Sunday, December 10, 2023


American Betrayal



"It is not simply a good book about history. It is one of those books which makes history. ... "

-- Vladimir Bukovsky, co-founder of the Soviet dissident movement and author of Judgment in Moscow, and Pavel Stroilov, author of Behind the Desert Storm.

"Diana West is distinguished from almost all political commentators because she seeks less to defend ideas and proposals than to investigate and understand what happens and what has happened. This gives her modest and unpretentious books and articles the status of true scientific inquiry, shifting the debate from the field of liking and disliking to being and non-being."

-- Olavo de Carvalho

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

"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

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

"I have read it, and agree wholeheartedly."

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

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.

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

"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 

"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

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

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

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

"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 

"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 

It is myth, or a series of myths, concerning WW2 that Diana West is aiming to replace with history in 2013’s American Betrayal.

If West’s startling revisionism is anywhere near the historical truth, the book is what Nietzsche wished his writings to be, dynamite.

-- Mark Gullick, British Intelligence 

“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

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 

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

"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

[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 

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

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

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From the Netherlands, a shot of pure oxygen and a beam of truth from the wonderful Geert Wilders to a world constricted by fear and doubt. Breathe and bask.

"Time to Unmask Mohammed" by Geert Wilders, from the Dutch magazine HP/De Tijd:

To know why Islam is a mortal danger one must not only consider the Koran but also the character of Muhammad, who conceived the Koran and the entirety of Islam. The Koran is not just a book. Muslims believe that Allah himself wrote it and that it was dictated to Muhammad in the original version, the Umm al-Kitab, which is kept on a table in heaven. Consequently one cannot argue with the contents. Who would dare to disagree with what Allah himself has written? This explains much of Muhammadan behaviour, from the violence of jihad to the hatred and persecution of Jews, Christians and other non-Muslims and apostates. What we in the West regard as abnormal, is perfectly normal for Islam. A second insuperable problem with Islam is the figure of Muhammad....

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Reading an "old" (March 21) Telegraph analysis of the Libyan "rebels," I came across this cute little detail about the family ties that bind al Qaeda and  the AQ-linked Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG):

Osama bin Laden's inner circle includes Muhammad Hassan Qayid, known also as Abu Yahya al-Libi (above), the younger brother of the LIFG leader Abdul Wahhab Qayid Idris.

So al-Libi's big bro heads the LIFG? Not to worry; just a flicker.  I know: Let's arm them both!

Hang on: a Canadian dissent. From the National Post:


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The US ambassador to the UN and the commander of NATO can fight over "flickers" of al Qaeda and Hezbollah among the Libyan rebels, but it's clearly indisputable that enemy Hezbollah leader Nasrallah (along with al Qaeda's Abu Yahya al-Libi and MB's Qaradawi as noted here) is firmly in their camp. Which means "our" camp. This is clear from an  hour-plus address the Iranian puppet and terror-master gave earlier this month in Beirut.

But there's more to it than that. 

I listened to about 20 minutes. After Nasrallah insists neither al Qaeda nor Iran (hah) nor, for that matter, the United States, have had anything to do with unrest in the Middle East,  I heard his chilling iteration of the "R2P" driver I've been working through and writing about lately: Israel as the Umma's pricetag to "reconsider the US stance." (Nasrallah's  phrase.) What's chilling is that this combination devil's-fool's bargain is one our Intelligentsia (many with big jobs in the Obama administration) seem all too eager to make, despite its immorality, strategic senselessness and sheer ignorance -- as though feeding the jihad beast will make it anything but more rapacious.


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Today, NATO commander Admiral James Stavridis told the US Senate something some of us have been noticing  from afar ever since this weirdo-bizarre R2P "humanitarian" assault in Libya on American national interest began:

"We have seen flickers in the intelligence of potential al Qaeda, Hezbollah."

Hezbollah was a new one on me.

That means the US military is fighting on behalf of flickers that took down the World Trade Center in 2001 and the Marine Barracks in Beirut in 1983.

Does anyone care?

Next question: Wouldn't it be great is Admiral Stavridis next told the Senate that, as a result of this heinous policy, he would be stepping down from his command in protest?

 But no. Instead, he reassured the Senate "We would be examining very closely the content, composition, the personalities, who are the leaders of these opposition forces."

Next question: I feel better?

The Daily Mail picks it up:

The comments have sparked an embarrassing diplomatic spat...

