Paul Craig Roberts: The Unraveling of American/Russian Relations


Written by Paul Craig Roberts; Originally appeared at

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Paul Craig Roberts: The Unraveling of American/Russian Relations

It is time to move on to another unraveling—that of US/Russian relations. This unraveling is far more serious as it threatens life on earth. I have warned of the consequences of Washington threatening Russia’s security by breaking agreement after agreement, by placing missile bases on Russia’s borders, by orchestrating anti-Russian coups in former Soviet provinces, and by a continuing volley of false accusations against Russia. There is no act more reckless and irresponsible than to make one nuclear power fear nuclear attack from another.

Alert observers have become aware of the mounting danger. Canadian professor Michel Chossudovsky writes that Washington has taken nuclear war from a hypothetical scenario to a real danger that threatens the future of humanity.

Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet leader who worked with President Ronald Reagan to end the Cold War and the threat of nuclear Armageddon, has appealed to President Trump and President Putin to hold a summit meeting and bring an end to the rising tensions. Gorbachev wrote in the Washington Post that “it is far from normal that the presidents of major nuclear powers meet merely on the margins of international gatherings.” This is especially the case as “relations between the two nations are in a severe crisis.”

Gorbachev’s warning could be an understatement. Last March, General Viktor Poznikhir, the deputy commander of the Russian military’s Operation Command expressed concern that Washington could be preparing a surprise nuclear attack on Russia. See and and

Had any such statement from the Russian high command been issued anytime during the 20th century Cold War era, the President of the United States would have immediately contacted the Soviet leader and given every assurance that no such plan or intentions toward Russia existed. As far as I can tell, the Trump White House let this ominous announcement pass unremarked. If this is the case, it must have provided confirmation to the Russians’ conclusion.

For some time I have pointed out that the entirety of the West, both the US and its vassal states, continue to ignore very clear Russian warnings. Gilbert Doctorow has made the same point.

Perhaps the most clear of all was Putin’s public statement that “Russia will never again fight a war on its own territory.” If Washington’s EU vassals did not hear this clear warning that they are courting their nuclear destruction—especially the Poles and Romanians who have mindlessly hosted US missile bases—they are as deaf as they are stupid.

One Russian official told the idiot British government to its face that if the British threat to first use nuclear weapons is directed at Russia, if such an attempt is made, Great Britain will disappear from the face of the earth.

There is no doubt that that would be the case.

So why do Washington’s impotent vassals talk tough to Russia, a government that only desires peace and has threatened Britain in no way. Nor has the Russian government threatened France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Greece, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, or any of the former Eastern European vassals of the Soviet Union that exchanged their captivity to the Soviet Union for captivity to Washington. Russia has not even threatened Ukraine, which Russia could wipe out in a couple of minutes. Why are all of these countries, apparently led by mindless, gutless two-bit politicians, aligned with Washington’s false propaganda against Russia?

The answer is money. The vassals are paid to go along with the lies. As Alain of Lille said as long ago as the 12th century, “not God, not Caesar, but money is all.”

What are the forces driving Washington’s provocation of Russia? There are three, and they comprise a vast conspiracy against life on earth.

One is the Neoconservatives. The Neoconservatives were convinced by the Soviet Collapse that History has chosen not the proletariat but American “democratic capitalism” as the socio-politico-economic system for the world, and that this choice by History conveys on America the status of the “indispensable, exceptional” country, a status that places America above all other countries and above international law and, indeed, America’s own laws.

America is so exceptional that it can torture people in total violation of both US law and international law. The government in Washington can, on suspicion alone without presentation to a court of evidence and conviction, confine US citizens indefinitely, torturing them the entire time, and can assassinate them at will without due process of law. This is the definition of a total police state tyranny. Yet Washington represents America as a “great democracy,” whose endless wars against humanity are “bringing democracy to the world.”

America is so exceptional that it can bomb other countries indiscriminately without officially being at war with those countries.

America is so exceptional that the separation of powers prescribed in the American Constitution can be totally ignored by the executive branch as, the Neoconservatives claim, the President has “unique powers” not limited by the Constitution, which, of course, is just another lie.

Russia, China, and Iran are targets of the Neoconservatives, as were Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and provinces of Pakistan, because these countries have/had independent foreign policies and are/were not Washington’s vassals.

The Neoconservative doctrine states that it is the “principal goal” of US foreign policy “to prevent the rise of Russia or any other state” that can serve as a constraint on Washington’s unilateralism.

The New York Times under this headline on March 8, 1992, explains the Wolfowitz doctrine:

U.S. Strategy Plan Calls for Insuring No Rivals Develop
A One-Superpower World

Special to The New York Times

WASHINGTON, March 7 In a broad new policy statement that is in its final drafting phase, the Defense Department asserts that America’s political and military mission in the post-cold-war era will be to ensure that no rival superpower is allowed to emerge in Western Europe, Asia or the territories of the former Soviet Union.

