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Cross-posted from Paul Craig Roberts


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I wish I had only good news to bring to readers, or even one item of good news. Alas, goodness has ceased to be a feature of US policy and simply cannot be found in any words or deeds emanating from Washington or the capitals of its European vassal states. The Western World has succumbed to evil.

In an article published by Op-Ed News, Eric Zuesse supports my reports of indications that Washington is preparing for a nuclear first strike against Russia.

US war doctrine has been changed. US nuclear weapons are no longer restricted to a retaliatory force, but have been elevated to the role of preemptive nuclear attack. Washington pulled out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia and is developing and deploying an ABM shield. Washington is demonizing Russia and Russia's President with shameless lies and propaganda, thus preparing the populations of the US and its client states for war with Russia.

Washington has been convinced by neoconservatives that Russian strategic nuclear forces are in rundown and unprepared condition and are sitting ducks for attack. This false belief is based on out-of-date information, a decade old, such as the argument presented in "The Rise of U.S. Nuclear Primacy" by Keir A. Lieber and Daryl G. Press in the April 2006 issue of Foreign Affairs, a publication of the Council on Foreign Relations, an organization of American elites.

Regardless of the condition of Russian nuclear forces, the success of Washington's first strike and degree of protection provided by Washington's ABM shield against retaliation, the article I posted by Steven Starr, "The Lethality of Nuclear Weapons," makes clear that nuclear war has no winners. Everyone dies.

In an article published in the December 2008 issue of Physics Today, three atmospheric scientists point out that even the substantial reduction in nuclear arsenals that the Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty hoped to achieve, from 70,000 warheads in 1986 to 1700-2200 warheads by the end of 2012, did not reduce the threat that nuclear war presents to life on earth. The authors conclude that in addition to the direct blast effects of hundreds of millions of human fatalities, "the indirect effects would likely eliminate the majority of the human population." The stratospheric smoke from firestorms would cause nuclear winter and agricultural collapse. Those who did not perish from blast and radiation would starve to death.

Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev understood this. Unfortunately, no successor US government has. As far as Washington is concerned, death is what happens to others, not to "the exceptional people." (The SORT agreement apparently failed. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the nine nuclear-armed states still possess a total of 16,300 nuclear weapons.)

It is a fact that Washington has policymakers who think, incorrectly, that nuclear war is winnable and who regard nuclear war as a means of preventing the rise of Russia and China as checks on Washington's hegemony over the world. The US government, regardless of the party in office, is a massive threat to life on earth. European governments, which think of themselves as civilized, are not, because they enable Washington's pursuit of hegemony. It is this pursuit that threatens life with extinction. The ideology that grants "exceptional, indispensable America" supremacy is an enormous threat to the world.

The destruction of seven countries in whole or in part by the West in the 21st century, with the support of "Western civilization" and the Western media, comprises powerful evidence that the leadership of the Western world is devoid of moral conscience and human compassion. Now that Washington is armed with its false doctrine of "nuclear primacy," the outlook for humanity is very bleak.

Washington has begun the run-up to the Third World War, and Europeans seem to be on board. As recently as November 2012 NATO Secretary General Rasmussen said that NATO does not regard Russia as an enemy. Now that the White House Fool and his European vassals have convinced Russia that the West is an enemy, Rasmussen declared that "we must adapt to the fact that Russia now considers us its adversary" by beefing up Ukraine's military along with those of Eastern and Central Europe.

Last month Alexander Vershbow, former US ambassador to Russia, currently NATO Deputy Secretary General, declared Russia to be the enemy and said that the American and European taxpayers need to fork over for the military modernization "not just of Ukraine, but also Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan."

It is possible to see these calls for more military spending as just the normal functioning of agents for the US military/security complex. Having lost "the war on terror" in Iraq and Afghanistan, Washington needs a replacement and has set about resurrecting the Cold War.

This is probably how the armaments industry, its shills, and part of Washington sees it. But the neoconservatives are more ambitious. They are not pursuing merely more profits for the military/security complex. Their goal is Washington's hegemony over the world, which means reckless actions such as the strategic threat that the Obama regime, with the complicity of its European vassals, has brought to Russia in Ukraine.

Since last autumn the US government has been lying through its teeth about Ukraine, blaming Russia for the consequences of Washington's actions, and demonizing Putin exactly as Washington demonized Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein, Assad, the Taliban, and Iran. The presstitute media and the European capitals have seconded the lies and propaganda and repeat them endlessly. Consequently, the US public's attitude toward Russia moved sharply negative.

How do you think Russia and China see this? Russia has witnessed NATO brought to its borders, a violation of the Reagan-Gorbachev understandings. Russia has witnessed the US pull out of the ABM treaty and develop a "star wars" shield. (Whether or not the shield would work is immaterial. The purpose of the shield is to convince the politicians and the public that Americans are safe.) Russia has witnessed Washington change the role of nuclear weapons in its war doctrine from deterrent to preemptive first strike. And now Russia listens to a daily stream of lies from the West and witnesses the slaughter by Washington's vassal in Kiev of civilians in Russian Ukraine, branded "terrorists" by Washington, by such weapons as white phosphorus with not a peep of protest from the West.

Massive attacks by artillery and air strikes on homes and apartments in Russian Ukraine were conducted on the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square, while Washington and its puppets condemned China for an event that did not happen. As we now know, there was no massacre in Tiananmen Square. It was just another Washington lie like Tonkin Gulf, Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction, Assad's use of chemical weapons, Iranian nukes, etc. It is an amazing fact that the world lives in a false reality created by Washington's lies.

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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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So you think I am a fool? You misunderstood me Eri... by Paul Easton on Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 at 11:05:53 PM
Dr. Roberts,I appreciate your work and look forwar... by jbnewport on Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 at 12:37:14 AM
"It is a fact that Washington has policymakers who... by Michael David Morrissey on Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 at 1:28:44 AM
Look at Obama, for one. Don't listen to his lies; ... by Eric Zuesse on Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 at 8:52:20 AM
Yes, but PCR meant others, which makes sense since... by Michael David Morrissey on Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 3:35:19 AM
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PCR's article here reads like a desperate plea, li... by Pal Palsimon on Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 at 2:55:14 AM
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I agree with the other comments, and I should have... by Michael David Morrissey on Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 2:38:18 AM
allow us to survive, hence I equate this with inte... by Michael David Morrissey on Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 2:46:05 AM
I know you are right. In fact, it seems in all are... by Pal Palsimon on Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 3:16:52 AM
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This guy Eric is under the misconception that I "f... by Pal Palsimon on Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 3:06:55 AM
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