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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

"[West] only claims `to connect the dots,' which is a very modest description of the huge and brilliant work she has obviously done. ... 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.

"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. ... 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."

-- Steven Kates, 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

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.

-- 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, fabrictaed, 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 lacking "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 neconservative "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

Diana West masterfully reminds us of what history is for: to suggest action for the present. She paints for us the broad picture of our own long record of failing to recognize bullies and villains. She shows how American denial today reflects a pattern that held strongly in the period of the Soviet Union. She is the Michelangelo of Denial.

-- Amity Shlaes, author of Coolidge and The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression

American Betrayal is a monumental achievement. Brilliant and important.

-- Monica Crowley, Fox News analyst, radio host and author of What the Bleep Just Happened: The Happy Warriors Guide to the Great American Comeback

"If you haven't read Diana West's "American Betrayal" yet, you're missing out on a terrific, real-life thriller."

-- Brad Thor, author of the New York Times bestsellers Hidden Order, Black List and The Last Patriot.


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Apr 16

Written by: Diana West
Monday, April 16, 2012 5:20 AM 

US service members preparing to deploy to the Afghanistan war zone learn proper tree pruning techniques.

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Welcome to "Agricultural Development for Afghanistan Pre-Deployment Training" (or ADAPT -- cute!), Uncle $ucker's latest stupid, totally wasteful, life-and-limb-risking idea for taming the Afghan beast via agricultural improvement. We already tried that, embarking on a massive, thirty-plus-year effort to modernize the Helmand Valley, to create "an America in Asia," between 1946 and 1979. It was a total failure.

Naturally, we continue to repeat the policy blunder -- only this time while fighting a war.

From the Sac Bee:

When Sgt. 1st Class Darrell Rowe's Army bosses told him they were sending him for a week of beekeeping and tree pruning in California's fertile Central Valley, he was irked.

"My first reaction was, what the hell would I be doing with agriculture?" said Rowe, 32. "What does a combat man have to do with crops?"

STOP: Behold the natural reaction. What the hell would a Sgt. 1st Class -- with two prior war tours -- preparing to deploy to a war zone be doing with agriculture, indeed!

Familiarizing soon-to-be deployed service members like Rowe with basic information about Afghanistan's crops and farming traditions is precisely the point of a new one-week training program developed by the federal Agriculture Department. It's a boot camp where soldiers are more likely to learn about manure than about grenade launchers.

Military officials send recruits from across the country to Fresno because it shares many agroclimatic characteristics with Afghanistan – fertile valleys, semi-arid plains and mountains – and can serve as a kind of geographical laboratory.

"We can replicate on our demonstration farm exactly the types of conditions these troops will find on the ground," said Bill Erysian, director of Agricultural Development for Afghanistan Pre-Deployment Training, or Adapt, a program based at California State University, Fresno. And, with the exception of Afghanistan's opium poppy production, the two locales grow nearly all the same crops. ...

And, with the exception of President Lincoln's assassination, John Wilkes Booth's performance was admirable.

Since 2002, the United States has spent more than $1 billion on Afghanistan's agricultural sector, in part to create markets and options for farmers other than growing opium poppies. Financed by a $2.9 million grant from the Agriculture Department, the Adapt training codifies what had been ad-hoc efforts by various branches of the American military to train recruits in agriculture. Some of that earlier training occurred in locations bearing less likeness to Afghanistan, like Wisconsin.

The grant is one of several the Agriculture Department has made to land-grant colleges in the Central Valley in recent years, tapping into the region's farming expertise. The department gave more than $16 million to a consortium of universities led by the University of California, Davis, to help build up Afghanistan's agricultural extension system and create an online repository and smartphone application called e-Afghan Ag. The site and app provide information for civilians and combat troops trying to find solutions to agricultural problems they encounter in Afghanistan.

Smartphone apps??? E-Afghan Arg.

In late March, about 25 recruits from across the military – including members of the National Guard, Army Reserve and Army Civil Affairs – spent a week in Fresno learning the basics of subsistence agriculture, like how to keep vegetables from spoiling without refrigeration and how to transplant grape cuttings.

Wearing body armor.

"We're not going to make anyone a farmer in five days," said Ryan Brewster, the Agriculture Department's Afghanistan desk officer. "But what we can do is teach them about agriculture, and why it's important to the average Afghan."

If the average Afghan don't already know, he ain't gonna learn.

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