Washington Drives the World Toward War
By Paul Craig Roberts
December 14, 2013 "Information
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Washington has had the US
at war for 12 years: Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Libya,
Pakistan, Yemen, and almost Syria, which could still happen,
with Iran waiting in the wings. These wars have been expensive
in terms of money, prestige, and deaths and injuries of both US
soldiers and the attacked civilian populations. None of these
wars appears to have any compelling reason or justifiable
explanation. The wars have been important to the profits of the
military/security complex. The wars have provided cover for the
construction of a Stasi police state in America, and the wars
have served Israel’s interest by removing obstacles to Israel’s
annexation of the entire West Bank and southern Lebanon.
As costly and destructive as these wars have been, they are far
below the level of a world war, much less a world war against
nuclear armed opponents.
The fatal war for humanity is the war with Russia and China
toward which Washington is driving the US and Washington’s NATO
and Asian puppet states. There are a number of factors
contributing to Washington’s drive toward the final war, but the
overarching one is the doctrine of American exceptionalism.
According to this self-righteous doctrine, America is the
indispensable country. What this means is that the US has been
chosen by history to establish the hegemony of secular
“democratic capitalism” over the world. The primacy of this goal
places the US government above traditional morality and above
all law, both its own and international.
Thus, no one in the US government has been held accountable for
unprovoked aggression against other countries and for attacking
civilian populations, unambiguous war crimes under international
law and the Nuremberg standard. Neither has anyone in the US
government been held accountable for torture, a prohibited crime
under US law and the Geneva Conventions. Neither has anyone been
held accountable for numerous violations of constitutional
rights--spying without warrants, warrantless searches,
violations of habeas corpus, murder of citizens without due
process, denial of legal representation, conviction on secret
evidence. The list is long.
A person might wonder what is exceptional and indispensable
about a government that is a reincarnation of Nazi Germany in
every respect. People propagandized into the belief that they
are the world’s special people inevitably lose their humanity.
Thus, as the US military video released by Bradley Manning
reveals, US troops get their jollies by mowing down innocent
people as they walk along a city street.
With the exception of the ACLU, constitutional rights groups and
independent Internet voices, the American people including the
Christian churches have accepted their government’s criminality
and immorality with scant protest.
The absence of moral denunciation emboldens Washington which is
now pushing hard against Russia and China, the current
governments of which stand in the way of Washington’s world
Washington has been working against Russia for 22 years ever
since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. In violation of
the Reagan-Gorbachev agreement, Washington expanded NATO into
Eastern Europe and the Baltic states and established military
bases on Russia’s borders. Washington is also seeking to extend
NATO into former constituent parts of Russia itself such as
Georgia and Ukraine.
The only reason for Washington to establish military and missile
bases on Russia’s frontiers is to negate Russia’s ability to
resist Washington’s hegemony. Russia has made no threatening
gestures toward its neighbors, and with the sole exception of
Russia’s response to Georgia’s invasion of South Ossetia, has
been extremely passive in the face of US provocations.
This is now changing. Faced with the George W. Bush regime’s
alternation of US war doctrine, which elevated nuclear weapons
from a defensive, retaliatory use to pre-emptive first strike,
together with the construction on Russia’s borders of US
anti-ballistic missile bases and Washington’s weaponization of
new technologies, has made it clear to the Russian government
that Washington is setting up Russia for a decapitating first
In his presidential address to the Russian National Assembly
(both chambers of parliament) on December 12, Vladimir Putin
addressed the offensive military threat that Washington poses to
Russia. Putin said that Washington calls its anti-ballistic
missile system defensive, but “in fact it is a signifiant part
of the strategic offensive potential” and designed to tip the
balance of power in Washington’s favor. Having acknowledged the
threat, Putin replied to the threat: “Let no one have illusions
that he can achieve military superiority over Russia. We will
never allow it.”
Faced with the Obama regime’s murder of the nuclear weapons
reduction treaty, Putin said: “We realize all this and know what
we need to do.”
If anyone remains to write a history, the Obama regime will be
known as the regime that resurrected the cold war, which
President Reagan worked so hard to end, and drove it into a hot
Not content to make Russia an enemy, the Obama regime has also
made an enemy of China. The Obama regime declared the South
China Sea to be an area of “US national security interest.” This
is akin to China declaring the Gulf of Mexico to be an area of
Chinese national security interest.
To make clear that the claim to the South China Sea was not
rhetorical, the Obama regime announced its “Pivot to Asia,”
which calls for the redeployment of 60% of the US fleet to
China’s zone of influence. Washington is busy at work securing
naval and air bases from the Philippines, South Korea, Vietnam,
Australia, and Thailand. Washington has increased the
provocation by aligning itself with China’s neighbors who are
disputing China’s claims to various islands and an expanded air
China has not been intimidated. China has called for
“de-americanizing the world.” Last month the Chinese government
announced that it now possesses sufficient nuclear weapons and
delivery systems to wipe the US off of the face of the earth. A
couple of days ago, China aggressively harassed a US missile
cruiser in the South China Sea.
The militarily aggressive stance that Washington has taken
toward Russia and China is indicative of the extreme
self-assuredness that usually ends in war. Washington is told
that US technological prowess can prevent or intercept the
launch of Russian and Chinese missiles, thus elevating a US
pre-emptive attack to slam-dunk status. Yet the potential danger
from Iran acquiring nuclear weapons is said to be so great that
a pre-emptive war is necessary right now, and a massive
Department of Homeland Security is justified on the grounds that
the US remains vulnerable to a few stateless Muslims who might
acquire a nuclear weapon. It is an anomalous situation that the
Russian and Chinese retaliatory response to US attack is
considered to be inconsequential, but not nuclear threats from
Iran and stateless Muslims.
Not content with sending war signals to Russia and China,
Washington has apparently also decided to torpedo the Iranian
settlement by announcing new sanctions against companies doing
business with Iran. The Iranians understood Washington’s monkey
wrench as Washington probably intended, as a lack of
Washington’s commitment to the agreement, left Geneva and
returned to Iran. It remains to be seen whether the agreement
can be resurrected or whether the Israel Lobby has succeeded in
derailing the agreement that promised to end the threat of war
American citizens seem to have little, if any, influence on
their government or even awareness of its intentions. Moreover,
there is no organized opposition behind which Americans could
rally to stop Washington’s drive toward world war. Hope, if
there is any, would seem to lie with Washington’s European and
Asian puppets. What interests do these governments have in
putting the existence of their countries at risk for no other
purpose than to help Washington acquire hegemony over the world?
Cannot they realize that Washington’s game is a death-dealing
one for them?
Germany alone could save the world from war while simultaneously
serving its own interests. All Germany has to do is to exit the
EU and NATO. The alliance would collapse, and its fall would
terminate Washington’s hegemonic ambition.
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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