29, 2016 "Information Clearing House"
- "Counterpunch" - There
is something I am going to try and explain here after watching the
Democratic National Convention this evening that will invite the scorn of
many of my friends. But the words are gagging my throat and my stomach is
twisted and sick and I have to vomit this out. The anti-americanism in me
is about to explode and land god knows where as my rage is well beyond
reason. And I, by heritage, half American in a way that makes me “more”
American than almost anyone else in this country except for the true
Americans, the American Indians, am in utter denial tonight that
I am, as you are, American as well.
am half Canadian, I was brought up there, with very different values than
you Americans hold, and tonight — after the endless spit ups and
boasts and rants about the greatness of American militarism, and praise for
American military strength, and boasts about wiping out ISIS, and America
being the strongest country on earth, and an utterly inane story from a
woman whose son died in Obama’s war, about how she got to cry in
gratitude on Obama’s shoulder — tonight I feel deeply Canadian.
Every subtle lesson I was ever subliminally given about the bullies across
the border and their rudeness and their lack of education and their
self-given right to bomb whoever they wanted in the world for no reason
other than that they wanted something the people in the other country had,
and their greed, came oozing to the surface of my psyche.
just got back from a rather fierce walk beside the Yellowstone River here
in Montana, trying to let the mountains in the distance reconnect me to
some place of goodness in my soul, but I couldn’t find it. The scenery was
as exquisite as ever, but it just couldn’t touch the rage in my heart. The
visions of all the dead children in Syria that Hillary Clinton
helped to kill; the children bombed to bits in Afghanistan and Pakistan
from Obama’s drones, the grisly chaos of of Libya, the utter wasteland of
Iraq, the death and destruction everywhere caused by American military
intervention. The Ukraine, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Chile, you
name it — your country has bombed it or destroyed its civilian life in some
I heard all the Americans cheering for the military and the pronouncements
of might coming from the speakers in the Wells Fargo Centre, I loathed you.
I loathed every single one of you. I knew in my gut that what I was taught
as a child was true, which is that YOU are the enemy. YOU are the country
to be feared. YOU are the country to be disgusted by. YOU are ignorant. And
your greed and self-satisfaction and unearned pride knows no bounds.
I am not an American tonight. I reject my Puritan ancestors who landed
in this country in 1648. I reject the words I voiced at my citizenship
ceremony. I reject every moment of thrilling discovery I ever had in this
people have no idea what it is like for people from other countries to hear
you boast and cheer for your guns and your bombs and your soldiers and your
murderous military leaders and your war criminals and your murdering and
conscienceless Commander in Chief. All those soaring words are
received by the rest of us, by us non-Americans, by all the cells in our
body, as absolutely repugnant and obscene.
there you all are tonight, glued to your TVs and your computers, your
hearts swelled with pride because you belong to the strongest country on
Earth, cheering on your Murderer President. Ignorant of the entire world’s
repulsion. You kill and you kill and you kill, and still you remain proud.
Kidder is an actress and activist in Montana.
Leading up to Monday’s Democratic
Party convention, Hillary chose Blue Dog Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia as her
VP. This was followed by the Wikileaks release of Democratic National Committee
(DNC) e-mail files showing it acting as the Clinton Campaign Committee even to
the point of using the same lawyers as her own campaign to oppose Bernie
The response across the
Democratic neocon spectrum, from Anne Applebaum at the Washington Post to
red-baiting Paul Krugman and the Sunday talk shows it was suggested that behind
the Wikileaks to release DNC e-mails was a Russian plot to help elect Trump as
their agent. Former US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul lent his tattered
reputation to claim that Putin must have sponsored the hackers who exposed the
DNC dirty tricks against Bernie.
The attack on Trump was of course
aimed at Sanders. At first it didn’t take off. Enough delegates threatened to
boo DNC head (and payday-loan lobbyist) Debbie Wasserman Schultz off stage if
she showed her face at the podium to gavel the convention to order. The
down-note would have threatened the “United Together” theme, so she was forced
to resign. But Hillary rewarded her loyalty by naming her honorary chairman of
her own presidential campaign! If you’re loyal, you get a pay-off. The DNC was
doing what it was supposed to do. No reform seems likely.
