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-- 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.

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-- 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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Written by: Diana West
Monday, April 30, 2012 7:27 AM 


SecState and SecDef: Happily doing Karzai's bidding

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More on the outrageous story about Hamid Karzai "banning" Rep. Dana Rohrbacher (R-CA) from entering Afghanistan last week from Wolf Blitzer at CNN. It wasn't just SecState Hillary who acted as Client Karzai's agent. SecDef Panetta was a willing party, too. Of course, in this iteration of events, Karzai's role isn't spelled out. In the original Guardian story, Hillary received a call from Karzai and pressed his wishes on to Rohrbacher.

An "obviously I'm upset" Wolf Blitzer got more outrageous details of the story in an interview with Rohrbacher on CNN a few days ago. It seems that once the congressional delegation of six members headed by Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) arrived in Dubai where a US military plane was supposed to fly them to Kabul, Gohmert received a phone call from SecDef Panetta who told him  the military plane wouldn't take off if Rohrbacher was aboard.

The mind reels. Not only does Rohrbacher as a US Representative have every right and responsibility to undertake such a tour of the Afghan battlespace in which the American taxpayer is spending $2 billion every week, he is also a senior of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and chairman of the House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. He needs to go.

Not to worry, though. With Panetta's instructions in mind, Rohrbacher decided he would fly commercial to Kabul.

That's when Hillary stepped in. According to Rohrbacher, Hillary then called him up in Dubai to give him a song and dance about all the "minicrises" she has had to deal with in Afghanistan, (pesky First Amendment-protected) Koran burnings,  soldiers urinating on Taliban corpses (meaningless incident), the (unique) soldier who went crazy and killed civilians. Afghan murders of NATO troops, multiple amputations from bomb woundss, failure of COIN/nation-building -- apparently not a concern! She feared that the visit by Rohrbacher, an elected US official known critical of Klepto-Karzai, would become one more such crisis.

Specifically, Hillary told Rohrbacher that she was afraid "he [Karzai]would create a crisis" out of his visit.

Interesting. Does he do that often? May we infer that the mini-crises she lists were similarly Karzai-created?  
 
Clearly, Karzai -- the man whose power depends on our own, such as it is -- is calling our tune in A-stan. In the original Guardian story,. Karzai's active role in this incident is spelled out by Rohrbacher's press gal:

Tara Olivia Setmayer, communications director for Rohrbacher, said: "Karzai told the state department he was not welcome and secretary Clinton personally conveyed that sentiment to Mr Rohrabacher and asked him not to continue on to Kabul with his fellow members.

I'm not sure if Rohrbacher left that bit out in his interview with Wolf on purpose or by mistake, but it's key. What I wonder if whether Karzai specifically threatened Clinton with another crisis -- and to what extent his role in the other "minicrises" is known by Uncle Sam and even openly acknowledged.

Wolf was in high dudgeon and concluded by telling Rohrbacher the other Reps. should have gone home in protest. He's right.

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