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R2P: Your New World Orderlies


Aaron Klein is another one of the rare writers who key into Obama's hard Left vibe (and he wrote a great book about it, too), eschewing explanations of "inexperience" or "ineptitude" to parse Obama. Having carried the " R2P" story down the line to George $oro$ last week (link below), Klein reports that a principal author of RSP, Ramesh Thakur (above left) also happens to be -- uncap your smelling salts -- a proponent of "international redistribution."

Klein writes at

The author of a military doctrine used by the Obama administration to justify the recent airstrikes targeting the regime of Moammar Gadhafi in Libya recently advocated for a "global rebalancing" and "international redistribution" to create a "New World Order."

The author, Ramesh Thakur, is a fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, which is in partnership with an economic institute founded by philanthropist billionaire George Soros....

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When parsing Barack Obama, it's essential to see his hard Left ideological incubation as the prism through with to view his actions. In this way, "dithering" or "ineptitude" do not measure up as explanations for his failings to serve American interests, even though both are continually offered as such by his critics. As a hard Leftist, he has no American interests as "narrowly" defined: They are lost in a grab-bag of what we might call global-elite interests, a noxious package of motivations and beliefs derived from Big Daddy Marxism, anti-Americanism, anti-imperialism, anto-colonialism, pro-Third Worldism, Frantz Fanonism, chip-on-his-shoulderism....  Thus, looking for morning-after critiques of Obam's speech on Libya, I was hoping for a more or less ideological understanding of what was really going on. Stanley Kurtz, one of the few writers who approach Obama through this hard Left prism (he actually wrote a book about it), offers this take, via The Corner:  

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In this week's syndicated column, I make the exceedingly obvious point that in fighting in support of the Libyan "rebels," the United States is now fighting in support of the Al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood jihad.

More evidence of same in a piece about rebel commander and "Islamic Emir" Abdul-Hakim al-Hasadi, by John Rosenthal at PJM.


In his more recent remarks to Il Sole 24 Ore, al-Hasadi admits not only to fighting against U.S. troops in Afghanistan, but also to recruiting Libyans to fight against American forces in Iraq. As noted in my earlier PJM report here, captured al-Qaeda personnel records show that al-Hasadi’s hometown of Darnah sent more foreign fighters to fight with al-Qaeda in Iraq than any other foreign city or town and “far and away the largest per capita number of fighters.” Al-Hasadi told Il Sole 24 Ore that he personally recruited “around 25” Libyans to fight in Iraq. “Some have come back and today are on the front at Ajdabiya,” al-Hasadi explained, “They are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists.” “The members of al-Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader,” al-Hasadi added.


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This week's syndicated column:

I'll admit, there is an argument – a thin, riddled, web of an argument – that it was U.S. interests that drove military interventions gone wrong in Iraq and Afghanistan. I don't buy the argument: As it morphed into a nation-building fantasy, it became disastrously, tragically and recklessly mistaken. But I can see at least that tarnished glimmer of national interest flash in the sludge before sinking from sight.

Nothing like this is to be found in the sands of Libya. This is why the weirdo-bizarre assault on Gadhafi's forces led, but supposedly not really, by the United States under order of the U.N. Security Council (motley crew) and the Arab League (rogue's gallery), crossed a fat, red line. The president of the United States sent the U.S. military, already stretched and worn by nearly a decade of wars, into harm's way for no compelling American reason.

And I mean none. The sudden whim to rid the planet of Gadhafi, while never a bad notion, is, if anything, oddly anticlimactic after his Bush-era debut as a newly minted ally in the "war on terror." Funny thing: "ally" sounds like a ghastly stretch, but WikiLeaks tells us Gadhafi was in fact most cooperative in providing anti-jihad intelligence – which may or may not have been credible. Still, he should know. It was Libyans, according to a 2007 West Point study, who made the strongest showing, per capita, of foreign insurgents in Iraq. It's hard not to believe that some who didn't end up dead or in Gitmo are now "rebels" receiving U.S. air and sea support.


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I wasn't even looking for this. I just went to the ISAF website to see whether the grossly underreported weekend murders of two American soldiers (and shootings of four others) by an Afghan security contractor -- again -- was considered newsy enough to post by the official powers that be. "The slayings bring to nine the number of U.S. soldiers who have been killed by rogue Afghan security force members, whether uniformed or private security contractors, in the past two months," NBC reports. 

Nine? In the last two months? That whizzed by totally unaccounted for. Did any democratically elected officials even think to ask Gen. Petraeus about it?