The Democratic machine
orchestrated a media campaign to distract attention by attributing the leaks
were to a Russian plot to undermine American democracy (as if the e-mails did
not show how undemocratic the DNC had operated in stacking the primaries). A
vote against Hillary would be a vote for Trump – and a vote for Trump would
really be for Putin. And as Hillary had explained earlier, Putin = Hitler. The
media let it be known that attacking Wasserman Schultz – and by extension,
Hillary’s neocon policies – makes one a Russian dupe. This theme colored the
entire convention week.
Endorsing Hillary’s presidential
bid on Monday evening, Sanders joined in the chorus that this November will pit
Good against Evil – or as Ray McGovern put it on RT’s Cross Talk,
at least proxies for Netanyahu vs. Putin. Wall Street Senator Chuck Schumer
went on TV to heave a sigh of relief that the party was indeed united together.
Many Sanders’ supporters felt no
obligation to follow his obeisance. Many walked out after he closed Tuesday’s
state-by-state roll call by throwing his support behind Clinton. Others chanted
“Lock Her Up”.
VP Kaine as Hillary’s
stand-in if she’s indicted or seems unelectable
The potential “Hillary
Republicans” who are turning away from Trump – whose ranks include Mike
Bloomberg, the neocon Kagan family (Robert and Victoria Nuland) and William
Kristol – far outnumber the Sanders supporters who may stay home or vote for
Jill Stein on the Green Party ticket. Hillary sees more votes (and certainly
more campaign contributions and future “speaking fees”) from the Koch Brothers,
George Soros, Wall Street, Saudi Arabia and the corporatist Chamber of
Kaine recently has fought to
“free” small and medium-sized banks from being subject to the Consumer
Financial Protection Agency. He has long supported the TPP, deregulation of
Wall Street, and most everything that Sanders opposes. Appointed as DNC head by
President Obama in 2008, he dismantled Howard Dean’s 50-state strategy, not
bothering to fight Republicans in the South and other solid Republican states.
His move let them elect governors who gerrymandered their voting districts
after the 2010 census.
The DNC designated these
“neglected” states to come first in the presidential
primaries. They were the ones that Hillary won. Sanders won most of the swing
states and those likely to vote Democratic. That made him the party’s strongest
nominee – obliging the DNC to maneuver to sideline him. His criticism of big
donors and Citizens United threatens to dry up the source of funding not only
for Hillary but also for the DNC. They are going after the money – whose chief
providers are Wall Street, neoliberal corporatists and New Cold War neocons.
Bernie’s campaign targeted Wall
Street and corporate deregulation (the essence of TTP and TTIP) as the key to
the One Percent’s monopolization of income and wealth since Obama’s post-2008
sacrifice of the economy on the altar of rescuing banks and their bondholders.
That is why the Wall Street’s Donor Class that controls the Democratic Party
machine want to discourage new voter enrollment and turnout. The last thing
they want is an influx of new voters advocating real reform. Millennial
newcomers are more progressive, born into a generation that has no opportunity
to obtain jobs and housing as easily as their parents. So it’s best to keep out
independents in favor of the old-time voters with brand loyalty to Democrats.
Trump for saying what Bernie Sanders has been saying
Trump made his quip about Russia
in what actually was an eloquent and funny press conference. The media took this out of context to depict him
as urging the Russians to hack into our e-mails. What he actually said was that
if Russia – or China, or somebody “sitting in his bed” – did indeed read
Hillary’s State Department and Clinton Foundation dealings, they should do the
world a favor and release them to reveal her self-dealing.
Trump is right in saying that
there has not really been a recovery for the Rust Belt or for the 99 Percent.
Hillary brazens it out by claiming that Obama’s neoliberal economics have
helped wage-earners, despite the debt deflation blocking recovery. She promises
to continue his policies (backed by his same campaign funders).
