Interview: Diana West on the Cold War and American Betrayal


On the back cover of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character, Diana West's new book, is a blurb from Amity Shlaes, the author of the 2007 book The Forgotten Man, a brilliant look at how FDR's policies devastated the nation, turning the Depression into the lengthy and protracted Great Depression. Shlaes' book begins in the mid-1920s with "Progressive" American intellectuals of the 1920s, several of whom would form FDR's brain trust less than a decade later, taking an ocean voyage to visit the nascent Soviet Union. After touring Potemkin Village after Potemkin Village, they believed, to paraphrase Lincoln Steffens, they had seen the future -- and it worked.

In American Betrayal, West writes that it didn't long for Moscow to return the favor. As West notes, FDR recognized the Soviet Union in November of 1933, which was a concession that even his fellow "Progressive" Democrat predecessor Woodrow Wilson refused during his term of office, along with his three Republican successors. And as West told me early in her interview, think of how bloody the Soviets' early history had been by 1933:

A very useful way in to understanding what has become of us, was the act of recognition of the Soviet Union by Roosevelt in November 1933. This was just about half a year or so after the end of the terror famine, the famine in the Ukraine,  by which Stalin was able to murder by forced starvation, some five, six million people, maybe more.

That the United States decided to normalize relations right on top of this -- this atrocity, is a staggering, staggering realization. I mean, imagine if a nation decided to normalize relations -- if we play a little historical scrabble -- mind-scrabble -- with a Hitler, after having killed six million of its own people -- six million Jews, say? It's not thinkable.

And yet this is what we did in 1933 with an agreement that was a set of lies from the start. It was essentially based on promises by the Soviet Union that they would not follow up on their revolutionary declarations to overthrow the United States along with every other nation in the world.

This had been the reason, primarily, why four American Presidents and six Secretaries of State had not normalized relations with the Soviet government that had come in after 1917, after the revolution.

During our interview, Diana will discuss:

● Why West chose this theme as the follow-up to her best-selling 2007 book, The Death of the Grown-Up. (Click here and here for Michelle Malkin's fascinating two-part video interview with West on that earlier book.)

● Did America make a Faustian pact by FDR extending our Lend-Lease program to the Soviet Union during World War II?

● How badly was FDR confidante Harry Hopkins played by the USSR during World War II?

● Who was the Democrat who founded and initially led the House Committee on Un-American Activities, and who would quickly become as demonized by the left as Joe McCarthy?

● Why was Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn treated so shabbily by not just the American left, but by Gerald Ford, when he arrived in America in 1975?

● Why has Hollywood virtually ignored the evils of Communism?

And much more. Click here to listen:

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