Thursday, December 08, 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. 

"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 

"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, 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

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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Apr 11

Written by: Diana West
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 3:17 AM 

It's 2012 and the PrObamedia are back, not that they ever left, of course. But now, as Mitt Romney emerges as the main obstacle between the PrObamedia and their collectivist heart's desire -- Obama, Term II -- their work gets serious. I hereby initiate an occasional feature, the PrObamedia Sweepstakes, to recognize the hard work and dedication it takes to get the bottom of the tank.

Yesterday, was "Buffet Rule" Day for Obama in Florida, where, as the non-prObamedia Washington Times led off, the President wedged a campaign-style presidential speech in between two $10,000/plate campaign fundraisers, where, funny thing, he neglected to mention the millionaire-taxing Buffet Rule, at least at the first fund-raiser (no word on No. 2). Meanwhile, thanks for the campaign ride on Air Force One, taxpayers. The New York Times, on the other hand, very obediently colored inside the lines, highlighting the Obama Message of the Day, the "Buffet Rule" as Obama delivered it in a "rousing speech" at a university,  leaving all distractions -- the days' fundraisers, mixed messages -- to the final paragraph of the story.

Do we have a contender?

The "Buffet Rule," the so-called millionaire's tax (and it only takes $1 million to qualify, Mom and Pop Business Owners), is Obama's new way of talking about spreading the wealth without reminding people of Joe the Plumber. Or, as the NYT's Jackie Calmes summed up:

At bottom, Mr. Obama seeks to talk about the still-weak economy and job creation in a way that plays to Mr. Romney’s weaknesses, and Republicans’ generally, and underplays his own political liabilities at a time of continued high unemployment and gas prices.

It's Obama's weak economy, job creation, high unemployment and gas prices -- where do "Mr. Romney's weaknesses, and Republicans' generally" come in? Then again, Calmes is reporting what Obama "seeks to" do. Obama seeks to portray a political picture and Calmes is conveying that picture to readers. Is she high and dry? Nope. She sinks in the tank is with the phrase "plays to Romney's weaknesses" which promotes as consensus the notion that Romeny has weaknesses in this Obama-created context. Mental conditioning can be subtle stuff.

The next example is more concrete. Obama, as noted above, had a busy days of fundraising,  putting the touch on some local "Buffets" in Florida even as he neglected to inform them of the message of the day -- the Buffet Rule.  Calmes metioned the fundraisers in the 21st and final paragraph.

Mr. Obama’s speech was billed as official business — and thus his trip was partly billed to taxpayers — yet it was sandwiched between his appearances at political fund-raisers, including with donors who would be hit by the tax increase. The speech, too, seemed like a campaign rally with Mr. Obama in rolled-up shirt-sleeves and shouting at times, and his audience — full of the young voters whose support he seeks again — shouting back his slogan, “Yes we can!” and “Four more years!”

Give the NYT' Jackie Calmes one PrObamedia point for Last-Graph Discretion.

Calmes also didn't inform readers of two points noted by the Washington Times' Dave Boyer: 1) the  fundraiser price tag,  $10,000/plate (or was it $15,000? The Wash Times reports both pricetags); and 2) that at Fundraiser No. 1, the president omitted his message of the day, the Buffet Rule, which targets those same donors.

Give the NYT another prObamedia point for Details, Details Omission.

But, as in all sweepstakes, a winner can come from anywhere. Calmes herself gives credit where credit is due, reporting:

On a White House conference call with reporters, one asked administration officials why they did not simply call it the Romney Rule, given the political overtones.

Now, maybe Reporter X, impelled by a cynicism born of too many stage-managed White House conference calls, was actually trying to elicit an illuminating answer from the White House, but I seriously (and cynically) doubt it. My hunch is this question was asked with a heart in sync with the Buffet Rule, and a pen ready to go to class- war. I think this mindset is what passes for an inquiring mind in the PrObamedia.

In other words, we have a winner: Anonymous, a reporter who long ago ceded his patch of the Fifth Estate to White House O-verlords.


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