Friday, December 01, 2023


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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Across the pond at the Times Literary Supplement, in an essay called "Steve Bannon, Heir to Plato" -- and to the think, the New York Times' exegesis was only called "What Does Steve Bannon Want?" -- the Lenin thang appeared again, as a sharp-eyed reader informed me, in the following line.

This juncture is probably how Bannon, who once compared himself to Lenin, views the 2016 elections. 

Oh, what the heck -- I decided to tweet my little story to the writer, Nicholas Barrett.

Here is how our conversation went:


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Something that should be common knowledge in evaluating the Ron Radosh claim that Steve Bannon said to him, "I am a Leninist" (which Bannon denies) at David Horowitz's November 2013 book party is that Radosh was exposed as a prevaricator and a fraud at Breitbart News in the fall of 2013 under the helmsmanship of Steve Bannon.

For example, I did it here -- but that was nothing next to the highly enjoyable evisceration Vladimir Bukovsky and Pavel Stroilov performed on Radosh and David Horowitz's Frontpage Magazine both here.

It's just something to bear in mind on evaluating sources. The...

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The main reason Donald Trump, one month into his presidency, is surely the most embattled president in US history is not only because he campaigned on an agenda which, if executed, will destroy the corrupt and elitist ancien regime, but also because it will expose it.

It's that simple. The opportunity -- the threat -- is unprecedented and in all probability unique. Only someone as giant as Trump could even attempt to expose it, or  "drain the swamp."

I received a very nice email this month from a 65-year-old man who was just finishing American Betrayal and, as he put it, "seeing the world with very new eyes." 

He wrote:

With Trump's Swamp-Drainer persona riding high, American Betrayal rightly now finds itself at the center of the universe of American discourse, it seems. It might be described as a map of the swamp, even.

A map of the swamp -- I like that. 

American Betrayal is...

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During a "listening session" yesterday on domestic and international human trafficking, President Trump announced that "solving the human trafficking epidemic is a priority" for the Trump administration." 

I want to make it clear today that my administration will focus on ending the absolutely horrific practice of human trafficking. ... It's getting worse and it's happening in the United States in addition to the rest of the world, but it's happening in the United States, which is terrible.  

 It's a very, very terrible problem. It's not talked about enough. People don't know enough about it.  And we're going to talk about it, and we're going to bring it out into the open and hopefully we're going to do a great deal to help prevent some of the horrific -- really horrific -- crimes that are taking place. 

And I can see -- I really can say, in this country, people don't realize how bad it is in this country, but in this country and all over the world.

It is certainly...

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As not everybody knows because most people have no time for such fluff, The Washington Post has unveiled a motto: "Democracy dies in the darkness."

I used to write for a newspaper with a motto -- the late, lamented Dispatch International. Ours was from Thomas Jefferson: “Freedom of the press cannot be limited without being lost. In 2013, Lars Hedegaard, editor in chief, was very nearly was assassinated by a Danish Muslim (who later disappeared into ISIS) for doing his job as a journalist and commentator regarding the limitations Islam and the establishment (I don't how to say "swamp" in Danish) seek to impose on free speech and other matters.

I will still take Thomas Jefferson over a misremembered line from Star Trek 14, but note of the delusional aspect. In the Post's fever dream, it, the Post, is this sleek light-sword slicing the galactic darkness where democracy...

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From Reuters

A Dutch secret service agent who was part of the team responsible for protecting Geert Wilders, the frontrunner in next month's election, has been suspended on suspicion of leaking details to a criminal organization, the secret service said on Wednesday.

Wilders, who campaigns on an anti-Islam platform that includes closing mosques and banning immigration from Muslim countries that has led to the protection, condemned the alleged breach, saying he cannot function without adequate security.

Dutch newspapers De Telegraaf and NRC Handelsblad and the country's national broadcaster NOS identified the suspect as an experienced officer in his mid-30s, using his first name and last initial.


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Now at The American Spectator

Today, Trump White House official Sebastian Gorka is "profiled" -- targeted in a scope, is more like it -- in the Washington Post, which, of course, is owned by Jeff Bezos, as most people seem to know, and whose Amazon Web Services, most people don't seem to know, has developed a $600 million computing cloud for the CIA that serves the 17 agencies making up the "intelligence community." 

