Ruth King, monthly columnist for Outpost and daily blogger-aggregator extraordinaire at Ruthfullly Yours, has a review of American Betrayal at Family Security Matters today followed by my first written Q & A. Even though we are a friends (as Ruth notes, full-disclosure style), I think I managed to shock her!
"A Review and Interview about American Betrayal"
by Ruth King
Were the Reagan years just a temporary feel good blip since what the late Jeane Kirkpatrick called "the blame America first crowd" still dominates our academies, the media and the corridors of power? They have closed the chapter on the revelations of Communist crimes and have moved on to airbrushing the dangers and depredations of radical Islam. Is the "cold war" really over or have the protagonists just changed their locus and their focus?
Diana West's new book "American Betrayal- The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character" makes the startling assertions that we did not win the Cold War or World War II. How can one consider a war won, if a preventable genocide occurred which wiped out one third of the world's Jewry; when the craven surrender in Yalta left millions upon millions of Eastern Europeans to the "mercies" of Stalin and the KGB; when we abandoned the Philippines and benefited genocidal Communism in China; when spies and provocateurs and propagandists for the Soviet Union continued their penetration of all our institutions including the State Department, making our policies subservient to the demands of tyrants; when the victorious allies in 1945 callously repatriated millions of Russian refugees- from generals and intellectuals to ordinary anti Marxists- men, women and children -to Russia? Even the New York Times noted their frenzied terror and how many chose suicide rather than a return to Russia in this shameful episode.
One may well ask how this could have happened and how could we not have known about it. Diana West's revelations left me breathless.. In this illuminating and painstakingly researched and documented book, Diana West connects the dots to the early 1930s when the Russians and their subversive American minions moved career communists and spies into main government departments including the State Department. Their lackeys in the media and among legislators enabled them by belittling and discrediting all critics .
These entrenched and influential agents helped craft policy and military strategy in world War 11 which benefited the Russians. In West's words history, as taught today....' completely camouflages the hammer and sickle that was growing like a catastrophic cancer in the shadow of the swastika. This was the dark vision we were denied by our Communist-occupied government."
In fact, as West demonstrates, spying for Russia and disseminating disinformation continued apace well after the Nazi surrender in 1945 and the Japanese surrender in September of the same year.
Well entrenched Communist sympathizers sabotaged the case for General Chiang Kai -Sheck, to burnish Mao's credentials. Owen Lattimore" a conscious, articulate instrument of the Soviet conspiracy" was installed as an adviser to spy on General General Chiang while promoting the "agrarian" reforms of Mao Tse Tung which killed millions-estimates vary between 20,000,000 and 40,000,000.
And that was just the tip of the iceberg.
All of this was hidden from us. Due to the machinations and influence of this perfectly placed occupying army of agents (and their fellow travelers and useful fools), the US government increasingly became complicit in hiding and then participating in the Kremlin's Big Lies/crimes. Hence, our "betrayal."
As West trenchantly observes more Americans "know" the false story that J.Edgar Hoover wore a red dress...than know anything about traitors Lauchlin Curry, Dexter White, and the epic treason against this country. I would add that more Americans today vilify Senator Joseph McCarthy (whose vilification, West argues, became central to the false narrative we take as historical gospel) and others who sought to expose the Soviet Union but give a pass to Alger Hiss and those who willfully endangered and betrayed America.
As this book demonstrates, our relationship with Russia was always predicated on the "big lie" that obfuscated Soviet ideology, intent and mass murder. Now, West writes, the "big lie" is wrapped around Islam...its dogma, its Koranic imperative, its agenda and its methods are swept under the rug of political correctness -- another manifestation of Marxist penetration -- while its agents infiltrate our government, our media, our academies and our financial institutions.
Read this book to see how history repeats and how America is again being betrayed.
Diana West has graciously consented to answer some questions. In the spirit of "transparency" I admit that Diana West is my friend. I must add, however, that I initiated the friendship drawn to it by her first book, by her outstanding columns and by gratitude for her being the first journalist to expose the COIN doctrine whose rules of engagement put sensitivity to the mores of barbarians above the safety of our own brave troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
RK: You write very persuasively of the influence that Soviet agents in America had over the formulation of policy and strategy in World War 11In Andrew Roberts' history of World War 11, The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War, the author details the enormous sacrifices of the Soviet Union which helped the Allies defeat Germany. Could this also have precipitated a sense of gratitude to Russia which influenced our policies?
DW: Thank you, Ruth, for your warm friendship and staunch support over these many years, and also for the opportunity today to discuss my extremely unconventional and sure-to-prove controversial findings of my book American Betrayal.
As to your first question, I found myself trying out various approaches to answer it when I realized that I was, as they say, trying to square the circle. If I have written, as you say, "very persuasively" (thank you) of the influence that Soviet agents in America had over the formulation of policy and strategy in WWII, I now have a conundrum. Andrew Roberts' book, like practically every single other book on WWII, is written without taking into account Soviet influence operations over US policy -- not at all. It must be emphasized that this tightly blinkered approach to events, even two decades after the release, for example, of the Venona archives (2900 decrypted and partly decrypted Soviet cables from the US to Moscow intercepted by Western Union), is universal. It is also mind-boggling. It renders these general histories, no matter how excellently researched in other ways, flawed at their essence, even obsolete. Having ignored the implications of the secret influence war the Soviet Union waged against us even as it appeared to fight with us (and GB, ostensibly China, too) these books themselves remain subject to, and inadvertently perpetuate Soviet deception, beginning with the fundamental deception that we all of the Allies were on the same side and had the same war goals.
We were not and we did not. In Europe, the US and GB, subject to massive Soviet intel operations, thought we were fighting to remove Hitler. The USSR, however, was fighting to supplant Hitler, to fight its way into Eastern and Central Europe to raise a Communist empire. "The irony of it all is that the Soviet empire is largely one of our own creation," Gen. Albert Wedemyer pointed out in his 1948 memoir in a concluding, two-part chapter he called "The War Nobody Won" (p. 277, American Betrayal). The fact is -- the archives show -- we were always fighting at cross purposes with the USSR.