by the Cassandra-like quality of “multi-temporal” awareness. ... But West, although passionate and direct, is able to convey her profoundly disturbing, multi-temporal narrative with cool brilliance, conjoining meticulous research, innovative assessment, evocative prose, and wit.

-- Andrew G. Bostom, PJ Media

Do not be dissuaded by the controversy that has erupted around this book which, if you insist on complete accuracy, would be characterized as a disinformation campaign.

-- Jed Babbin, The American Spectator

The most important anti-Communist book of our time. ... Mrs. West is one of the most important writers on the strategic and moral consequences of Communist penetration of the U.S. Government.

-- J.R. Nyquist, contributor, And Reality Be Damned ... What Media Didn't Tell You about the End of the Cold War and the Fall of Communism in Europe

The polemics against your Betrayal have a familiar smell: The masters of the guild get angry when someone less worthy than they are ventures into the orchard in which only they are privileged to harvest. The harvest the outsider brought in, they ritually burn.

-- Hans Jansen, former professor of Islamic Thought, University of Utrecht 

West's lesson to Americans: Reality can't be redacted, buried, fabricated, falsified, or omitted. Her book is eloquent proof of it.

-- Edward Cline, Family Security Matters

In American Betrayal, Ms. West's well-established reputation for attacking "sacred cows" remains intact. The resulting beneficiaries are the readers, especially those who can deal with the truth.

-- Wes Vernon, Renew America

After reading American Betrayal and much of the vituperation generated by neoconservative "consensus" historians, I conclude that we cannot ignore what West has demonstrated through evidence and cogent argument.

-- John Dale Dunn, M.D., J.D., Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons

Enlightening. I give American Betrayal five stars only because it is not possible to give it six.

-- John Dietrich, formerly of the Defense Intelligence Agency and author of The Morgenthau Plan: Soviet Influence on American Postwar Policy.

If you're looking for something to read, this is the most dazzling, mind-warping book I have read in a long time. It has been criticized by the folks at Front Page, but they don't quite get what Ms. West has set out to do and accomplished. I have a whole library of books on communism, but -- "Witness" excepted -- this may be the best.

-- Jack Cashill, author of Deconstructing Obama: The Lives, Loves and Letters of America's First Postmodern President and First Strike: TWA Flight 800 and the Attack on America

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I remember a famous exchange Milosevic had with his judge. It was 2002, and, still, the closest Western consciousness came to beheading lay somewhere between the history of the French Revolution two centuries ago, and the absurdity of Lewis Carroll's Red Queen.

Milosevic was trying to show what jihad looked like, which, in his war, was a beheaded Serbian soldier.

MILOSEVIC: These are crimes from the 26th of March, 1992, in Sijekovac.

The units (Mujahedin) crossed the Sava River and slaughtered the Serbs. Please put the big picture on the overhead projector.

That's it. That's what they did. That's what the Mujahedin did, the ones we saw yesterday. And we saw Izetbegovic (leader of the Bosnian Moslems) reviewing them yesterday.  

What's the matter? Is it not on the screens?

JUDGE MAY: It's on the screen. Do you want the next photograph shown?

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The late Sydney Schanberg on "McCain and the POW Cover-Up" here.

From American Betrayal, on leaving thousands of US GIs and British soldiers to USSR here.



Russia aside ...

The New York Times today is breaking news about actual, honest-to-goodness "Islamofascism": a $20 billion "cornerstone investment" by the largest Saudi sovereign wealth fund in the "Blackstone infrastructure fund," an "investment vehicle" overseen by "private equity titan" Stephen A. Schwarzman, which "dovetails with a $1 trillion infrastructure initiative the Trump administration has promised, to be fueled by government partnerships with the private sector."

Classic private-public economic fascism + infusions of Islamic cash = "Islamofascism."

For all non-titans out there, Schwarzman is the head of the Blackstone Group, where, conveniently, Mohammed bin Salman, "crown prince" of Saudi Arabia (i.e., dictator-in-waiting) and his Public Investment Fund are already a "major client." Schwarzman also "leads an elite committee of business executives...

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... Rep. Martin Dies (D-TX) gavelled the House Un-American Activities Committee to order for the first time.

Boy, could America use a Martin Dies today.



Andrew C. McCarthy lays out three clear measures the Trump administration and Congress must take in order to expose Russian collusion for what it is, not what Democrats and the media want it to be:

He writes:

Merely calling Democrats out on this farce is not going to end it. Thanks to President Trump’s unruliness, it is working too well. So, I have three suggestions.

First, the Justice Department should appoint a special counsel to investigate the potential abuse of government surveillance powers for the purposes of political spying and leaks to the media. The investigation should scrutinize all unmasking of Americans to determine whether it conformed to court-ordered restrictions. The president should...

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It's not reporting, it's suppressing.

Take today's headline "news" from CNN:

"A Texas congressman just said something deeply irresponsible about Seth Rich" 

Yes, that's a headline. No doubt it was crafted by a snowflake who got a start telling on kids back in kindergarten.

And never mind that the congressman, Blake Farenthold (R-TX), didn't mention Seth Rich and was very clearly trying to make a completely separate and extremely crucial point.  