I just thought I'd throw that interlocking syngergy out there. By comparison, Bezos bought the whole Post for $250 million, which makes does make it a cheap rag. Naturally, its tone is cheap, too.

I mean, seriously, Post: 


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Now at The Daily Caller

Brave new world without boundaries gets one: Milo has been disinvited from C-PAC after interview clips of him supporting "consenting" sexual relations between adolescents and adults surfaced, as they say.  The question was not about Milo's right to free speech.  The question was whether it was proper for the leading, conservative, movement venue to choose to elevate someone who openly and quite volubly supports pedophilia (notwithstanding Milo's post-puberty stipulation). Such relations with youngsters are still a felony crime, thank goodness; also an abomination to some considerable number of conservatives and, I expect, liberals, too. 

If C-PAC made its decision on the merits, I imagine it came down to a matter of how capacious the meat/potatoes, Solid Joe and decent conservative mainstream is, or ought to be -- and whether the hedonism that passes under the flag of "edgy" is really where its C-PAC helmsmen want that mainstream to flow.


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From Left (above) to Right (below), Washington elites reveal that they what they really oppose is the democratic system that duly and constitutionally elected Donald Trump president of the United States. 




Behold Trump White House adviser Stephen K. Bannon by Nadev Kandar for Time magazine.

Then, behold Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett by Nadev Kandar for the New York Times Magazine. 

That's right. It's the same photographer at "work" -- political work, though, not photojournalism. Indeed, what a difference a photographer's raw politics makes. Every trick in the lighting and processing book is on display here. Bannon gets the Lucifer lights; Jarrett gets a Debbie Reynolds glow. 

And not just Jarrett, by the way. Using similar photographic wiles, Kandar created a rather massive "Inauguration Gallery" of "Obama's...

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Desk Drawer 2 is here


So I watched. 

Here's where my ears pricked up:

"By 1973 I was in a state of kind of shell shock and sitting on the sidelines..." 

Now, there's another gewgaw for the desk drawer ....

In 1973, the man was deep into his Black Panther period, which ended with the murder of Betty van Patter, whose body would be found in January 1975, causing Horowitz finally to notice, so he claims, that the Panthers were violent actors. This is not exactly "sitting on the sidelines."

Still ahead of him also in 1973 was his June 1974 essay in...

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It is rare and reviving sight in Washington, DC. to see honor and duty and moral clarity drive a political measure.

I refer to House Resolution 21, recently introduced by the truly honorable Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) and explained in the video below to call upon the US military to correct the great and terrible wrong it perpetrated on brave and loyal US Marines who came under enemy attack in Afghanistan one day in March nearly ten years ago.

On that day, Marines met an enemy attack with appropriate force and survived. It was the attacks by their own commanders in the aftermath that opened wounds that have not yet healed. For the men of Fox Company and their families, these wounds continue to cause professional and personal setbacks and suffering. Rep. Jones' resolution asks that the military publicly acknowledge the fact that these Marines acted appropriately and without fault in order to restore the reputations stolen from them by irresponsible military commanders, even to this day.


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At a "photo op" on March 26, 2012, President Obama and Russian President Medvedev were finishing a private exchange about NATO missile defense. 

According to the Washington Post's source -- "an ABC News producer, who said she viewed a recording of the discussion made by a Russian camera crew" (now in Siberia?) -- the exchange began before the familiar clip of tape above.  

Obama: "On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved, but it’s important for him to give me space.” Obama was apparently referring to then-outgoing prime minister/incoming Russian president, Vladi­mir Putin.

Medvedev: “Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you . . .”

Obama: "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility." 

Medvedev: "I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir."

The POTUS had just assured the Russian leadership that Obama's election season posturing was nothing more than that;...

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In the most nasty way, MSNBC's "Morning Joe" has announced that Kellyanne Conway, a top advisor to President Trump, will not appear on the show again because, co-host Mika Brzezinski said, "she's not credible anymore," 

And so, MSNBC follows CNN into this new and, frankly, terrifying realm of news control pioneered by news controllers -- media figures who have eschewed all pretense at news gathering on behalf of the public for 1) the role of judge and jury on what constitutes "credible" and 2) news censor when it comes to the what the public is permitted to see and hear from the Trump administration. 