I still don't know if ISAF tallied up these latest bodies in a public count. That's because the first item to present itself...

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Photo caption: "Forty-two years of nightmare...Now has come the time of Jihad!" -- courtesy Uncle Sucker (photo via John Rosenthal)


Back in August 2005, I wrote a column on what was a particularly great day for sharia, or Islamic law. It was a day that marked

the end of the constitutional wrangling in Iraq and the beginning of the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and parts of the West Bank. Both events — fought for, facilitated, even micromanaged by the U.S. of A. — should expand the domain of Islamic law, which codifies female inferiority and religious inequality. ... By day's end, Iraq, if it settles as expected on a draft constitution based in sharia, and Gaza, as a new sector of the already sharia-vested Palestinian Authority, will have joined the...

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Candidate Obama at an Indiana gas station in 2008, blasting GWB and oil companies for ... high gas prices.


This week's syndicated column:

With poor Japan's nuclear reactors in crisis; with Middle East violence stripping bare American recklessness in relying on an Arab oil supply; with prices rising fast at the local gas pump, there is an almost apocalyptic tension growing in the absence of action on the American energy problem: Tons -- or, rather barrels and cubic feet -- of resources, and no will or even interest on the part of our trusted, responsible and feckless elected leaders to get it.

What is their problem? What is our problem?

Sarah Palin posted about this emerging crisis this week (and created a not-so-small news cycle in the process), taking on "The 4-Dollar-Per-Gallon President," which is probably a low-ball figure. Palin scored President Obama's energy program, which, at best, does nothing to reverse the rise in prices at the pump even in the long-term,...

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If there weren't a blanket taboo on debating Islam (witness Rep. King's PC-gagged and bound hearings), maybe more lawmakers would realize the utter futility and irresponsible waste in Western-style nation-building in a sharia culture. As it is, the debate as described below is faintly reminscent of the story of the blind men and the elephant....

From the LA Times:

Congressional Republicans on Thursday held fast to support for the Afghanistan war, heavily opposing a troop withdrawal in a vote that tested whether conservative new members would adhere to the party leaders on a significant question of U.S. policy. Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich...

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The Libya Hawks gather. Not that you or your Congressional representatives have a say or anything, but the USA will be voting at 6pm at the UN Security Council on a no-fly-zone resolution for Libya.


Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Indiana), the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations panel and a frequent administration ally, told a top State Department official Thursday that the Obama administration should come to Congress to approve a declaration of war before agreeing to action at the United Nations.

Gee, ya think?

"Is the administration authorized to enter...

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US Army 2nd Lt. Stephen Petraeus, Wardak Province, A-stan, September 2010: Now we know -- what?


Some fireworks at Gen. Petraeus's appearance before Congress yesterday. I would like to see the plain, unadorned transcript but so far all I can find are a couple of write-ups that tell us that, while questioning the general, Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-NC), whose district includes Camp Lejeune, asked Petraues to "be honest" about how long US troops would have to remain in Afghanistan. Here's the core exchange:

JONES: You know, 15, 16, 17 years, for God sakes, how much more can we take, how much more can we give treasure and blood?

PETRAEUS: I may not be at this table, probably won’t be, in 2015, but I’ll tell you that my son is in uniform, and Lieutenant Petraeus just completed a tour in Afghanistan, which thankfully we were able to keep very quiet, and left in November after serving as an infantry platoon leader. We’re very proud of what he did. He thinks he was doing something...

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The cast of "Midsomer Murders": What's wrong -- what's very wrong -- with this picture?


"When the native hears a speech about Western culture, he pulls out his knife," wrote Frantz Fanon, the seminal theorist of anti-Western Third Worldism and, not incidentally, college touchstone of President Obama. By now, Fanon has been completely internalized by ... Western culture.

That's the conclusion I draw on reading this news report on the "suspension" and pending "investigation" of the producer and co-creator of a TV detective show with the termerity to be set in an English village peopled by indigenous "white" English people (still just hanging on by a thread at 92 percent of the British population). Suspension? Investigation? This so far beyond Orwell that no one even notices.

From the AP:

LONDON (AP) — The English county of Midsomer is rural, picturesque, astonishingly murder-prone and completely white.


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Once upon a time, it was kind of a big deal when Gen. David Petraeus came to town to testify before Congress about "the war." That was when the wars in Iraqistan weren't exactly young, but also hadn't yet execeeded the 100-Year-War, and hadn't stretched into a kind of national security wall paper that no one notices, cares about or wants to change.

