Ron Capshaw Brays In Another Attack On Diana West’s Book – AMERICAN BETRAYAL

brayingdonkeyWhat, oh, what are we to do with people who publish misrepresentations (lies) and smear as facts?  Ah, my patience is taxed to the max, again – this time from reading Ron Capshaw’s critique of a Rick Perlstein essay at National Review Online, published March 26.  If you read Capshaw’s entire Perlstein-slam, and it contains a whole lot of material which requires the reader to have some rather extensive knowledge of left versus neo-con right literature, way on down the page you eventually arrive at Capshaw’s defense of Ron Radosh.

Now, Radosh is the man who incited a war of words by attempting to destroy author Diana West’s credentials and character with a mendacious attack on her book America Betrayal.  Unlike Capshaw, I won’t defend Radosh’s hit piece on American Betrayal, because Radosh’s essay was stuffed full of demonstrable lies – and West’s book was stuffed full of hard documentary evidence.  I’m a retired cop.  I like hard evidence.

And if Capshaw had kept up with current events, he would know just how many bald-faced lies Radosh wrote during his assault on West’s opus.  But, no.  In his NRO attack on Perlstein, Capshaw brays Radosh’s deeply flawed, factually challenged, assessment of American Betrayal as truth.

Let’s cut to the chase.  Here’s what  it’s all about today and why I’m rolling my eyes toward the Heavens above.  (Bold print is my addition):

Perlstein also neglects to mention the easily available evidence that Radosh was hardly a right-winger at the time The Rosenberg File was published. A year later, he was still calling himself “a democratic socialist,” and he voted for Mondale rather than Reagan. Against the labels of right-wing extremist and McCarthyite lodged against him by Perlstein, Radosh was in actuality in the forefront of those denouncing Diana West’s book American Betrayal, which argued that the New Deal and indeed the Allied war effort against the Nazis were Communist-directed.

I have carefully read American Betrayal two times, word for word, cover to cover.  Nowhere in that book did Diana West assert anything that simple.  If you’ve read West’s book, and I suspect that Mr. Capshaw has not read it, it is impossible not to conclude that American strategy in WWII was greatly influenced by Stalin’s agents, who were beyond question ensconced at the highest levels of the FDR administration.  But, you have to read West’s book to understand the validity of the idea.  Continuing on in Capshaw’s paragraph:

Of this work, for which Perlstein’s label of “right-wing” is a better fit than for the others mentioned above, Radosh wrote: “Ms. West writes without an understanding of historical context and lacks awareness of much of the scholarly literature on the subjects she writes about. Moreover, she disregards the findings of the sources she does rely on when they contradict her yellow journalism conspiracy theories. Consequently she arrives at judgment after judgment that is not only bizarre on its face, but also unwarranted by the evidence and refuted by the very authorities she draws on.”

I can’t resist putting this stuff into an Orwellian context:

Four legs good,two legs bad, four legs good, two legs bad

Radosh smart, West stupid

Radosh smart, West Yellow Journalist

Radosh smart, West Right Wing

Radosh smart, West conspiracy theorist

Radosh smart, West bizarre

So, I’ll pose the question:  Mr. Capshaw, did you actually read American Betrayal?

About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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