Saudi Arabia Has Handed the Emir of Qatar an Opportunity to Redirect
June 29, 2017
Saudi Arabia Has Handed the Emir of Qatar an
Opportunity to Redirect History
Paul Craig Roberts
In the event you have noticed the hullabaloo
about Qatar and wonder what it is about, it is about Al Jazeera, a news
organization, established by the Emir who rules the oil and gas sheikdom on the
Persian Gulf. Al Jezeera is far more professional than any news organization in
the West. Al Jazeera’s problem is that it covers the actual news and tells the
truth. This is unacceptable to the Saudis, the United Arab Emirates, and to
Qatar has the highest per capita income in the
world—$129,700 in 2016—a sum to which American per capita income compares very
Qatar also hosts the largest US military base in
the Mideast. This fact makes the list of demands or else that Saudi Arabia has
handed to Qatar perplexing. Essentially, the Saudis accuse Qatar of “supporting
terrorism” because the Emir permits Al Jazeera to tell the truth. The second
demand on the list is that Qatar close down Al Jezeera.
The Emir is proud of Al Jazeera, and he should
be. On the other hand Qatar shares a land border with Saudi Arabia. But the
Saudis are bogged down as Washington’s proxie in a war with Yemen. Does Saudi
Arabia want a second front? What would Washington’s response be to a Saudi
attack on a country that hosts Washington’s largest military base in the Middle
Is Qatar to be incorporated into Saudi Arabia?
If so, the problem returns of the infidel having military troops in the country
that protects the holy shrine of Mecca. What is certain is that Washington is
not going to let go of its largest base in the Middle East.
Still, Washington hates Al Jazeera. So, can we
expect that Washington will pressure the Emir to comply with the Saudi demand?
What if the Emir instead ordered Washington out and installed the Russians, or
the Iranians with whom the Emir is on speaking terms? If the Emir could evade
the CIA assassination attempts, he could single handedly change the course of
Only the corrupt Saudi monarchy and the idiots
in Washington could create such an opportunity for a mere Emir. If I were the
Emir, I would be on the telephone with Vladimir Putin.
For sixteen years the US has been at war in the Middle East and North
Africa, running up trillions of dollars in expenses, committing untold war
crimes, and sending millions of war refugees to burden Europe, while
simultaneously claiming that Washington cannot afford its Social Security and
Medicare obligations or to fund a national health service like every civilized
Considering the enormous social needs that cannot be met because of the
massive cost of these orchestrated wars, one would think that the American
people would be asking questions about the purpose of these wars. What is being
achieved at such enormous costs? Domestic needs are neglected so that the
military/security complex can grow fat on war profits.
The lack of curiosity on the part of the American people, the media, and
Congress about the purpose of these wars, which have been proven to be based
entirely on lies, is extraordinary. What explains this conspiracy of silence,
this amazing disinterest in the squandering of money and lives?
Most Americans seem to vaguely accept these orchestrated wars as the
government’s response to 9/11. This adds to the mystery as it is a fact that
Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Iran (Iran not yet attacked except
with threats and sanctions) had nothing to do with 9/11. But these countries
have Muslim populations, and the Bush regime and presstitute media succeeded in
associating 9/11 with Muslims in general.
Perhaps if Americans and their “representatives” in Congress understood
what the wars are about, they would rouse themselves to make objections. So, I
will tell you what Washington’s war on Syria and Washington’s intended war on
Iran are about. Ready?
There are three reasons for Washington’s war, not America’s war as
Washington is not America, on Syria. The first reason has to do with the
profits of the military/security complex.
The military/security complex is a combination of powerful private and
governmental interests that need a threat to justify an annual budget that
exceeds the GDP of many countries. War gives this combination of private and
governmental interests a justification for its massive budget, a budget whose
burden falls on American taxpayers whose real median family income has not
risen for a couple of decades while their debt burden to support their living
standard has risen.