A 46-page document that has been circulating at the highest levels of the Pentagon for weeks, and which Defense Secretary Dick Cheney expects to release later this month, states that part of the American mission will be convincing potential competitors that they need not aspire to a greater role or pursue a more aggressive posture to protect their legitimate interests.

The classified document makes the case for a world dominated by one superpower whose position can be perpetuated by constructive behavior and sufficient military might to deter any nation or group of nations from challenging American primacy.

Every state with an independent foreign policy is a constraint on Washington, especially states with nuclear capabilities such as Russia and China.

A second interest with incentive to provoke Russia is the US military/security complex. President Eisenhower, a five-star general, warned Americans in 1961 that the “military-industrial complex” was a threat to American democracy. Today the military/security complex is much more than a mere threat to American democracy. It has already taken over the US government and the Trump administration, which is run by generals, and it now threatens all life on earth.

The military/security complex has an annual budget of one thousand billion dollars. This sum is larger than the Gross Domestic Products of all but a handful of countries on earth. Such an immense budget conveying such power desperately needs a dangerous enemy for its justification. Russia has been assigned this role. Given the power of the military/security complex, the role assigned to Russia cannot be mitigated by Russian diplomacy. Moreover, the interests of the military/security complex and the Neoconservatives are in agreement.

The third powerful interest group leading to conflict with Russia is the Israel Lobby. In Washington the Israel Lobby is extremely powerful. If the Israel Lobby puts legislation or a resolution before Congress, it usually passes almost unanimously, as anyone who votes against it is likely to be eliminated in the next election.

The Israel Lobby is closely linked to the Neoconservatives, the principal figures of which are Zionist Jews tightly allied with Israel. Some are joint US/Israeli citizens. The Israeli influence in Washington is so strong that the Vice Chairman of the US Federal Reserve Bank is the former chairman of the Israeli Central Bank. Israel is so powerful in Washington that it even runs US economic policy.

The Zionists in Israel want to expand. Their doctrine is “from the Nile to the Euphrates.” That is the Zionist claim of the land that God gave to the Chosen People.

In pursuit of this goal, Israel twice sent the Israeli Army into southern Lebanon to occupy that part of the country in order to seize the Litani River, water resources that Israel desires.

However, twice the Hezbollah militia drove out the vaunted Israeli Army. Israel now fears to send the army again. Instead, Israel is using its power over the government in Washington to use the US military to put Syria and Iran in the same chaos as exists in Libya and Iraq. The reason is that Syria and Iran are the supporters of the Hezbollah militia. Deprived of support, Hezbollah can be defeated by Israel.

It is Israel, not the US government per se, that is driving the US to war with Iran. Israel, which almost always gets its way in Washington, is encountering difficulties. Washington’s EU vassals are opposed to renewing conflict with Iran. Europe is overwhelmed with problems, many of which stem from Washington’s wars, and doesn’t need the Iranian one again. Neither does the US military, defeated in Syria and unable to win in Afghanistan after 16 years against a few thousand lightly armed Taliban. Washington’s defeat in Afghanistan on top of the defeat in Vietnam has destroyed any fear of Washington’s conventional forces, which is why Russia and China expect the next war to be nuclear.

Moreover, if Russia will not tolerate Washington’s overthrow of Syria, Russia certainly will not tolerate Washington’s overthrow of Iran. And it is unlikely that China will either as, according to reports, China gets 20% of its oil from Iran. Indeed, the Russian and Chinese interest in Iran is so strong that it is inexplicable that the Israel Lobby thinks it is so strong that it can drive Washington into war with Iran. The hubris and arrogance of the Neoconservatives and the Israel Lobby are the greatest the world has seen since Hitler marched off into Russia.

If the dumbshits in Washington repeat this folly, the lights on Earth will be turned off.



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  • Gary Sellars

    PCR speaks the truth again, as always. Too bad that no-one in Washington will listen…

    • cortisol

      They can’t listen, because they’re all demented Alzheimer patients as per recent revelations by the Capitol pharmacy. They can only handle a single issue at a time, which is currently (for the last 60 years) sucking Israhell’s genitals.

  • Mountains

    Trump should never sit besides Putin. He lacks all sorts of charisma in every shape of way. Least charismatic US president in history.

    He looks like Putin’s shoe washer on a cheap street somewhere in gypsy land.. While Putin has that serial look ”Hi I don’t got all day lets get down to business”

  • BL

    Perfectly summarized by Dr. Roberts. Great article.

  • RichardD

    I’m glad the PCR called a spade a spade and laid the blame on the Jews where it rightly belongs. The problem is Jewmerica and the solution is the dejudification of America by outlawing their evil pedophile rape cult that has done so much harm to humanity. And replacing Israel firsters with America firsters.

    • FlorianGeyer

      Many countries in Europe have at times banished jews from their nations, in fact England banished jews for about 200 years. Jews were also excluded from certain professions as well in some European countries . Then there was what is known as the Pale of Settlement in Eastern Europe.

      America would need to eradicate all Zionist Jews and their helpers from any positions of authority if total disaster is to be averted. In fact a US template for this is in place as in post WW2 Germany a similar action was taken with the National Socialists :)

      That would be Karma indeed :)

      • RichardD

        The Russians did the same thing.

