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‘Reprehensible And Indefensible’: Did Someone Say Clinton?

I think Debbie Wasserman Schultz is terrified that Trump will do to the Clintons what he does to everything else: Tear down the carefully constructed fake PC edifice and say what’s what. If that ever happens, the Clintons will have to go hide their heads in shame where they belong.

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Diana West: It’s Time to Rally Around Donald Trump

Brent Bozell has called on conservatives to rally around Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for the Republican presidential nomination. Ted Cruz is a good man and a fine candidate — my own second choice — but I believe GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is the candidate for American patriots to rally around.

Republican presidential candidates (L-R) Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Carly Fiorina, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Carson, Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) are introduced during the CNN presidential debate at The Venetian Las Vegas on December 15, 2015 …

Diana West: What Is a Conservative? What Defines the GOP?

Over on what we think of as the right side of the political spectrum, critiques of Donald Trump often include laments and/or teeth-gnashings over his “splitting the Republican Party,” and/or his “not being a conservative.”

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The GOP Establishment’s X-Rated Meltdown over Trump

The derangement over Donald Trump and his supporters is nowhere more evident than in the rank, rancorous reactions by anti-Trump journalists, pundits and political strategists on the Right.

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Through Orwell’s Eyes

It is not too many centurions, particularly 100-year-old-plus writers, whose vision of the world is as relevant today as it was when first shared with the public over half a century ago. It is this vision of Orwell, the X-ray view through the cant, platitudes and lies to that ugliest of human drives, the lust for powers absolute, that still distinguishes the British writer, born 112 years ago this week on June 25, 1903. He was only 46 when he died on January 21, 1950. It is his frightening acuity that keeps him not only in the pantheon but even within the orbit of contemporary consciousness.

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West: National Review Must Retract ‘FDR, Truman, and Ike: Not Communists, Just Naïfs’ by Ron Capshaw

On April 18, 2015, nearly two years after my book American Betrayal was published by St. Martin’s Press, National Review Online published its fifth piece attacking it. The article is by Ron Capshaw. It is also Capshaw’s fifth attack on my book. Aside from a previous attack in passing also appearing at NRO (which brings NRO’s tally to six attacks in all), Capshaw has published three other attacks on my book at three different outlets.

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Something Missing from Iraq War Debate (As Usual)

The Iraq debate that has erupted three, seven, eight, twelve years too late may end up disproving the old adage, “Better late than never.” Why? Too many glaring omissions from the conversation. Let’s start with Numero Uno: Islam. Once again,

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Dim-itude or Dhimmitude: We Have a Crisis

Let’s talk about the Garland, Texas attack by enforcers of Islamic law. Not the physical attack by two Muslim enforcers of Islamic law, but rather the figurative, hardly less virulent attacks by mainly Christian enforcers of Islamic law on cartoon contest organizer Pamela Geller, free speech activist and head of American Freedom Defense Initiative. Judging by the intensity of these ongoing attacks, Geller, a person of exceptional courage, is also extremely effective.

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‘Censure,’ ‘Decency,’ ‘McCarthyism’ — and Truth

I decided to revisit the censure chapter of Blacklisted by History to refresh my memory on the details of the infamous Senate proceeding in late 1954 against Sen. McCarthy. Why study a political procedure that took place over sixty years ago? Aren’t there more pressing matters to study? One might think.

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Remembering Stan 3: The Anti-McCarthy Tripwire

Before I explain what it was like to become friends with the pre-eminent McCarthy scholar of our time, M. Stanton Evans, I’d like to point out some of the pitfalls of the territory, starting with the anti-McCarthy tripwire.

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A Postmodern Guide to Shutting Down Speech, and the Truth

In his contribution to the famous 1949 collection of essays by ex-Communists titled The God That Failed, Arthur Koestler carefully illustrates how set language binds thought to ideology at the expense of evidence. Koestler, author of the unparalleled novel of Stalin’s show trials, Darkness at Noon, describes a conversation he had early in his Communist career with “Edgar,” his Party contact, in which they discuss the front page of a Communist newspaper.

