Wednesday, June 03, 2020

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

"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.

"Diana West wrote a brilliant book called American Betrayal, which I recommend to everybody ... It is a seminal work that will grow in importance." 

-- Newt Gingrich, former House Speaker, Fox News contributor

"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

“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, journalist, founder, Danish Free Press Society

"This is a must read for any serious student of history and anyone working to understand the Marxist counter-state in America."

-- John Guandolo, president, Understanding the Threat, former FBI special agent 

"I've been, quite frankly, mesmerized by Diana West and her new book American Betrayal. If you get it (a) you won't put it down, and (b) you'll be flipping back to the notes section because every paragraph your hair's going to be on fire."  

-- Stephen K. Bannon, Breitbart News Radio

"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

"I have read it, and agree wholeheartedly."

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

No book has ever frightened me as much as American Betrayal. ... [West] patiently builds a story outlining a network of subversion so bizarrely immense that to write it down will seem too fantastic to anyone without the book’s detailed breadth and depth. 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. ... By the time you put the book down, you have a very different view of America’s war aims and strategies. The core question is, did the USA follow a strategy that served its own best interests, or Stalin’s? And it’s not that it was Stalin’s that is so compelling, since you knew that had to be the answer, but the evidence in detail that West provides that makes this a book you cannot ignore. 

-- 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

"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

Although I know [Christopher] Andrew well, and have met [Oleg] Gordievsky twice, I now doubt their characterization of Hopkins -- also embraced by Radosh and the scholarly community. I now support West's conclusions after rereading KGB: The Inside Story account 23 years later [relevant passages cited in American Betrayal]. It does not ring true that Hopkins was an innocent dupe dedicated solely to defeating the Nazis. Hopkins comes over in history as crafty, secretive and no one's fool, hardly the personality traits of a naïve fellow traveler. And his fingerprints are on the large majority of pro-Soviet policies implemented by the Roosevelt administration. West deserves respect for cutting through the dross that obscures the evidence about Hopkins, and for screaming from the rooftops that the U.S. was the victim of a successful Soviet intelligence operation.

-- Bernie Reeves, founder of The Raleigh Spy Conference, American Thinker

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

[American Betrayal is] the most important anti-Communist book of our time ... a book that can open people's eyes to the historical roots of our present malaise ... full of insights, factual corroboration, and psychological nuance. 

-- J.R. Nyquist, author, Origins of the Fourth World War 

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

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Jan 6

Written by: Diana West
Monday, January 06, 2020 11:13 AM 

I have finally developed an axiom about Sen. Joseph McCarthy: The more one learns about McCarthy -- facts, not the catechism of lies continuously recited like some demonic liturgy -- the more one despises the mindset that reviles him.

If that sounds harsh, it is not a hasty formulation. In fact, after many years of thinking about McCarthy matters, it strikes me as the most natural reaction to the thinking of writers and educators who don't want to know better, and the politicians who echo them. This mindset -- "conventional wisdom" -- fills the atmosphere with so much static, and gives cover to "experts" whose specialty is strangling the life out of truth. 

So widespread is this mindset, however, that it is widely shared by notable American conservatives. These are McCarthy's latter-day allies and supporters --  that is, were they ever wake up from a chronic case of brainwashing (inspired by Stalin's Kremlin) and realize it. Until then, they wander the public square, participating in communist-inspired rituals  of anti-communist revilement. McCarthy destroyed innocent lives ... bullied free-thinkers ... didn't have a list ... never found a communist ... unleashed "McCarthyism."  From the anti-communist perspective, the spectacle of "lost" allies, marching in step with the opposition while chanting its disinformation, is a strategic disaster.    

With the American memory bank downsized to house only McCarthy's so-called reign of terror during the so-called Red Scare, the lesson learned and taught and taught and learned is "Never Again."

Never again what -- destroy innocent lives...? (As the pre-eminent scholar of McCarthy's political career, M. Stanton Evans, used to say, "Name one.") No, the most dangerous repercussion of the anti-McCarthy movement, driving hard more than six decades after McCarthy's death, is never again seek to expose the "enemy within." Never again imagine the enemy within. In fact, there is no enemy within. After all, to believe otherwise is to engage in "McCarthyism." 

Did I say "McCarthyism"? As if to throw another sacrifice on the fire, cue neo-commuist ritual of anti-communist revilement ... destroyed innocent lives ... never found a communist ... and never, not for one moment, ask yourself why you are participating in the fifteen-millionth Two Minutes Hate whipped up since McCarthy's shocking death at the age of 48, or why it is that such hatred of this man still turns the axis of politics today.

