Sunday, April 26, 2015

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.

"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

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, fabrictaed, 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 lacking "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 neconservative "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

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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Dec 12

Written by: Diana West
Wednesday, December 12, 2007 9:55 AM 

    I  haven't been posting over the last several days as I await the transfer of this blogsite to a new and improved server. Should happen any day now.
     Meanwhile, I just wanted to alert readers to my upcoming appearance as guest-host of "Book Notes" on C-SPAN this weekend. I will be interviewing Pat Buchanan about his newbook "Day of Reckoning: How Hubris, Ideology and Greed Are Tearing America Apart."
    The book is a Buchanan-esque (un-sugarcoated) overview of the weaknesses PB sees afflicting the Union, both domestically, and in regard to a foreign policy I would agree is over-reaching in its stated goal, as President Bush put it in his Second Inaugural Address, of "ending tyranny in our world." The book is, of course, bracing in its assessments. It also taught me a few things. For example, PB reviews a symposium he participated in back in 1989 sponsored by The National Interest in which a selection of writers (including Chas. Krauthammer, Ben Wattenberg, Jeane Kirkpatrick) were asked to  discuss what US foreign policy should look like after the eventual dissolution of the Soviet Union. This was before the Berlin Wall actually came down.
    Mrs. Kirkpatrick contributed an essay called "A Normal Country in Normal Times" in which she discussed the "unnatural importance" foreign affairs had assumed over a half century of war and Cold War, and her contention that "most of the international military obligations that we assumed were once important are now outdated." Sounding a note at odds with what we now think of as neoconservative doctrine to democratize as much of the world as possible (robustly expressed then and now by Messrs. Krauthammer and Wattenberg, for example), she wrote: "It is not America's purpose to establish `universal dominance'...not even the universal dominance of democracy...It is not even within the United States' power to democratize the world." I  definitely plan to  take a  closer look at this symposium.
     Much has changed all over again in the 18 years since 1989, but one of "Day of Reckoning's" most compelling arguments is Pat's contention that we are in a period of "imperial overstretch," overcommitted and overburdened by defensive alliances with some 60 countries, many of whom are fully fat and happy enough to take on the cost and obligations of their own defense.
    His chapter on  free trade,  which he calls "Colony of the World," is also an eye-opener.
     Writing about what he calls "the gospel according to George W. Bush," he seizes on the same messianic devotion to democratizing Islamic cultures (whose authoritarian and religious traditions are wholly at odds with Western-style liberty) that I do in The Death of the Grown-Up. Where he emphasizes the fervor to democratize as the primary motivation, I ascribe it more directly to the multiculturalism that preaches that all peoples, civilizations, religions are the same. This positively delusional belief has practically destroyed the ability to discern and articulate difference across the political spectrum. 
    The biggest hole in the book for me is its abrupt dismissal of the Islamic threat to Western liberty and culture. While Pat does at least acknowledge a threat to Europe, and an "existential threat" to Israel, he points to the disunity of the Islamic world (54 countries of disparate regions and ethnicities) and the relatively small output (Gross Domestic Product) of these same countries (OIL ASIDE!), which neither manufacture nor invent their technological necessesities, from consumer products to weaponry. These reasons, plus a small Muslim demographic in the US, he says, are why  the US has nothing to fear from expansionist, jihadist Islam.
    How could I disagree more? I find it more than passing strange that he utterly ignores the ideological aspect of Islam as expressed loud and clear by all manner of Muslims, whether active participants in jihad or not. This Islamic ideology threatens our way of life every bit as much as communism once did. More, even. Even where he discusses the threat posed by Al Qaeda, he sees not ideology but only worldly political grievances as set out in Al Qaeda communiques prepared specifically for Western audiences. He omits, discounts or perhaps doesn't know about the Arabic communiques, which have been diligently translated for us in The Al-Qaeda Reader by Ray Ibrahim, that trumpet for Muslim audiences the classical, age-old calls to jihad--something no imagined political redress can assuage. I think this same failure to assess the religio-ideological aspect of Islam is what enables him to imagine negotiations with Iran--something he urges--could possibly be worthwhile.  Negotiations with a mullah-cracy operating on the jihadist spiritual plane, not the here-and-now, are worse than pointless.
    He also overlooks the concrete manifestations of creeping sharia in the US, a cultural change every bit as transformative as the Hispanization of the culture through mass immigration, which he forthrightly laments. Nor does he reckon with our increasingly supplicant attitudes toward our oil-masters. the penetration of Wall Street by Islamic finance (although he's definitely upset about the global penetration of American business and finance more generally), and the colonization of American campuses by Islamic millions that buy chairs and whole departments for Islamic apologists. Somewhat surprisingly, given his un-PC, no-holds-barred career as a commentator, he also discounts US media failure to publish the Danish Mohammed Cartoons, which I see as a consequence of American dhimmitude. He sees the affair in terms of a needless "insult" to Islam.
     The program airs on Saturday, 12/15 at 9 pm, Sunday, 12/16 at 6pm and 9pm, and Monday, 12/17 at 12 am and 3 am.    


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