(What democratically elected official will actually heed polling showing two-thirds of Americans don't think the war in Afghanistan is worth fighting? I really wonder. But welcome, brethren.)

Seems naive, but there was some buzz around that first appearance Petraeus made before Congress to present his views of the war in post-"surge" Iraq -- as though it meant something in terms of advancement or milestones or something. But no. It was the first of many, many similar assessments. How similar? Read on.

On September 7, 2007, the New York Times used the words "fragile and easily reversed" to describe the general's assessment.


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"Why They Celebrate Murdering Children" by Andrew C. McCarthy:

Do you think the State Department noticed that no one in Arizona, Mexico, or even Mars took to the streets to celebrate the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords? No one seemed to think it was a “natural” act — the Islamic term du jour to rationalize the throat-slitting massacre of a sleeping Jewish family: 36-year-old Udi Fogel, his 35-year-old wife, Ruth, and, yes, their three children: 11-year-old Yoav, 4-year-old Elad, and Hadas, their 3-month-old baby.

There had been about a week between this most hideous Muslim barbarity and . . . well, the last hideous Muslim barbarity. On that one, the Obama administration could not bring itself to label as “terrorism” a Kosovar jihadist’s gory attack on American airmen in Germany.


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JERUSALEM – Two members of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' official security forces were arrested in conjunction with this past weekend's bloody massacre in which five family members were brutally stabbed to death inside their home in the Jewish village of Itamar, WND has learned.

The names of the apprehended suspects will be released to the Israeli media within hours but were revealed to WND by security officials working on the murder.

Two cousins are now in Israeli custody and are suspected in the slayings. Ahmed Awad is an officer in Abbas' Preventative Security Services in the northern West Bank city of Nablis. Iyad Awad is an officer in Abbas' General Intelligence services in Ramallah.

Both the Preventative and General Intelligence services of Fatah are armed, trained and funded by the U.S.

The duo did not personally carry out the murders, but rather they assisting in the planning and logistics, informed security...

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This week's syndicated column:

We don't know the impact of Rep. Peter King's hearings into Islamic "radicalization," but already we need a cheat sheet to debunk the disinformation and slander heaped upon the Long Island Republican's head for his one simple "crime," which I'll name below.

King has been accused of many things for holding these hearings, but this "crime," which I consider a patriotic duty, is never mentioned by his critics. Part of the reason may be that this "crime" isn't consciously understood as such by King's critics or even by King himself, so carefully hidden is it behind euphemism and misdirection, and so heavily armored is it by a complex defense of emotional reflexes.

Hence, the need for a cheat sheet about all the "crimes" the King hearings are not.

1) Holding hearings into Islamic "radicalization" is not an exercise in "McCarthyism," as widely and deeply misunderstood.

First of all, that's because the investigative efforts of Sen. Joseph McCarthy,...

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Just wondering if any of those Libya Hawks (here are a few) caught Robert Baer on Fox last night. The way the former CIA operative tells it, the Muslim Brotherhood is the "strongest group in Libya" and "transcends all the tribes." Baer also mentioned that Libyan MB members told him years ago that they wanted to set up a "caliphate" in Libya-- just by the way.

If Baer is correct about MB strength, a NATO-US-UN-EU-NR-WS no-fly-zone would actually help empower the Muslim Brotherhood -- a "strategy" not worth one American flyer or one American airplane.

Mark Cuban owns Landmark Theaters, the Dallas Mavericks and is worth $2.5 billion. He provided some loose change ($5 million) to Brian de Palma (right) to make Redacted, a pornographically vile portrait of the US in Iraq focused, as only the camera of the sicko de Palma can focus, on a fictional story based on the singular horror of the Mahmudiya rape and killings. This incident, to Cuban and de Palma, represented the "other side" of the war, indeed was emblematic of it.  

No one bought it. Literally. The stats, as compiled on Wikipedia, tell us only 3,000 Americans saw the thing on opening weekend, grossing $25,628 for the Cuban-de Palma team. Total U.S. gross added up to $65,388. Even the anti-American global audience stayed away in droves: International...

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Washington has a strange new bird -- the Libya Hawk.

It has been seen alighting in potentially dangerous numbers on the Right side of the political spectrum, neoconservative wavelength. It appears to be a mutation of the War Hawk and the Democracy Hawk. Its throaty warble tells us there is some imaginary but overriding interest in taking sides in Libya, offing Qaddafi and imposing a no-fly-zone on behalf of "the rebels."

