Cold War Renewed With A Vengeance While Washington
By Paul Craig Roberts
June 28, 2014 "ICH"
The Cold War made a lot of money for the
military/security complex for four decades dating
from Churchill’s March 5, 1946 speech in Fulton,
Missouri declaring a Soviet “Iron Curtain” until
Reagan and Gorbachev ended the Cold War in the late
1980s. During the Cold War Americans heard endlessly
about “the Captive Nations.” The Captive Nations
were the Baltics and the Soviet bloc, usually
summarized as “Eastern Europe.”
nations were captive because their foreign policies
were dictated by Moscow, just as these same Captive
Nations, plus the UK, Western Europe, Canada,
Mexico, Columbia, Japan, Australia, New Zealand,
South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Georgia, and
Ukraine, have their foreign policies dictated today
by Washington. Washington intends to expand the
Captive Nations to includ Azerbaijan, former
constituent parts of Soviet Central Asia, Vietnam,
Thailand, and Indonesia.
Cold War Americans thought of Western Europe and
Great Britain as independent sovereign countries.
Whether they were or not, they most certainly are
not today. We are now almost seven decades after
WWII, and US troops still occupy Germany. No
European government dares to take a stance different
from that of the US Department of State.
ago there was talk both in the UK and Germany about
departing the European Union, and Washington told
both countries that talk of that kind must stop as
it was not in Washington’s interest for any country
to exit the EU. The talk stopped. Great Britain and
Germany are such complete vassals of Washington that
neither country can publicly discuss its own future.
Baltasar Garzon, a Spanish judge with prosecuting
authority, attempted to indict members of the George
W. Bush regime for violating international law by
torturing detainees, he was slapped down.
Modern Britain, Stephane Aderca writes that the
UK is so proud of being Washington’s “junior
partner” that the British government agreed to a
one-sided extradition treaty under which Washington
merely has to declare “reasonable suspicion” in
order to obtain extradition from the UK, but the UK
must prove “probable cause.” Being Washington’s
“junior partner,” Aderca reports, is an ego-boost
for British elites, giving them a feeling of
rule of the Soviet Union, a larger entity than
present day Russia, the captive nations had poor
economic performance. Under Washington’s rule, these
same captives have poor economic performance due to
their looting by Wall Street and the IMF.
di Lampedusa said, “Things have to change in order
to remain the same.”
of Europe by Wall Street has gone beyond Greece,
Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Ukraine, and is
now focused on France and Great Britain. The
American authorities are demanding $10 billion from
France’s largest bank on a trumped-up charge of
financing trade with Iran, as if it is any business
whatsoever of Washington’s who French banks choose
to finance. And despite Great Britain’s total
subservience to Washington, Barclays bank has a
civil fraud suit filed against it by the NY State
against Barclays PLC are likely correct. But as no
US banks were charged, most of which are similarly
guilty, the US charge against Barclays means that
big pension funds and mutual funds must flee
Barclays as customers, because the pension funds and
mutual funds would be subject to lawsuits for
negligence if they stayed with a bank under charges.
of course, of the US charges against foreign banks
is that US banks like Morgan Stanley and Citigroup
are given a competitive advantage and gain market
share in their own dark pools.
are we witnessing? Clearly and unequivocally, we are
witnessing the use of US law to create financial
hegemony for US financial institutions. The US
Department of Justice (sic) has had evidence for
five years of Citigroup’s participation in the
fixing of the LIBOR interest rate, but no indictment
has been forthcoming.
and paid for governments of Washington’s European
puppet states are so corrupt that the leaders permit
Washington control over their countries in order to
advance American financial, political, and economic
is organizing the world against Russia and China for
Washington’s benefit. On June 27 Washington’s puppet
states that comprise the EU issued an ultimatum to
Russia.The absurdity of this ultimatum is obvious.
Militarily, Washington’s EU puppets are harmless.
Russia could wipe out Europe in a few minutes. Here
we have the weak issuing an ultimatum to the strong.
ordered by Washington, told Russia to suppress the
opposition in southern and eastern Ukraine to
Washington’s stooge government in Kiev. But, as
every educated person knows, including the White
House, 10 Downing Street, Merkel, and Holland,
Russia is not responsible for the separatist unrest
in eastern and southern Ukraine. These territories
are former constituent parts of Russia that were
added to the Ukrainian Soviet Republic by Soviet
Communist Party leaders when Ukraine and Russia were
two parts of the same country.
Russians want to return to Russia because they are
threatened by the stooge government in Kiev that
Washington has installed. Washington, determined to
force Putin into military action that can be used to
justify more sanctions, is intent on forcing the
issue, not on resolving the issue.
Putin to do? He has been given 72 hours to submit to
an ultimatum from a collection of puppet states that
he can wipe out at a moment’s notice or seriously
inconvenience by turning off the flow of Russian
natural gas to Europe.
Historically, such a stupid challenge to power would
result in consequences. But Putin is a humanist who
favors peace. He will not willingly give up his
strategy of demonstrating to Europe that the
provocations are coming from Washington, not from
Russia. Putin’s hope, and Russia’s, is that Europe
will eventually realize that Europe is being badly
used by Washington.
has hundreds of Washington-financed NGOs in Russia
hiding behind various guises such as “human rights,”
and Washington can unleash these NGOs on Putin at
will, as Washington did with the protests against
Putin’s election. Washington’s fifth columns claimed
that Putin stole the election even though polls
showed that Putin was the clear and undisputed
Russians were, for the most part, delighted to be
released from communism and looked to the West as an
ally in the construction of a civil society based on
good will. This was Russia’s mistake. As the
Brzezinski and Wolfowitz doctrines make clear,
Russia is the enemy whose rise to influence must be
prevented at all cost.
dilemma is that he is caught between his heart-felt
desire to reach an accommodation with Europe and
Washington’s desire to demonize and isolate Russia.
for Putin is that his desire for accommodation is
being exploited by Washington and explained to the
EU as Putin’s weakness and lack of courage.
Washington is telling its European vassals that
Putin’s retreat under Europe’s pressure will
undermine his status in Russia, and at the right
time Washington will unleash its many hundreds of
NGOs to bring Putin to ruin.
the Ukraine scenario. With Putin replaced with a
compliant Russian, richly rewarded by Washington,
only China would remain as an obstacle to American
Paul 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. Roberts' latest books are
The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic
Dissolution of the West and
How America Was Lost.