Geert Wilders: 'Nothing is Being Done to Make Our Own Countries Safe'

Geert Wilders: 'Nothing is Being Done to Make Our Own Countries Safe'

I am sitting with Geert Wilders, leader of the Netherlands’ Party for Freedom, and the news has just flashed that Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the Canadian convert to Islam who terrorized Ottawa on Wednesday, had previously had his passport lifted by the

Debating 'American Betrayal': The Author Responds

Debating 'American Betrayal': The Author Responds

Author’s Note: This is my response to a recent three-part series by Jeff Lipkes devoted to my book American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character at American Thinker. It is an open letter to the writer. This marks

Memorial

Memorial

Below is an excerpt from American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character tragically, shockingly, angeringly appropriate for Memorial Day. One day, I hope, the sacrifice of these lost American men, too, will be recognized by the nation — and those

Influence and the Experts

Influence and the Experts

Harry Dexter White: senior Treasury official, Soviet agent and agent of influence — One question I continue to be asked is what motive could possibly have driven the tiny band of anti-American-Betrayal extremists in their “disinformation campaign”–Jed Babbin’s phrase–against the book (debunked here) and their

The Truth about V-E Day

The Truth about V-E Day

In 2012, the AP apologized for firing war correspondent Edward Kennedy for reporting the end of WWII on May 7, 1945  in defiance of military censors accommodating Stalin’s wishes to announce the German surrender on May 8. — Notice the media huzzas for

Obama's Evasive Letter to Benghazi Victim's Father

Obama's Evasive Letter to Benghazi Victim's Father

On September 11, 2013, Charles Woods appeared on Fox News’s Hannity and read aloud four questions about Benghazi from a letter he’d sent to President Obama. Woods, whose son, ex-SEAL Tyrone Woods, was one of four Americans killed in Benghazi

Veterans at the Memorial: Showing Us What it Means to be American

Veterans at the Memorial: Showing Us What it Means to be American

WASHINGTON, D.C.–A question Americans should answer for themselves is the one I am thinking through while standing at the National World War II Memorial on the Washington Mall this week. What kind of president doesn’t do everything he can to

The War of Words Is Over

The war of words to define American Betrayal as being beyond the boundaries of rational, productive debate is over. The same book that Ronald Radosh condemned as “yellow journalism conspiracy theories,” and that David Horowitz publicly declared I “should not

The Rebuttal: Part Three

The Rebuttal: Part Three

THE REBUTTAL: PART THREE You can view part one of the rebuttal here and part two here. CHAPTER 3 THE AGRESSIVELY ATTACKED DETAIL #2: URANIUM The next aggressive attack on detail is plucked from the colossal Lend-Lease program the US

The Rebuttal: Part Two

The Rebuttal: Part Two

THE REBUTTAL: PART TWO CHAPTER 1: “GROUNDLESS AND WORSE,” HE SAYS. BUT NOT IN MY BOOK Radosh presents my entire book and its arguments as a “conspiracy thesis resting on five claims.” He writes: “In this review, I will focus

The Rebuttal: Part One

The Rebuttal: Part One

“Well-designed attacks on an opponent’s credibility can overpower well-crafted messages.”  —David Horowitz AUTHOR’S NOTE Calumnious charges against my new book, American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character (St. Martin’s Press), originated in a review that appeared at FrontPage

The Scene of the Crime: An Excerpt from 'American Betrayal'

The Scene of the Crime: An Excerpt from 'American Betrayal'

David Horowitz has recently leveled grave charges at Breitbart against my credibility as a writer based on my new book, American Betrayal. Indeed, according to Horowitz, I “should not have written this book.” Thankfully, he is not in charge of

In Defense of My Livelihood

In Defense of My Livelihood

What did I do on my summer vacation? I stayed home. The family went to the country this week but not me. I stayed behind to deal with a white-hot controversy. About what? Me. Thus, I am now engaged in

Did Uncle Sam Leave 15,000 to 20,000 GIs in Stalin's Hands?

Did Uncle Sam Leave 15,000 to 20,000 GIs in Stalin's Hands?

This is the fifth and final part in a series based on the new book American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character (St. Martin’s Press) by Diana West. On March 3, 1945, under prodding from both the senior

Who Really Won the Cold War?

Who Really Won the Cold War?

How could there be anything left to say about World War II and the Cold War that hasn’t been said already? We know the narrative, start to finish. In researching my new book, American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our

Karzai and Mullahs Flex Afghanistan's Sharia Muscle

Karzai and Mullahs Flex Afghanistan's Sharia Muscle

The articles of the Afghanistan constitution open as follows: Article OneCh. 1. Art. 1 Afghanistan is an Islamic Republic, independent, unitary and indivisible state. Article TwoCh. 1, Art. 2 The religion of the state of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan