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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

“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

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

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.

"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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-- 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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Aug 4

Written by: Diana West
Saturday, August 04, 2012 5:18 AM 

In the very best light, Leon Panetta, former CIA-director-turned-SecDef, was a dupe of Communism, an enabler and supporter of its agents and advocates. That he serves in the most sensitive positions in the US government is a real-life nightmare -- only the kind in which when you scream, no one hears you.

That said, how to interpret a memorandum Panetta issued on July 30 regarding "Military Justice in Combat Zones"?

In this memo to secretaries of the military departments, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and a new, Panetta-created panel called the Defense Legal Policy Board, Panetta orders a review of "military justice in cases of U.S. Service members alleged to have caused death, injury or abuse of non-combatants in Iraq or Afghanistan" dating back to October 2001.

He goes on to exclude allegations of detainee abuse and instances of collateral damage and "friendly fire" incidents. He also excludes previously adjudicated cases and pending cases and investigations.

So what's left?

As I read it, what remains are incidents that never came to trial, maybe that never were investigated. Records of any such incidents would be found in a dozen years' worth of military files, which I imagine would include allegations against US troops made by Iraqis and Afghans. To say the veracity of such witnesses is unreliable is understatement of the century, but I'll just put it out there with this bonus: a commander with extensive battlefield experience in both Iraq and Afghanistan told me that lie detectors are considered useless in evaluating an Afghan's testimony.

What does Panetta hope to accomplish? Panetta writes:

The application of military justice to Service members alleged to have committed offenses against civilians in combat zones is of particular concern to me. We know that, over the last 10 years in Iraq and Afghanistan, bad things have happened involving combat excesses and innocent civilians in deployed areas. The abuses have been rare among our professional fighting force, but they became huge flash points that threatened to undermine our entire mission and the foundation of our relationship with the host government and its people. Thus, for offenses that take place in a country in which we operate alongside the civilian population, it is critical that our system of military justice be efficient. fair, dependable, and credible. For now and for the future, we must get this right.

Let's take that apart. 1) Abuses are rare. 2) But "rare" abuses are "huge flash points" that a) undermine the mission and b) undermine our relationship with the people. Given that the COIN mission is creating a relationship with the people -- winning hearts and minds -- these two points are one and the same.

So what's going on?

Some background.

I've catalogued the consistently decreasing percentage of civilians casualties caused by US-led forces in Afghanistan since 2009 when the COINdinista brain trust of Mullen, Petraeus, McChrystal et al began to focus on lowering these numbers as the key to US success -- the key to winning Afghan "hearts and minds." US strategy was to lower these numbers at any cost because lowered numbers were supposed to secure the "human terrain," as Petraeus liked to call it. The cost was in fact astronomical. Restrictive ROEs, failures to support troops in the field with artillery or air support all contributed to untold American and NATO losses. It also froze the US military machine in a permanent crouch of reflex-apology and submission to Islamic sensibilities. But the strategy worked, at least by one measure. The share of civilian casualties caused by US-led, pro-government forces is down to a single digit -- 9 percent  --  while anti-US, anti-government forces are responsible for a colossal 79 percent.

The" hearts and minds" awakening the COINdinistas expected, however, hasn't happened. From a recent Washington Post story comes an apt overall summation of the status of the quest for Afghan hearts and minds : “We talk to the local people a lot. But it’s like talking to a donkey. No matter what we say, they support the Taliban,” said a local Afghan Army commander.

Instead of going back to the drawing board to assess what it might be that connects "the people" we do everything to protect, as Gen. McChrystal would put it, to jihadists who wantonly destroy these same people -- such as maybe for instance the same exact anti-infidel religious doctrine? -- the blind bats in charge have a new dumb idea. They now seek this retroactive review of "offenses against civilians in combat zones," from death to injury to "abuse." I think their thinking is as follows: Since lowering civilian casualties to a single digit didn't make a dent, maybe coming down hard on "offenses against civilians" is the ticket.  "Rare" though they be, such incidents must hold the key to Afghan "hearts and minds." Subtext: If we can just offer up a few juicy examples, really crucify (excuse the phrase, Abdullah), them, then, then, then the Iraqis and Afghans will finally realize we (heart) them, and they will (heart) us back!

This isn't about military justice. It's about Islamic brownie points.

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