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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 

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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Jan 27

Written by: Diana West
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 10:24 AM 

**See latest edition here.

Unveiling a work in progress, The Big Conservative Dictionary of Donald Trump. 

The fun part about The Big Conservative Dictionary of Donald Trump is that it is brought to you by those erudite conservatives who, some even between birthing the stink bombs below, endlessly deplore crudeness and "tone" in simply scads of elevating sermons and television lecture-bytes. (See "Rudeness Is not a Conservative Value,"  "Against Trump," etc.). 

Here we go -- so far.

A is for "Anal"

-- Rick Wilson, GOP consultant with "informal ties" to Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, and frequent guest on cable news nets.

A is for Ape

"Witless Ape Rides Escalator"

-- This is the headline for National Review's very first report by Kevin Williamson on Donald Trump's 2016 presidential run -- almost brings a tear to the eye. (See also "P is for Plastic-Surgery-Nightmare Wife," etc.)

"Turning to Donald Trump to solve the problems in Washington is like turning to an ape to fix a broken refrigerator."

-- Stephen Hayes, Fox News & Weekly Standard (see also "D is for Diarrhea")

A is for Appalling

"If by now you don’t find Donald Trump appalling, you’re appalling."

-- Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal

A is for Ass/Asshole

“You are so far up Trump’s ass."

Pollster Frank Luntz to Patrick Howley of Breitbart News, whom Luntz also called an "asshole.

B is for Balls

"Let's be honest. Carly cut his balls off."

-- National Review editor Rich Lowry, on Fox News (see minute 1:18 below), September 23, 2015


"Trump has some balls to compare himself 2 Reagan."

-- Daniel Horowitz, Conservative Review, tweeting out his post-Neveda caucuses story, "Where the Hell Was Trump When We Needed Him?" (See "B is for Bastard")

B is for Bastard

"When I was spending time away from family fighting the Gang of 8, this bastard was bragging about hiring illegals."

-- Daniel Horowitz, Conservative Review, tweeting out his post-Nevada caucuses story, Where the Hell Was Trump When We Needed Him?" (See "B is for Balls")

B is for Blood Libel

By the normal rules, Trump embracing a blood libel about George W. Bush (he knew there were no WMD in Iraq) ... would hurt him ... in Bush-friendly, hawkish, socially conservative South Carolina.

 -- Rich Lowry, editor National Review (see "B is for Balls")

Read more at:

B is for Brown Shirts

"Just left the caucus site. ... I believe that Trump, whether he knows it or not, is grooming Brown Shirts."

-- Glenn Beck (see also "H is for Hitler," etc.)

B is for Bullet

The donor class "are still going to have to go out and put a bullet in Donald Trump. And that’s a fact.”

-- Republican consultant Rick Wilson on MSNBC

B is for Butt

"A lof of their [Fox News'] hosts are kissing  Donald Trump's butt."

-- TV host Glenn Beck on CNN's AC360 (see also "H is for Hitler," etc.).

C is for Chlamydia

"I heard once that people suffering from seriously advanced chlamydia (a kind of infection—and any kind of infection can lead to death) tend, in the end stage, to lose their bearings, to lurch and ramble, and to say things that are inconsistent and incoherent. I’m not saying Donald Trump has chlamydia. I’m just raising issues."

-- Daniel Oliver, Chairman of the Board of Education and Research Institute, Senior Director of White House Writers Group, formerly Chairman of FTC under President Reagan, formerly Chairman of the Board of National Review, writing at The Federalist. (See "V is for Venereal Disease.") 

C is for Clown

"Trump is a clown."

-- Bruce Bartlett, GOP communications strategist, Bush White House official, Romney 2008, Romney 2012. (See also "S is for Shtick [sic].")

"He might have had any sort of life he chose, and he chose a clown's life."

-- Kevin Williamson, roving editor, National Review (see "M is for Masturbate," "S is for Sex Tape," etc.) 

C is for Clown Site

"The clown site of the Internet beclowns itself yet again."

-- Commentary editor John Podhoretz tweeting @ Breitbart News report on Trump rapping critic George Will for failing to disclose his Will's wife worked for then-presidential candidate Scott Walker. (See also "V is for Vomit.")

C is for Complete Idiot

"Donald Trump is a complete idiot."

-- Sen. Lindsay Graham, GOP presidential candidate, Newsmax TV

"... and then we've got sort of the third tier, which are people who really are unlikely to break through; they're good people some of them ... or in the case of Donald Trump, they're complete idiots." 

