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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 

“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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Apr 27

Written by: Diana West
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 6:54 AM 

The caption on this EPA photo is: "Afghan Army soldiers secure the military base after a shooting incident." The killer of nine NATO  troops and a contractor was an Afghan Air Corps officer. Is the base secure?


The carnage inside an operations room of the Afghan Air Corps at Kabul airport has yet to be sorted, identified and tallied but this much we know: Another Afghan Muslim "partner" in uniform -- a veteran military pilot according to the AP -- has opened fire on NATO troops in a meeting, killing as many as eight troops and a contractor.

While we await the grim but thoroughly predictable details --  the exemplary lives of the personnel murdered while "partnering" with our Afghan "allies"; the shooter who for reasons "unknown" to ISAF earned his place in Islamic paradise through this "holiest" act of jihad against infidels (ISAF would croak before saying that) --  I want to call attention to a story from the Clarksville, Tenn. Leaf-Chronicle that was featured last week at Army Times and which came to my attention from friends in the military segment of our thoroughly bifurcated society

The article is titled: "NCOs offers stern message for war-bound soldiers." And what is that "stern" message? The article -- written a day after another Hair-Trigger-Moderate in the Afghan Army went off, using grenades to kill five Americans troops -- reports that message as being, "Don't trust anyone but you still have to partner up" -- and in that order.

Stern though the "old Army sergeant" described in the story below undoubtedly is, I hear in his message a plaintive SOS. Help. We want you to live through your thoroughly ill-conceived and even insane nation-building mission, So don't trust any Afghan you are ordered to "partner" or "mentor," train or relax with. Any one of them could kill you and your comrades any time, from teatime to meeting time. 

And why is that, old and stern Sergeant? Not even he is about to go there even as he pounds his contradictory, logic-defying, but, we pray, life-saving message into the young soldiers' heads.

If he did, he would say something like: There is indeed a clash of civilizations where the West and Islam meet, and we are putting you, our men and women in uniform, on its front lines, defenseless against its violent manifestations "inside the wire." You are not there to stamp it out, or to protect our country against it, but rather to remain blind to it for the unfounded ideological reasons of our leaders, to appease its demands, to adapt to its laws, and, ultimately, be subsumed by its worldview. Nation-building is good, our leaders tells us. COIN is the way, our leaders tell us. Congress doesn't give a damn about you, your legs or the gaping hole in the US Treasury. So "partner" enough so as not to get thrown in the brig but never let your guard down ever and come home safe.

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — Three aircraft carrying soldiers back home flew into Fort Campbell on Sunday. On Monday morning, shortly after 3 a.m., another aircraft took off carrying people the other way.

Prior to takeoff, an old Army sergeant laid out the reality in plain English for the latter group, a few of whom looked like the reality was just sinking in.

“You’re going to war. That’s hard stuff.” Command Sgt. Maj. Wayne St. Louis surveyed the group in front of him, letting the message sink in for the assembled soldiers of the 4th Brigade Combat Team and the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade.

Many in the group had by now heard of what had happened in Afghanistan the day before. Apparently, a sleeper agent in Afghan National Army uniform walked into a room, tossing grenades before detonating himself, killing five Afghan soldiers and five U.S. soldiers from the 101st Sustainment Brigade in the process.

Prior to St. Louis’ address, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey N. Colt told the assembled group about the incident, reminding them that where they are going, the best policy is don’t trust anything until you’re back home in the safety of your own bed.

However, as St. Louis pointed out, part of the mission is to partner with the Afghan forces and to set the example of professionalism for them to follow.

There are bad guys over here in the U.S., too, St. Louis said, as he tried to focus the troops on the idea that the latest incident involved one bad guy, and that the whole country of Afghanistan couldn’t be blamed for one guy’s actions.

Plain and simple, we’re not going to stop partnering with the Afghans because of that one guy.

Of course, one guy is not the problem, Sarge. The body count from multiple and not fully tallied instances of unfriendly-friendly-fire is rising, and we must also begin to factor in all the other unfriendly-friendlies in Afghan uniform who had to have sensed something, known something, and didn't report it, or even assisted the shooters in their attacks.

Back to the moral of the sergeant's story:

Don’t trust anyone, but you still have to partner up.

Those twin messages can seem confusing to a 19-year-old soldier, which is why the senior non-commissioned officers will have to train the junior NCOs to deliver both messages effectively and maintain the balance the mission requires. ...

Eureka: The US military has just made schizophrenia the new normal.

My friend John Bernard has trenchant comments about all of this. A former Marine 1st Sergeant, John is the father of Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in August 2010. In an email comment on the above story, John makes the point that nowhere else in society does doing your job require this "dual mentality." He writes:

Actually, what the Sergeant Major is doing is reinforcing the orders while explaining to his Soldiers the reality of following the orders. He's playing a dual role, of sorts; issuing and enforcing the order while safeguarding his men with common sense. There is nowhere else in society where doing your job requires this dual mentality. There is nowhere else in society that automatically places your life in jeopardy. Not even Police Officers. They have a reasonable expectation of meeting and greeting people who are similar and of like mind - just a little over the line of legal at times.

Marines and Soldiers don't get to dissect an op order or question the psyche of either their commanding officers or the enemy/ally/...

To the civilian reading this, however, it should be an indication of just how convoluted the orders and the entire mission is.

They [soldiers] should not be dealing with this level uncertainty, at this stage in the operation; period.

If the strategy was correct to begin with, we would be in the consolidation phase and would already have a more accurate and credible understanding of the players because we would have technically, anyway, already defeated the enemy.

The ANA and ANP are from that segment of society that we had already deemed to be the good guys and should have an expectation of peaceful co-existence. We don't.

Their units are no different than ours when it comes to interpersonal relations/scoop/gossip. They know each other and how close each might be to 'the line'. I am far more interested in knowing if anyone is debriefing the rest of the unit to determine why - not if, any other ANA knew what he was
planning, and didn't bring it forward

But in an environment where the order-writers and politicians are numb to the realities on the ground and where standing up and screaming about it is border-line dereliction of duty or disrespect, there is little to no opportunity to 'awaken' the dull minds of the politicians signing off on this, or the General Grade Officers, writing the orders in the first place. 

What more will it take?


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