Thus, CNN had its work cut out for it -- suppression, not reporting -- as indicated in the subhead about the cable network's hero-supressors:

"Lawmaker confronted over debunked story" 

Since his 'n' her suppressors John Berman and Poppy Harlow (real name?) were so good at their craft, CNN...

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Former DCIA Brennan, he who voted Communist in 1976, has been testifying about "Russian influence" in the House today.

At about 31:00 here, Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) starts to build his question, mentioning the "Russian playbook," how Russians try to build relationships, especially with influential Americans, and how that's one of the things the CIA is looking out for.

Wenstrup continued: "So I'm just trying to understand process here a little bit, what sets up a red flag, what type of conversation do you hear that says, hmm, maybe we need to take a little bit further look into this, or refer it on. 

Wenstrup then harkened back to the previous election when a hot mic picked up That Exchange between President Obama and President Medvedev. The congressman related the two famous lines. 

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Now at The Daily Caller

I really, really do not want to waste a lot of time on Donald Trump's Saudi Arabian visit; however, for the record, which is still important, it was a nightmare.

The images could not have been more ghastly.

The substance could not have been more repulsive.

The nation-to-nation exchange could not have been more shameful: Yet another American president, a decade and a half after 9/11, lying to himself and the entire world to declare that Islam is wonderful, it's just extremism that's a mortal threat, in exchange for hundreds of millions of Saudi petrodollars in arms deals. The $100 million pledged by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to "empower women entrepreneurs" through a World Bank "initiative" (slush fund?) Ivanka Trump is associated with was particularly ugly. It turned the president's daughter into a pitchwoman for these very nations whose Islamic laws and culture recognize women as chattel. How they must have rolled on the tent floor after the pathetic American delegation was en route to Israel, a nation Saudi Arabia does not recognize.         

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CONTINUOUSLY UPDATED:

June 14, 2016: The Washington Post reports "Russian government hackers penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee." On what did the paper base this claim? The Post cites "committee officials and security experts who responded to the breach." 

These "security experts" are with CrowdStrike, a private cyber security firm hired and paid by the DNC.

While reading the following chronology, it is important to bear in mind that the FBI has never examined the DNC computer network because the DNC prohibited the FBI from doing so. Also, that the FBI, under former Director Comey, not to mention former President Obama and the "Intelligence Community," thought this was perfectly ok.

Another point:...

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Now at The Daily Caller

Flipping back the pages of my proverbial notepad I find a fair amount about Robert Mueller and his Bush-to-Obama tenure at the FBI.

Despite the rose petals bestrewing his path back to DC as special counsel, it was not a pretty thing. Summing up -- as Patrick Poole began here in 2012, as former FBI special agent John Guandolo does here --  Mueller's FBI tenure should be remembered in large part for having been one long "Muslim outreach" to combat so-called Islamophobia, one long purge of Islamo-realism; and literally so, as when Mueller's FBI purged lecturers and training materials for their supposed offensiveness to Muslims...

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To Gotcha or Not to Gotcha, that is never the question for the Washington Post -- or, for that matter, those "current and former U.S. officials" hiding in anonymity to leak what they allege are specifics of an Oval Office meeting between President Trump and the Russian foreign minister and ambassador.

On second thought, I must qualify: To Gotcha-Trump or Not to Gotcha-Trump is never the Post's question. This is not across-the-board journalism, it's information warfare. If that were not the case, to take a few examples, Post readers might well have have been treated to some of these headlines:  

"Obama reveals secret intelligence to Iranians"

Or, going back a few years:

"Clinton reveals secret intelligence to Chinese"

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One hundred and some days in, it's not looking good, as Ann Coulter, Candidate Trump's fiercest and fearsome-est supporter, notes at The Daily Caller; meanwhile, back at the White House, the Weekly Standard reports that it's Steve Bannon against everyone when it comes to trying to prevent Trump from renewing and extending the debacle in Afghanistan. In other words, the ship of state is still sinking when Trump's National Islamic Apologist -- I mean, National Security Adviser -- lectures from the podium all about "three of the world greatest religions."

Then there's this. The president's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who...

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Axios Presented by Koch Industries is a news?site created by Politico's co-founders, which opened shop this year, having, it seems, pretty easily come up with $10 million to get going late last summer. According to a celebratory launch piece in Vanity Fair, Axios collected its pile of cash in a "round" led by Lerer Hippeau Ventures, which is described a main backer of Huffington Post and BuzzFeed.

So sheltered is my life I had not heard of either Lerer or Hippeau of said Ventures. Apparently, LHV was "founded by the incredibly liberal and politically minded Huffington Post crew" -- that, according to Pando. (Pando?) Lerer, it turns out, is a high-rev media leftist, raising big bucks for Democrats, launching an anti-NRA site, and, as chairman...

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File this in the Passing Parade.