I stand transfixed, Tippi-Hedrin-like.

Thankfully, the interpid Andy McCarthy has a targeted response that I hope scares them all away.

"I am against intervention in Libya," Andy writes.

Amen, and here's why.


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"People occasionally ask, you know, Where is Osama bin Laden, and I think for all we know he could be in Las Vegas next to Elvis...."

--David Petraeus, ISAF Commander, Afghanistan, March 9, 2011

(Hear the 4-star general for yourself at 5:58 in this interview with Fox's Brett Baier via Andrew Bostom.)

September 17, 2001: The President of the USA at the Islamic Center in Washington. CAIR's Nihad Awad is to his left.


Patrick Poole at PJM walks us up to Rep. Peter King's Thursday hearings along a must-travel trip down jihad-memory lane:

The hysterics over Thursday’s hearings on Islamic radicalization by the House Homeland Security Committee has reached epic proportions. Islamic groups have likened the hearings to a new era of McCarthyism; James Zogby of the Arab American Institute wrote in an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper that the hearings were going to result in increased radicalization and...

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Quick -- What's very, very, very wrong with this picture?


To be white, to be male is to be dehumanized in the 21st century. Behold the "diversity" report from the Millitary Leadership Diversity Commission, as reported on by the AP:

Headline: "Report: Too many whites, men, leading the military"

We are so numb to this vile talk that hardly anyone even notices it, and those whose pulse rates are boosted by such a headline try to bring them under control so as to avoid notice ....

The U.S. military is too white and too male at the top and needs to change recruiting and promotion policies and lift its ban on women in combat, an independent report for Congress said Monday.

Seventy-seven percent of senior officers in the active-duty military are white, while only 8 percent are black, 5 percent are...

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From the AP:

FRANKFURT, Germany — The suspect in the slaying of two U.S. airmen at Frankfurt airport has confessed to targeting American military members, a German security official said Thursday as investigators probed what they considered a possible act of Islamic terrorism.

German federal prosecutors took over the investigation into Wednesday’s shooting, which also injured two U.S. airmen, one of them critically. They are working together with U.S. authorities, who said Thursday the suspect was not on any American watch list.

The Air Force identified the victims as 25-year-old Senior Airman Nicholas J. Alden of Williamston, S.C., and Airman 1st Class Zachary R. Cuddeback of Stanardsville,...

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At Here's the Right Side of It, John L. Work puts the global scene together in a collage of horrors that your morning paper won't ever feature, including this video from a typical German school (via Vlad Tepes):

John's solution here.

Meanwhile, while out bobblehead focus lingers on Germany for half asecond, note that Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip "Islam is Islam and that's it" Erdogan was in Dusseldorf on Sunday, where he received what Spiegel Online describes as a "rock star" welcome from 10,000 Turks in a sports arena on a campaign-like- rally that preceded his visit to Angela Merkel.

"They call you guest workers, foreigners, or German Turks. It doesn't matter what they all call you: You are my fellow citizens, you are my people, you are my friends, you are my brothers and sisters!"

"You are part of Germany, but you are also part [of] our great...

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Residence of the US Community Organizer, Paris


From Wikileaks, more vital evidence of a US government running amok with malpractice. This time the revelation is that US Embassy in Paris is community-organizing the French umma. The cable, signed by US Ambassador Rivkin, is breathtaking in relating its invasive and patronizing plan -- a Minority Engagement Strategy for France, which, last time I checked, was still a functioning Western democratic republic.

Not good enough. Apparently, the United States must, and I quote, "help France realize its own egalitarian goals." Oh, and guess what measures of success  include? "Growth in the number of constructive efforts by minority leaders to organize political support both within and beyond their own minority communities," and a "decrease in popular support for xenophobic political parties and platforms." ...

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This week's column:

I almost forgot how the Pundit Right smacked down Glenn Beck over his wholly rational concern that out of Tahrir Square a new caliphate might arise in the Islamic world until I read William Kristol's op-ed this week.

Earlier this month, Weekly Standard editor and Fox analyst Kristol had led off the anti-Beck attack with a heated column accusing Beck of "hysteria" for his "rants about the caliphate taking over the Middle East" and connections to the American Left. Kristol was seconded by National Review editor Rich Lowry. The New York Times' David Brooks entered the debate lambasting Beck for his "delusional ravings about the caliphate coming back" while "the conservative establishment" saw Mubarak's fall as "a fulfillment of Ronald Reagan's democracy dream." (Count me out.)

