Sunday, February 19, 2017

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. 

"A brilliantly researched and argued book."

-- Edward Jay Epstein, author of Deception: The Invisible War between the KGB and the CIA, The Annals 0f Unsolved Crime 

"American Betrayal is absolutely required reading. Essential. You're sleepwalking without it."

-- Chris Farrell, director of investigations research, Judicial Watch

"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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May 15

Written by: Diana West
Thursday, May 15, 2008 6:28 AM 

One of the more socially destructive aspects of the (Bill) Clinton legacy has been the elevation of Brazening It Out--"It" being the kind of scandal that once upon a time shamed politicians into resignation over breaching what were once widely recognized as the boundaries of propriety through extra-marital affairs, gambling, and other reckless behaviors.

GOP Sen. John Vitter of DC Madam infamy comes to mind as one who, pre-Bill (and Monica), would have quietly disappeared, but there are many others. GOP Rep. Vito Fosella, whose drunk-driving arrest led to revelations of a longstanding affair and illegitimate child with a retired Air Force Colonel --a lady--is still on the fence over whether he will resign or run for re-electon.

Having decided to tough out Utter Exposure--with no regard for the deletrious impact that revelations of his low-life behavior would have both on citizens (including children), and the world (including terrorists)--Bill Clinton made himself the Patron Saint of Political Survival at Any Cost. All that was required to worship at this altar was the sacrifice of shame.

It also required the approval--or, if not approval, apathy--of his peer group and the public. But I am wondering if we are seeing any incremental change here. Today's New York Times carries a story out of Ohio that reveals some encouraging gumption of the part of the offending official's  peer group. It seems the Democratic attorney general Marc Dann has finally resigned over an admitted extra-marital affair and related sexual harassment charges after having "refused Gov. Ted Strickland’s repeated public calls for him to step down." What made the difference?

The NYT reports:

The scandal that resulted in his downfall began on April 6 when The Columbus Dispatch reported that two women in his office had filed sexual harassment complaints against Anthony Gutierrez, a leading aide and longtime friend.

Less than a month later, Mr. Dann — 46, married and the father of three children — admitted to an affair with his scheduler and acknowledged that it had contributed to an office atmosphere that led to the harassment claims.

Mr. Strickland and seven other prominent Ohio Democrats sent him a letter last week demanding his resignation, but he refused. “I am in the office, have rolled up my sleeves and am working on behalf of the people of the state of Ohio,” he wrote in an e-mail message to his staff.

Here we see Dann following the Clinton playbook--striking the old working-on-behalf-of-the-people pose. But his fellow Democrats didn't play with him as Congressional Democrats with Clinton did back in the Bad Old Nineties.

But on Tuesday, Democratic legislators introduced nine articles of impeachment against him, accusing him of obstructing an internal investigation into sexual harassment. In a second inquiry, investigators for the state inspector general raided Mr. Dann’s office on Wednesday and confiscated a number of computers.

Maybe the Ohio Dems simply didn't like Dann, but maybe the Ohio Dems didn't like his behavior.

Mr. Strickland said at the news conference Wednesday that he would appoint a successor to Mr. Dann. That appointee will face a special election in November to fill out the remainder of the term, which expires in January 2011.

Asked what he wanted in a new attorney general, Mr. Strickland said, “Maturity.”

Good thinking, Guv.






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