        The way to approach Jew eradication to create a Jew free future is by applying the rape and other laws that they’re violating to them that they currently have an exemption from in a number of jurisdictions. And to proceed with prosecutions and purging them from positions in government, media, finance, academia and other areas of society where pedophiles are prevented from participating in. And outlawing their cult for it’s crimes against humanity.

        • Jens Holm

          We all know that. But USA didnt do it to only jews and its not as unusual as You think.

          If You look at IGFARBEN in germany it also was split up in many big companies becuse they became trusts and got too powerfull.

          The big difference was that Poland, Lituania, Russia and others KILLED MILLIONS of JEWS. USA never has.

          And let me reminds You several emmigrants were very restricted to like the chinese and japanese.

          You also had and still have restrictions for blacks in several states in US.

          You forget the context. USA welcommed 5 mio. jews but also gave them some limitations.

          But they didnt kill them as in Eastern Europs as well as Germans diid.

      • Jens Holm

        You might have a closer look for what Jews actually was banished from.

        1) Jews killed Jesus by Jewish semi King Herodes.
        2) Trade Jews were well educated and well about laws You could trust and were spread out as an international newwork. Feudals didnt make a middleclass of well educated, so jews also took contracts for other things like marrige.
        3) there was no taxsystem, so Jews could be rich being not taxed. Not their fault.
        4) Jews wasnt allowed to own private proporty, so they spended thier money in plessure and jewels.
        5) Jews knew much more about much scientism as now, but the churched banned them as witches because people came to them when the munks has given up.
        6) There was very greedy ones too, but they has no defence because they were not even allowed to be citicens.
        7) Jews worked for Ottomans instead of the many killed Greeks in Konstantinople as well as we didnt like Muslims.

        You might see where most jews were killed and emmigrated from in Europe. It was eastern Europe.

        Thats because there were no reforms by Zars , feudals and the powerfull church. Those kept the whole area down in Orthodoxy in the same style as many Sunnis does.

        Here jews became excuses for all evil stuff going on, but also very much used. And because You didnt have a well educated more sekular middle class.

        In western Europe, where many people went into education Jews systems were coiped and develloped so it was common use. There was better taxsystems as well. Jews were invited in and even not 100%, they were accepted. There was made free experimetal towns and Jews improved much production by better and more effective financing. That was copied too.

        I dont think You understand what shareholders are. I put my self owed money for exrtra pesion into a pension fund. Those invest in those big companies, You blame jews for owning ands controlling. Most are not owned by Jews and by having fx 1000 kroner invested, I get money extra every year by owning fx 0,0000001% of it.

        • Brother Ma

          You blame orthodoxy. you do know the Moslem headchopper Terrible Turk was there as ruler for many centuries ,right? Even powerful russia had them in parts for centuries eg crimea .We see what civilisation you will have in west and north europe now that you let in flood of moslem headchoppers in.sweden and norway ,my fav countries now no go zones.too bad too sad scandinavia. you thought you knew more than southern and eastern europeans.big mistake. see if uncle sam helps get an idea ,see movies ” z war ” with brad pitt and “i legend” with black actor i cant remember his name.

          • Jens Holm

            You semes to forget it in Ottomans as well was the upperclass which were fine and used all money from the poor for themselves and keep the power.

            What about the rest ????

            Russia has a BNP like Spain. Well, its not that bad. A lot of things dont cost much.

          • Brother Ma

            That is what i am saying.ottoman moslems put the brakes on trade and the institutions wasnt orthodoxy ,it was the pillage of the society of the countries by the ottoman turk headchoppers.

  • FlorianGeyer

    Sadly the American people , apart from the enlightened few, will witness for the first time the effects of modern war on their cities, towns and infrastructure.

    America is 20 trillion $ in debt and the only way a collapse can be averted is to plunder wealth from other nations.

    The ‘ Red Indians ‘ in Russia , China and even North Korea also have nuclear weapons in abundance and the ‘Red Indians ‘ in Iran have weapons that are exponentially more powerful than the lightly armed Taliban.

    The Greatest Protection Racket the world has ever seen is now attempting to intimidate those who can and will take down America if they are pushed to do so.

    Trump could well be the last President that a United States has.

    • Jens Holm

      very optmistic US will collapse. More likely Russia will.

      I donrt see You understand vital capitalistic(jewish) economy at all. The gap in debts has a good part, which You minus. Thats the one which make production and is an investment.

      Its not good, but not as bad as some predict.

  • SOF

    Paul Craig Roberts said it like it is and exposed the ties of the US government to Kikedom.

    Also considering China gets one-fifth its oil from Iran. China’s not going to let its gravy train get interrupted.

  • RichardD

    Coincidence? I don’t think so:

    “9-11/Israel did it”

  • If we must turn off the lights on earth for a while to be rid of the American scourge then so be it.
    At least our children and our children’s children will rebuild a life free of the American jackboot.