-- Karl Rove, speech, Missouri Boys State, June 15, 2015 (see also "C is for Complete Moron").

C is for Complete Moron

"And the third tier is going to be mostly entertaining, except for that guy Trump, who is a complete moron."

-- Karl Rove, speech, Missouri Boys State, June 15, 2015 (see also "C is for Complete Idiot").

C is for Contempt

C is for Crap

"Either cut the crap [about Ted Cruz] or you will lose lots and lots of conservatives."

-- Radio host and author Mark Levin

C is for Crock of Bullcrap

“Too many people are looking at Trump and believing that man has ever opened a Bible … that’s the biggest crock of bullcrap I’ve ever heard.” -

-- TV host Glenn Beck, speaking at a rally for Sen. Ted Cruz  (see also "B is for Butt," etc.).

C is for Cultist

D is for Debasing

"Jesse, you have ... been singing the praises of the most identity-politics candidate for months. You’ve been debasing yourself at the feet of his golden throne over, and over, and over again on Fox.”

-- Ben Domenech, publisher of The Federalist, fellow at The Manhattan Institute, to Jesse Waters of Fox News on the Fox Business show "Kennedy" 

D is for Despised

D is for Diarrhea

"Fact-checking Donald Trump is like picking up after a dog with diarrhea."

-- Stephen Hayes, Weekly Standard, on Fox News

D is for Dictatorship

"An American dictatorship is now a possibility."

-- Mario Loyola, NR contributing editor, senior fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (and he ain't talking about Barack "telephone/pen" Obama).

D is for Disagreeable

"Is there a disagreeable trait that he does not have"?

-- George Will, syndicated columnist 

D is for Dungeon

Donald Trump is "a pathological narcissistic sociopath" who is "trying to put Megyn Kelly ... in his dungeon."

-- TV host Glenn Beck on his Facebook page (see also "C is for Crock of Bullcrap," etc.)

E is for Embarassment

"It is possible that Trump will not win any primary, and that by the middle of March our long national embarassment will be over."

-- George Will, syndicated columnist (See "D is for Disagreeable")

F is for Filth

"Trump’s schtick as a sprinkler system of insults is getting everyone dirty. He throws mud on anything and anyone in his way. But that muck washes off quite easily. What stains down to the soul is the eagerness to apologize for, or even celebrate, the filth."

-- Jonah Goldberg, National Review (See M is for Mouth-breathing anti-Semites," etc.)

G is for Grabs

"Man. This piece. @KevinNR grabs Trump supporters by the ... well, you know."

-- Commentary assistant online editor Noah Rothman responding to: see "M is for Masturbation."

H is for Hardcore Porn

"Trump’s Immigration Plan Is Hardcore Porn For Nativists," August 19, 2015

-- headline over article by David Harsanyi at The Federalist. It opens: 

Donald Trump is porn for nativists. Now, a person can derive much political self-gratification from wishful thinking, but remember porn isn’t real. So enjoy daydreaming about mass deportations and visualizing the repeal of birthright citizenship, but don’t let yourself get desensitized to reality....

H is for Hitler

With Donald Trump, "you have the makings of Adolph Hitler."

-- TV host  Glenn Beck on his radio show, reported January 22, 2016

I is for Incontinence

"The establishment was trying to humiliate and embarrass Ted Cruz and Trump. And I think it really ticked Trump off and may have been — I’m wild guessing here — may have been one of the reasons why he was a victim of emotional incontinence."

-- Rush Limbaugh

K is for King Kong

L is for Ledge

After the New Hampshire Primary...

M is for Masturbate/Masturbation

"Most of them [Trump supporters] are childless single men who masturbate to anime."

-- GOP consultant Rick Wilson (see also "A is for Anal," etc.) on MSNBC, reported January 20, 2016

Trump supporters are "engaged in the political version of masturbation: sterile, fruitless self-indulgence."

-- Kevin Williamson, National Review correspondent, director of the William F. Buckley fellowship program in political journalism (see also "A is for Ape," etc.).

M is for Mouth-Breathing Anti-Semites

M is for Mussolini

"Mussolini ... is clearly Trump's secret template."

-- Andrew Roberts, historian, The Daily (London) Telegraph

O is for Obnoxious

"He is promoting obnoxious solutions to fake or wildly exaggerated challenges."