For the next week or so, taunting "delusional" Beck became a regular feature on cable TV. The Pundit Left congratulated the responsible Right for "addressing" the Beck "problem." And maybe a solution...

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LTG Caldwell escorting Sen. McCain to his Kabul hypnosis session, Jan. 2009


A lot of buzz on this Rollling Stone story as summarized by (it reminded me of this story):

The U.S. army reportedly deployed a specialized "psychological operations" team to help convince American legislators to boost funding and troop numbers for the war in Afghanistan.

The operation was ordered by three-star general in charge of training Afghan troops Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, Rolling Stone Magazine reported in a story published late on Wednesday.


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From AFP:

Around $40 billion are 'missing' from a post-Gulf War fund that Iraq maintains to protect the money from foreign claims, its parliamentary speaker said on Monday.

"There is missing money, we do not know where it has gone," Osama al-Nujaifi said at a news conference in Baghdad. "The money is around $40 billion in total."

"It may have been spent somewhere, but it does not appear in our accounts, so parliament will investigate where this money has gone."

Nujaifi did not say when or how the discovery had been made regarding the missing money. He said two investigative committees had been formed to track down the cash.

The Development Fund for Iraq (DFI), which was set up after the 2003 war to handle oil and other revenues, has been protected against claims by a UN resolution that expires on June 30.

On December 15, the UN Security Council ended key international sanctions imposed on Iraq following now-executed dictator Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion...

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From AINA (via Vlad Tepes):

"Egyptian Armed Forces Demolish Fences Guarding Coptic Monasteries"

 Egyptian armed forces this week demolished fences surrounding ancient Coptic monasteries, leaving them vulnerable to attacks by armed Arabs, robbers and escaped prisoners, who have seized the opportunity of the state of diminished protection by the authorities in Egypt to carry out assaults and thefts.

"Three monasteries have been attacked by outlaws and have asked for protection from the armed forces, but were told to defend themselves." said activist Mark Ebeid. "When the terrified monks built fences to protect themselves, armed forces appeared only then with bulldozers to demolish the fences. It is worth noting that these monasteries are among the most ancient in Egypt, with valuable Coptic icons and manuscripts among others, which are of tremendous value to collectors."

On Sunday February 20, armed forced stormed the 4th century old monastery of St. Boula in the Red Sea area (picture above), assaulted three monks and then demolished a small fence supporting a gate leading to the fenceless monastery. "The idea of the erection of the gate was prompted after being attacked at midnight on February 13 by five prisoners who broke out from their prisons," said Father Botros Anba Boula, "and were armed with a pistol and batons. The monks ran after them but they fled to the surrounding mountains except for one who stumbled and was apprehended and held by the monks until the police picked him up three days later."


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Gen. Stanley McChrystal writes in Foreign Policy today:

When I first went to Iraq in October 2003 to command a U.S. Joint Special Operations Task Force (JSOTF) that had been tailored down to a relatively small size in the months following the initial invasion, we found a growing threat from multiple sources -- but particularly from al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). We began a review of our enemy, and of ourselves. Neither was easy to understand.

Cosmic or on the level? McChrystal continues:

Like all too many military forces in history, we initially saw our enemy as we viewed ourselves.

And then what? Did the light dawneth? Does McChrystal now see that the ideologically-driven, enemy-influence-operation-ensured elimination of Islam and its teachings from policy- and strategy-making has been an unmitigated disaster for the United States?


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Geert Wilders has written an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal this week discussing the legal box the European Union has put free speech into with its provisions against "racism and xenophobia" so broad that any statement an individual might possibly interpret as "insulting" to his group -- fact, knowledge, context be damned --  is against the law. Wilders writes: "The perverse result is that in Europe it is now all but impossible to have a debate about the nature of Islam, or about the effects of immigration of Islam's adherents."

All according to plan -- the Organization of the Islamic Conference's Ten-Year Plan.

Wilkommen, bienvenue, welcome to the Caliphate.

"European Free Speech Under Attack"

by Geert Wilders

"The lights are going out all over Europe," British Foreign Secretary Edward Grey famously remarked on the eve of World War I. I am reminded...

