Are You Ready For Nuclear War?
By Paul Craig Roberts
" -- - Pervez Musharraf, the puppet installed by the US to
rule Pakistan in the interest of US hegemony, resigned August 18
to avoid impeachment. Karl Rove and the Diebold electronic
voting machines were unable to control the result of the last
election in Pakistan, the result of which gave Pakistanis a
bigger voice in their government than America’s.
It was obvious to anyone with any sense--which excludes the
entire Bush Regime and almost all of the “foreign policy
community”--that the illegal and gratuitous US invasions of
Afghanistan and Iraq, and Israel’s 2006 bombing of Lebanon
civilians with US blessing, would result in the overthrow of
America’s Pakistani puppet.
The imbecilic Bush Regime ensured Musharraf’s overthrow by
pressuring their puppet to conduct military operations against
tribesmen in Pakistani border areas, whose loyalties were to
fellow Muslims and not to American hegemony. When Musharraf’s
military operations didn’t produce the desired result, the
idiotic Americans began conducting their own military operations
within Pakistan with bombs and missiles. This finished off
When the Bush Regime began its wars in the Middle East, I
predicted, correctly, that Musharraf would be one victim. The
American puppets in Egypt and Jordan may be the next to go.
Back during the Nixon years, my Ph.D. dissertation chairman,
Warren Nutter, was Assistant Secretary of Defense for
International Security Affairs. One day in his Pentagon office I
asked him how the US government got foreign governments to do
what the US wanted. “Money,” he replied.
“You mean foreign aid?” I asked.
“No,” he replied, “we just buy the leaders with money.”
It wasn’t a policy he had implemented. He inherited it and,
although the policy rankled with him, he could do nothing about
it. Nutter believed in persuasion and that if you could not
persuade people, you did not have a policy.
Nutter did not mean merely third world potentates were bought.
He meant the leaders of England, France, Germany, Italy, all the
allies everywhere were bought and paid for.
They were allies because they were paid. Consider Tony Blair.
Blair’s own head of British intelligence told him that the
Americans were fabricating the evidence to justify their already
planned attack on Iraq. This was fine with Blair, and you can
see why with his multi- million dollar payoff once he was out of
The American-educated thug, Saakashkvili the War Criminal, who
is president of Georgia, was installed by the US taxpayer funded
National Endowment for Democracy, a neocon operation whose
purpose is to ring Russia with US military bases, so that
America can exert hegemony over Russia.
Every agreement that President Reagan made with Mikhail
Gorbachev has been broken by Reagan’s successors. Reagan’s was
the last American government whose foreign policy was not made
by the Isreali-allied neoconservatives. During the Reagan years,
the neocons made several runs at it, but each ended in disaster
for Reagan, and he eventually drove the modern day French
Jacobins from his government.
Even the anti-Soviet Committee on the Present Danger regarded
the neocons as dangerous lunatics. I remember the meeting when a
member tried to bring the neocons into the committee, and old
line American establishment representatives, such as former
Treasury Secretary Douglas Dillon, hit the roof.
The Committee on the Present Danger regarded the neocons as
crazy people who would get America into a nuclear war with the
Soviet Union. The neocons hated President Reagan, because he
ended the cold war with diplomacy, when they desired a military
victory over the Soviet Union.
Deprived of this, the neocons now want victory over Russia.
Today, Reagan is gone. The Republican Establishment is gone.
There are no conservative power centers, only neoconservative
power centers closely allied with Israel, which uses the
billions of dollars funneled into Israeli coffers by US
taxpayers to influence US elections and foreign policy.
The Republican candidate for president is a warmonger. There are
no checks remaining in the Republican Party on the neocons’
proclivity for war. What Republican constituencies oppose war?
Can anyone name one?
The Democrats are not much better, but they have some
constituencies that are not enamored of war in order to
establish US world hegemony. The Rapture Evangelicals, who
fervently desire Armageddon, are not Democrats; nor are the
brainwashed Brownshirts desperate to vent their frustrations by
striking at someone, somewhere, anywhere.
I get emails from these Brownshirts and attest that their
hate-filled ignorance is extraordinary. They are all
Republicans, and yet they think they are conservatives. They
have no idea who I am, but since I criticize the Bush Regime and
America’s belligerent foreign policy, they think I am a “liberal
The only literate sentence this legion of imbeciles has ever
managed is: “If you hate America so much, why don’t you move to
Such is the current state of a Reagan political appointee in
today’s Republican Party. He is a “liberal commie pinko” who
should move to Cuba.
The Republicans will get us into more wars. Indeed, they live
for war. McCain is preaching war for 100 years. For these
warmongers, it is like cheering for your home team. Win at all
costs. They get a vicarious pleasure out of war. If the US has
to tell lies in order to attack countries, what’s wrong with
that? “If we don’t kill them over there, they will kill us over
The mindlessness is total.
Nothing real issues from the American media. The media is about
demonizing Russia and Iran, about the vice presidential choices
as if it matters, about whether Obama being on vacation let
McCain score too many points.
The mindlessness of the news reflects the mindlessness of the
government, for which it is a spokesperson.
The American media does not serve American democracy or American
interests. It serves the few people who exercise power.
When the Soviet Union collapsed, the US and Israel made a run at
controlling Russia and the former constituent parts of its
empire. For awhile the US and Israel succeeded, but Putin put a
stop to it.
Recognizing that the US had no intention of keeping any of the
agreements it had made with Gorbachev, Putin directed the
Russian military budget to upgrading the Russian nuclear
deterrent. Consequently, the Russian army and air force lack the
smart weapons and electronics of the US military.
When the Russian army went into Georgia to rescue the Russians
in South Ossetia from the destruction being inflicted upon them
by the American puppet Saakashvili, the Russians made it clear
that if they were opposed by American troops with smart weapons,
they would deal with the threat with tactical nuclear weapons.
The Americans were the first to announce preemptive nuclear
attack as their permissible war doctrine. Now the Russians have
announced the tactical use of nuclear weapons as their response
to American smart weapons.
It is obvious that American foreign policy, with is goal of
ringing Russia with US military bases, is leading directly to
nuclear war. Every American needs to realize this fact. The US
government’s insane hegemonic foreign policy is a direct threat
to life on the planet.
Russia has made no threats against America. The post-Soviet
Russian government has sought to cooperate with the US and
Europe. Russia has made it clear over and over that it is
prepared to obey international law and treaties. It is the
Americans who have thrown international law and treaties into
the trash can, not the Russians.
In order to keep the billions of dollars in profits flowing to
its contributors in the US military-security complex, the Bush
Regime has rekindled the cold war. As American living standards
decline and the prospects for university graduates deteriorate,
“our” leaders in Washington commit us to a hundred years of war.
If you desire to be poor, oppressed, and eventually vaporized in
a nuclear war, vote Republican.
Dr. Roberts was
Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury in the Reagan
Administration. He is a former Associate Editor of the Wall
Street Journal, a 16-year columnist for Business Week, and a
columnist for the Scripps Howard News Service and Creator’s
Syndicate in Los Angeles. He has held numerous university
professorships, including the William E. Simon Chair in
Political Economy, Center for Strategic and International
Studies, Georgetown University and Senior Research Fellow,
Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded the
Legion of Honor by the President of France and the US Treasury’s
Silver Medal for “outstanding contributions to the formulation
of US economic policy.”
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