By Paul Craig Roberts
August 02, 2013 "Information
Washington loses its grip on the world, defied by Venezuela,
Bolivia, Ecuador, and now Russia, the US government resorts to
public temper tantrums. The constant demonstration of
childishness on the part of the White House and Congress
embarrasses every American.
Washington’s latest outburst of childish behavior is a response
to the Russian Immigration Service granting US whistleblower
Edward Snowden asylum in Russia for one year while his request
for permanent asylum is considered. Washington, having turned
the US into a lawless state, no longer has any conception of
legal procedure. Law is whatever serves Washington. As
Washington sees it, law is nothing but Washington’s will. Any
person or country that interferes with Washington’s will is
Because Obama, like Bush before him, routinely disobeys US law
and the US Constitution, the White House actually thinks that
Russian President Putin should disobey Russian and international
law, overturn the Russian Immigration Service’s asylum decision,
and hand over Snowden to Washington.
Washington expected Russia to hand over Snowden simply because
Washington demanded it. Like a two-year old, Washington cannot
conceive that its demands don’t take precedence over
international law and the internal legal procedures of every
country. How dare Russia stand up for law against “the
The White House spokesman, who is so unimpressive that I cannot
remember his/her name/gender, declared that the White House
moron might punish Putin by not going to visit him in Moscow
next month. I doubt Putin cares whether the WH moron shows up.
The WH moron’s term of office is close to an end, but Putin,
unless the CIA assassinates him, will be there for another
decade. Moreover, every Russian leader has learned that a US
president’s word means nothing. Clinton, the two Bushes and the
current WH moron violated every agreement that Reagan made with
Gorbachev. Why would the president of Russia, a nation ruled by
law, want to meet with a tyrant?
Not to be outdone by the WH in childish behavior, members of the
House and Senate added their two-bits to America’s
embarrassment. Congressional morons “reacted furiously,”
according to news reports, and warned “of serious repercussions
in US-Russian relations.” Here we have another extraordinary
demonstration of Washington’s hubris. Only Russia has to worry
about repercussions in the relationship. Washington doesn’t have
to worry. His Imperial Majesty will simply deny Putin an
Congress seems unaware of its schizophrenia. On the one hand
Congress is outraged about the National Stasi Agency’s illegal
and unconstitutional spying--especially on Congress--and is
attempting to defund the Stasi Agency’s surveillance program.
The amendment to the military spending bill by Justin Amash, a
Republican from Michigan, almost passed. The amendment was
barely defeated by votes purchased by the spy industry.
On the other hand, despite its outrage over being spied upon,
Congress wants the scalp of the brave hero, Edward Snowden, who
informed them that they were being spied upon. Here we have a
demonstration of the historical stupidity of government--shoot
Only a few right-wing crazies believe that universal
surveillance of every American is necessary to US security. The
National Stasi Agency will fight hard and blackmail every member
of the House and Senate, but the blackmail itself will lead to
the National Stasi Agency’s wings being clipped, or so we can
hope. If it is not done soon, the Stasi Agency will have time to
organize a false flag event that will terrify the sheeple and
bring an end to the attempts to rein in the rogue agency.
The United States is on the verge of economic collapse. The
alleged “superpower,” a bankrupt entity, was unable after 8
years of efforts to occupy Iraq and had to give up. After 11
years the “superpower” has been defeated in Afghanistan by a few
thousand lightly armed Taliban, and is now running for cover
with its tail between its legs.
Washington compensates for its military impotency by committing
war crimes against civilians. The US military is a great killer
of women, children, village elders, and aid workers. All the
mighty “superpower” can do is to lob missiles shot from
pilotless drones into farm houses, mud huts, schools, and
The schizophrenic denizens of Washington have made Americans a
hated people. Those with the foresight to know to escape from
the growing tyranny also know that wherever they might seek
refuge, they will be seen as vermin from the most hated nation
and subjected to being scapegoated as spies and evil influences,
and at risk of being decimated in reprisals against Washington’s
Washington has destroyed the prospects of Americans both at home
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. His
The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution
of the West is now available.
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