Thursday, December 07, 2023

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From National Review Online today:

Conrad Black has now published three attacks at National Review Online against my book American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character, but I would bet the $4.1 million Black has to pay the U.S. government in fines related to his fraud conviction that he hasn’t read the book.

In his most recent attack — this time against a positive review of American...

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So what just happened for 16 days in October?

Was it just a hiccup in the continually rising “debt ceiling,” a monkey wrench in the smoothly turning wheels of government, a boorish slap at the warm, enveloping embrace of “Obamacare”?

Should Americans now thank their Maker that the conservative revolt has been quelled so the federal government can continue to spend and spend without limits? Should we count ourselves fortunate for having patriots in the Senate and White House who forced open the nation’s coffers to nationalize health care for all Americans – only just not “now” for these same “temporarily” exempted lawmakers, as well as the president, assorted unions and big businesses?

I’m just asking. The triumph in...

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Cuban refugees pray for the success of the Bay of Pigs invasion at a rally in downtown Bayfront Park in Miami, Fla., April 19, 1961.


Robert Strauss, longtime reader and penpal, writes in to make an apt historical comparison I haven't seen before between Obama, a president who didn't order the military support for Americans under fire in Benghazi, and Kennedy, a president who canceled military support for Americans and Cuban exiles under fire in the Bay of Pigs.

What drew his eye were the four questions Charles Woods, father of slain ex-SEAL Ty Woods, recently asked Obama, including whether Obama would have acted more aggressively to rescue Americans in Benghazi if his own children had been there.

Diana,      Obama's letter to Charles Woods brings to mind this paragraph by a paramilitary CIA operative at the Bay of Pigs, reacting to Theodore Sorensen's downplaying...

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Here is a new article I have written for Breitbart News:

On September 11, 2013, Charles Woods appeared on Fox News' "Hannity" and read aloud four questions about Benghazi from a letter he'd sent to President Obama.

Woods, whose son, ex-SEAL Tyrone Woods, was one of four Americans killed in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, added: “What we want are not just answers. We also want the truth.”

President Obama has now written in reply to Woods’ letter. This marks the president’s first response to direct questions about Benghazi since May of this year when he answered one question at a press conference. That particular question concerned aftermath “talking points,” not the attack itself.

Charles Woods’ questions for the president are very different. Rather than address post-attack spin control or even pre-attack security – as most press and politicians are wont to do – Woods’ questions for the president concern the attack itself.

These questions, which Woods would discuss...

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Thirty-two years ago, Ronald Reagan gave his first Inaugural Address. His words still illuminate.

“We are a nation that has a government – not the other way around,” he said. “And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth.”

For the past nearly two weeks, some of the temporary custodians of our government – President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, to name two – have impressed upon the nation their scorn for this same founding principle. That, of course, means their scorn for Us, the People. Above all, in trying to force House Republicans to fund Obamacare against the wishes of the voters who elected them, they want us to understand that we don’t “have” a government, the government has us.

And not only us, but everything else. That’s why, for the first time, I feel like a tenant in my own country as President Obama has assumed the role of landlord.

Meanwhile, House Republicans passed at least 10 “mini” bills...

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The most outrageous yet?

Below is the horrendous, Uncle-Sam-shameful story of tourists who happened to be visiting Yellowstone as the shutdown took effect. Ordered out of the park (the tour bus guide had paid $300 the day before to enter), ordered not to stop (even at restrooms) along the road out of the park, ordered mid-snap not to take pictures of a herd of bison -- Stop "recreating," said the armed ranger -- they were then locked in under armed guard at The Old Faithful Inn, ajacent to the famous geyser -- around which the feds erected barricades to prevent them even from seeing it!

What I want to know is how it is that the park rangers slip so easily into thug-fascist-mode? And, more important, When do we say stop? I wish I had a boat to join the flotilla that retired Navy Capt Ross who is trying to organize to reopen the waterway Obama illegally closed in Florida.

As the tour guide put it: “The national parks belong to the people. This...

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As some of you may be aware (chortle, chortle), American Betrayal came in for a little flack in the past couple of months.