This great American tragegy -- the life and death of Joe McCarthy, and the unceasing desecration of his political afterlife -- is something often on my mind. I used to think of it as a point at which America chose the wrong road. Now I see it as an illumination of how far America had already traveled along the wrong road. I continue to ponder ways through the sedimenatary layers of narrative rock to a clearer view of the man and the counterattack he led against "the enemy within." What catalyzes these thoughts today, however, is what promises to be a new dump of old anti-McCarthy smears to be released tonight on the body politic as an "American Experience" documentary by PBS.

That's according to The Wall Street Journal, which presented the first of many media stamps-of-approval in a review by Dorothy Rabinowitz. In her review, Rabinowitz applauds PBS for so many requisite, catechistic lies about McCarthy that it is only logical to expect the show to be the full-dress, hate-McCarthy ritual, from A ("he had no list") to Z ("censure").


Rabinowitz opens swinging with a series of rhetorical whacks at the old corpse: "this senator who prided himself on indifference to rules"..."who leveled charges of treason, however unfounded" ... "ranting accusations of treason, based on no evidence." These are the reliable triggers that for decades have gotten the flow of America's collective juices going from reservoirs of stored McCarthy-hate. By this time, the technique may be more Pavlovian as a reflex than Orwellian as an exercise, but, as a preliminary, it calls to mind the first thirty seconds of Orwell's Two Minutes Hate after which "any pretense was unnecessary." 

Rabinowitz goes on to list the PBS "McCarthy" highlights, key prompts from a tattered rap sheet. She opens with the 1950 Wheeling speech and list "205" communists, and moves on to the "book-burners" (McCarthy aides Roy Cohn and David Schine). She throws in "a conspiracy so immense," the show's subtitle, and George Marshall for good measure. She lingers over the documentary's "haunting" footage ... of witnesses "ordered to show up for interrogation over some radical group they once belonged to or perhaps still did," and sneers over McCarthy "pursuing penetrating inquiries like `Are you writing now under the direction of the Communist Party?' " Next, she praises the angels of the morality tale (Eisenhower, Margaret Chase Smith and Edward R. Murrow), gives homage to the victims (James Aronson and Gerenal Zwicker), and moves onto clashes with the Army, and "Who Promoted Peress?" This quickly takes us to the endgame: the Army-McCarthy hearings and censure.

And nary a Soviet agent or communist under Kremlin discipline in sight. 

This is not history but agit prop, and whatever efforts I make to prove it again this time are still possible thanks to the landmark, carefully researched, revisionist political biography of McCarthy, Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His War on America's Enemies by the late M. Stanton Evans. For Americans without direct memory of McCarthy's life and times -- everyone, say, under the age of 75 -- Evans' book, published in 2007, offers a clean window on the past plus the means to check the dirty tricks of the present. Personally, I found the book's findings in original sources so liberating that I subsequently wrote a revisionist history of my own, American Betrayal, for which I was dubbed "McCarthy on Steroids," which was far too generous.

That said, I would like to start with a passage I picked up along the way from Barry M. Goldwater's memoir, With No Apologies. Published in 1979, Goldwater presented a singularly dramatic piece of evidence vindicating McCarthy's investigations into the covert penetration of our government and defenses by communist or pro-communist assets. Summarizing the "McCarthy era" in a few pages, Goldwater writes:

No one seemed to notice that after the furor faded the Army's top secret operations at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, which had been the subject of one of McCarthy's attacks, were quietly moved to Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Carl Hayden, who in January 1955 became chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee of the United States Senate, told me privately Monmouth had been moved because he and other members of the majority Democratic party were convinced security at Monmouth had been penetrated. They didn't want to admit McCarthy had been right in his accusations. Their only alternative was to move the installation from New Jersey to a new location in Arizona. (Emphasis added.)

Come again? The Army moved certain top secret operations from New Jersey to Arizona because the Senate Democratic majority was persuaded McCarthy was right about the systemic security nightmare his investigations had revealed? 

You don't have to know how savagely attacked McCarthy was (and plotted against by the Eisenhower administration) for these investigations to be rocked by the magnitude of Goldwater's story. All you really need to know is that Fort Monmouth was Army Signal Corps headquarters, the center of a complex of secret radar and electronic warfare installations which also employed civilian personnel and contractors such as General Electric and RCA. If Goldwater's recollection is correct, moving even some part of these operations across the country as a result of McCarthy's findings stands as a concrete, steel and expensive admission that McCarthy did the nation an especially magnificent service in this final investigation he would ever lead, and which he was forced to suspend midway through in order to fight for his political life in the "Army-McCarthy" and censure show trials, which he lost.   

I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for the PBS historians and filmmakers to discuss the Goldwater statement on the program tonight -- let alone any other exculpatory material existing in the record as a testament to McCarthy's unparalled courage for fighting the Swamp to expose and remove communists and pro-communists loyal to the Kremlin embedded inside the US government and defense establishment. I just want to throw a marker down for this great American, for the record, before he is once more raised from the dead and forced to to turn on a rack while yet another star chamber condemns him.

(To be cont'd.)





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