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Arrogance and hubris lead to wars. Do Americans really want a person as president who is so reckless as to gratuitously declare a large nuclear-armed country to be our number one enemy? The American and Israeli trained Georgian army did not last an hour when the former Soviet republic foolishly, on Washington's encouragement, provoked the Russian bear.

Meanwhile the Obama regime, concerned with China's rapid economic rise, has indicated that it thinks China is the number one enemy. The Obama regime has forgotten that China, when a primitive, backward country, fought the US to a stalemate in Korea more than a half century ago.

The Obama regime has announced that the US Navy is being repositioned to the Eastern Pacific, that the US regards the South China Sea as America's national interest, and that new naval, air, and troop bases are being established in the Philippines, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere in the region. The purpose of these bases is to block China's access to energy and raw materials, which is what Washington did to Japan in the 1930s.

Are Americans aware that the hubris and idiocy of their political leaders have now saddled Americans with the burden of two number-one enemies, both well equipped with armies and nuclear weapons? Only Iran can be happy about this as it moves Iran off the front burner.

Washington is putting its forward military bases in place, and the propaganda war is being cranked up. The subservient British press was quick to fall in line with Washington. A British reader of my column reports that the Guardian/Observer and New Statesman are at Putin's throat:

"Every day this week we've had Russia/Putin hate stories. Headlines such as 'medieval dictatorship' as we saw in last Sunday's Observer [August 26] are common. In this week's New Statesman we have a front page picture of Putin with the headline 'Putin's reign of terror.' They've got Putin with a crown on his head and dressed as a Tsar-like figure. It's a relentless information battlefield assault on Russia."

Another line of Washington's attack on Russia is Washington's covert backing of Chechnya terrorist groups in the Caucasus and funding of front groups in Russia for protest and terrorist organizations. Allegations of corruption and stolen elections come primarily from Washington-funded groups operating in Russia. See here and here. Through these methods, Washington hopes to destabilize the Russian government and to isolate it internationally in order to remove a barrier to Washington's hegemony.

Two of Romney's right-wing neoconservative advisors said that Romney as president would "confront Moscow on its poor record on democracy, human rights, and the rule of law." The western media will not comment on the irony of these propagandistic allegations against Russia issuing from the US, the country that has destroyed habeas corpus and due process protections of the accused, tortured detainees in violation of the Geneva Conventions and its own statutory law, kidnaps, tortures, and assassinates foreign nationals as well as its own citizens, supports terrorism against Libya, Syria, Iran, and Russia, runs roughshod over international law, never submitting to law itself but using law as a weapon against governments that it has demonized, while it carries on military operations against seven Muslim countries without a declaration of war.

The Nuremberg Trials of Germans after World War II established that naked aggression is a war crime. Naked aggression, renamed by Washington, "preemptive war," has become the operative principle of US foreign policy.

As Putin remarked, Washington is guilty of the crimes of which it accuses others, but Washington permits all things to "the indispensable nation."

Amerika uber alles!

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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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As usual, PCR packs a lot of incisive truth into h... by Ernie Messerschmidt on Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 at 11:30:19 AM
Amen! Nothing more to be said, Paul Craig Roberts.... by Janet Gaudiello on Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 at 11:36:03 AM
Ernie,I agree with you. I refuse to sit back and a... by Janet Gaudiello on Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 at 11:43:00 AM
There has been an obvious lack of willingness to s... by manifesto 2000 on Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 at 12:58:22 PM
Al Qaeda to over throw the Syrian government. Qaed... by bogi666 on Sunday, Sep 9, 2012 at 1:00:39 PM
strikes me as another grand form of lunacy and ran... by Daniel Geery on Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 at 11:45:54 AM
I have no TV, fortunately, and did not have to sub... by Peter Duveen on Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 at 12:32:15 PM
How stupid can our leaders be? To challenge two of... by Ginger McClemons on Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 at 3:29:49 PM
 Does your friend see any understanding in yo... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012 at 1:43:07 PM
Yet, we have only to pay attention to the politica... by Ginger McClemons on Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012 at 4:21:07 PM
to pay attention to our government which includes ... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012 at 8:13:24 PM
is being used to fund these FORCED WARS. The infra... by bogi666 on Sunday, Sep 9, 2012 at 1:19:04 PM
oil fields so that they are radio activated for de... by bogi666 on Sunday, Sep 9, 2012 at 1:14:51 PM
16 trillion national public debt is reached on Tue... by Lance Ciepiela on Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012 at 7:35:00 PM
 There is always a contrary opinion to mud th... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012 at 8:15:28 PM
I believe what Dr. Roberts writes is true, and I b... by Kristine Hoggatt on Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012 at 9:11:16 PM
Kristine,Thank you for your very intelligent input... by Janet Gaudiello on Thursday, Sep 6, 2012 at 1:49:02 PM
Paul Roberts has more cogones and more Verstand th... by Michael David Morrissey on Thursday, Sep 6, 2012 at 7:20:00 AM
I agree with PCR so often that I (stupidly) commen... by Michael David Morrissey on Thursday, Sep 6, 2012 at 10:00:06 AM
Russia and has plans to "sell" off USG assets, to ... by bogi666 on Sunday, Sep 9, 2012 at 12:49:45 PM