That would seem to be a losing
strategy for this year’s election – unless the Democrats gain control of the
electronic voting machines, especially in Ohio. But the Republicans may decide
to throw the election to Hillary, who is fortunate to have Donald Trump as her
opponent. Demonized as Putin’s “Siberian candidate,” he has become the
Democrats’ unifying force: “Hillary isn’t Trump.”
That’s what voting for the
“lesser evil” means. Hillary’s message is: “Even though we support TPP and a
New Cold War, at least you’ll have a woman at the helm. Anyway, you have
nowhere else to go, because the other side is even more evil!”
Her logic is that (1) if you criticize Hillary, you’re supporting Trump; (2)
Trump is the Siberian candidate; hence (3) Criticism of Hillary, NATO’s New
Cold War escalation or the TPP’s anti-labor treaty and financial deregulation
is pro-Russian and hence anti-American.
All that strategists for the One
Percent need to do is fund an even worse party platform to the right of the
Democrats. So the choice will be between Evil A (economic evil with ethnic and
sexual tolerance) and Evil B (without such tolerance).
It doesn’t have to be this way.
But Sanders gave up, not feeling up to the task. Having mocked him as a
socialist, Hillary is acting as the Joe McCarthy of the 2010s, mobilizing a wave
of commie bashing against her Republican opponent.
On Monday leading up to the
convention, the Democratic Party’s cable channel MSNBC kept juxtaposing
pictures of Trump and Putin. Criticizing Hillary’s neocon stance supporting
Ukraine’s military coup is depicted as support of Russia – while other
commentators followed President Obama claiming that criticism of TPP means
making China the new leader of Asia. The message is that criticizing NATO’s
adventurism risks being called a Soviet – I mean, Russian – puppet.
dilemma – and that of other would-be reformers of the Democratic Party
Back in the 1950s and ‘60s I
heard labor leaders ask whether there really was nowhere to go except the
Democratic Party. Most who joined got co-opted. Instead of moving the
Democratic Party to the left, its leadership machine corrupted labor, and in
due course the anti-war movement and socialists who joined hoping to move it to
What then is Bernie’s plan to
save his followers from being forced to make one compromise after another? The
party machine demonizes policies with which Hillary’s neocons disagree, and
demand support of NATO escalation and Obama’s (and Hillary’s and Kaine’s)
underlying support of the TPP on the pretense that this will help rather than hurt
labor. Hillary has denounced Bernie’s socialized medicine on the ground that it
is utopian (as if Canada and the eurozone are anti-capitalist utopias).
While Trump sent out tweets and
gave interviews about how Hillary and Debbie have screwed Bernie’s supporters,
Sanders made no parallel attempt to ask why progressive Democrats didn’t
applaud Trump’s assertions that he would wind down confrontation with Russia,
that NATO is obsolete and needs restructuring, and his opposition to the TPP.
Bernie didn’t seize the opportunity to mobilize non-partisan support for their
critique of neoliberal economic policies. He cast his lot with Hillary,
contradicting his claim during the primaries that she was not qualified to be
After Sanders ended Monday evening’s
opening by endorsing Hillary Clinton, the MSNBC camera crew went down to talk
to his supporters. They eagerly asked the first one who she would vote for,
after hearing Bernie’s endorsement. “For Jill Stein,” the lady said, explaining
that there was no way she would vote for Hillary.
The next interview produced a
similar result. “I just don’t trust her,” the Bernie supporter said. A third
said the same thing. The MSNBC booth tried to save face by assuring viewers
that everyone they talked to had said they were going to vote
for Hillary. But it sounded hollow. I suspect that viewers didn’t trust the TV
media any more than they trusted Hillary.
The problem facing Hillary’s
rivals is that she has wrapped herself in the legacy of President Obama. Having
shied from criticizing the president, Sanders and his supporters are
facilitating what may be a Lame Duck session sellout after the November election.
