Russian Sanctions Bill Is Washington’s Monument
To Its Criminality
29, 2017 "Information
- The Congress of the United States by almost
unanimous votes in both House and Senate has
made it clear that Congress had rather destroy
the President of the United States and to
increase the risk of nuclear war than to avoid
conflict with Russia by normalizing relations.
The vote on the new sanctions makes it pointless
for President Trump to veto the bill, because it
passed both houses by far more than the
two-thirds vote required to over-ride the
president’s veto. The only thing Trump can
achieve with a veto is to prove the false charge
that he is in league with Vladimir Putin
sanctions bill forecloses the possibility of
reducing the rising tensions between the two
major nuclear powers. It also shows that
whatever interest Congress has, if any, in
reducing the threat of war and in avoiding a
break with Europe over the sanctions, Congress
has a much greater interest in continuing to
collect campaign contributions from the powerful
and rich military/security complex and in
playing to the growing hatred of Russia that is
encouraged by the US media.
reckless and irresponsible action by the US
Congress makes completely clear that Washington
has intentionally chosen conflict with Russia as
the main element of US foreign policy. Perhaps
now the Russian government will abandon its
cherished illusion that an accommodation with
Washington can be reached. As I have written on
many occasions, the only way Russia can achieve
accommodation with Washington is to surrender
and accept American hegemony. Any further
resistance of the Russian government to this
obvious fact would indicate dangerous delusion
on the part of the Russian leadership.
leaf Congress chose for its violation of
diplomatic protocols and international law is
the disproven allegation of Russian interference
in behalf of Trump in the US presidential
election. An organization of former US
intelligence officers recently announced that
forensic investigation has been made of the
alleged Russian computer hacking, and the
conclusion is that there was no hack; there was
an internal leak, and the leak was copied onto a
device and Russian “fingerprints” were added.
There is no forensic evidence whatsoever that
shows any indication of Russian hacking.
all made up, and everyone alleging Russian
hacking knows it. There is no difference between
the allegation of Russian hacking and Hitler’s
allegation in 1939 that “last night Polish
forces crossed our frontier,” Hitler’s fig leaf
for his invasion of Poland.
Congress uses a blatantly transparent lie to
justify its violation of international law and
intentionally worsens US relations with both
Russia and the EU proves how determined
Washington is to intensify conflict with Russia.
Expect more false allegations, more
demonization, more threats.
in the cards.
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of
the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate
editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was
columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News
Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many
university appointments. His internet columns
have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts'
latest books are
The Failure of Laissez Faire
Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West,
How America Was Lost,
The Neoconservative Threat to
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