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From the American Thinker, Andrew Bostom's brilliant analysis not just of the blood-chilling implications of Qaradawi's Friday sermon in Tahrir Square, but the even more blood-chilling collusion, conscious and not, of world media to prevent us from learning them:

"Qaradawi and the Treason of the Intellectuals"

by Andrew Bostom

Last Friday (2/18/11) marked the triumphal return to Cairo of Muslim Brotherhood "Spiritual Guide" Yusuf al-Qaradawi. After years of exile, his public re-emergence in Egypt was sanctioned by the nation's provisional military rulers. Qaradawi's own words were accompanied by images and actions during his appearance which should have shattered the delusive view that the turmoil leading to President Mubarak's resignation augured the emergence of a modern, democratic Egyptian society devoted to Western conceptions...

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Members of the Union for the Mediterranean


From the EUobserver (via Fjordman):

France and five other south-lying EU members have said the Union should give less money to its post-Soviet neighbours and more to Mediterranean rim countries in the context of the Arab uprisings.

Notice the sand hasn't settled and the EU's reaction is proclaim a withdrawal of aid from "its post-Soviet neighbors" -- translation: kindred European neighbors with intermingled history and religion -- to redirect it to the umma. Don't-hit-me money?

A letter to EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton dated 16 February...

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Writing at Big Peace, Ned May sums up the corruption of the Sharia Republic of Austria as inflicted on our friend Elisabeth, convicted for telling the truth about Islam:

Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff was convicted for stating the plain facts: the prophet Mohammed had sex with a nine-year-old-girl. She never used the word pedophilia; she simply described in everyday language the prophet’s… ahem… tastes.

The statements she made are not considered false by observant Muslims. They are written down in Islamic scripture, and are considered correct and authoritative by virtually every Islamic scholar and theologian.

These scriptural passages are not considered offensive to Muslims when they are recited in a mosque or a madrassa. Mohammed was the perfect man, so by definition his actions cannot be offensive. They are in fact exemplary. That is why Muslim men continue to marry little girls to this day.

Elisabeth’s statements are offensive because they were made by a non-Muslim in public, and brought discredit upon Islam in the eyes of other non-believers.


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This week's syndicated column:

Why CBS kept mum for four days about the brutal sexual assault of network correspondent Lara Logan by a Tahrir Square mob on Feb. 11 we just don't know.

Did Logan, flown out of Cairo by a network-chartered jet to a U.S. hospital hours after the attack, request secrecy as a brutalized victim?

Were news executives, or even Logan herself, concerned that the bombshell news of the assault, which took place almost exactly as Hosni Mubarak was relinquishing all powers, would detract from the "jubilant" crowd's "democracy" drama? Such a news blackout is hard to imagine if, for example, a star correspondent had been similarly violated by a mob of tea party-goers at, say, a massive Glenn Beck rally -- and particularly if other correspondents had previously suffered unprecedented assaults and threats from the same crowd. A keening outcry would have arisen from the heart of the MSM (mainstream media) against the mob, accompanied by a natural zeal to investigate...

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Kabul's Imam Habibullah: "Let these brothers of monkeys, gorillas and pigs leave this country."


"With sermons,  Afghan clerics wade into politics," reads the jump-page headline on this excellent reporting through a prism of goofiness, courtesy the Washington Post. Hasn't anyone over at Post  figured out that in Islam religion is politics, and vice versa? 

KABUL - For the U.S. government, and for the 100,000 American troops fighting in Afghanistan, the messages delivered last Friday could hardly have been worse.

Under the weathered blue dome of Kabul's largest mosque, a distinguished preacher, Enayatullah Balegh, pledged support for "any plan that can defeat" foreign military forces in Afghanistan, denouncing what he called "the political power of these children of Jews."

Again, Islamic anti-Semitism, the "glue"...

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Caroline Glick wrote a column this month to explain what she calls "Israeli indifference to democratic currents in Arab societies" -- an apparent paradox, it seems, to American naifs who believe that a functioning ballot box is all a society needs to join the fraternity of enlightened nations where individual rights are protected in the enshrinement of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and the blessed like. But what if there are masses who want, yearn and are animated by something entirely different, something antithetical to life as we know it, liberty as we enjoy it, and the pursuit of happiness in accordance with individual desire?

Glick writes:

The fact is that Israeli indifference to democratic currents in Arab societies is not due to provincialism. Israelis are indifferent because we realize that whether under authoritarian rule or democracy, anti-Semitism is...

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Our men rot in military prison; their enemies  come out in "detainee release shuras." More than 350 Taliban war prisoners have been released since this particular "reintegration" program began in January 2010.

How about a little "reintegration" for the Leavenworth Ten?

Roll the tape.

He's in -- on a sentence far longer than any of his now-free co-defendants -- he's out; he's free, gets his life and family back together. Now, as of this week, Sgt. Hutchins is going back to military prison.