As I marshalled my forces -- all 22,000 words' worth -- many filled the breach with eloquent, passionate, heartfelt defenses both of my book and of free and civil debate overarchingly. I didn't want these missives from the front to disappear into Internet ether. This amazing record of intellectual battle in real time needed a repository. To that end, I have published both my rebuttal, which originally appeared in three parts at Breitbart News, and a selection of these essays written in my behalf in a new book, The Rebuttal: Defending American Betrayal from the Book-Burners. Authors include...

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The good news is there are a mere 75 terrorist "operatives" left in all of Afghanistan.

The bad news is the US government wants our very special US Special Forces to remain in Afghanistan indefinitely to continue to hunt them.

Is that the best use of our men and money? Of course not. After all, if these terrorist ops represent such a dire threat to 300 million Americans at home, it is much easier and cheaper and safer to curtail or just plain halt Afghan entry into the US until all 75 of them are captured or killed -- by the Afghans -- and barricade our borders with our soon-to-be homecoming troops instead of the World War II Memorial,right?

Fortunately, like me, the Afghan government is also completely opposed to our forces remaining in Afghanistan indefinitiely to do the hunting -- more good news. But the US is boo-hooing that this means we might not be able to spend billions more dollars in Afghanistan on projects and programs that will go down the drain with the rest of them.


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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A question Americans should answer for themselves is the one I am thinking through while standing at the National World War II Memorial on the Washington Mall this week. What kind of president doesn’t do everything he can to ensure that the elderly American men in wheelchairs I see before me don’t have access to “their” memorial – even during a government shutdown?

And when I say “their” memorial, I am not only referring to their World War II veteran status. This memorial cost $182 million to build; $197 million was raised privately (the extra money remains in a memorial fund). This nongovernment money came not only from corporations and wealthy individuals, but also from a long list of veterans groups. Naturally, hefty donations came from the big national organizations, such as Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans. On the memorial website, however, you will also find listed scores of smaller donors,...

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A friend writes in with a picture taken this morning along the George Washington Parkway in Virginia outside Washington.

An "essential" National Park Service employee is barricading a scenic overlook along the Potomac River.

The following is a report from state-supported Russia Televsion on DNI Clapper's testimony on the impact on the government shutdown on inteligence.

The italics are in the original -- so the Big Boss is sure to notice.

What drew my eye was this (itals in original):

"This is a dreamland for foreign intelligence services to recruit, particularly as our employees, already many of whom subject to furloughs driven by sequestration, are going to have, I believe, even greater financial challenges,” said Clapper.

If this is true -- that some number of paychecks (all but certainly to become backpay) is what separates our intelligence agents from immediate defection -- we're really in trouble. If it's not true, if it's just more political grandstanding, the cloak and dagger set could feel pretty darn insulted, hurt, even. (Well, if that's the way you feel, what's that phone # for the Russian Consulate ....?)

From RT:

James Clapper, the director of national intelligence,...

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Two extraordinary media moments took place today, both created when press-card-carrying MSM-ers stepped out of character and actually probed the Democrat veneer.

CNN's Dana Bash asked Senate Democrats why not just support the House bill that funds the NIH, where clinical trials for children with cancer are under way. This prompted the following from Harry Reid, after some total agitprop about Obamacare's debut: "It's working now, it will continue to work and people will love it even more than they do now by far."

DANA BASH: But if you could help one child who has cancer why wouldn't you do it?

REID: Lissen, why would we want to do that? I have 1100 people at  Nellis Air Force Base sitting home. They have a few problems of their own. This is, to have someone of your intelligence suggest such a thing [means] you're irresponsible.

Why would we want to help one child with cancer?


Over at the...

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Gates of Vienna has been chronicling last month's events in Warsaw where "a team of liberty-loving people from Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, the UK, and the USA was in attendance. They represented the International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA), Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa (BPE-Austria and -Germany), ACT! for America, ACT! for Canada, the Center for Security Policy, the Stresemann Foundation, and Women for Freedom."

