Friday, July 25, 2014

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

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

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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Jul 7

Written by: Diana West
Tuesday, July 07, 2009 5:58 AM 


Photo: LTC Timothy Karcher meeting with Sadr City leaders shortly before signing over jurisdiction to Iraq last month on June 18 -- and shortly before losing both legs in an Iranian-supplied roadside bomb on June 28.


I just this morning received the following email from a reader about my most recent column "Allies Don't Declare Victory Over Each Other":

I appreciate your fervor and feelings about Mr. al-Maliki's comments, but I must say that your biting commentary regarding the quote from Lt. Col Karcher has driven me to reply....You may not be aware, but on the day of the signover of the combat positions in Sadr City [DW: according to media reports, the signover was 10 days earlier], Lt. Col. Karcher's convoy was hit by a IED attack ... and Karcher [lost] both his legs. During the return of the convoy after evacuating casualties, they were hit again resulting in [the death of his driver].

This was the first that I, no casual consumer of news (particularly about Iraq),  heard of this terrible news. In searching for more information online, I found no report of LTC Karcher's grievous June 28 injuries in the New York Times, which had carried the original June 26 story that I quoted from in my column, nor in the Washington Post, nor the Washington Times. The Washington Examiner logged the incident into an Iraq round-up. I found very few and sparing news accounts elsewhere. ABC's blog carried some key details. Here, putting available accounts together, is what happened. 

Around noon on June 28, LTC Karcher was riding near the Sadr City slums in a mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle when it was hit by a  deadly shaped charge known as an explosively-formed projectile (EFP) -- the kind of bombs supplied to Iraqis by Iran. LTC Karcher, on his third tour in Iraq and days away from leaving to see his wife and three daughters,  sustained the force of this attack, which blew off his legs above the knees. Ordinarily, he would have been evacuated by helicopter, but a dust storm had grounded all aircraft, so he had to be driven to Baghdad's Combat Support Hospital, where he was stabilized and eventually flown elsewhere for further medical care. He is now at Walter Reed. After delivering their commander to the hospital, the patrol that had just evacuated LTC Karcher was also hit by an EFP and small arms fire during which LTC Karcher's driver, Sgt. Timothy A. David, 28, of Gladwin, Michigan, was killed.

That June 28 roadside bomb was not LTC Karcher's first EFP attack. According to ABC News, in December 2006, while delivering fuel, blankets and stuffed animals to Iraqis, his vehicle was hit by an EFP, wounding him in the shoulder and killing his driver, Sgt. Jay R. Gauthraux, 26, of Thibodaux, La.  After recovering, LTC Karcher returned to duty, telling one interviewer something about not being able to stand it behind the lines while his men were in the fight. 

As ABC's Martha Raddatz wrote, June 28 was a "terrible, terrible day for the soldiers of the 2-5 Cavalry Division.

it was a terrible, terrible day for America as well. That is, there is something else Americans as a people should know regarding LTC Karcher, something that makes his catastrophic wounds significant not only to his men and his loved ones, his community and his peers, but to the nation as a whole; indeed to the history of US involvement in Iraq. LTC Karcher was commander of the Army's 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. In this command position, LTC Karcher had recently signed the documents for the transfer of power from the U.S. to the Iraqis in Sadr City. In other words, 10 days after  the 11th Iraqi Army Division took control of security for Sadr City, and two days before the Iraqis celebrated their "victory" over the US, the former US commander of the Sadr City sector sustained a grievous attack. No mention by the Iraqis, no mention by the US, hardly any mention by the media.  

At a minimum, there should be an investigation to determine whether LTC Karcher wa targeted, and if so, by whom.

