Diana West ["In defense of my livelihood"] may want to refer her critics to the book “Soldiers of Misfortune.”

My father, a World War II vet, gave me this book years ago. When he died in 2005, he had given up a deep reservoir of anger that he had for years towards the U.S. government. It wasn’t until I read this book that I understood why.

The people who criticize Ms. West’s work demand a mountain of evidence when simple common sense will tell you that the people to whom Stalin was “Uncle Joe” would have had a vested interest in maintaining their credibility and power post-WWII. The Cold War was our belated admission that Patton was right all along. We should have kept going east in 1945 and run the Communists off the map.

Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Boyd

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