They assembled to take the crucial battle of words by which nations, peoples, thoughts are completely controlled and flim-flammed into submission to "global institutions" and other bulliles into such bellies of the beast as the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting. (It is amazing to think a sentient being thought that title up up.) This meeting and others were taking place under the auspices of the OSCE, the Organization for Security and Cooperation...

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The most remarkable, thrilling and also humbling thing has happened. The great Vladimir Bukovsky and his colleague Pavel Stroilov have reviewed American Betrayal and weighed in on the "controversy."

From Breitbart News:

"Why Academics Hate Diana West"

by Vladimir Bukovsky and Pavel Stroilov

Groundbreaking books about the history of communism, such as Robert Conquest's The Great Terror, Alexander Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago or Viktor Suvarov's Ice-Breaker, are never written by "professional" historians. Indeed, historians typically meet those books with remarkable hostility.

Yet, non-academic history books certainly have their advantages. For one thing, they are readable. More often than not, they are better researched too. Above all, they are intellectually honest, free from the unspoken taboos of the academic world and from allegiances to theories and to colleagues...

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The most remarkable thing has happened. Vladimir Bukovsky, one of the founders of the Soviet dissident movement, and Pavel Stroilov have written a remarkable review of American Betrayal with extensive analysis of the series of baseless attacks against the book.

Stay tuned.

Bill de Blasio cut his hair. Did he change his politics? No. Next stop: Little Red City Hall.

This week's syndicated column:

Will New Yorkers elect a new mayor who dedicated himself to the Sandinistas in the 1980s, honeymooned in Cuba in the 1990s (in violation of a U.S. travel ban) and participated in a New York City Council event honoring Zimbabwe’s tyrannous Robert Mugabe in 2002?

Right now, it looks that way. In 1988, Bill de Blasio went to Nicaragua to aid the Marxist, Soviet-supported Sandinistas. He came home, as the New York Times put it, with “a vision of the possibilities of unfettered leftist government.” Today, 25 years later, New York City Public Advocate de Blasio, who remains “very proud” of his radical activities (he has since regretted his Mugabe “mistake”), is the front-runner in New York’s mayoral race. Recent polls show the Democratic nominee with a whopping 40-point margin over Republican candidate Joe Lhota.

That could change if two things...

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In March 1944, one month after the conclusion of the Yalta Conference, one month and the arrest of Red Army member Alexandr Solzhenitsyn (for writing a joke about Stalin), HMS Arawa (above) carried 1,657 Turkoman Muslims, Soviet citizens, back to the Soviet Union to the Gulag and/or certain death. These men, most of whom had volunteered for the German army to fight Communist rule, were among the millions of Soviet-claimed nationals who would be returned at Stalin's to the Gulag and/or certain death by British and American forces in "Operation Keelhaul."

They and their multiethnic brothers-in-German-arms from the USSR were “a constant reminder,” Nikolai Tolstoy writes, “of the fact that the USSR alone of all the Allies had provided the enemy with thousands of recruits." 

John Batchelor and I discuss the voyage of the Arawa and other vignettes from American Betrayal...

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AP reports that it's still unclear whether Staff Sgt. Timothy Raymond McGill, 30, of Ramsey, N.J. (above), was one of the three US special forces killed on September 21 by an Afghan security forces member -- a Muslim terrorist like those who seized a Kenya shopping mall -- in Gardez, capital of Paktia in eastern Afghanistan.

As of this posting, ISAF has no details -- no mention -- of the three killings on its website.


In an important piece for The Clarion Project, Clare Lopez sums up a "tough week" for the Muslim Brotherhood in America that included a Justice IG report critical of the way FBI field offices have failed to implement a 2008 FBI policy to cease CAIR outreach, and the way the FBI has failed to enforce it.

Clare Lopez reports also on the reaction of Rep. Frank Wolf, who two years ago requested this IG investigation.

The same day as the DoJ report was released, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), the influential Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (responsible for the FBI’s budget) fired off a sharply-worded letter to FBI Director James Comey, citing both conflicting guidance coming from the FBI’s Office of Public Affairs (with its emphasis on Muslim “outreach”) as well as “outright violations from several field offices.”