The second reason has to do with the Neoconservative ideology of American
world hegemony. According to the Neoconservatives, who most certainly are not
conservative of any description, the collapse of communism and socialism means
that History has chosen “Democratic Capitalism,” which is neither democratic
nor capitalist, as the World’s Socio-Economic-Political system and it is
Washington’s responsibility to impose Americanism on the entire world.
Countries such as Russia, China, Syria, and Iran, who reject American hegemony
must be destabilized and desroyed as they stand in the way of American
The Third reason has to do with Israel’s need for the water resources of
Southern Lebanon. Twice Israel has sent the vaunted Israeli Army to occupy
Southern Lebanon, and twice the vaunted Israeli Army was driven out by
Hezbollah, a militia supported by Syria and Iran.
To be frank, Israel is using America to eliminate the Syrian and Iranian
governments that provide military and economic support to Hezbollah. If
Hezbollah’s suppliers can be eliminated by the Americans, Israel’s army can
steal Southern Lebanon, just as it has stolen Palestine and parts of Syria.
Here are the facts: For 16 years the insouciant American population has
permitted a corrupt government in Washington to squander trillions of dollars
needed domestically but instead allocated to the profits of the
military/security complex, to the service of the Neoconservative ideology of US
world hegemony, and to the service of Israel.
Clearly, Amerian democracy is a fraud. It serves everyone but Americans.
What is the likely consequence of the US government serving non-American
The best positive outcome is poverty for the 99 percent. The worst outcome
is nuclear armageddon.
Washington’s service to the military/security complex, to the
Neoconservative ideology, and to Israel completely neglects over-powering
Israel’s interest to overthrow Syria and Iran is totally inconsistant with
Russia’s interest to prevent the import of jihadism into the Russian Federation
and Central Asia. Therefore, Israel has put the US into direct military conflict
The US military/security complex’s financial interests to surround Russia
with missile sites is inconsistent with Russian sovereignty as is the
Neoconservatives’ emphasis on US world hegemony.
President Trump does not control Washington. Washington is controlled by
the military/security complex (watch on youtube President Eisenhower’s
description of the military/security complex as a threat to American
democracy), by the Israel Lobby, and by the Neoconservatives. These three
organized interest groups have pre-empted the Amercan people, who are powerless
and are uninvolved in the decisions about their future.
Every US Representative and US Senator who stood up to Israel was defeated
by Israel in their re-election campaign. This is the reason that when Israel
wants something it passes both houses of Congress unanimously. As Admiral Tom
Moorer, Chief of Naval Operations and Chariman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
said publicly, “No American President can stand up to Israel.” Israel gets what
it wants no matter what the consequences are for America.
Adm. Moorer was right. The US gives Israel every year enough money to
purchase our government. And Israel does purchase our government. The US
government is far more accountable to Israel than to the American people. The
votes of the House and Senate prove this.
Unable to stand up to tiny Israel, Washington thinks it can buffalo Russia
and China. For Washington to continue to provoke Russia and China is a sign of
insantity. In the place of intelligence we see hubris and arrogance, the
hallmarks of fools.
What Planet Earth, and the creatures thereon, need more than anything is
leaders in the West who are intelligent, who have a moral conscience, who
respect truth, and who are are capable of understanding the limits to their
It Is the Presstitutes, Not Russia, Who Interfered in the US Presidential
Paul Craig Roberts
Unlike Oliver Stone, who knew how to interview Vladimir Putin, Megyn Kelly
did not. Thus, she made a fool of herself, which is par for her course.
Now the entire Western media has joined Megyn in foolishness, or so it
appears from a RT report. James O’Keefe has senior CNN producer John Bonifield
on video telling O’Keefe that CNN’s anti-Russia reporting is purely for
ratings: “It’s mostly bullshit right now. Like, we don’t have any big giant
proof.” CNN’s Bonifield is reported to go on to say that “our CIA is doing shit
all the time, we’re out there trying to manipulate governments.” https://www.rt.com/usa/394233-russia-cnn-ratings-veritas/
And, of course, the American people, the European peoples, and the US and
European governments are being conditioned by the “Russia did it” storyline to
distrust Russia and to accept whatever dangerous and irresponsible policy
toward Russia that Washington comes up with next.
