The strange plague of psycho-Roosevelt-ementia, which suddenly springs to life and infects factions of the Left and Right, has been reported in several severely afflicted cases recently. Diana West, a right-wing loopy who has occasionally aroused cautious hopefulness that she has been house-trained, has published a novel presented as a non-fiction work, entitled “America Betrayed,” which holds that the United States under Roosevelt and Truman was “an occupied country” governed by robotic agents and stooges of Josef Stalin. In producing this volume, Ms. West has eased out Oliver Stone himself, who inspired and lent his name to the Oliver Stone Mythmaker
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J F Ackerman, 8/18/2013 9:54:40 AM (No. 9479457)
Mr. Black is a convicted fraudster and self-identified Bilderberger. Diana West is a natural enemy... she tells the truth and defends an America free from corrupt one-worlders like the felonious Mr. Black.
Well, how about Harry Hopkins and Alger Hiss for starters? I lack knowledge on this subject for a spirited defense of those who forewarned about communist infiltration. But it is evident that communism was a slow-acting poison which even today accounts for all the weird Hollywood leftists we have to suffer. We hear from them the constant prattling about the McCarthy "Witch Hunt" as if it were not a well-founded fear. But it truly was, this is an inconvenient fact these leftists have relentlessly sought to ignore or slander.
Also included in the mix were military and government stooges as well, but these perpetrators were not as widely discussed as the Hollywood types.
One of the big problem for the HUAC investigators was that they took on that segment of society which was the pure essence of publicity and was very adept in the formulation of public opinion. In other words, taking on opinion-manipulators makes for an extremely difficult task.
It is not clear from his polemic if Black ever read West´s book, which I doubt, making his whole argument not from first principles but from his own faulty opinions. I say read the book and proceed from there not as Black did.
Why to those with nothing of substance to say, insufficient credentials to support their opinion, always start off in full Alinsky mode, using this kind of language to mock their target?
Diana West, a right-wing loopy who has occasionally aroused cautious hopefulness that she has been house-trained, has published a novel presented as a non-fiction work, entitled “America Betrayed,” which holds that the United States under Roosevelt and Truman was “an occupied country” governed by robotic agents and stooges of Josef Stalin.
There have been some excellent pieces on West´s book which didn´t entirely agree with her theories and her style of presenting them, but they also found sufficient wheat among the chaff to justify reading her book.
Black´s connection to FDR - he wrote a bio based upon FDR´s private papers:
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Champion of Freedom: While Black was CEO of Hollinger International, the company spent millions of dollars purchasing collections of private papers of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Black subsequently completed a 1,280-page biography, in 2003.[88
I haven´t read the book and I´m no WWII scholar, but the first paragraph of this hit piece gives me pause. The other day one of our own posted a well-informed rant about an excerpt he read in the book, but he also declared he would not actually read it.
The scholars are the ones who need to read the book and fisk it as warrants. The personal attacks on West and the pile-on that those who have not read it have engaged in has hurt their credibility more than West´s. And that concerns me.
Ultimately West looks like a looney thanks to the emotional diatribes against her. Those posting the diatribes look angry and emotional. Ultimately, the truth is buried under all the back-biting.
With Democrats there are no coincidences...Hiss, Harry Dexter White...and 300 (+) more communist sympathizers in the Roosevelt administration...no Diana West has not made an error concerning FDR and his knowing culpability in selling out to Stalin...either Roosevelt was the DUMBEST man in the 20th Century or he knew of the communist infestation in his administration and tolerated it....Roosevelt was not dumb
Re #8, one of West´s contentions is that the "historians" of this period aren´t saying anything about there having been Communists and/or sympathizers in the FDR regime. They leave it out entirely.
It is not an accident that the oath in court says: "The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth".
West talks a great deal about lies of omission.
"Anemic" is not a word I´d associate with West or her conclusions. I am reading her book. Her style is at times overheated. It won´t keep me from reading her substance and the endnotes and making up my own mind.
I see a lot of ignorance about Conrad Black in replies here.
Conrad Black has impeccable conservative credentials and is a credible threat to the current direction of the Democrat Party in America. Enough of a threat that his destruction was engineered and carried out with all the ruthless efficiency that Chicago can muster.
Throughout his inquisition and punishment he conducted himself with grace and dignity, not to mention winning at the Supreme Court, which highlighted the very unAmerican laws under which he was persecuted.
Too bad he isn´t an American citizen, which explains why his persecution was ignored by the conservative American media.
#16.Conrad Black in no more a principled conservative than Rupert Murdoch. Both are cheap media hustlers who will say anything that increases their bottom line. Black is a felon convicted in Federal Court by a jury of his peers who has done 3 1/2 years of hard time for fraud and obstruction of justice. Unless you´re a relative, your naiveté is embarrassing.
I was interested in this assessment of history which painted FDR as a great strategic tactician in WW II vs another analysis of events that FDR used WW II to prop up the Soviet Union. How much did America need the Soviet allies to win WW II and how much of a contribution did they really make? Their harsh winter killed a lot of germans and Hitler wasn´t so hot as a tactician. Does it really go any further than that.
I thought all the fdr worshippers had died off, but apparently there are a few left. The fact that black attributed the fall of the Soviet Union to that crippled communit is enough for me to determine his lack credibility.
This brouhaha is rather fascinating. The people who are attacking her all seem to be from the "right" wing of politics. And they are throwing everything they can think, including juvenile name-calling, at her. When we look at today´s schools, hollywood and our government (both parties),it is plain to see that the communists achieved what they told us were their goals. Now how do these critics account for that?
Conrad Black has zero credibility or integrity. His public relations minions must be spreading a lot of money around to burnish this "Lord" trying to restore his completely shredded reputation.
I saw on Fox Biz with Neil Cavuto ... He was fascinating....as a cunning manipulator would be.
Don´t waste time with this fellow. I´m stunned NRO actually gave this personna non grata skeeze any placement. Sorry NRO...terrible judgment.....you will never see me as a subscriber (I may disagree with DAvid Brooks but he has integrity so I respect him wholeheartedly unlike Black)
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