My fear is that Obama will try to “save his legacy” by joining with the
Republicans to drive through the TPP, and also may escalate the New Cold War
with Russia and China so as to make it easier for Hillary to sign onto these
Selecting Tim Kaine as her
running mate means neoliberal, pro-TPP business as usual. Hillary didn’t oppose
TPP. She just said she would put in rhetoric saying that its “purpose” was to
raise wages – whereas most voters have shown themselves to be smart enough to
realize that the effect will be just the opposite.
Yet Sanders endorsed her.
Evidently he hopes to keep his position within the Party chairing the Senate
Minority Budget Committee, while simultaneously trying to promote a revolution
outside the Democrats. I was reminded of a Chinese proverb: When there is a
fork in the road, a man who tries to take two roads at once gets a broken hip
This straddle may have led
Sanders to miss his big chance to make a difference. He is trying to take two
roads at once, continuing to run as an Independent senator while caucusing with
the Democrats without being able to block TPP and new Wall Street giveaways and
more favoritism to the One Percent he has so eloquently denounced. Revolutions
are a matter of timing. As a former YPSL he might have recalled what happened
when Trotsky shied from breaking from Stalin after Lenin died early in 1924.
Soon it was too late, and all Stalin’s opponents were purged. The moment was
Bernie has been an effective
catalyst in this year’s election campaign. But as in chemistry, a catalyst is
not really part of the equation. It merely helps the equation take place.
Sanders didn’t say, “Thank god for Wikileaks. It shows that I was right and the
DNC needs radical reform.” He left it to his supporters to hold up anti-TPP
signs. His new message was “trust Hillary.” But even so, she will not forgive
him for being against her before he was for her. He may still end up being
marginalized in 2017.
I had hoped that in addressing
the convention, Sanders would have said that its aim was not only to elect a
president but congresspersons and officials all down the line. He could have
mentioned the people he is supporting, starting with Wasserman Schultz’s
opponent in Florida’s House race (supported by Obama as well as Hillary).
Bernie’s supporters who walked
out on Tuesday have been duly radicalized. But he himself seems akin to be an
American Alex Tsipras. Tsipras thought withdrawal from the eurozone was even
worse than capitulating to austerity, while Sanders believes that withdrawing
from the Democrats and backing a political realignment – perhaps electing Trump
in the interim is even worse than Hillary’s pro-Wall street Obama-like agenda.
Matters were not improved when
Bill Clinton gave a hagiographic biography of Hillary emphasizing her legal aid
work to protect children, without mentioning how the 1994 welfare “reform”
drastically cut back aid to dependent children. Madeline Albright said that
Hillary would keep America safe, without mentioning Hillary’s promotion of
destabilizing Libya and backing Al Quaeda against Syria’s government, driving
millions of refugees to Europe and wherever they might be safer.
The many anti-TPP signs waved by
Sanders delegates on Wednesday saw Hillary say that she would oppose TPP “as
currently written.” This suggests that a modest sop thrown to labor – a
rhetorical paste-on saying that the TPP’s aim was to raise living standards.
This simply showed once again her sophist trickery at lawyering, giving her an
out that she and long-time TPP supporter Tim Kaine were sure to take.
Obama’s brilliant demagogy left
many eyes glazed over in admiration. Nobody is better at false sincerity while
misrepresenting reality so shamelessly. Probably few caught the threatening
hint he dropped about Hillary’s plan for corporations to share their profits
with their workers. This sounds to me like the Pinochet plan to privatize
Social Security by turning it into exploitative ESOPs (Employee Stock Ownership
Programs). The idea is that wage withholding would be steered to buy into the
company’s stock – bidding it up in the process. Employees then would end up
holding an empty bag, as occurred recently with the Chicago Tribune.
That seems to be the great “reform” to “save” Social Security that her Wall
Street patrons are thinking up.
One might think that the
Democrats would see the Obama administration as an albatross around their neck,
much as Gore had Bill Clinton around his neck in 2000. Gore didn’t want him
showing his face in the campaign. Yet Hillary presents herself as continuing
the Obama policies with “business as usual,” as if she will act as his third
Voters know that Obama bailed out
the banks, not the economy, and that Hillary’s campaign backers are on Wall
Street. So this year would seem to have been a propitious time to start a real
alternative. Hillary is mistrusted, and that mistrust is spreading to the
Democratic Party machine – especially as the Koch Brothers and kindred backers
of failed Republican candidates find neoliberal religion with Hillary. A third
party Green/Socialist run might indeed have taken off – with Sanders stealing
Trump’s thunder by pre-empting his critique of TPP, free trade and NATO, adding
Wall Street and Citizens United campaign financing.
