By Paul Craig Roberts
Clearing House -
A foolish President Obama
and moronic Secretary of State Kerry have handed the United
States government its worst diplomatic defeat in history and
destroyed the credibility of the Office of the President, the
Department of State, and the entire executive branch.
Intoxicated with hubris from past successful lies and deceptions
used to destroy Iraq and Libya, Obama thought the US
“superpower,” the “exceptional” and “indispensable” country,
could pull it off again, this time in Syria.
But the rest of the world has learned to avoid Washington’s rush
to war when there is no evidence. A foolish Obama was pushed far
out on the limb by an incompetent and untrustworthy National
Security Advisor, Susan Rice, and the pack of neoconservatives
that support her, and the British Parliament cut the limb off.
What kind of fool would put himself in that vulnerable position?
Now Obama stands alone, isolated, trying to back away from his
threat to attack without authorization from anyone--not from the
UN, not from NATO, not from Congress who he ignored--a sovereign
country. Under the Nuremberg Standard military aggression is a
war crime. Washington has until now got away with its war crimes
by cloaking them in UN or NATO approval. Despite these
“approvals,” they remain war crimes.
But his National Security Advisor and the neocon warmongers are
telling him that he must prove that he is a Real Man who can
stand alone and commit war crimes all by himself without
orchestrated cover from the UN or NATO or a cowardly US
Congress. It is up to Obama, they insist, to establish for all
time that the President of the United States is above all law.
He, and he alone is the “decider,” the Caesar, who determines
what is permissible. The Caesar of the “sole superpower” must
now assert his authority over all law or Washington’s hegemony
over the world is lost.
As I noted in an earlier column today, if Obama goes it alone,
he will be harassed for the rest of his life as a war criminal
who dares not leave the US. Indeed, a looming economic collapse
could so alter the power and attitude of the United States that
Obama could find himself brought to justice for his war crimes.
Regardless, the United States government has lost its
credibility throughout the world and will never regain it,
unless the Bush and Obama regimes are arrested and put on trial
for their war crimes.
Obama’s destruction of US credibility goes far beyond diplomacy.
It is likely that this autumn or winter, and almost certainly in
2014, the US will face severe economic crisis.
The long-term abuse of the US dollar’s reserve currency role by
the Federal Reserve and US Treasury, the never-ending issuance
of new debt and printing of dollars to finance it, the focus of
US economic policy on bailing out the “banks too big to fail”
regardless of the adverse impact on domestic and world economies
and holders of US Treasury debt, the awaiting political crisis
of the unresolved deficit and debt ceiling limit that will greet
Congress’ return to Washington in September, collapsing job
opportunities and a sinking economy all together present the
government in Washington with a crisis that is too large for the
available intelligence, knowledge, and courage to master.
When the proverbial hits the fan, the incompetent and corrupt
Federal Reserve and the incompetent and corrupt US Treasury will
have no more credibility than Obama and John Kerry.
The rest of the world--especially Washington’s bullied NATO
puppet states--will take great delight in the discomfort of “the
world’s sole superpower” that has been running on hubris ever
since the Soviet collapse.
The world is not going to bail out Washington, now universally
hated, with currency swaps, more loans, and foreign aid.
Americans are going to pay heavily for their negligence, their
inattention, their unconcern, and their ignorant belief that
nothing can go wrong for them and that anything that does is
Two decades of jobs offshoring has left the US with a third
world labor force employed in lowly paid domestic nontradable
services, a workforce comparable to India’s of 40 years ago.
Already the “world’s sole superpower” is afflicted with a large
percentage of its population dependent on government welfare for
survival. As the economy closes down, the government’s ability
to meet the rising demands of survival diminishes. The rich will
demand that the poor be sacrificed in the interest of the rich.
And the political parties will comply.
Is this the reason that Homeland Security, a Nazi Gestapo
institution, now has a large and growing para-military force
equipped with tanks, drones, and billions of rounds of
How long will it be before American citizens are shot down in
their streets by “their” government as occurs frequently in
Washington’s close allies in Egypt, Turkey, Bahrain?
Americans have neglected the requirements of liberty. Americans
are so patriotic and so gullible that all the government has to
do is to wrap itself in the flag, and the people, or too many of
them, believe whatever lie the government tells. And the
gullible people will defend the government’s lie to their death,
indeed, to the death of the entire world.
If Americans keep believing the government’s lies, they have no
future. If truth be known, Americans have already lost a livable
future. The neocons’ “American Century” is over before it begun.
Obama Doom Himself As A War Criminal
By Paul Craig Roberts
Obama, pushed by his Israeli and neocon masters, especially his
National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, who, in effect, functions
as an Israeli agent, crawled far out on the limb, only to have
it sawed off by the British Parliament.
In response, the “socialist” president of France, Hollande, who
lacks French support for France’s participation in a US/Israeli
orchestrated military attack on Syria, has crawled back off the
limb, saying that, while everything is still on the table, he
has to see some evidence first.
As Cameron and Obama have made clear, there is no evidence. Even
US intelligence has declared that there is no conclusive
evidence that Assad used chemical weapons or even has control
over the weapons.
Even the US puppet government in Canada has disavowed
participating in the Obama/Israeli war crime.
This leaves Obama with support only from Turkey and Israel.
Recently, the Turkish government shot down in the streets more
of its own people--peaceful protesters, not imported mercenaries
trying to overthrow the Turkish government--than were killed in
the alleged use of chemical weapons by Assad.
As the entire world is aware, the Israeli government has been
committing crimes against the people in Palestine for decades. A
distinguished Jewish jurist concluded in an official report that
the Israeli government committed war crimes in its attack on the
civilian population of Gaza.
No country regards the criminal states of Turkey and Israel as
cover for a war crime. If Obama is pushed by Susan Rice and the
evil neocons, who are strongly allied with Israel, into going it
alone and conducting a military strike on Syria, Obama will have
made himself an unambiguous War Criminal under the Nuremberg
Standard created by the US Government. Unprovoked military
aggression is a war crime under international law. That is
completely clear. There are no ifs or buts about it.
If Obama now strikes Syria, when he has no cover from the UN, or
from NATO, or from the American people, or from Congress, having
ignored the House and Senate, Obama
will stand before the entire world, starkly, as a War Criminal.
Unless the world is prepared to flush international law, arrest
orders for the War Criminal will have to come from the Hague.
Obama will have to be handed over and put on trial. He will have
more leg to stand on than did the Nazis.
The evil neocons are telling Obama that he must prove that he is
a man and go it alone. If Obama does, he will prove that he is a
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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