Is the anti-Russian propaganda driven by ratings as Bonifield is reported
to claim, or are ratings the neoconservatives and military/security complex’s
cover for media disinformation that increases tensions between the superpowers
and prepares the ground for nuclear war?
RT acknowleges that the entire story could be just another piece of false
news, which is all that the Western media is known for.
Nevertheless, what we do know is that the fake news reporting pertains to
Russia’s alleged interference in the US presidential election. Allegedly, Trump
was elected by Putin’s interference in the election. This claim is absurd, but
if you are Megyn Kelly you lack the IQ to see that. Instead, presstitutes turn
a nonsense story into a real story despite the absence of any evidence.
Who actually interfered in the US presidential election, Putin or the
presstitutes themselves? The answer is clear and obvious. It was the
presstitutes, who were out to get Trump from day one of the presidential campaign.
It is CIA director John Brennan, who did everything in his power to brand Trump
some sort of Russian agent. It is FBI director Comey who did likewise by
continuing to “investigate” what he knew was a non-event. We now have a former
FBI director playing the role of special prosecutor investigating Trump for
“obstruction of justice” when there is no evidence of a crime to be obstructed!
What we are witnessing is the ongoing interference in the presidential
election, an interference that not only makes a mockery of democracy but also
of the rule of law.
The presstitutes not only interfered in the presidential election; they are
now interfering with democracy itself. They are seeking to overturn the
people’s choice by discrediting the President of the United States and those
who elected him. The Democratic Party is a part of this attack on American
democracy. It is the DNC that insists that a Putin/Trump conspiracy stole the
presidency from Hillary. The Democrats’ position is that it is too risky to
permit the American people—the “deplorables”— to vote. The Democratic Party’s
line is that if you let Americans vote, they will elect a Putin stooge and
America will be ruled by Russia.
Many wonder why Trump doesn’t use the power of the office of the presidency
to indict the hit squad that is out to get him. There is no doubt that a jury
of deplorables would indict Brennan, Comey, Megyn Kelly and the rest. On the
other hand, perhaps Trump’s view is that the Republican Party cannot afford to
go down with him, and, therefore, as he is politically protected by the
Republican majority, the best strategy is to let the Democrats and the
presstitutes destroy themselves in the eyes of flyover America.
What our survival as Americans depends on is the Russians’ view of this conflict
between a US President who intended to reduce the tensions between the nuclear
powers and those determined to increase the tensions. The Russian high command
has already announced its conclusion that Washington is preparing a surprise
nuclear attack on Russia. It is not possible to image a more dangerous
conclusion. So far, no one in Washington or any Western government has made an
effort to reassure Russia that no such attack is being prepared. Instead, the
calls are for more punishment of Russia and more tension.
This most extraordinary of failures demonstrates the complete separation of
the West from reality.
It is difficult to image a more extreme danger than for the insouciant West
to convince Russia that the West is incapable of rational behavior. But that is precisely what the West is doing.
The crooks who run the Western financial system
set up the gold market in a way that lets them control the price. Gold is not
priced in the physical gold market where bullion is bought and sold. Gold is
priced in a futures market where uncovered contracts that are settled in cash
are bought and sold. As the futures contracts do not have to be covered in the
way that shorting a stock has to be covered, the bullion bank agents of the
central banks can create paper gold by printing naked contracts. In other words,
it is possible to inflate the supply of gold in the market in which the gold
price is determined by dumping futures contracts on the market. The huge
increase in supply of paper gold drives down the futures price of gold. This
Western policy is stupid, because it drives down the price of real gold for the
major Asian purchasers—China, India, and Turkey. But the policy protects the
value of the US dollar by preventing a rising gold price that would show the
growing lack of confidence in fiat paper currencies.
