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Can The World Survive Washington's Hubris?

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Russia is vulnerable, because Putin is demonized by Washington and the US media and because Putin's Russian opposition is financed by Washington and serves US, not Russian, interests. The turmoil that Washington is unleashing in Muslim states leaks back to Russia's Muslim populations.

It has proved to be more difficult for Washington to interfere in China's internal affairs, although discord has been sowed in some provinces. Several years from now, the Chinese economy is expected to exceed in size the US economy, with an Asian power displacing a Western one as the world's most powerful economy.

Washington is deeply disturbed by this prospect. In the thrall and under the control of Wall Street and other special interest business groups, Washington is unable to rescue the US economy from its decline. The short-run gambling profits of Wall Street, the war profits of the military/security complex, and the profits from offshoring the production of goods and services for US markets have far more representation in Washington than the wellbeing of US citizens. As the US economy sinks, the Chinese economy rises.

Washington's response is to militarize the Pacific. The US Secretary of State has declared the South China Sea to be an area of American national interest. The US is wooing the Philippine government, playing the China threat card, and working on getting the US Navy invited back to its former base at Subic Bay. Recently there were joint US/Philippines military/naval exercises against the "China threat."

The US Navy is reallocating fleets to the Pacific Ocean and constructing a new naval base on a South Korean island. US Marines are now based in Australia and are being reallocated from Japan to other Asian countries. The Chinese are not stupid. They understand that Washington is attempting to corral China.

For a country incapable of occupying Iraq after eight years and incapable of occupying Afghanistan after 11 years, to simultaneously take on two nuclear powers is an act of insanity. The hubris in Washington, fed daily by the crazed neocons, despite extraordinary failure in Iraq and Afghanistan, has now targeted formidable powers -- Russia and China. The world has never in its entire history witnessed such idiocy.

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The psychopaths, sociopaths, and morons who prevail in Washington are leading the world to destruction.

The criminally insane government in Washington, regardless whether Democrat or Republican, regardless of the outcome of the next election, is the greatest threat to life on earth that has ever existed.

Moreover, the only financing the Washington criminals have is the printing press. In a subsequent column I will examine whether the US economy will complete its collapse before the war criminals in Washington can destroy the world.

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Dr. Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan Administration. He was associate editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal, columnist for Business Week and the Scripps Howard News Service. He is a contributing editor to Gerald Celente's Trends Journal. He has had numerous university appointments. His book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is available here. His latest book,  How America Was Lost, has just been released and can be ordered here.

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The Orange Revolution was not sponsored by the NED... by Mary Mycio on Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 at 2:09:36 PM
Unbelievable naviete.  How can people be so b... by Paul Craig Roberts on Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 at 6:03:50 PM
This I can agree with :"The criminally insane gove... by Ernie Messerschmidt on Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 at 3:26:35 PM
Nuclear fears were nearly eliminated until Cheney ... by Dennis Kaiser on Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 at 5:49:43 PM
The "bunker buster" bombs that the US gave to Isra... by Ernie Messerschmidt on Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 at 7:21:48 PM
An interest and debt free sovereign United States ... by Lance Ciepiela on Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 at 7:58:43 PM
.... but, they killed JFK who attempted to impleme... by Dennis Kaiser on Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 11:21:29 AM
has hit a very significant nail squarely upon the ... by cosmic J. on Saturday, Jun 30, 2012 at 3:25:36 PM
allow people with obvious severe personality disor... by intotheabyss on Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 at 9:01:00 PM
The USG POLITICAL SYSTEM IS THE PRIME EXAMPLE.... by bogi666 on Sunday, Jul 1, 2012 at 9:41:00 AM
Nice try Mr. Roberts but as you write approximate... by Jack Heart on Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 8:27:05 AM
strategy because the  USG spy agencies, CIA, ... by bogi666 on Sunday, Jul 1, 2012 at 9:34:52 AM