Hillary and even Bernie assured
the Democratic convention again and again how much President Obama has revived
the economy from the “mess” that Bush left. While Trump centers his disdain on
the TPP (much as he knocked Jeb Bush out by saying that the invasion of Iraq
was a mistake), he can reply, “What recovery? Have you voters reallyrecovered
Hillary and other speechmakers at
the Democratic convention criticized Trump for saying that “things are bad.”
But according to the July 13 NBC/WSJ poll, 73% of voters believe that the
country is going “off on the wrong track.” If Trump shifts his epithet from
simply “Crooked Hillary” to the more nuanced “Crooked Wall Street and their
candidate, Crooked Hillary,” he’ll score a ratings spurt.
Debt deflation and shrinking
markets over the next two years do not provide much hope for increasing the
minimum wage – which wouldn’t help much if one can’t find a job in the first
place! By 2018 the continued stagnation of the 99 Percent may lead to a midterm
wipeout of Democrats (assuming that Hillary wins this year against Trump),
catalyzing an alternative party (assuming that she does not blow up the world
in her neocon military escalation on the borders of Russia and China).
The problem with Trump is not
mistrust; it is that nobody knows what policies he will back. The media are
giving him the same silent treatment they did with Bernie, while accusing him
of being in Putin’s pocket. He did admit selling some real estate to Russian
nationals. Perhaps some of these gains fueled his presidential campaign …
The solution is not to save the
Democratic Party, but to replace it. The debate reminds me of that about the
Soviet Union in the 1950s: Is it a degenerated workers’ state, or a Stalinist
bureaucratic mutation going the opposite direction from real socialism?
I wonder how many years it will
take for Hillary to end up booed so loudly that she has to leave hotels and
other speaking venues via their back alleys, much as Lyndon Johnson had to
sneak out to avoid the anti-war booers leading up to the 1968 election.
And an orchestrated war with Russia has all of us marked for extinction
Paul Craig Roberts
The Democratic Party that once was concerned with workers’ rights, the elderly, civil rights, and the constitutional protections of America liberty no longer exists. As the just completed Democratic presidential primaries and the Democratic presidential convention have clearly demonstrated, the United States now has two Republican parties in service to the One Percent.
The organized Democrats–the Democratic National Committee–have shown themselves to be even more venal and corrupt than the Republicans. Leaked emails document that the Democratic National Committee conspired with the Hillary campaign in order to steal the nomination from Bernie Sanders. It is clear that Sanders was the choice of Democratic Party voters for president, but the nomination was stolen from him by vote fraud and dirty tricks.
The DNC and the media whores have tried to discredit the incriminating emails by alleging that the leaked emails resulted from a plot by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in behalf of “Putin’s American agent,” Donald Trump. “A vote for Trump is a vote for Putin,” as the presstitute scum put it.
This diversionary tactic has not worked. Not even Americans are stupid enough to fall for it.
Consequently, the corrupt “leader” of the DNC had to resign and was unable to deliver her speech at the nominating convention from fear of being booed off the stage.
Sanders’ supporters have abandoned Hillary and the fake “Democratic Party.” Probably most of them will vote for the Green Party candidate.
The organized Republicans–the Republican National Committee–and the zionist neoconservatives wanted to block Donald Trump from the nomination just as the DNC blocked Sanders, but could not. The neoconservatives are organizing for Hillary as she is their warmonger and Trump says he is not, but as the Presidential contest is really a contest between the two Republican parties about which gets to be the whore for the One Percent, the RNC, impressed with Hillary’s lack of voter support, seems to be sticking with Trump. Better to be a well-paid whore than to be out in the cold.