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Palm Beach County employee John Jamason (left) found himself in a local media firestorm after posting about Islam and the Koran on Facebook on 9/11/13. WPTV's Evan Axelbank (right) "broke" the story, stoked by CAIR, which, of course, was founded by members of Hamas, which is a "wing" of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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On the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 jihad attacks, John Jamason, of Palm Beach, Fla., posted the following comment on his personal Facebook page:

“Never forget. There is no such thing as radical Islam. All Islam is radical. There may be Muslims who don’t practice their religion, much like others. The Quran is a book that preaches hate.”

Following these comments, a firestorm would consume Jamason for the next week as local media – driven by the Hamas-linked Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and a waffling county administrator – speculated whether Jamason would lose his job as Palm Beach County public information officer or be “disciplined.” For what? Palm Beach County Administrator Robert Weisman spoke of Jamason’s ignorance and hurtfulness, but in reality, Jamason had crossed the red U.S.-CAIR-Islamic-line that specifically absolves Islam from links to radicalism and/or hatred. For that, Jamason had to be punished, or at least feel the heat for a while.


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Part One is here. 

Part Two is here.

Part Three is here.


Following its Breitbart debut, The Rebuttal will become available for e-book download and book order from Bravura Books. Watch this space for more information.

I would like to thank Messrs. Radosh, Horowitz, Black, et al for their role in inspiring M. Stanton Evans, the great American investigative journalist and author and conservative commentator, to write the following essay.


"In Defense of Diana West"

by M. Stanton Evans

Out of the public eye and far from the daily headlines, a fierce verbal battle is currently being waged about the course of American policy in the long death struggle with Moscow that we call the Cold War. At ground zero of this new dispute is author Diana West, whose recent book, American Betrayal (St....

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Back in 2004, when a FDNY chief reminded the 9/11 Commission that it was never in “anyone’s consciousness” that the twin towers would fall, he underscored a terrible truth. After 9/11, we entered the Age of the Unthinkable. Seared into our collective consciousness is that the twin towers could and did fall. So could the U.S. Capitol, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Superdome. Our children know that which we as children never before imagined – passenger planes may become guided missiles, and skyscrapers may turn into smoking, twisted rubble. This age of Islamic jihad against the West has indeed expanded our consciousness.

Or has it? Did these previously unthinkable acts of violence and mass murder sharpen our thinking, make us vigilant and more protective of our constitutional liberties under attack?

There was a time when I actually thought this was so. Re-reading my first column written after 9/11 today, one dozen 9/11s later, I find that it forecasts...

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WASHINGTON, D.C., SEPTEMBER 12, 2013:  The Center for Security Policy announced today that the 2013 recipient of its Mightier Pen Award will be Diana West, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of The Death of the Grown-up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization, co-author of Shariah: The Threat to America, and most recently author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character. The award will be presented at a luncheon on November 20th at the Union League Club in New York City.

Diana West's weekly newspaper column is syndicated by Universal Uclick, and appears in over 100 publications nationwide, as well as at her website West also serves as Washington correspondent for...

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Part One is here.

Part Two is here.

Part Three is here. 


Following its Breitbart debut, The Rebuttal became available as a book and e-book.

Air Force historian Eduard Mark, now deceased, wrote a paper in 1998 linking the codename "19" in KGB cable 812 from the Venona archive to Harry Hopkins.

Mark's thesis is discussed on two pages of American Betrayal -- a detail in a 403-page book with 944 endnotes. It is a hallmark of the weird war on American Betrayal that reviewer Ronald Radosh inflated several such details out of all recognition and then attacked them in their exaggerated state. Thus, Hopkins/"19" is called the "linchpin" of my book, which is nonsense as dispatched in Part Two of The Rebuttal.

While it is not the linchpin of my book  -- indeed, I could cut out all reference to it and make the same case --  Hopkins/"19" may be seen as the linchpin of the war on American Betrayal.

