Friday, February 12, 2016

American Betrayal


"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.

"I have read it, and agree wholeheartedly."

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

"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, 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

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 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

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.

If the Soviet penetration of Washington, D.C., was so wide and so deep that it functioned like an occupation …
If, as a result of that occupation, American statecraft became an extension of Soviet strategy …
If the people who caught on – investigators, politicians, defectors – and tried to warn the American public were demonized, ridiculed and destroyed for the good of that occupation and to further that strategy …
And if the truth was suppressed by an increasingly complicit Uncle Sam …

Would you feel betrayed?

Now available from St. Martin's Press, American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character

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Oct 16

Written by: Diana West
Friday, October 16, 2009 10:17 AM 

Here is the response of Yale President Richard Levin to Michael W. Steinberg, a founder of the Yale Committee for a Free Press, the alumni group that has called on Yale, the Yale Corporation and the Yale University Press to restore the imagery of Mohammed, including the Danish Mohammed cartoons, to the recent Yale book about the Danish Mohammed cartoons.

Dear Mr. Steinberg,

On behalf of the Yale Corporation we thank those alumni/alumnae who joined you in writing to us about the decision of the Yale Press this summer not to publish images of the Prophet Mohammad in the book by Jytte Klausen.

Guess what my first quibble is? (And I'm giving the Yale prez a pass on the PC but ungrammatical Latin.)

Yup. Levin's written presentation of "the Prophet Muhammad" -- definite article "the," capital P-Prophet, Muhammad. My trusty AP Style book, copyright 1988, stipulates just "Mohammed" as being the preferred way to refer to "the founder of the Islamic religion." If you must describe him as a prophet, he is a small-p prophet, as in: the Islamic prophet Mohammed. Whether intentional, Levin's formulation implies acceptance of Mohammed as "The Prophet." This is probably something he has gotten used to while fund-raising in the Middle East. Back to the letter:

Your correspondence gives us the opportunity to underscore the importance attached to free speech both by the Press and the University and to share the Press' motivations for this highly unusual action.

Right. Next 'graph.

The attached statement expresses the thinking of John Donatich, the Director of the Press. This was not an easy decision for someone who has been courageous throughout his career in publishing very controversial authors and subjects. As he writes, it was the real record of violence -- not some hypothetical prospect -- that governed his decision.

In either case, President Levin, Yale is yielding to blackmail. Although, as I have written before, there i$ likely more to Yale'$ concern$ than violence. Levin continues:

In the attachment, he explains that actual violence ensued following the republication of the cartoons on a number of occasions. I am sure you know that even before the record of violence was so clear, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and every regional paper in this country except one decllined to publish the cartoons. And while some newspapers and magazines have criticized the Press, not one of them chose to reproduce the cartoons, presumably exercising the same restraint for which they criticized the Press.

I love this seeking validation in the capitulation of others. But it gets worse.

This summer, at Mr. Donatich's request, we (President Levin and Vice President Linda Lorimer) approached very highly placed experts in the inteliigence and diplomatic services for their assessment of whether the climate remained so volatile that publication of the cartoons would be likely to generate violence once again.

We were especially concerned about violence directed at Yale students, faculty, or staff here or overseas, but we were also concerned to avoid injury to innocent bystanders.

Funny how he strips Yale bystanders of their innocence. Must be related to  underlying feelings of white Western male guilt.

Those whom we consulted advised that there remained a very considerable risk of violence if the Yale Press published the images. Faced with this very real prospect, Mr. Donatich decided, with our concurrence and strong support, not to publish the cartoons. In response to your letter, we have reviewed the matter with the full Corporation and they have decided not to intervene and reverse his decision.

Surprise, surprise.

Now to make the case, as promised above, that Yale President Levin has a lot of gall.

A development related to this matter, however, has offered an opportunity to reinforce Yale's commitment to free expression -- the recent invitation by a residential college master to one of the cartoonists, Kurt Westergaard, to speak on campus.

Readers familiar with this blog will know that Yale had nothing to do with this "development." it so happens that I, as a VP of the IFPS, approached the residential college master in question when IFPS was arranging Westergaard's US tour timed to coincide with the September 30 anniversary of the Danish Motoons. (Here is an excellent overview of Westergaard's travels  by my IFPS colleague, Belgian journalist Paul Belien.) In other words, President Levin has co-opted this happenstance to burnish Yale's free speech credentials. That takes a lot of gall. He goes on:

There were many at Yale who were, and remain, distressed that a faculty member would invite Mr. Westergaard and that the University would support arrangements to ensure he would have a safe forum to speak.

This line fits in nicely with the group hate thrown on Westergaard before, during and after his visit, noted  here and here, for instance.

The enclosed statement by Sterling Professor Tony Kronman, former dean of the Law Shcool, distinguishes the decision of the Yale Press from the decision to support Mr. Westergaard's visit to campus.

Kronman, too, covers Yale in unearned glory, writing: "It is not surprising that Yale Press' decision not to publish the Danish Cartoons should be followed, in short order, by a visit of one of the cartoonists to the Yale campus...."

In fact., it is surprising, professor. And it is no jewel in Yale's crown.

We recognize that some individuals who signed your letter may not agree with the Press' decision, but we hope the decision by the University to protect the right of Mr. Westergaard to speak on campus gives them some comfort about Yale's continuing support for the rights of those who wish to express controversial views on our campus. ...

Sincerely yours, etc.

Case closed.










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