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Critical Tunnel Vision at The Washington Times

On June 19th, the
Washington Times ran Frank Csongo’s
of Diana West’s book, American
Betrayal: The Secret Assault on American Character
. It was a supercilious
review that ignored West’s chief themes, labored under inaccuracies and
fallacies, and generally was meant to discredit West and her book.
I was so startled by its inherent injustice that I wrote the editor asking if
the paper would be willing to run a counter-review. As of this date, I have not
received a reply. Consequently, I address some of Csongo’s errors and
assertions here.
For a discussion of issues
covered in West’s book, see “Our
Enemy Inside The Gates
,” many of them overlooked by Csongo in his
First, Csongo insinuates that
the causes of the Great Depression were a mystery. However, it was caused and
perpetuated by government intervention in the economy. Real economists such as Friedrich
Hayek and Ludwig
von Mises
, among others, have demonstrated that it was the creation of the
Federal Reserve Bank and the passage of numerous regulatory laws that allowed
the government to “redirect” the economy in the direction which
Wilsonite and other Progressives wished it to go – which was socialism by
stealth. The New Deal simply aggravated and prolonged an already skewed and injured
economy. But for Roosevelt’s policies, it would have recovered.  
No, the government didn’t pay
“the salaries of many artists and photographers,” as Csongo asserts.
It took money from millions of impoverished Pauls to give to a passel of
socialistic Peters or “artists” – or hasn’t Csongo ever read or seen
the work of these artists? One notable example is the murals in the ground
floor of the former RCA building in
Rockefeller Center (now the G.E. Building), which were originally done by a
Mexican communist, Diego
; what replaced some of them (by José Maria Sert)
aren’t much better; it’s all “socialist realism.”  
As for writers, many who are
now famous had their start in the WPA writers’ program and have
since then been elevated to the broken-down sharecropper’s shack that otherwise
passes for the pantheon
of American literature, including John Cheever, Kenneth Rexroth, Studs Terkel,
and Saul Bellow.
Csongo attempts to make a
distinction between Soviet-style “socialism” and the Roosevelt brand.
He fails because Roosevelt, who didn’t actually want to “save”
capitalism – his saying he did was just rhetorical taqiyya to throw off those who feared he wanted to abolish it –
adopted a fascist policy of regimenting everything he could lay his hands on.
Remember that before Hitler could impose National Socialism on Germany, the
socialism had to exist first; that was the work of Otto von Bismarck. If
fascism comes to the U.S., it will be because a long line of socialist (liberal)
and Republican presidents and compliant Congresses have prepared the way. That line
extends back to Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.
In spite of Roosevelt’s
economic policies, the U.S. was on the way to recovery before its entry into
WWII. The war didn’t take the country out of the Depression; it prolonged it
until years after the war’s conclusion. Militarizing the economy and drafting
millions of men into the armed services was not “recovery”; it was
again redirecting the economy to a command economy, complete with price
controls and rationing. Or does Csongo agree with Big Brother that “war is
peace”? Orwell, a socialist, had a better grasp of economics than does
Whether or not Roosevelt was
“naïve” about Stalin and the totalitarian nature of Soviet Russia
doesn’t relieve him of the responsibility of having surrendered half of Europe
to the looting, raping, and destructive Soviets. Csongo does not even touch on West’s
main point of contention: that our foreign and domestic policies were
established and enforced by fellow traveling communists in the government, who
numbered in the hundreds, and by Soviet espionage, which began immediately
after Roosevelt’s diplomatic recognition of the Soviet Union in 1933. Our
pre-war and wartime foreign policies, as West documents and argues, were guided
and dictated by Stalin’s ideological proxies in our government.
Yes, Europe was betrayed by
Roosevelt, Harry Hopkins, Alger Hiss and a bevy of other Soviet and
pro-Communists operating within the government – none of whom Csongo deigns to
discuss. What was Roosevelt’s attitude about the fate of Europe? He more or
less said that the Europeans would just have to get used to the Soviet
occupation. Does Csongo delve into Roosevelt’s first priority, to save the
Soviets from the Nazi onslaught? No. But Roosevelt said he’d rather hamstring
our own military (even before we got into the war) and surrender Australia,
Singapore and the Philippines than delay military aid to the Soviets. You would
think that Csongo would be so startled by this revelation that he would at
least have highlighted it. But, he remained silent.
His review is a puerile essay
that could have been written by a brainwashed public high school student who
has been taught by his teachers that FDR saved the day.
Quite the contrary. FDR left
us a combined political, economic, and cultural legacy that poisons us to this
This is the lesson that Diana
West imparts in her book, but which Csongo failed or refused to see. West began
her project
in an attempt to understand why our government is currently white-washing Islam
– and, in fact, aiding and abetting its depredations and spread. She learned that
this white-washing had a precedent in the white-washing of Soviet Russia.


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  1. Anonymous

    Excellent rebuttal of Frank Csongo's non-review. Csongo's "review" is nothing but an attempt to defend the history of lies that the leftists have been able to perpetrate over generations with the help of people just like Csongo. As a commentator pointed out, readers are better served by the reviews on Amazon and Ed's review:

  2. Edward Cline

    Diana West, to whom I sent the link to this column, wrote me to say that I've won my avenging angel wings. I also sent the link to the Washington Times.

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