Having over-inflated the significance of Hopkins/”19” in my book (two pages) to a point of absurdity, Radosh sets out to take down Hopkins/”19” as a standing argument. This included negating the 1998 Mark research paper that gave rise to Hopkins/"19."


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DW: M. Stanton Evans, co-author with Herbert Romerstein of Stalin's Secret Agents and author of Blacklisted by HIstory, is currently working on a larger piece addressing the spate of attacks on American Betrayal.

In the meantime, he has given me permission to publish the following.

"Harry Hopkins, Diana West and Me" 

by M.Stanton Evans

To understand the attached email exchanges between John Earl Haynes and myself some background information is needed.

There are a lot of details here that amount to “inside baseball.”  It is however precisely from the accumulation of such details that the true history of the Cold War will be, or more accurately should be, written.

By far the major issue in this discussion is whether President Roosevelt’s top adviser, Harry Hopkins, was in back channel communication with the Soviet KGB in the 1940s, and if so for what purpose he would...

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My 20,000-plus-word-rebuttal to the Frontpage Magazine "take-down" titled "McCarthy on Steroids," has been published in three parts at Breitbart News.

Part One is here.

Part Two is here.

Part Three is here.

My summary of The Rebuttal is at Gates of Vienna here.

Original essays about this extraordinary campaign written by Vladimir Bukovsky, M. Stanton Evans and others, plus the rebuttal in its entirety, are available as a book and e-book at Amazon here.


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Gates of Vienna today reports on a shocking development in the "war" on American Betrayal.

Clare M. Lopez, the excellent Middle East analyst and my Team B II colleague, has been fired for favorably mentioning my book in an essay.

The full post by Baron Bodissey as it appears at Gates of Vienna is below.

The Totalitarian Impulse

As mentioned here Tuesday night, an article by Clare Lopez was published earlier that day at the Gatestone Institute’s website and then immediately removed. Since Ms. Lopez had referred favorably in her article to Diana West’s book American Betrayal, and since Ms. West recently had anathema pronounced against her for that same book, it seemed that there might be a connection between the two events.

And indeed there was. Our suspicions were correct.

I just received this information from a source close to Clare Lopez:


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I would like to pause for a moment as the United States weighs going to war to make the world safe for President Obama’s “credibility” to note that the Department of Defense announced the deaths of four American soldiers in separate incidents last week in Afghanistan. The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif., reported:

“Staff Sgt. Joshua Bowden, 28, of Villa Rica, Ga., was on a dismounted patrol Saturday, Aug. 31, in Ghazni, Afghanistan, when his unit was attacked by small arms fire. Bowden was stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado and assigned to the 242nd Ordnance Battalion (EOD), 71st Ordnance Group (EOD).

“Sgt. 1st Class Ricardo D. Young, 34, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, from small arms fire in Farah Province, Afghanistan. The Rosston, Ark., native was assigned to the 307th Engineer Battalion (Combat/Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, N.C.

“Staff Sgt. Michael H. Ollis, 24, also died Wednesday, Aug. 28, in Ghazni...

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As The Rebuttal nears publication (soon to be an ebook as well), I simply must highlight the most high-larious ad hominem attack on me of all -- even better than National Review's FDR hagiographer questioning my being "house-trained." (Welcome to my world for the past few weeks....)

From The American Thinker:

Blogger and historian Clare Spark notes that West has little background for her research and the unfortunate overconfidence of many Ivy graduates, "I have looked up Diana West's background. She has a B.A. in English from Yale and a prior book that gave her synoptic view of American culture as stuck in adolescent rebellion. That she has the confidence to make grand pronouncements about American culture and then diplomatic history can be attributed both to her Ivy League education and to the rise of the amateur commentator, thanks to far right conspiracy theorists. They are attached to her as to other 'inside dopesters," and the results are frightening for the future of the republic."


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... the Independent reports:

Libya has almost entirely stopped producing oil as the government loses control of much of the country to militia fighters.