In the coming presidential election, the outcome will probably be determined by whether the powerful oligarchic interest groups decide whether Trump is an actual threat or whether they can cosy up to him and rope him in by appointing his government.
Trump’s disability is that no matter how able an individual is, that person cannot simultaneously make themselves a multi-billionaire and be knowledgeable of economic and foreign policy issues. The bald fact is that Trump, if he becomes president, does not know whom to appoint in order to have the support from his government to effect the changes for which his supporters hope he stands.
When a person becomes President, that person doesn’t suddenly become an encyclopedia with full knowledge.The President is dependent on the information flows from his government. If those information flows support the interests of Wall Street, the corrupt “banks too big to fail,” the military-security complex, the Israel Lobby, agribusiness, and the extractive industries (energy, mining, timber), the President’s decisions will support these material interests.
Donald Trump is the American people’s choice, because he is opposed to the offshoring of American jobs–a corporate practice that has enriched the One Percent at the expense of the American middle class.
Donald Trump is the American people’s choice, because he opposes the fabricated, gratuitous conflict with Russia. Even Americans understand that taking war to a major nuclear power will not end well.
Donald Trump is the American people’s choice because he realizes that NATO–an organization whose purpose disappeared 25 years ago when the Soviet Union collapsed as a result of the coup against Gorbachev by extreme elements of the Soviet Communist Party–now serves as a vehicle and cover for Washington’s aggressions, which are war crimes under the international statutes that Washington created. Washington’s wars benefit some of the One Percent at the expense of both the 99 Percent and millions of innocent peoples in many countries.
What will happen now is that the presstitutes will demonize Donald Trump even more than they have demonized Vladimir Putin. The scum presstitutes will do everything that they can possibly do to make a vote for Trump into an act of treason against America.
Now that the presstitutes have learned that they can tell the most blatant lies–Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, Iranian nukes, Assad’s use of chemical weapons, Russian invasions–without being held accountable, they know that they can lie about Trump.
And they will. To the hilt.
But the presstitutes have lost credibility. A person has to be an imbecile to believe a word that they say.
“Progressives” will wander off the track. They will be turned off by Trump’s stand on immigration, which is where the American people stand. “Progressives” will be worried about whether the ‘fascist” Trump will persecute transgender and homosexual people or revoke the right of women to abort the unborn. To “progressives” this will seem all important as Washington and its NATO vassals hurl the world into nuclear war.
Neither can any intelligence be expected from the defunct American left-wing. The American left-wing supports the official story of 9/11, the excuse for the last 15 years of illegal wars and the American Police State. To find the American left-wing totally allied with the official explanation of what is in reality a false flag event, committed in order that the neoconservatives would have their new Pearl Harbor in order to invade the Middle East, is demonstrable proof that the American left-wing is irrelevant.
The American left interprets 9/11 and subsequent false flag events as oppressed peoples striking back at their oppressors. The emotional satisfaction of this takes the impotent American left-wing out not only of action but of relevance in commentary. The American left-wing has become an asset of the enemy–the neoconservatives who control policy in Washington.
So, where do we stand? The answer is that we are closer to nuclear annihilation than ever before. I know of what I speak. I held the highest security clearances. I was a member of a secret committee that enabled President Reagan to end the Cold War.
The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin is doing everything he can possibly do to avoid the nuclear war that the crazed American neoconservatives are bringing to humanity. For his efforts in behalf of planet Earth he is demonized 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year after year. For simply stating facts, I am described by the presstitutes as “an apologist for Putin.”
The endless lies about Russia have convinced the Russian media that Washington is mobilizing its NATO vassals for an attack on Russia. Read the transcripts to this Russian media broadcast.
If you aren’t scared after absorbing this Russian news broadcast, you are stupid beyond belief. The message is clear: the West has declared war on Russia but is trying to keep Russia off guard by denying it.