My column, written before I knew LTC Karcher had been hit, was an attack on Maliki's surreal, disgusting and repeated declarations of victory over US forces, and the accommodating echoes of this "victory" emanating from our top military brass, from Gen. Odierno on down (and including a comment from LTC Karcher). In my opinion, this deferential US policy only obscures the fact that the Iraqis are no allies of ours, and the sooner we come to this obvious conclusion, the better. But my emailer asked me

not to disparage the character of individuals who are putting themselves in harms way, following the orders of their superiors, and achieving their mission as assigned. They do not make the political decisions, but perform the tasks asked of them.

LTC Karcher's grievous injurious suffered while driving over a joint- Iranian-Iraqi boobytrap underscore in the most grisly way the extent to which our soldiers repeatedly put themselves in harm's way -- on a deeply tragic fool's errand to, in effect, Westernize a sharia-based Islamic culture. But does their putting themselves in harm's way exempt from criticism the statements they make in the implementation of what I believe is a misguided US policy?  In other words, as a columnist, may I not criticize what Odierno et al ever say in explanation and advancement of a wasteful and damaging US foreign policy? While fully aware of the staggering heroism of these soldiers -- and, in LTC Karcher's case, now deeply distressed to hear of his life-altering injuries -- I don't believe a citizen ever gives up his right to express such opinions. I would add that this horrific last-days Sadr City incident, along with its disgraceful  non-coverage in our media, only intensifies my opposition to a policy that has so exposed our brave men to injury and possible death for what is increasingly proven to be, certainly in recent "democratizing" years, an ultimately pointless misadventure.


Here is LTC Karcher's comment to the NYT in the context of my column:

The New York Times describes "a drastically reshaped American military posture has emerged, largely because of Mr. Maliki's insistence," and notes that the rapid dismantlement of bases and outposts often is carried out "during the dark of night." Transport and resupply convoys are taking place at night, too -- all, presumably, in order to bolster Maliki's claims of "victory." As one of Maliki's political cronies put it, "They (U.S. troops) will be invisible for the people. They will turn into genies."

"Genies?" Does that mean Maliki has the USA plugged up in a bottle?

Certainly, we don't talk like free agents. Among the 150-plus bases and outposts the United States has closed in Iraqi cities this year are some U.S. commanders still considered crucial. About one such base, Brig. Gen. John M. Murray told the Times: "This is one we wanted. The Iraqi government said `no,' so now we are leaving."

This doesn't sound exactly Patton-esque, but would that we were leaving the whole sorry country. Meanwhile, the Times reports, "decisions on what Americans remain where -- doing what -- ultimately now rest with the Iraqis, and the Americans have deferred in negotiations."

Me, I feel sick.

But apparently not Lt. Col. Timothy M. Karcher, commander of forces departing Sadr City: "We will be gone in whatever way the Iraqi government tells us to be gone." Now, there's a rousing war quotation for you. Quick -- someone write a new verse to the "The Caissons Go Rolling Along."

The Times report continues: "The Americans have been strikingly sensitive" -- naturally -- "to Mr. Maliki's political position, emphasizing Iraqi primacy in all public remarks." For example, "they have declined to specify how many American troops will remain in cities, seemingly fearful of undercutting Mr. Maliki's public declarations of a full withdrawal."

What, no "Kick Me" stickers? Sorry to interrupt the old Fourth of July weenie roast, but doesn't it bother a single American out there that the United States is just kind of hanging around Iraq, full-metal rent-a-cops, waiting for some word, any word, from the self-anointed victor over the United States?

Of course, the main point here is not what we perceive as Maliki's ingratitude, or his disgraceful disregard of those Americans and allies who have fallen in Iraq. The main point of the prime minister's shocking statement is this: Iraq is not on the same side as the United States.

I'm afraid this will shock most Americans, but just let it sink in; it will explain a lot about the last six years. Meanwhile, the simple fact is, allies don't declare victory over each other. No doubt this presents a problem, at least for those among us who have claimed "victory" in Iraq for (not over) the United States. They and Maliki can't both be right. Someone is being played for a chump.

My suggestion? We should take this Fourth of July weekend to declare U.S. independence all over again -- only this time from Iraq.












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