Mutinying security men have taken over oil ports on the Mediterranean and are seeking to sell crude oil on the black market. Ali Zeidan, Libya’s Prime Minister, has threatened to “bomb from the air and the sea” any oil tanker trying to pick up the illicit oil from the oil terminal guards, who are mostly former rebels who overthrew Muammar Gaddafi and have been on strike over low pay and alleged government corruption since July.

As world attention focused on the coup in Egypt and the poison gas attack in Syria over the past two months, Libya has plunged unnoticed into its worst political and economic crisis since the defeat of Gaddafi two years ago. Government authority is disintegrating in all parts of the country putting in doubt claims by American, British and French politicians that Nato’s military action in Libya in 2011 was...

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Yesterday, I noticed something that reminded me of this.

So did Gates of Vienna. Vlad Tepes and Tundra Tabloids noted it, too.

Now, Ruth King at Ruthfully Yours lays it on the line:

I like and admire...

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This morning, the Gatestone Institute published my Team B II colleague Clare Lopez's latest essay, which juxtaposed the findings of American Betrayal with events in the Middle East to marvelous effect.

It is called "Recognizing the Wrong People."

Maybe it did -- because then they took it down.

That is, I have to wonder: Could the piece possibly have disappeared due to Clare's highly favorable treatment of my book?

Baron Bodissey at Gates of Vienna wonders the same thing.

I don't know the answer.

But it's happened before.

I have asked Nina Rosenwald, president of Gatestone, for more information. Maybe there is some perfectly innocent explanation....

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John Dietrich is the author of The Morgenthau Plan: Soviet Influence on American Postwar Policy, a book I found invaluable to my research for American Betrayal. I was delighted to come across Dietrich's 5-star review of American Betrayal at its Amazon page, and excerpted it in the book's Editorial Reviews: "Enlightening. I give American Betrayal five stars only because it is not possible to give it six."

Now, while putting finishing touches on "The Rebuttal," I have come across a letter John Dietrich recently wrote to me and posted at his blog.


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On Thursday evening, I had the privilege to be hosted by Rabbi Jon Hausman to speak at Ahavath Torah outside Boston in Stoughton, MA as part of the Hausman Memorial Speakers Series. This is a great honor because among among the speakers who precede me are such heroes and champions of free speech as Geert Wilders, Lars Hedegaard, Elizabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, Mark Steyn and, just a couple weeks ago, Allen West.

I consider myself fortunate, indeed, to have been in Rabbi Hausman's synagogue to launch publicly my defense against the recent calumnious attacks on me and American Betrayal. The full rebuttal will be published soon.

Thank you to Tom Trento and The United West...

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Baron Bodissey writes today at Gates of Vienna:

When Should a Book Not be Written?

“A perversion of logic as much as a loss of courage”

Diana West spoke last night as a guest of Ahavath Torah Congregation in Stoughton, Massachusetts. Her topic was the continuing controversy over her book, American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character.

In the following clip you’ll hear Ms. West point out the manifest falsehoods that have been circulated about American Betrayal. They seem to represent an attempted “takedown” of her book, a deliberate assault intended to destroy her professional standing as a writer.

The author also explains how she fell into the research that eventually resulted in the book. She began by investigating an entirely different topic, the penetration of the United States government by agents of the Muslim Brotherhood, and followed the trail of evidence back to Communist penetration in the 1930s and 1940s. The parallels between the...

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Does any American believe that Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance (above), 28, should remain in a military prison for the next 20 years for “murder” after giving a legitimate order to his soldiers to fire at three Afghan men on motorcycles, killing two in the process?

What circumstances in those few seconds of on-the-ground command decision-making – during Lorance’s second patrol in Afghanistan – could possibly compel the Army to rob Lorance of his freedom until he is 48 years old?

I have been reading up on Lorance’s case, and I find none. I am not a military prosecutor (thank goodness), but I see nothing in accounts of the incident to warrant a sentence of two decades – unless, that is, Lorance’s lawyer, retired Lt. Col. Guy Womack, is correct. Following Lorance’s sentencing at Ft. Bragg, N.C., on Aug. 1, Womack said: “The Army is...

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As I rebut exhaustively the charges against me and American Betrayal contained in Ronald Radosh's self-decribed "take-down," here is M. Stanton Evans' evisceration of the Radosh's very similar "take-down" of Evans' trail-blazing, exceptional book, Blacklisted by HIstory. 

THE BOOK ON McCARTHY Having been around the block a time or two, I guess nothing should surprise me, but I have to admit I was profoundly shocked by Ronald Radosh’s onslaught against my work — and honor — in what professed to be a review of my new book about Senator Joe McCarthy (“The Enemy Within,” Dec. 17). Had this Radosh effusion appeared in The New Republic ...

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A fine defense by R.S. McCain here in response to Conrad Black's attack at NRO:

(My rapid response to Black here.)


National Review has published a column by Conrad Black which calls Diana West’s new book American Betrayal a “farrago of lies,” and I just don’t know what to say, except that (a) Black doesn’t seem to have read West’s book, and (b) is therefore attacking the straw man version of West’s argument, as presented by Ron Radosh.

As are all of the copy-cat attacks.

Stacy McCain's bottom line:

I remain Diana West’s ally in this fight because whatever errors she may have made, from the standpoint of professional historians, she is asking important questions and calling attention to facts that have been too long ignored...

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Yesterday, it was a retired builder. Today, it is a poet.

From Family Security Matters.

by David Solway

The controversy surrounding Diana West's new book, American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on our Nation's Character, that erupted over the last week on the Internet vividly illustrates a point I made, and perhaps belabored, in several recent articles; namely, a radical split is occurring within conservative ranks that threatens its long-term cohesion and presents the liberal/left with a pronounced and supplementary...

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Diana - As a long-time advocate for free speech; long involvement with the International Free Press Society; and as you know, an associate of some of the bravest free speech practitioners in the world, I find the Horowitz/Radosh-led attacks on you to be beneath contempt. For them to pretend to be part of a “freedom” movement (maybe excluding speech?) while acting like school yard bullies, is laughable. I have read your book American Betrayal, cover to cover – and I found myself deeply shaken, somewhat analogous to the day I finished Atlas Shrugged as a young man, the overall feeling one of serious letdown in my history teachers and ‘why have I never heard this before’?  Your sources are there for all to see and your chain of events and conclusions follow them scrupulously. Does that mean that every claim you make and question you raise are necessarily accurate descriptions of the causes of the great historical events? Yet, is this question even important in the raging attacks? I submit that the facts...

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Before I link (below) to a new and spirited defense of me and American Betrayal, an update:

The continuing Rado-Horo super-charged attack machine against a book -- mine -- finds an ally in Andrew Sullivan, and now Mother Jones.

Sullivan, quoted by Mother Jones, is "dismayed how isolated the push-back against the book -- Horowitz and Radosh -- seemed to be on the right," although he did take cheer ("some good news today") in NRO's Conrad Black "review" -- i.e., the latest attack by someone who hasn't read the book.

Over at Tundra Tabloids, Kenneth Sikorski picks...

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Over at Gates of Vienna -- valiant defenders and friends -- a Swede's comment on the war on American Betrayal  made me jump:

I am Swedish, and I have no intention of reading “American Betrayal”. But I didn’t have to read very much of the review of Mr Radosh to conclude that Ms West’s book is a very important and competent work. And it’s obvious that a book with that magnitude is not written by itself.

“How on earth can the man do that?”, is a very relevant question....

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Chairman Mao, murderer of 30, 40 million people at least, hangs in the homes of elites and celebrities, while Sen. Joseph McCarthy, whose investigations into the "Amerasia affair" helped reveal the complex influence operation, as M. Stanton Evans writes, that “assiduously worked to guide official and public thinking, and hence the course of U.S. policy” regarding the Far East and the loss of China to Mao's Communists, hangs in the hell of the American imagination.

Something is deeply wrong with this picture.

Call it American Betrayal.

As I can, I will be posting or linking to the many radio interviews I have been doing this week to discuss American Betrayal -- and the war on American Betrayal.

Here are a few of my most recent interviews:

On the Dan Cofall in Dallas-Fort Worth...

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