Once again, we are long past the point where an American Marine's supposed debt to (Iraqi terrorist) society has become cruel and unusual punishment.

Meanwhile, also this week, CENTCOM gushingly announced the scheduled release of 11 "empowered detainees" on top of the more than 350 Afghan war prisoners released since January 2010.

And what makes these detainees (never "prisoners") "empowered"? CENTCOM says it's due to the educational courses offered at Parwan Detention Facility. Officials call it "civics," and maybe...

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Haven't read Rumsfeld's book, but I did read a rebuttal by Dan Senor and Roman Martinez in the Wash Post this week in which they argue over what went wrong in Iraq. Rummy says it was poor planning in a too-long CPA-led aftermath; they say it was Rummy's failure to send enough troops. They further contend that Rumsfeld supported the CPA's policy at the time, citing internal docs to prove it.

But this whole argument seems completely beside the point, whizzing right by anything meaningful or significant about the disastrous policy the Bush administration executed in Iraq. I refer to the cocoon of ignorance about Islam that our government and military were (and are) operating from in attempting to nation-build our way out of the umma, first in Iraq and now Afghanistan.

But there's something else to note in the Senor-Martinez piece. The rebuttal crescendos here:

Rumsfeld now argues that a speedy handover to a sovereign Iraqi government would have prevented the (largely Sunni) insurgency...

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Been following the Raymond Davis story since it broke. It was obvious it would get ugly. But  now, it takes a turn for the woeful and very dangerous.

AP reports:

LAHORE, Pakistan – U.S. Sen. John Kerry promised the Pakistani people Tuesday that a jailed U.S. embassy worker will be subjected to a U.S. criminal investigation if he is released by the Pakistani government.

Kerry also expressed regret for the deaths of two Pakistani men in an apparent attempt to smooth over relations with the important ally in the war against extremists and al-Qaeda while still insisting that the American needs to be released.

Why don't our important allies ever attempt to smooth over relations with us?


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Photo: Council of Europe investigator Dick Marty


Solzhenitsyn once said, "When people renounce lies, they simply cease to exist. Like parasite, they can only survive when attached to a person."  But what happens when the lies, the parasites, become the protective armor of such people?

From the EU Observer (via Fjordman):

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Western governments have known about the criminal activities of senior politicians in Kosovo for a long time, Council of Europe investigator Dick Marty has said, adding that Europe is now unwilling to properly investigate the situation for fear of being exposed.

As liars and thus collaborators.

"Western countries knew all the time what was happening in Kosovo but nobody did anything about it," Mr Marty said in an interview with the Slovenian daily Delo on Saturday...

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Freshman Rep. Allen West (R-Florida) gives liberals nightmares about GOP dominance. Here's why:

Over at Ruthfully Yours, Ruth King sums up the all-important and distressing implications of the "Trojan" Brotherhood  at C-PAC:

The really disturbing news about CPAC and the ACU is not about crackpot Ron Paul winning in a straw poll or Donald Trump throwing his hair into the race.

It is the fact that Suhail Khan breezed through the proceedings and only David Horowitz denounced the Moslem Brotherhood and conference participant Suhail Khan who is on the board of the American Conservative Union.

Watch the Horowitz video.

And here at PJM is video from CPAC of Khan stating flatly that there is no Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S. at PJM.

And here is a website with extensive evidence on ACU Board Member Suhail Khan’s links to the Muslim Brotherhood as a case study. It includes some excellent videos including Khan praising those Muslims who say they love death more than their adversaries love life, and stating that his father founded MSA and ISNA in the U.S. – also video of Suhail Khan accepting awards from Alamoudi and Sami Al Arian.


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In an opinion piece at Fox News, pollster Doug Schoen underscores what the data mean (via Andrew Bostom):

While very recent public opinion polling from Egypt is not currently available, a number of clear inferences about what is likely to happen can be drawn from prior surveys and prior election results.

The bottom line: there is at least a 50 percent chance, if not more, that a candidate from the Muslim Brotherhood or a party with a generally similar approach and orientation will win the next presidential election.

I draw this conclusion from a number of factors. First, it doesn’t take a genius to realize that support for the current regime is very limited to nonexistent. But the underlying structural issues present a more daunting challenge. Even before the fall of the Mubarak government, the Egyptian public was strongly aligned with fundamentalists and traditionalists, rather than modernizers who support a secular, pro-western tradition.

Put simply, Egyptians support...

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