Insouciance Rules The West
By Paul Craig Roberts
August 20, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" -
Europe is being overrun by refugees from
Washington’s, and Israel’s, hegemonic policies in the Middle East
and North Africa that are resulting in the slaughter of massive
numbers of civilians. The inflows are so heavy that European
governments are squabbling among themselves about who is to take the
refugees. Hungary is considering constructing a fence, like the US
and Israel, to keep out the undesirables. Everywhere in the Western
media there are reports deploring the influx of migrants; yet
nowhere is there any reference to the cause of the problem.
The European governments and their insouciant
populations are themselves responsible for their immigrant problems.
For 14 years Europe has supported Washington’s aggressive militarism
that has murdered and dislocated millions of peoples who never
lifted a finger against Washington. The destruction of entire
countries such as Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan, and now Syria and
Yemen, and the continuing US slaughter of Pakistani civilians with
the full complicity of the corrupt and traitorous Pakistani
government, produced a refugee problem that the moronic Europeans
brought upon themselves.
Europe deserves the problem, but it is not enough
punishment for their crimes against humanity in support of
Washington’s world hegemony.
In the Western world insouciance rules governments
as well as peoples, and most likely also everywhere else in the
world. It remains to be seen whether Russia and China have any
clearer grasp of the reality that confronts them.
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Director of the US Defense
Intelligence Agency until his retirement in August 2014, has
confirmed that the Obama regime disregarded his advice and made a
willful decision to support the jihadists who now comprise ISIS. (
) Here we have an American government so insouciant, and with
nothing but tunnel vision, empowering the various elements that
comprise Washington’s excuse for the “war on terror” and the
destruction of several countries. Just as the idiot Europeans
produce their own refugee problems, the idiot Americans produce
their own terrorist problems. It is mindless. And there is no end to
Consider the insanity of the Obama regime’s policy
toward the Soviet Union. Kissinger and Brzezinski, two of the
left-wing’s most hated bogymen, are astonished at the total
unawareness of Washington and the EU of the consequences of their
aggression and false accusations toward Russia. Kissinger says that
America’s foreign policy is in the hands of “ahistorical people,”
who do not comprehend that “we should not engage in international
conflicts if, at the beginning, we cannot describe an end.”
Kissinger criticizes Washington and the EU for their misconception
that the West could act in Ukraine in ways inconsistent with Russian
interests and receive a pass from the Russian government.
As for the Idiotic claim that Putin is responsible
for the Ukrainian tragedy, Kissinger says:
“It is not conceivable that Putin spends sixty
billion euros on turning a summer resort into a winter Olympic
village in order to start a military crisis the week after a
concluding Olympic ceremony that depicted Russia as a part of
Western civilization.” (
Don’t expect the low-grade morons who comprise the
Western media to notice anything as obvious as the meaning
Brzezinski has joined Kissinger in stating
unequivocally that “Russia must be reassured that Ukraine will never
become a NATO member.” (
Kissinger is correct that Americans and their
leaders are ahistorical. The US operates on the basis of a priori
theories that justify American preconceptions and desires. This is a
prescription for war, disaster, and the demise of humanity.
Even American commentators whom one would consider
to be intelligent are ahistorical. Writing on OpEdNews (8-18-15)
William Bike says that Ronald Reagan advocated the destruction of
the Soviet Union. Reagan did no such thing. Reagan was respectful of
the Soviet leadership and worked with Gorbachev to end the Cold War.
Reagan never spoke about winning the Cold War, only about bringing
it to an end. The Soviet Union collapsed as a consequence of
Gorbachev being arrested by hardline communists, opposed to
Gorbachev’s policies, who launched a coup. The coup failed, but it
took down the Soviet government. Reagan had nothing to do with it
and was no longer in office.
Some ahistorical Americans cannot tell the
difference between the war criminals Clinton, Bush, Cheney, and
Obama, and Jimmy Carter, who spent his life doing, and trying to do,
good deeds. No sooner do we hear that the 90-year old former
president has cancer than Matt Peppe regals us on CounterPunch about
“Jimmy Carter’s Blood-Drenched Legacy” (8-18-15). Peppe describes
Carter as just another hypocrite who professed human rights but had
a “penchant for bloodshed.” What Peppe means is that Carter did not
stop bloodshed initiated by foreigners abroad. In other words Carter
failed as a global policeman. Peppe’s criticism of Carter, of
course, is the stale and false neoconservative criticism of Carter.
Peppe, like so many others, shows an astonishing
ignorance of the constraints existing policies institutionalized in
government exercise over presidents. In American politics, interest
groups are more powerful than the elected politicians. Look around
you. The federal agencies created to oversea the wellbeing of the
national forests, public lands, air and water are staffed with the
executives of the very polluting and clear-cutting industries that
the agencies are supposed to be regulating. Read CounterPunch editor
Jeffrey St. Clair’s book, Born Under A Bad Sky, to understand that
those who are supposed to be regulated are in fact doing the
regulating, and in their interests. The public interest is nowhere
in the picture.
Look away from the environment to economic policy.
The same financial executives who caused the ongoing financial
crisis resulting in enormous ongoing public subsidies to the private
banking system, now into the eight year, are the ones who run the US
Treasury and Federal Reserve.
Without a strong movement behind him, from whose
ranks a president can staff an administration committed to major
changes, the president is in effect a captive of the private
interests who finance political campaigns. Reagan is the only
president of our time who had even a semblance of a movement behind
him, and the “Reaganites” in his administration were counterbalanced
by the Bush Establishment Republicans.
During the 1930s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt
had a movement behind him consisting of New Dealers. Consequently,
Roosevelt was able to achieve a number of overdue reforms such as
Nevertheless, Roosevelt did not see himself as
being in charge. In The Age of Acquiescence (2015), Steve Fraser
quotes President Roosevelt telling Treasury Secretary Henry
Morgenthau at the end of 1934 that “the people I have called the
‘money changers in the Temple’ are still in absolute control. It
will take many years and possibly several revolutions to eliminate
Eight decades later as Nomi Prins has made clear
in All The Presidents’ Bankers (2014), the money changers are still
in control. Nothing less than fire and the sword can dislodge them.
Yet, and it will forever be the case, America has
commentators who really believe that a president can change things
but refuses to do so because he prefers the way that they are.
Unless there is a major disaster, such as the
Great Depression, or a lessor challenge, such as stagflation for
which solutions were scarce, a president without a movement is
outgunned by powerful private interest groups, and sometimes even if
he has a movement.
Private interests were empowered by the Republican
Supreme Court’s decision that the purchase of the US government by
corporate money is the constitutionally protected exercise of free
To be completely clear, the US Supreme Court has
ruled that organized interest groups have the right to control the
Under this Supreme Court ruling, how can the
United States pretend to be a democracy?
How can Washington justify its genocidal murders
as “bringing democracy” to the decimated?
Unless the world wakes up and realizes that total
evil has the reins in the West, humanity has no future.
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
How America Was Lost.