The European, UK, and Japanese central banks
have protected the US dollar’s exchange rate vis-a-vis other reserve currencies
by indulging in quantitative easing themselves. With all fiat currencies
inflating, the exchange rates stay relatively stable. The central banks prevent
the rise in the price of gold by printing paper gold for the paper gold market.
It is my view that bitcoin is the beneficiary
of this rigging of the prices of gold and fiat currencies.
Bitcoin cannot increase in supply, and bitcoins are not priced in future
markets that permit naked shorts.
Dave Kranzler explains today’s central bank
takedown of gold. In order to protect their own irresponsible and probably
illegal behavior, the central banks are committed to a policy that frustrates
the efforts of people to find refuge in gold from fiat paper currency
inflation. The policy of the central banks proves that the elite work
assiduously against the interest of the people.
Why do people tolerate the central banks which
only serve the One Percent? Thomas Jefferson understood that as did President
Andrew Jackson, but in the Western World insouciance has replaced intelligence.
The One Percent know what they are doing. The 99 Percent are locked up in The
Here is Kranzler’s clear explanation of the
rigging of gold markets by central banks. Of course, nothing whatsoever will be
done about the crimes as they are crimes against the helpless 99 Percent, a
collection of “deplorables.” Who cares about them? Certainly no Western
On June 21 the editorial board of the Washington Post,
long a propaganda instrument believed to be in cahoots with the CIA and the
deep state, called for more sanctions and more pressure on Russia.
One second’s thought is sufficient to realize how bad
this advice is. The orchestrated demonization of Russia and its president began
in the late summer of 2013 when the British Parliament and Russian diplomacy
blocked the neoconned Obama regime’s planned invasion of Syria. An example had
to be made of Russia before other countries began standing up to Washington.
While the Russians were focused on the Sochi Olympic Games, Washington staged a
coup in Ukraine, replacing the elected democratic government with a gang of
Banderite neo-nazi thugs whose forebears fought for Hitler in World War II.
Washington claimed it had brought democracy to Ukraine by putting neo-nazi
thugs in control of the government.
Washington’s thugs immediately began violent attacks
on the Russian population in Ukraine. Soviet war memorials were destroyed. The
Russian language was declared banned from official use. Instantly, separatist
movements began in the Russian parts of Ukraine that had been administratively
attached to Ukraine by Soviet leaders. Crimea, a Russian province since the
1700s, voted overwhelmingly to separate from Ukraine and requested to be
reunited with Russia. The same occurred in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions.
These independent actions were misrepresented by
Washington and the presstitutes who whore for Washington as a “Russian
invasion.” Despite all facts to the contrary, this misrepresentation continues
today. In US foreign policy, facts are not part of the analysis.
The most important fact that is overlooked by the
Washington Post and the Russophobic members of the US government is that it is
an act of insanity to call for more punishment and more pressure on a country
with a powerful military and strategic nuclear capability whose military high
command and government have already concluded that Washington is preparing a surprise
Are the Washington Post editors trying to bring on
nuclear armageddon? If there was any intelligence present in the Washington
Post, the newspaper would be urging that President Trump immediately call
President Putin with reassurances and arrange the necessary meetings to defuse
the situation. Instead the utterly stupid editors urge actions that can only
raise the level of tension. It should be obvious even to the Washington Post
morons that Russia is not going to sit there, shaking in its boots, and wait
for Washington’s attack. Putin has issued many warnings about the West’s rising
threat to Russian security. He has said that Russia “will never again fight a
war on its own territory.” He has said that the lesson he has learned is that
“if a fight is unavoidable, strike first.” He has also said that the fact that
no one hears his warnings makes the situation even more dangerous.