The video of the Russian news broadcast also shows the dismissive way the Russian media was treated at the recent NATO conference in Poland. The non-entity representatives of the non-entity countries of Latvia, which has been ruthlessly looted by the West, Estonia, Lithuania, and Poland, and the Ukraine representative either refuse to speak to the Russian media or use the interview to repeat Washington’s false accusations against Russia. These imbeciles insulting Russia are representatives of countries that Russia could destroy in a few minutes. If these idiots think Washington could save them, they are as stupid as the Polish colonels who thought that the British guarantee in March 1939 meant anything and could save Poland from the rash action of sticking Poland’s fingers in Hitler’s eye. This Polish stupidity provoked by the stupid British set off World War II with the British and French declaration of war against Germany, thus consigning Poland to Soviet rule for a half century. Some guarantee! The imbecile Chamberlain who wanted peace started WWII with Britain’s worthless “guarantee.”
Does it make you feel safe that the arrogant warmongering imbeciles in Washington have convinced a nuclear power the equal of the United States that America is going to attack?
Moreover, Russia is a nuclear power allied with another nuclear power, China, which has had enough of Washington’s imbecilic provocations. Are you willing for “your” government to lead your future into nuclear war with two nuclear powers?
Here we Americans are going into a presidential election and the overpowering fact of our time–that Washington is threatening humanity with nuclear war–is not a subject for discussion! What is the matter with us Americans? Are we stupid beyond all belief? We sit stupidly, thinking that issues of no importance are the most important issues of our time while “our” insane government provokes nuclear war. Have any people in history failed their obligation to this extent? If so, who?
My case rests. There is no countervailing evidence against the fact that unadulterated evil rules the West and is driving the world to extinction. Western democracy is a total failure. Democracy could not prevent the crazed warmonger Hillary from presidential nomination despite the opposition of the American people.
How long can Russia, and China, wait before they conclude that they have to pre-empt the coming attack from Washington? Does anyone, even stupid Americans, think that once Russia and China are convinced that they are targets for attack that they will just sit there and await the attack?
Do peoples as guilty of dereliction of duty as Western peoples are have any right to survive?
We are living
in a world when it is normal to think that civilizations are incompatible and
have to clash with each other. But this is a perversion of the truth as Dr.
Paul Craig Roberts points out.
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‘Clash of Civilizations’ is a hypothesis proposed by the American
political scientist Samuel P. Huntington in 1992, whereby people’s
cultural and religious identities are the primary source of conflict
in a post-Cold War world.
theory hangs on the the idea that up until the French Revolution,
principle wars were between princes, emperors and monarchs to expand
their bureaucracies, economic strength and most importantly — territories.
In the process they created nation states. After WWI, conflict
between nation states, according to Huntington, yielded to the
conflict of ideologies.
view of Huntington’s theory is as follows: “Huntington’s book or
thesis is part of a neoconservative plan, what Huntington does is
to set up the Middle East for the neoconservative plan
of American hegemony of the whole Middle East, and I think that this
thesis he constructed was to get the foreign policy community in the
United States, foreign policy writers and professors, thinking that a clash
between the United States and the Islamic world was something that was
normal, just part of the way things worked. And that’s why he went back
to the past to Kings and Princes to try and root it in the
past, that sort of thing….the Napoleonic Wars began as an ideological
thing, the overthrow of the old order by the French revolution, and
the old order trying to protect itself. It's hard to say exactly what
WWII was all about, but it did seem that the Germans had in mind
expanding to the east,…then we had the Korean and Vietnam wars which were
presented to the American people as an ideological clash
between freedom and democracy and Soviet totalitarianism….Wars now are
wars of choice created by Washington. What they've done is
destabilize the balance in the Middle East between the two main
Muslim groups, the Shia and the Sunni. Washington has overthrown secular
leaders like Saddam Hussein, which has released a conflict within that
society, and they are trying to do the same thing in Syria,
to get rid of Assad who is also a secular leader. But these are wars
that were provoked by a handful of American intellectuals known
seems to imply that civilizations are intrinsically hostile to each
other — a kind of civilizational chaos theory, John Harrison said.
