Interview: Diana West on the Cold War and American Betrayal
MR. DRISCOLL: And last question. While the Soviet Union is no more, the centennial of its founding is just around the corner. What, in your estimation, has been the ultimate impact of nearly a century of what you describe in the subtitle of American Betrayal as the left's assault on our nation's character?
MS. WEST: Well, on reexamination, after -- this has been about a four-year project, writing this book -- I really feel that the Cold War victory we claim abroad, I think is quite questionable. But I feel more than that, we lost the Cold War at home.
Proof of that would be, look at our college campuses, outposts of Marx. I mean, this is a place where, for example, the great witnesses to Communist infiltration, such as an Elizabeth Bentley, for example, she would never get a statue on her campus -- her alma mater, Vassar. The left is in control.
They're in control of so much of our cultural understanding of ourselves, of our narrative. They have managed to keep even the tremendous mounting evidence of this infiltration separate from our historical understanding. And indeed, the only way that I could even hope to -- I mean, it's a kind
of -- it's kind of something to try another book about World War II and the Cold War -- however, it is indeed brand new because the left has managed to keep a wedge between the intelligence confirmations of the infiltration and our general historical narrative.
And so what I do in American Betrayal is actually weave the two histories together, which amazingly enough, basically had not been done. And this -- this is part of the triumph, I would argue, of sort of Marxism-Leninism ideology. I think that we -- from that original relationship that was based on lies, we have seen the rise of double standards in our policies, and indeed in our culture itself, and indeed in our hold on facts and on morality.
I think it has been an utterly corrupting experience, which is why the subtitle is “The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character.” It really was a changing relationship. And we haven't grappled with it yet. We have not reckoned with it yet.
And I hope -- I hope -- it is my hope that my book opens the door on this. Because I really think we need to think very hard about what happened to us and try to reorient. Because I think we are still living in a very delusional frame of mind.
MR. DRISCOLL: This is Ed Driscoll for PJ Media.com, and we’ve been talking with Diana West of Diana West.net, the author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character. It's published by St. Martin's Press, and available from Amazon.com, and your local bookstore. And Diana, thank you once again for stopping by today, and continued success with the new book.
MS. WEST: Thank you. It was a great pleasure talking to you.
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