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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
“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
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 5:38 AM
The Free Beacon reported this week on the continuing omission of Israel from the new Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF). At a recent forum meeting in Spain, Maria Otero, US Under Secretary of State, delivered a speech titled "Victims of Terrorism" but she didn't mention Israel The conference at which she spoke was called a "High-Level Conference on the Victims of Terrorism," but it didn't include Israel as a participant. It bears repeating because it is so fantastic: At a US-supported international conference on victims of terrorism, the world's leading victim, or, better, leading target of terrorism -- Israel -- was nowhere in sight, or mind.
Welcome to the GCTF -- US counterterrorism's new "normal." This 30-member organization got its official start last September as a "major initiative" of the Obama administration when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, all palsy-walsy with her Turkish co-chair, and thanking assorted Arab royal highnesses, announced its launch.
It was quite an occasion; Hillary curled her hair. Seated next to her Turkish co-chair, nestled among ministers from Algeria, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE (and 18 other miscellaneous member-states), she then said the magic words: From London to Lahore, from Madrid to Mumbai, from Kabul to Kampala, it’s innocent civilians who have been targeted....
Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Ashkelon? Poof, gone. And that is the point: The new US-Turkish-co-chaired global CT forum, with its related CT center coming soon in Abu Dhabi, is Judenfrei. With slightly more than one-third of the forum's 30 members coming from the proto-caliphate, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), with six of those 11 members also coming from the Arab League, that's the way the GCTF likes it. Clearly, in initiating such a group, the United States of America is liking it, too. The implications of this are as shocking as they are shameful: The USA is implicitly but clearly endorsing Arab League/OIC definitions of terrorism, which deny the existence of Israeli victims (sometimes US soldiers), and their definitions of terrorists, which make exceptions for jihad-waging groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah.
As with Libya where the US supported the jihad-linked side, as in Egypt (same), as in Syria (same), this side-switching elicits scant comment.
Oh, sure, there was a little yip-yapping last month when Hillary jetted to Istambul to pronounce another Israel-free incantation about efforts to "defeat extremist ideology," and two, count 'em, two, US Senators (Joe Lieberman, I-CT, and Mark Kirk, R-IN) wrote her a letter. But such complaints are nothing to compare with all the smiles, accord and cooperation coming our way from the Islamic world (umma). And it was so easy! Why hadn't we thought of this before? All we have to do is see the world the same way the umma does; pretend things like Israel don't exist (which maps in Arab countries already show); insist that Islam is a boon to mankind -- not the animating doctrine of global jihad against Israel and the wider West.
I would like to say this is something new under President Barack Obama but it's been a long time coming. If we go back to 1990-1991, we see this Big Lie forming in the make-up of President (41) George H.W. Bush's Israel-free "international coalition" in the Gulf War against Iraq. In 2003, we see the same Big Lie continuing in the formation of President (43) George W. Bush's Israel-free "coalition of the willing" to go to war against Iraq (also Afghanistan). This omission was in no way not due to Israel's unwillingness to join. It was due to the same Islamic pressure we see in action today. Both Bushes bowed, accepting for us a state of dhimmitude in exchange for Islamic smiles, accord and cooperation, such as they were, and for the great privilege of spilling American blood and treasure into the ungrateful desert. Israel, both Bushes agreed with their Islamic "allies," just wasn't fit to fight on Islamic sand.
Barring the empowerment of a Wilders or the arrival of a Sobietsky, such dhimmitude only deepens. After all, under the two Bush administrations (particularly the son's), Israelis could at least be regarded "victims" of terrorism. Today, however, under the Obama administration, Israelis no longer rate even as victims -- victims of Islamic supremacism, targets of Islamic religious war.
Navigating the dangerous shoals of international diplomacy, we have thrown "Little Satan" to the sharks, the ultimate betrayal for see-no-Islam denial.
This means our institutional embrace of Islam is nearly complete. It also means, without a courageous reversal of course, we're next.