What explains the deafness of the West? The answer is
arrogance and hubris.
As the presstitute media
is incapable of reason, I will do their job for them. I call for an immediate
face-to-face meeting between Trump and Putin at Reykjavik. Cold War II, begun
by Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama, must be ended now.
So, where is President
Why is the President of the United States unable to rise to the
challenge? Why isn’t he the man Ronald Reagan was?
Why hasn’t President Trump long ago ordered all
intercepts of Russian chatter gathered, declassified, and made public?
hasn’t Trump launched a criminal prosecution against John Brennan, Susan Rice,
Comey, and the rest of the hit squad that is trying to destroy him?
Why has Trump disarmed himself with an administration
chosen by Russiaphobes and Israel?
As David Stockman writes, Trump “is up against a Deep
State/Dem/Neocon/mainstream media prosecution” and “has no chance of survival
short of an aggressive offensive” against those working to destroy him. But
there is no Trump offensive, “because the man is clueless about what he is
doing in the White House and is being advised by a cacophonous coterie of
amateurs and nincompoops. So he has no action plan except to impulsively reach
for his Twitter account.”
Our president twitters while he and Earth itself are
pushed toward destruction.
The Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has warned that the likelihood of a
catastrophic nuclear war is closer than since 1953. As explained by the Bulletin, in 1947 it devised the Doomsday Clock «using the
imagery of apocalypse (midnight) and the contemporary idiom of nuclear
explosion (countdown to zero) to convey threats to humanity and the planet».
Each year «the decision to move (or to leave in place) the minute hand of
the Doomsday Clock is made by the Bulletin’s Science and Security Board in
consultation with its Board of Sponsors, which includes 15 Nobel laureates». In
1953 the Clock was at two minutes to midnight. In the worst years of the cold
war it was at 3 minutes to midnight when, in 1984 it was recorded that
«US-Soviet relations reach their iciest point in decades. Dialogue between the
two superpowers virtually stops. Every channel of communications has been
constricted or shut down; every form of contact has been attenuated or cut
And now, in 2017, it is apparent that channels of communication with Russia
are being deliberately cut off — and the hands of the Doomsday Clock have been
placed at just two-and-a-half minutes from midnight.
And as it looms, the United States Senate is heightening its global confrontational approach and announced that it intends to
penalise Russia for a number of supposed misdemeanours.
Senator Lindsey Graham told CBS News that the Senate will «punish Russia for interfering in our elections»
— concerning which allegation there has not been one shred of proof provided by
anyone. All-embracing inquiries are under way, of course, but be assured that
if there were the slightest, tiniest, most microscopic morsel of
actual proof of any interference, it would by now have been leaked to
the media and made headline news.
Senator Graham excelled himself by telling President Trump, via CBS News, that «You’re the commander in chief. You need to stand up to Russia.
We’re never going to reset our relationship with Russia until we punish them
for trying to destroy democracy. And that starts with more sanctions».
Then the CBS interviewer brought up the subject of the many inquiries into
allegations of Trump-Russia plotting and mentioned that a Democrat had said the
investigations were a «fishing expedition... What’s your response to that?»
The Senator replied «That’s not your, none of your business. We’re going to do what we
think is best. The Russians interfered in our election. They’re doing it all
over the world. No evidence yet that the Trump campaign colluded with the
Russians. I don’t believe the president colluded with the Russians, just
because of the way he behaves. There's zero evidence that President Trump did
anything wrong with the Russians. There’s overwhelming evidence that Russia is
trying to destroy democracy here and abroad. And if you forgive and forget with
Putin, you’re going to get more of the same and you’re going to entice Iran and
China to come in 2018 and 2020».
The US Senate believes there is «zero evidence» that President Trump had
help from Russia in his election campaign — which is true — but also thinks
there is «overwhelming evidence» that Russia is trying to influence voting in
America, although there is not a shred of proof to that effect.
