Washington Has Discredited America
By Paul Craig Roberts
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Years ago when I described
the George W. Bush regime as a police state, right-wing eyebrows
were raised. When I described the Obama regime as an even worse
police state, liberals rolled their eyes. Alas! Now I am no
longer controversial. Everybody says it.
According to the UK newspaper, The Guardian, the Chancellor of
Germany, Angela Merkel, had an angry exchange with Obama in
which Merkel compared Obama’s National Security Agency (NSA)
with the East German Communist Stasi, which spied on everyone
through networks of informers.
Merkel grew up in Communist East Germany where she was spied
upon by the Stasi, and now that she has risen to the highest
political office in Europe’s most powerful state, she is spied
upon by “freedom and democracy” America.
A former top NSA official, William Binney, declared that “We
(the US) are now in a police state.” The mass spying conducted
by the Obama regime, Binney says “is a totalitarian process.”
Perhaps my best vindication, after all the hate mail from “super
patriots,” who wear their ignorance on their sleeves, and
Obama-worshipping liberals, whose gullibility is sickening, came
from federal judge Richard Leon, who declared the
Obama-sanctioned NSA spying to be “almost Orwellian.” As the
American Civil Liberties Union realized, federal judge Leon’s
decision vindicated Edward Snowden by ruling that the NSA spying
is likely outside what the Constitution permits, “labeling it
‘Orwellian’--adding that James Madison would be ‘aghast.’”
If only more Americans were aghast. I sometimes wonder whether
Americans like being spied upon, because it makes them feel
important. “Look at me! I’m so important that the government
spends enough money to wipe out US poverty spying on me and my
Facebook, et. al., friends. I bet they are spending one billion
dollars just to know who I connected with today. I hope it
didn’t get lost in all the spam.”
Being spied upon is the latest craze of people devoid of any
future but desperate for attention.
Jason Ditz at the FBI spied-upon Antiwar.com says that Judge
Leon’s ruling is a setback for Obama, who was going to restore
justice and liberty but instead created the American Stasi Spy
State. Congress, of course, loves the spy state, because all the
capitalist firms that make mega-millions or mega-billions from
it generously finance congressional and senatorial campaigns for
those who support the Stasi state.
The romance that libertarians and “free market economists” have
with capitalism, which buys compliance with its greed and
cooperates with the Stasi state, is foolish.
Let’s move on. It was only a few weeks ago that Obama and his
Secretary of State John Kerry were on the verge of attacking
Syria on the basis of faked evidence that Syria had crossed the
“red line” and used weapons of mass destruction against the
American organized, armed, and financed “rebels,” almost all of
whom come from outside Syria.
Only the bought-and-paid-for-by-Washington French president made
a show of believing a word or Washington’s lies against the
Assad government in Syria. The British Parliament, long a puppet
of Washington, gave Obama the bird and voted down participating
in another American war crime. That left UK prime minister,
David Cameron, hanging. Where do the British get prime ministers
like Cameron and Blair?
Washington’s plan for Syria, having lost the cover of its
British puppet, received a fatal blow from Russian President
Putin, who arranged for Syria’s chemical weapons to be delivered
to foreign hands for destruction, thus putting an end to the
In the meantime it became apparent that the “Syrian rebellion”
organized by Washington has been taken over by al-Qaeda, an
organization allegedly responsible for 9/11. Even Washington was
able to figure out that it didn’t make sense to put al-Qaeda in
charge of Syria. Now the headlines are: “West tells Syria
rebels: Assad must stay.”
Meanwhile, Washington’s arrogance has managed to make an enemy
of India. The TSA, a component of Homeland Security, subjected a
female diplomat from India to multiple strip searches, cavity
searches and ignored her protestations of consular immunity.
There was no justification whatever for this abuse of an Indian
diplomat. To indicate its displeasure, the Indian government has
removed barriers that prevent truck bombs from being driven into
the US embassy.
Washington has managed to recreate the arms race. More profits
for the military/security complex, and less security for the
world. Provoked by Washington’s military aggressiveness, Russia
has announces a $700 billion upgrade of its nuclear ballistic
missiles. China’s leaders have also made it clear that China is
not intimidated by Washington’s intrusion into China’s sphere of
influence. China is developing weapon systems that make obsolete
Washington’s large investment in surface fleets.
Recently, Pat Buchanan, Mr. Conservative himself, made a case
that Russia’s Putin better represents traditional American
values than does the President of the United States.
Buchanan has a point. It is Washington, not Moscow or Beijing,
that threatens to bomb countries into the stone age, that forces
down airplanes of heads of state and subjects them to searches,
and that refuses to honor grants of political asylum.
Certainly, Washington’s claim to be “exceptional” and
“indispensable” and, therefore, above law and morality contrasts
unfavorably with Putin’s statement that “we do not infringe on
anyone’s interests or try to teach anyone how to live.”
Washington’s arrogance has brought America disrepute. What
damage will Washington next inflict on us?
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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