by Paul Craig Roberts
Pervez Musharraf, the puppet installed by the US to rule Pakistan in the
interest of US hegemony, resigned August 18 to avoid impeachment. Karl Rove
and the Diebold electronic voting machines were unable to control the result
of the last election in Pakistan, the result of which gave Pakistanis a
bigger voice in their government than America's.
It was obvious to anyone with any sense -- which excludes the entire Bush
Regime and almost all of the "foreign policy community" -- that the illegal
and gratuitous US invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and Israel's 2006
bombing of Lebanon civilians with US blessing, would result in the overthrow
of America's Pakistani puppet.
The imbecilic Bush Regime ensured Musharraf's overthrow by pressuring their
puppet to conduct military operations against tribesmen in Pakistani border
areas, whose loyalties were to fellow Muslims and not to American hegemony.
When Musharraf's military operations didn't produce the desired result, the
idiotic Americans began conducting their own military operations within
Pakistan with bombs and missiles. This finished off Musharraf.
When the Bush Regime began its wars in the Middle East, I predicted,
correctly, that Musharraf would be one victim. The American puppets in
Egypt and Jordan may be the next to go.
Back during the Nixon years, my Ph.D. dissertation chairman, Warren Nutter,
was Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. One
day in his Pentagon office I asked him how the US government got foreign
governments to do what the US wanted. "Money," he replied.
"You mean foreign aid?" I asked.
"No," he replied, "we just buy the leaders with money."
It wasn't a policy he had implemented. He inherited it and, although the
policy rankled with him, he could do nothing about it. Nutter believed in
persuasion and that if you could not persuade people, you did not have a
Nutter did not mean merely third world potentates were bought. He meant the
leaders of England, France, Germany, Italy, all the allies everywhere were
bought and paid for.
They were allies because they were paid. Consider Tony Blair. Blair's own
head of British intelligence told him that the Americans were fabricating
the evidence to justify their already planned attack on Iraq. This was fine
with Blair, and you can see why, with his multi-million dollar payoff once
he was out of office.
The American-educated thug, Saakashkvili the War Criminal, who is president
of Georgia, was installed by the US taxpayer funded National Endowment for
Democracy, a neocon operation whose purpose is to ring Russia with US
military bases, so that America can exert hegemony over Russia.
Every agreement that President Reagan made with Mikhail Gorbachev has been
broken by Reagan's successors. Reagan's was the last American government
whose foreign policy was not made by the Israeli-allied neoconservatives.
During the Reagan years, the neocons made several runs at it, but each ended
in disaster for Reagan, and he eventually drove them from his government.
Even the anti-Soviet Committee on the Present Danger regarded the neocons as
dangerous lunatics. I remember the meeting when a member tried to bring the
neocons into the committee, and old line American establishment
representatives, such as former Treasury Secretary Douglas Dillon, hit the
The Committee on the Present Danger regarded the neocons as crazy people who
would get America into a nuclear war with the Soviet Union. The neocons
hated President Reagan, because he ended the cold war with diplomacy, when
they desired a military victory over the Soviet Union.
Deprived of this, the neocons now want victory over Russia.
Today, Reagan is gone. The Republican Establishment is gone. There are no
conservative power centers, only neoconservative power centers closely
allied with Israel, which uses the billions of dollars funneled into Israeli
coffers by US taxpayers to influence US elections and foreign policy.
The Republican candidate for president is a warmonger. There are no checks
remaining in the Republican Party on the neocons' proclivity for war. What
Republican constituencies oppose war? Can anyone name one?
The Democrats are not much better, but they have some constituencies that
are not enamored of war in order to establish US world hegemony. The
Rapture Evangelicals, who fervently desire Armageddon, are not Democrats;
nor are the brainwashed Brownshirts desperate to vent their frustrations by
striking at someone, somewhere, anywhere.
I get emails from these Brownshirts and attest that their hate-filled
ignorance is extraordinary. They are all Republicans, and yet they think
they are conservatives. They have no idea who I am, but since I criticize
the Bush Regime and America's belligerent foreign policy, they think I am a
"liberal commie pinko."
The only literate sentence this legion of fools has ever managed is: "If
you hate America so much, why don't you move to Cuba!"
Such is the current state of a Reagan political appointee in today's
Republican Party. He is a "liberal commie pinko" who should move to Cuba.
The Republicans will get us into more wars. Indeed, they live for war.
McCain is preaching war for 100 years. For these warmongers, it is like
cheering for your home team. Win at all costs. They get a vicarious
pleasure out of war. If the US has to tell lies in order to attack
countries, what's wrong with that? "If we don't kill them over there, they
will kill us over here."
The mindlessness is total.
Nothing real issues from the American press, which is about demonizing
Russia and Iran, about the vice presidential choices as if it matters, about
whether Obama being on vacation let McCain score too many points.
The mindlessness of the news reflects the mindlessness of the government,
for which it is a spokesperson.
The American media do not serve American democracy or American interests.
They serve the few people who exercise power.
When the Soviet Union collapsed, the US and Israel made a run at controlling
Russia and the former constituent parts of its empire. For awhile the US
and Israel succeeded, but Putin put a stop to it.
Recognizing that the US had no intention of keeping any of the agreements it
had made with Gorbachev, Putin directed the Russian military budget to
upgrading the Russian nuclear deterrent. Consequently, the Russian army and
air force lack the smart weapons and electronics of the US military.
When the Russian army went into Georgia to rescue the Russians in South
Ossetia from the destruction being inflicted upon them by the American
puppet Saakashvili, the Russians made it clear that if they were opposed by
American troops with smart weapons, they would deal with the threat with
tactical nuclear weapons.
The Americans were the first to announce preemptive nuclear attack as their
permissible war doctrine. Now the Russians have announced the tactical use
of nuclear weapons as their response to American smart weapons.
It is obvious that American foreign policy, with its goal of ringing Russia
with US military bases, is leading directly to nuclear war. Every American
needs to realize this fact. The US government's insane hegemonic foreign
policy is a direct threat to life on the planet.
Russia has made no threats against America. The post-Soviet Russian
government has sought to cooperate with the US and Europe. Russia has made
it clear over and over that it is prepared to obey international law and
treaties. It is the Americans who have thrown international law and
treaties into the trash can, not the Russians.
In order to keep the billions of dollars in profits flowing to its
contributors in the US military-security complex, the Bush Regime has
rekindled the cold war. As American living standards decline and the
prospects for university graduates deteriorate, "our" leaders in Washington
commit us to a hundred years of war.
If you desire to be poor, oppressed, and eventually vaporized in a nuclear
war, vote Republican.
Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan
administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial
page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He is coauthor of The
Tyranny of Good Intentions.
John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign
Policy," London Review of Books, March 23, 2006
Enver Masud, "Election 2008: An Easy Choice
in November," The Wisdom Fund, July 4, 2008
Robert Parry, "Neocons Now Love International
Law," consortiumnews.com, August 12, 2008