The Senator spoke with the authority, force and majesty of the US Senate,
and the world has to accept that his pronouncements represent the wishes of the
legislators of his mighty nation which is intent on imposing harsher sanctions
on Russia. As observed by Forbes, the new Bill «punishes Russian oil and gas firms even
more than the current sanctions regime... Russia has no friends on Capitol
It is intriguing that the sanctions focus on oil and gas production,
and Bloomberg reported that Germany and Austria consider «the measures sought to
bolster US economic interests and included an unacceptable intervention in the
region’s energy sector». In an unprecedented expression — indeed, explosion —
of disapproval, Germany’s Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Austria’s
Chancellor Christian Kern said in a joint statement that «Europe’s energy supply is a matter for Europe, not the United
States of America... instruments for political sanctions should not be tied to
economic interests» and that the Senate’s amendment heralded a »new and very negative quality in European-American
As London’s Financial Times reported, «the Russia sanctions outline opposition to Nord Stream 2, a pipeline
that will double capacity for Gazprom... to supply gas to Europe under the
Baltic Sea. The measures could affect European energy companies, including
Shell, Engie and OMV, which are financing the pipeline. Shares in all four
companies tumbled on Thursday».
Washington’s mission of lucrative destruction was partly achieved, but
that’s where we come to the essence of the matter. The part of the Sanctions
Bill involving Russia was an add-on to a series of vindictive measures against
Iran, but it seemed a good idea to also sanction Russia’s oil and gas production,
because nobody would benefit more than the oil and gas companies of the United
Bloomberg explained that the Nord Stream pipeline «would compete with US exports of
liquefied natural gas to Europe». And the Senate made it plain that the US government «should prioritize the export of United States
energy resources in order to create American jobs, help United States allies
and partners, and strengthen United States foreign policy».
It’s difficult to see how the Senate’s arrogant dabbling might «help allies
and partners,» but those in America who own energy resources and want to
continue making vast profits continue to help their allies and partners in the
Senate and the House. Without their financial support, many legislators would
never have got to Washington.
As recorded by Open Secrets, companies closely associated with oil and gas production gave US
politicians over fifty million dollars in 2015-2016 to help their democratic
Top Contributors, 2015-2016
Stewart & Stevenson
Chief Oil & Gas
Edison Chouest Offshore
Energy Transfer Equity
Kinder Morgan Inc
American Petroleum Institute
Red Apple Group
Source: By kind permission of the Center for Responsive Politics
And Senator Lindsay Graham was given a
bundle by many commercial
organisations, headed by Nelson,
Mullins, whose $254,247 in 1993-2016
no doubt helped him along the way. Nelson Mullins, incidentally, has attorneys
who «have experience in advising electrical and pipeline providers on
legal matters». Then he got $175,605 from SCANA, which is «a $9 billion energy-based holding company, based in Cayce, South
Carolina... Its businesses include... natural gas utility operations and other
energy-related businesses». Another of Senator Graham’s generous sponsors is
Corporation ($94,801) which
«understands the critical success factors driving onshore oil and gas
production and terminal businesses, providing practical solutions to maximize
It doesn’t matter to these people, or to the legislators they’ve bought
with their donations, that the Doomsday Clock has ticked closer to the midnight
of Armageddon, and that the hostile approach of the United States is alienating
a proud nation that can take only so much before it reacts against Washington’s
aggressive confrontation. The sleazy hypocrisy of US legislators is legendary,
but it is their ignorance greed and arrogance that are worrying.
While Senator Graham was dancing to the tune of his oil angels,
the Washington Post reported that seven percent of American
adults believe chocolate milk comes from brown cows. That is «16.4 million
misinformed, milk-drinking people». The representative of FoodCorps which encourages sensible nourishment said this was unfortunate, and
«We still get kids who are surprised that a French fry comes from a potato, or
that a pickle is a cucumber. Knowledge is power. Without it, we can’t make