Is Washington Coming To Its Senses?
By Paul Craig Roberts
There is much speculation about US Secretary of State John
Kerry’s rush visit to Russia in the wake of Russia’s successful Victory Day
celebration on May 9. On May 11, Kerry, who was snubbing Russia on the 9th, was
on his way to Russia, and Putin consented to see him on May 12.
As time passes we will find out why Kerry was snubbing Putin
on May 9 and 3 days later was criticizing Washington’s puppet regime in Ukraine.
For what is known at this time, a possible explanation is that Washington is
coming to its senses.
If you watched the 1 hour 20 minute video of the Victory Day
Parade, you are aware that the celebration sent a powerful message. Russia is a
first class military power, and Russia is backed by China and India, whose
soldiers marched with Russia’s in the parade.
So, while the increasingly irrelevant West, absorbed in its
own self-importance, snubbed
the celebration of the victory that the Red Army gave them over Hitler, the
three largest countries in the world were present united. Russia has the largest
land mass, and China and India, also large land masses, have the world’s largest
The celebration in Moscow made it clear that Washington has
failed miserably to isolate Russia. What Washington has done is to make the
BRICS more unified.
With the President of China sitting at the right hand of
Putin, the celebration also made it completely clear even to the morons in the
Obama regime that Washington is no longer the Uni-power.
Consider now the impact on Washington’s vassal states in
Europe, the crux of the American Empire. Europeans are aware that two of the
most powerful military states in history did not survive their invasions of
Russia. Napoleon lost the Grande Army in Russia, and Hitler lost the Wehrmacht
in Russia. It has dawned on Europeans that they are being shoved into conflict
with Russia in the interest of Washington’s claim to be the World Hegemon.
Europeans are accustomed to obey Washington, but when it came to being forced
into conflict with Russia, Europeans began to express dissent. Signs of an
independent European foreign policy appeared with Merkel and Hollande’s meeting
with Putin to resolve the Ukrainian crisis orchestrated by Washington.
Faced with the failure of its policy of isolating Russia and
the emergence of an independent foreign policy in Europe, Washington sent Kerry
as a supplicant to Putin to work out a way to de-escalate the Ukrainian crisis.
Putin being a peacemaker will permit Washington to save face. But this will not
please the neoconsevatives or the military/security complex. The former are
invested heavily in claims of Amerika Uber Alles, and the latter are lusting for
the abundant revenues from a new cold, or hot, war.
Obama, Kerry, and Cameron have to become magicians. They have
to transition from demonizing Putin to working with him.
Having failed with force against Russia, the West is now
employing seduction. If Western peoples hope to escape from the Police State
that Washington has imposed on the entire Western World, we must pray that Putin
does not fall for the seduction.
There is no world leadership in the West. There is only
selfishness and hubris. Western “leadership” is exploitative. The West loots the
non-West and is now turning on itself with its looting of Ireland and Greece,
with Italy, Spain, and Portugal the next targets for looting. The American
public itself has been looted of its jobs, career aspirations, and civil
The Western model of “democratic capitalism” turns out to be
neither democratic nor capitalist, but a form of fascism ruled by an oligarchy.
The United States is where regime change is most badly needed.
Dr. 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.