“Yes, I think that is what his argument is. It's obviously false. In the Middle
East you had Christians, Jews and Muslims living together, the relationship
between the United States and the Middle East was stable. The Arabs sold
us their oil, we gave them paper money, they used the paper money
to finance the American deficit….there was no need for conflict then
between the Arab world and the United States,…all of this conflict
was invented by the neoconservatives, who had this plan for a new
American century; and it called for invading and overthrowing the
governments in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia….It was put
into effect with 9/11, but the plans existed to invade Iraq
prior to 9/11. It was a choice conflict that had nothing to do
with cultural conflict.”
To say that
civilizations clash with each other is potentially a very dangerous
statement, John Harrison suggested. Dr Roberts agreed: “Yes, it is very
dangerous, it has brought the United States into conflict not merely
with Muslims, but also with Russia and China. And with the
independent-minded governments in Latin America. So we are essentially in conflict
with everybody because we are indispensable and exceptional”. “Americans
then are very special because they are not only representatives of white
christian culture, but also exceptional because you are Americans,” John
Harrison said. “This is very similar to what the Nazis said, they were the
chosen people, the exceptional ones,” Dr Roberts agreed.
Roberts was asked if ‘transculturalism’ whereby different cultures are
understood and respected, could be the way forward. “Well, that would be the
only way forward. We have to understand that peoples have a history.
Culture is in history and you can't expect people just to write it
all off and do what you're doing. If there has to be change, it is
gradual over time, it can't be imposed from the outside, so I think,
yes, people have to learn to respect each other, and respect other
civilizations. It used to be when I was a student, that's what they tried
to teach you, they had to try to teach you to understand
other people, and their histories, and how it affects them. So you weren't
supposed to go around bullying or challenging them or overcoming,
that's not what you were supposed to do.”
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, who served as an Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan administration,
shares his view that there is a real likelihood of a nuclear war breaking out.
Below are the main points covered in this radio programme.
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"Firstly there is the Wolfowitz doctrine, which
basically makes it clear that the United States should prevent the rise
of any state that could present sufficient power to threaten American
unilateral action. Russia has risen and has displayed such power….This is the
reason for the constant demonization of Russia’s leader. We have the
number one candidate for the democratic Nomination Hillary Clinton, who
now compares the President of Russia with Hitler….So what has
happened is that every American president during my lifetime, especially
Nixon and Reagan worked to create trust between the two major nuclear
powers. But beginning with Clinton, the trust that had been achieved was
"When you destroy trust between nuclear
powers you recreate the possibility of nuclear war, either by intent,
or miscalculation. So this is a reckless and irresponsible act on the part
of Washington….The information war that is going on now is
to prepare the American population and NATO countries allies
for military conflict with Russia. This is part of the
preparation of that. We now have high level people in the US
government and military who go to Congress and say that Russia is an
existential threat. This is rubbish!…You have to remember that
before the wars started in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, it was the
constant demonisation of the leaders of the governments,
against Gaddafi, Hussein. When you see these kinds of demonization it
fits a pattern."
"A hot war can come from a new cold war.
Another factor is the American military industrial complex, with a
turnover of a trillion dollars annually. Their entire revenues come
from serving the war capability of US government. They have a huge
interest in having a major enemy. They tried to make terrorists that
enemy, but that is not serious enough, so this complex has great interest
in recreating the Russian threat. From the neo conservative standpoint,
they actually regard any country with an independent foreign policy
to be a threat to the United States. So that part of the
equation means that they can move the cold war into a hot war, it only
takes a small amount of miscalculation. I don’t see how the Russian
government can believe one word coming out of Washington."
"Some neocons say: what’s the good
of nuclear weapons if you can’t use them? They have a theory that the US
has sufficient superiority to win a strike against Russia. If the US
cannot win against a few thousand Taliban, it will not be able
to win a possible conventional war against the Red Army, it
will go nuclear rather lose…. A nuclear war cannot be won."
"The neoconservatives now have no competition,
there is nobody out there apart from Washington wishing to take
over the world….As long as the American vassal states that compromise
the NATO accept it, they magnify the chance of a new massive
war….Republican candidates are competing with each other to see who
can treat Russia the most aggressively."