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"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
"[West] only claims `to connect the dots,' which is a very modest description of the huge and brilliant work she has obviously done. ... It is not simply a good book about history. It is one of those books which makes history."
-- Vladimir Bukovsky, author of To Build a Castle and co-founder of the Soviet dissident movement, and Pavel Stroilov, author of Behind the Desert Storm.
"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
"No book has ever frightened me as much as American Betrayal. ... 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."
-- Steven Kates, Quadrant
“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, editor, Dispatch International
"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
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
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.
"Diana West masterfully reminds us of what history is for: to suggest action for the present. She paints for us the broad picture of our own long record of failing to recognize bullies and villains. She shows how American denial today reflects a pattern that held strongly in the period of the Soviet Union. She is the Michelangelo of Denial.”
-- Amity Shlaes, author of Coolidge and The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression
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
American Betrayal is a monumental achievement. Brilliant and important.
-- Monica Crowley, Fox News analyst, radio host and author of What the Bleep Just Happened: The Happy Warriors Guide to the Great American Comeback
"If you haven't read Diana West's "American Betrayal" yet, you're missing out on a terrific, real-life thriller."
-- Brad Thor, author of the New York Times bestsellers Hidden Order, Black List and The Last Patriot.
Thursday, January 24, 2013 3:55 AM
Black flags of AQ over post-Qaddafi Benghazi, compiled by Libya 360
The unexpected news of SecState Clinton's appearances on the Hill yesterday is the "spreading jihadist threat." The news is not that it's spreading, or that it's a threat, but rather that Hillary Clinton invoked the term "jihadist." Repeatedly. In both the Senate hearing and in the House hearing after lunch, during which, presumably, Obama administration speech commissars could have emergency-texted her that the terminology of O-choice remains "violent extremism." But no. Clinton talked "global jihad" all day, even if she did echo the same old Bush-Obama-disaster-policy that believes strengthening/stabilizing the new "regimes" of the Arab Spring is the way to combat it. Never mind that the jihadists and the regimes share a common goal: Islamically correct (sharia) totalitarianism.
Live-tweeting yesterday's proceedings, I first logged the J-phrase at 9:52 am EST, writing: "Clinton notes `global jihadist threat.' A first?"
No word on the reaction from Mrs. Clinton's OIC partners in the Judenfrei "Global Counterterrorism Forum," which last month opened its brand new International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism in (naturally) Abu Dhabi.
It was ultra-surreal to hear Clinton warn against allowing Mali, hotspot du jour, becoming a safe haven for AQIM (Al Qaeda in the Mahgreb): It already is due to Obama-Clinton-Samantha-Power-Susan-Rice policies that toppled US-"war on terror"-ally Qadaffi. The Libyan dictator had himself become an key opponent of Hillary's newfound "global jihad," north African front, before being killed by US-backed, AQ-linked, Libyan "rebels."
Shouldn't the good people of the Senate and House have asked Mrs. C about this sudden lurch in lingo that indicated a sudden lurch in policy? How does she define jihad in Mali differently from jihad in Libya -- or Egypt, for that matter? Her words didn't raise a blip on the Congressional screen, however.
In the end, not much did. For example, since Benghazi compound "security" was uppermost in Congress's mind, couldn't someone have asked why Wissam bin Hamid -- leader of Libyan Shield militia, which fought Qaddafi under black flag of Al Qaeda under bin Hamid, who is also suspected by US government analysts of being the leader of Al Qaeda in Libya -- was providing security for US interests in Benghazi?
After all, the August 2012 Library of Congress report that contains this information was actually cited in a question to Mrs. C., along with photos of the prevalence of black flags of Al Qaeda in LIbya and the wider umma (by Rep. Marino, I think it was). Another representative cited more generally the September 11, 2012 cable, the last to be signed by the late Amb. Christopher Stevens. This cable describes an incident on September 9, 2012 during which bin Hamid threatened to withdraw security from US compound over supposed US support for a moderate polticial candidate. But no one put these items together. The same LOC report, not incidentally, references a news story about a March 2012 parade in Sirte led by bin Hamid, whose guest of honor was one Mokhtar bel Mokhtar, the leader of AQIM in the Sahara.
Even if bin Hamid were not suspected of being the leader of AQ in Libya, that's just one degree of separation between a local leader of security for the US compound in Benghazi and the leader of AQIM in the Sahara. What do you think of that, Hillary?
We will likely never know. Still, the simple, no-dots-connected mention of the AQ flags was enough to elicit a memorable if unfortunate expression of postmodern babble from our Secretary of State.
"The United States has to be as effective in partnering with the non-jihadists, whether they fly a black flag or any other color flag, to be successful."
Mme. Secretary, what "non-jihadist" flies the black flag of Al Qaeda?