-- Michael Gerson, Washington Post syndicated columnist, former director of speechwriting for George W. Bush

P is for Piss

Trump is like a cat trained to piss in a human toilet. It’s amazing! It’s remarkable! Yes, yes, it is: for a cat. But we don’t judge humans by the same standard.

-- Jonah Goldberg, National Review (see also "Mouth-Breathing Anti-Semites")

P is for Plastic-Surgery-Disaster Wife

Trump is "a reality-television grotesque with his plastic-surgery-disaster wife."

-- National Review's Kevin Williamson (See also "A is for Ape," etc.). Bonus: Williamson deplores Trump for "ungallant behavior" here

P is for Prick

-- "As much as Trump comes across as a blowhard prick to many of us who work in the political arena and are high-information voters, to the people who actually meet him out on the trail ... he comes off as a really, really nice guy."

-- Liz Mair, GOP consultant and "communications expert," formerly with the Scott Walker campaign   

R is for Robe of Conservatism

Trump "is soiling the robe of conservatism and dragging it through the dust."

-- Bill Kristol, editor, Weekly Standard, on why he "loathes" Donald Trump (see also "K is for King Kong").

S is for Sex Tape

"The gross thing is, you can kind of imagine a Trump sex tape."

-- Kevin Williamson, National Review correspondent, director of the William F. Buckley fellowship program in political journalism, New Criterion theatre critic (see also "M is for Masturbation," etc.).

S is for Sharia

"Is Donald Trump the sharia of American politics?" 

-- opening line of "Thin-Skinned Tyrant" by Andrew McCarthy, National Review, Fox guest

S is for Sharpton

"Trump is the Al Sharpton of the Republican Party."

-- Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer, April 18, 2011

S is for Sheikh

"I wouldn't put him in the Oval Office, but he has the makings of a fine Saudi Sheikh."

-- closing line of "Think-Skinned Tyrant" by Andy McCarthy, National Review, Fox guest, bringing to mind former Fox part-owner and Murdoch business partner, Saudi Alwaleed bin Talal -- perhaps not the final image McCarthy had in mind.  

In between opening and closing lines, the former prosecutor argues that Trump's decision to skip the umpteenth debate is due to single debate question five months ago.

Whoops, he omits Fox official snark and nightly drubbing:


S is for Shtick [sic]

"His town fool shtick [sic] has won him admiration from a frighteningly sizeable percentage of the Republican electorate."

-- Bruce Bartlett, GOP communications strategist  and veteran of Romney 2008 and Romney 2012.

S is for Softcore

"Trump’s fans—not all, but enough—aren’t turned on by softcore white papers authored by Jeff Sessions, they want the hard stuff."

-- David Harsanyi, The Federalist (see also "H is Hardcore Porn")

S is for Stench

Trump's policies are "a parade of semi-sophisticated policies that act as bathroom deodorizer to mask the stench of this candidacy."

-- Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal (see also "A is for Appalling," etc.)

S is for Supply Lines

"Finally, this thing [Trump's candidacy] cannot be cut off at the head. An insurgency needs its supply lines cut."

-- Noah Rothman, Commentary assistant online editor (see also "G is for Grabs"), referring, it would seem, to free press/free citizens not sufficiently hostile enough to  

T is for Turd

"The stubby-fingered orange turd."

-- Sean Davis, co-founder The Federalist, former adviser to Gov. Rick Perry, former chief investigator for Sen. Tom Coburn

U is for Underbelly

"He knows things we don't know about the emotions roiling the American underbelly"

--  John Podhoretz, Commentary editor (see also "C is for Clown Site," etc.)

U is for Ungallant

See "P is for Plastic-Surgery-Disaster Wife."

V is for Venereal Disease

"Why Donald Trump Is Like a Venereal Disease"

-- Original headline of essay at the Federalist by Daniel Oliver. The headline now reads: "Donald Trump and Venereal Disease." (See "C is for Chlamydia.") 

V is for Violence

"I'm not saying violence is the answer. I'm saying violence is an answer."

-- David Harsanyi, The Federalist, in "Bring Back Dueling!" (See also "H is for Hardcore Porn") 

V is for Vomit

"By the way, I knew Andrew Breitbart. Andrew Breitbart was a friend of mine. He would vomit over what you've done to his name."

-- Commentary editor John Podhoretz, tweeting @ Breibart report on Trump rapping Trump critic Will not disclosing wife's ties to Walker campaign (see also "C is for Clown Site").


That's all for now -- see you next time!

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