The Impulsiveness of US Power
By Paul Craig Roberts
October 08, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" - Washington’s impulsive
use of power is a danger to America and to the world. Arrogant
Washington politicians and crazed neoconservatives are screaming
that the US must shoot down Russian aircraft that are operating
against the US-supplied forces that have brought death and
destruction to Syria, unleashing millions of refugees on Europe, in
Washington’s effort to overthrow the Syrian government.
Even my former CSIS colleague, Zbigniew
Brzezinski, normally a sensible if sometimes misguided person, has
written in the Financial Times that Washington should deliver an
ultimatum to Russia to “cease and desist from military actions that
directly affect American assets.” By “American assets,” Brzezinski
means the jihadist forces that Washington has sicced on Syria.
Brzezinski’s claim that “Russia must work with,
not against, the US in Syria” is false. The fact of the matter is
that “the US must work with, not against Russia in Syria,” as Russia
controls the situation, is in accordance with international law, and
is doing the right thing.
Ash Carter, the US Secretary for War, repeats
Brzezinski’s demand. He declared that Washington is not prepared to
cooperate with Russia’s “tragically flawed” and “mistaken strategy”
that frustrates Washington’s illegal attempt to overthrow the Syrian
government with military violence.
Washington’s position is that only Washington
decides and that Washington intends to unleash yet more chaos on the
world in the hope that it reaches Russia.
I guess no one in hubristic and arrogant
Washington was listening when Putin said in his UN speech on
September 28: “We can no longer tolerate the state of affairs in the
The intolerable state of affairs is the chaos that
Washington has brought to the Middle East, chaos that threatens to
expand into all countries with Muslim populations, and chaos from
which millions of refugees are flooding into Europe.
Not satisfied with threatening Russia with war,
Washington is preparing to send US Navy ships inside the
12-nautical-mile territorial limit of islands created by China’s
land reclamation project. The Navy Times reports that three Pentagon
officials have said on background that “approval of the mission is
So here we have the US government gratuitously and
provocatively threatening two nuclear powers. The Washington
warmongers try to pretend that land reclamation is “an act of
regional aggression” and that Washington is just upholding
international law by protecting “freedom of navigation.”
By “freedom of navigation,” Washington means
Washington’s ability to control all sea lanes.
After all of Washington’s violations of
international law and war crimes during the last 14 years,
Washington’s claim to be protecting international law is hilarious.
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a former director of the
US Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon’s intelligence
organization, said that Washington needs to understand that “Russia
also has foreign policy; Russia also has a national security
strategy” and stop crossing Russia’s “red lines.”
Gen. Flynn thus joins with Patrick J. Buchanan as two voices of
sense and sensibility in Washington. Together they stand against the
arrogance and hubris that will destroy us.
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.