The late Avi Davis was the founder of the American Freedom Alliance, a conservative group dedicated to elucidating and preserving the values and underpinnings of Western civilization. When he died unexpectedly in 2015, we lost a champion whose verve and kindness really are irreplaceable. I feel that loss keenly, and selfishly so, in part because Avi was such a strong champion of my work. While I think we had connected even before 2007, the year The Death of the Grown-Up appeared, that book, I am happy to say, deeply resonated with him. Over the years, we had many occasions to come together in in-depth interviews and conferences, and naturally I accepted when Avi asked me to become an AFA fellow.

In 2009, I was honored to introduce Geert Wilders at an AFA gala dinner in Los Angeles, where he was receiving the AFA's Hero of...

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Former DHS official Phil Haney explains the core conflict between "reform" and jihad: According to Islamic law, it's illegal to turn away jihad.

Turning away from jihad is "apostasy," a capital crime according to Islamic law. The very concept of "rehabilitation," then, according to Islam, is a form of Islamic "blasphemy."

To understand this starkly simple concept is to understand that jihad rehab, rooted in the belief there is something wrong with Islam (jihad), is in itself blasphemous to Muslim believers, and is an act of apostasy to accept.

In Islam, apostasy = death. 

What is so hard to understand about that?

Absolutely nothing. Most people, it turns out after lo, these many years, don't want to understand it.  It's more than frightening to them -- but not the...

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Bail hearing for deep-cover Russian intelligence officers "Tracie Lee Ann Foley" and "Donald Heathfield," 

Recommended watching: The Daily Caller's Ginni Thomas interviews Mike Waller, who, clearly and calmly, analyzes how it was that President Trump's "first 100 days" were, as he puts it, stolen from him by an unprecedented campaign of organized, funded street protest, targeted leaking from intelligence and other "deep state" agencies, a knee-capping congressional investigation, and the like.

As Waller says, yes, for sure, investigate the Trump campaign for "Russian influence" -- but make it a serious investigation of Russian subversion across the board. Such a review would, for example, necessarily include...

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Somehow seems apt to cap this depressing budgetary/health care week with the last stretch of American Betrayal:

Then again, is this a democratic republic?

That, too, becomes a trick question after peering past history’s mirrors. In 1955, journalist and author John T. Flynn, one of the most famous and prolific critics of statism, collectivism, and Roosevelt (not necessarily in that order), argued in The Decline of the American Republic that following the Depression-triggered, war-entrenched Roosevelt-Truman revolution in spending, taxation, regimentation, and centralization known as the New Deal, and, later, less mem- orably, as the Fair Deal, the essential character of American society changed beyond recognition. The USA, Flynn wrote in that formative year of McDonald’s, “Rock Around the Clock,” and Disneyland, bore only “an external and superficial resemblance” to the republic that had existed for 144 years until 1933—and who even knew the difference by 1955 when Americans forty years of age (b. 1915) had no adult memory of anything different? The Constitution, of course, remained officially unchanged, Flynn noted. “It has been done by sheer usurpation of power by the federal government.”35

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The Daily Caller has picked up on the Kushner-Soros shocker, as related by Peter Schweizer:

The author of the best-selling book that revealed alleged pay-for-play schemes during Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state is sounding the alarm about Jared Kushner’s ties to liberal bankroller George Soros and Goldman Sachs.

“Clinton Cash” author and Breitbart News editor Peter Schweizer said in a radio interview that Kushner’s ties to Soros — who funds a network of left-wing activists — as well as his billion-dollar loans, both of which he failed to include in...

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Now at The Daily Caller

Occasionally, a dragonfly makes it out of the Swamp to arc across the sky, where, shimmering, it can still be seen.

Trump:

"I mean, had Andrew Jackson been a little later you wouldn't have had the Civil War," President Trump said to the Washington Examiner. "He was a very tough person but he had a big heart. He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War, he said 'There's no reason for this.'"

"People don't realize, you know, the Civil War, if you think about it, why? People don't ask that question, but why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?"

And the PhDs of the nation convulsed;...

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Senator McCarthy's coffin is carried from the Senate by a detachment of Marines after his funeral service

Not a reader but a tweeter reminded me that on May 2, 1957, Senator Joseph McCarthy died.

Today is the sixtieth anniversary of his death at the age of 48.  

I didn't know very much about McCarthy before I read M. Stanton Evans' Blacklisted by History.  To write this book, Evans reconstructed McCarthy's political life from long lost, stolen or forgotten primary documents, in the process eviscerating the mass of McCarthy "anti-history" that keeps the nation reviling one of its greatest heroes. (Here are just a couple of recent  examples of such anti-history.)  

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Take a look at the lead story of November 1, 1940.

With the presidential election just a few days away, GOP presidential candidate Wendell Wilkie made giant headlines with a warning to the nation.

Wilkie Warns U.S. Of One-Man Rule; Citing President's `My Envoy' Remark

The President Next May Be Speaking of `My People,' He Tells 12,000 in Camden

Wilkie was seizing on FDR's mention in a speech of "my Ambassador to Great Britain" -- and, maybe more notably, the New York Times was seizing on his seizing on it.

FDR's use of the possessive struck Wilkie as something new or likely jarring to the American people, and he fit it into the context of the GOP's ultimately unsuccessful push against FDR's decision to flout the tradition set by George Washington and seek what would be his unprecedented third, and, later, fourth term in office. 

Wilkie...

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