Diana West has opened a can of worms. Few people are interested in investigating this further. Some powerful people are interested in closing this can as quickly as possible. One commentator remarked, "think about what exactly would unravel, should the official version of events regarding the war be exposed as lies and propaganda?" This could be scary. Diana only scratched the surface of this dilemma. She mentions 500 Soviet agents in the U.S. government. Vasili Mitrokhin lists about 1,000. There are several subjects she deals with only superficially (U.S. POWs, slave labor, engineered famine.) You can only cover so much material in 400 pages.
Now to the "Invisible Man." It is quite possible that after careful consideration writers and editors decided that publishing favorable articles about American Betrayal would not be wise. On the other hand it is possible that they produced their work and were quickly contacted by someone who informed them that they had made a mistake (you might call this a conspiracy.) David Horowitz published an article by Mark Tapson favorable to the book. It was quickly withdrawn and the author, a Frontpage staff writer, labeled an "incompetent." Clare Lopez wrote an article favorably mentioning American Betrayal on the Gatestone site. Apparently, Gatestone's editor, Nina Rosenwald, was initially impressed with the article. Shortly after that the article was pulled and Clare Lopez was given a pink slip by Gatestone. Andrew McCarthy wrote a somewhat balanced article on the book and was chastised by Conrad Black. He responded by praising Black and asserting that he was misunderstood.
Diana West's responses to her critics have been published in Gates of Vienna and Breitbart. Few other publications have covered the controversy. The case of The American Thinker is unique however. It has published several articles dealing with American Betrayal that have been critical. Yet its editor gave what amounted to a refusal to Diana West's request to respond.
The problem Diana's critics have is that their position is untenable. Diana West's supporters believe in "conspiracy theories." As all informed "experts" know the Communists never conspired. They may have sat around and drank vodka, ate borsch and chatted, but they never conspired. I offer two quotes that sum up the oppositions position. Harvey Klehr speaking for himself and John Haynes: "In our more than twenty years of archivally based research on Soviet espionage in America, we have uncovered ample documentation of Soviet intelligence obtaining American technical, military, and diplomatic information but very little indicating successful policy manipulation." Conrad Black has written: "There is not one scintilla of acceptable historical evidence that the supposed 500 Soviet agents, 'many of them operating at the very highest levels of the federal government,' existed in such numbers or influenced American foreign policy in these most important matters at all, or that any actual policymaker from Roosevelt down thought of anything except the national interest of the United States and the desirability of the reign of democracy within countries and of international law among them."
In response I would like to offer The Morgenthau Plan: Soviet Influence on American Postwar Policy. I am not trying to promote the sale of my book. Please get a copy from the interlibrary loan. It details extensive Soviet influence on American policy. It has footnotes and even a bibliography.