How did this all get going? Last week, it was CNN damning...

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Another post for the desk drawer. (Here is Desk drawer 1).

On p. 193 of Radical Son, Horowitz mentions an article he wrote about a Moscow/Peking land dispute, which, I find, appeared in Ramparts in June 1969 (key word: Ussuri ). The Black Panther magazine wrote something else on the topic, inspiring Horowitz to go over to the Panther offices, which he had never before visited -- due, he tell us, to his "aversion to the Panthers' violent dogmatism."

Remember: As he has often written, Horowitz didn't "discover" the violent activities of the Black Panthers until after the 1974 murder of Betty Van Patten.

The author of the Pather magazine article...

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Now at The Daily Caller.

After 15 years of war, billions and billions of dollars in fighting and training, more money than the US spent on the Marshall Plan on nation-building, over 2,000 combat deaths including scores by very our "Afghan allies," tens of thousands of  injuries, including many grievous "dismounted complex blast injuries," another US general has come before the Senate Armed Services Committee to ask for more.

I refer to Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., who told the committee this week that the war in Afghanistan, where he commands over 13,000 international troops, 8,400 of...

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"Declassification," U.S. government-style. This document is 71 years old.


Probably more than anything else, “Drain the swamp” was the slogan of the Deplorables in the final days of the 2016 presidential campaign. Candidate Trump introduced the phrase to describe his ethics program in mid-October, but it quickly came to sum up, part battle-cry, part prayer, the anti-Establishment fervor that would carry him to the White House on November 8. 

There is more to “draining the swamp” than pulling the plug on today’s Washington Establishment. There is a vast historical swamp that President Trump must drain also; that murky place where generations of government secrets stay hidden, whether still classified, or declassified but still "redacted" (censored). While the Washington Establishment may draw staying power from keeping its secrets secret, these...

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Dear American Betrayal War Veterans,

The following email exchange offers a rare glimpse into the mental processes. It shows, first, how effective a whispering/disinformation campaign can be short of evidence; then, how devastating evidence can be to a whispering/disappearance campaign.

Note turning point: "I will order Diana's book."

Thanks to both anonymous interlocutors for permission to print their conversation. Special thanks to RRRR for having an open mind.

Sent: Sunday, January 22, 2017 5:40 PM


FYI attached link by...

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Steven Gern, a 10 year Marine veteran, was working somewhere in Iraq when President Trump issued his executive order on immigration and refugees, pausing entry into the US from seven Islamic countries including Iraq for a whopping 90 days. 

In a video posted last week to his Facebook page (viewed an incredble 41 million times!), Gern discussed the effect of the EO on "the local population" according to his own Iraqi colleagues. When Gern asked what would happen to him if he, as an American, now went out into town, they told him the locals would "snatch me up and kill me within an hour," probably behead him, and upload the video of the bloodletting to the Internet. Gern underscores the fact that this is not ISIS talking, not Iranian militias, not al Qaeda -- this is what other Iraqis say is the probable reaction of the local Iraqi people. 

Although shocking for people used to Islam-is-peace apologetics, this...

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Like a broken record or agit prop artist, Radosh is again hawking his "fake news" story about Steve Bannon at the Daily Beast.

First, according to Radosh, Bannon announced to Radosh in early 2014 that he, Steve Bannon, was a "Leninist"  and, in response to Radosh's discussion of a pair of February 2014 columns by Thomas Sowell, he (Bannon), wanted to destroy National Review and the Weekly Standard.

After I wrote that this (stupid) conversation was probably not possible because the party in question all but certainly took place in November 2013 (thus Bannon could not be having this conversation with Radosh about February 2014 Sowell columns), and that the discussion, as Bannon told me not long afterward,...

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Now at The American Spectator

The 2016 Democratic candidate for Vice President, Sen. Tim Kaine, said the following this week in an interview:

We are so excited that the American public is energized to speak out against the abuses of this administration. ...

What we've got to do is fight in Congress, fight in the courts, fight in the streets, fight online, fight at the ballot box, and now there's the momentum to be able to do this. 

Fight in the streets?

This is something new and alarming in American politics: a US senator...

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