In American Betrayal, Diana West argues that – current policies today notwithstanding – America began to abandon its core ideals and march toward Socialism nearly 75 years ago. Starting in the late 1930s, at the time of FDR, the Soviets were already in a position to take advantage of the many communist sympathizers in the U.S. Not only FDR, but also Presidents Truman and Eisenhower and those in their inner circles played roles in enabling the U.S.S.R. as well as concealing the massive Moscow-directed penetration of American society. West shows that the system of spies designed to denigrate the American way of life was deep and extensive.
While West focuses on what took place decades ago as America lost its way, she does not fail to compare those episodes to events happening now. As the Soviet espionage scandal of that day amounted to making “deals with the devil” (the then Soviet Union), the U.S. finds itself in a similar situation today: Entering bad deals with Islamic extremists compromising our nation’s security and standing in the world, not to mention further endangering and undermining our value system and way of life.
Diana West writes a syndicated column that appears in over 120 newspapers and online sites weekly. She is also an online contributor to Breitbart’s BigPeace and her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, The New Criterion, and The Washington Post Magazine. She previously authored The Death of the Grown-Up and co-authored Shariah: The Threat to America.
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Helle C. Dale
Senior Fellow for Public Diplomacy