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"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
Thursday, March 17, 2011 3:41 AM
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 very important.
Was that an answer to the Congressman's question, or an ace-in-the-hole? Today's headlines all focus on the general's revelation, heretofore secret, that his son Stephen, a 2009 MIT graduate, completed a combat tour in the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in November, successfully maintaining his "cover" (that is, successfully avoiding press or enemy notice). It was an emotional answer to an emotional question. The Congressmen put out his generalized concern for unending expenditures of US treasure and blood -- how much more can we take? -- and the General countered by revealing that he had, in effect, put his own treasure and blood on the line -- his son. In the face of what amounted to a royal flush, the Congressman appears to have folded.
This is not the way to debate the war in Afghanistan. The fact that Petraeus has a "personal stake," as the press is now calling it, in the success of the ill-conceived, see-no-Islam, hearts-and-minds COIN strategy, of which Petraeus is a principle author, in no way illuminates, validates or defends the strategy. Jones missed a crucial opportunity here to engage in a sorely needed, rational discussion of the COIN strategy. By exhorting the general to "be honest" -- even in a figure of speech -- Jones appeared to raise a question about Petraeus' sincerity, which isn't at issue.
A bit more context for the exchange from the Daily Mail:
Gen Petraeus said he would be forthright 'if I ever felt that we couldn't achieve our objectives' after he was asked to 'be honest'.
With President Obama promising that U.S. combat troops would be withdrawn by the end of 2014, dependent on the Afghan government providing its own security, a skeptical Mr Jones said he could imagine a senior military leader coming before congress in 2015 and pleading for more time.
He said: 'You know, 15, 16, 17 years, for God sakes, how much more can we take, how much more can we give treasure and blood?'
Gen Petraeus replied: '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 very important.'
It comes after the general said passage of a House resolution calling for withdrawal of U.S. forces by the end of this year would undermine the coalition effort and be hailed by Taliban and Al Qaeda as a victory.
He told Congress that the war was turning around and U.S. forces were on track to begin withdrawing troops in July.
Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee yesterday, he said: 'The Taliban and Al Qaeda obviously would trumpet this as a victory, as a success. 'Needless to say, it would completely undermine everything that our troopers have fought so much for and sacrificed so much for.'
He also called those gains -- you guessed it -- "fragile."
Petraeus is as deeply vested in the success of this war as he could possibly be. Too vested, I think, to see the basic flaws of the COIN strategy he has been implementing since Iraq. For four years, General Petraeus has been telling the American people that any and all gains in both Iraq and now Afghanistan are "fragile and reversible." And so they are -- specifically due to those crucial pieces of COIN strategy that must be executed by host populations, not the US military, and which have not been so executed and never will be so executed due to their Western, non-Islamic nature. COIN, which includes the vaunted "surge" in Iraq, is conceived as a one-size-fits-all strategy, but it doesn't fit a sharia culture.
Once upon a time, how long would a commanding general have kept his post with a strategy that has admittedly achieved so little in a time span (2007-2011) about as long as World War II, and with no end in sight? Walter Jones' evident frustration arises from the leadership vaccum (of which he is a part) that has allowed this untenable situation to drag on: war unending in the Islamic world for what the American people are realizing is no discernible, overriding US security interest. "The Taliban and Al Qaeda obviously would trumpet this [withdrawal] as a victory, as a success," Gen. Petraeus says. That is insufficient reason to spend $350 million a day and uncounted limbs and skull pieces to fight on for the dubious benefit of one sharia-culture (the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, with its Taliban outreach continuing apace) over another (the Taliban with its IROA outreach continuing apace).