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What Is The Real Agenda Of The American Police State?

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In my last column I emphasized that it was important for American citizens to demand to know what the real agendas are behind the wars of choice by the Bush and Obama regimes. These are major long term wars each lasting two to three times as long as World War II.

Forbes reports that one million US soldiers have been injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

RT reports that the cost of keeping each US soldier in Afghanistan has risen from $1.3 million per soldier to $2.1 million per soldier.

Matthew J. Nasuti reports in the Kabul Press that it cost US taxpayers $50 million to kill one Taliban soldier. That means it cost $1 billion to kill 20 Taliban fighters. This is a war that can be won only at the cost of the total bankruptcy of the United States.

Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes have estimated that the current out-of-pocket and already incurred future costs of the Afghan and Iraq wars is at least $6 trillion.

In other words, it is the cost of these two wars that explains the explosion of the US public debt and the economic and political problems associated with this large debt.

What has America gained in return for $6 trillion and one million injured soldiers, many very severely?

In Iraq there is now an Islamist Shia regime allied with Iran in place of a secular Sunni regime that was an enemy of Iran, one as dictatorial as the other, presiding over war ruins, ongoing violence as high as during the attempted US occupation, and extraordinary birth defects from the toxic substances associated with the US invasion and occupation.

In Afghanistan there is an undefeated and apparently undefeatable Taliban and a revived drug trade that is flooding the Western world with drugs.

The icing on these Bush and Obama "successes" are demands from around the world that Americans and former British PM Tony Blair be held accountable for their war crimes. Certainly, Washington's reputation has plummeted as a result of these two wars. No governments anywhere are any longer sufficiently gullible as to believe anything that Washington says.

These are huge costs for wars for which we have no explanation.

The Bush/Obama regimes have come up with various cover stories: a "war on terror," "we have to kill them over there before they come over here," "weapons of mass destruction," revenge for 9/11, Osama bin Laden (who died of his illnesses in December 2001 as was widely reported at the time).

None of these explanations are viable. Neither the Taliban nor Saddam Hussein were engaged in terrorism in the US. As the weapons inspectors informed the Bush regime, there were no WMD in Iraq. Invading Muslim countries and slaughtering civilians is more likely to create terrorists than to suppress them. According to the official story, the 9/11 hijackers and Osama bin Laden were Saudi Arabians, not Afghans or Iraqis. Yet it wasn't Saudi Arabia that was invaded.

Democracy and accountable government simply does not exist when the executive branch can take a country to wars in behalf of secret agendas operating behind cover stories that are transparent lies.

It is just as important to ask these same questions about the agenda of the US police state. Why have Bush and Obama removed the protection of law as a shield of the people and turned law into a weapon in the hands of the executive branch? How are Americans made safer by the overthrow of their civil liberties? Indefinite detention and execution without due process of law are the hallmarks of the tyrannical state. They are terrorism, not a protection against terrorism. Why is every communication of every American and apparently the communications of most other people in the world, including Washington's most trusted European allies, subject to being intercepted and stored in a gigantic police state database? How does this protect Americans from terrorists?

Why is it necessary for Washington to attack the freedom of the press and speech, to run roughshod over the legislation that protects whistleblowers such as Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden, to criminalize dissent and protests, and to threaten journalists such as Julian Assange, Glenn Greenwald, and Fox News reporter James Rosen?

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http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/

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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Sir,  Your experience with "Democracy" was ce... by Ad Du on Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 2:15:43 PM
Their "real agenda" today is much like it was in t... by Lance Ciepiela on Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 5:49:40 PM
Since Ronald Reagan enacted the Comprehensive Crim... by E. J. N. on Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 7:14:46 PM
" . . . wars for which we have no explanation" see... by Ernie Messerschmidt on Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 8:21:33 PM
I believe the "real agenda" is clearly visible, as... by Michael David Morrissey on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 10:03:04 AM
Much as I respect and appreciate Paul Craig Robe... by Ed Ciaccio on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 1:24:46 PM
Plundering class - a new term, fits as well as any... by Michael David Morrissey on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 1:45:46 PM
What is Dr PCR's real agenda?Why does he always pu... by BFalcon on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 2:00:24 PM
Different people, same agenda?... by Jim Miles on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 4:29:44 PM
No Sir, I don't believe that.Bush clearly acted on... by BFalcon on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 6:25:52 PM
what you claim to want to do is irrelevant.the out... by thomas vesely on Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 at 1:55:56 AM
I didn't talk about what he wanted to do but what ... by BFalcon on Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 at 1:23:12 AM
DEMOCRACY at the point of a gun or a Drone that wi... by Linda Laurin on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 2:04:04 PM
The possibility of Revolt may come if we have anot... by Linda Laurin on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 2:12:38 PM
"The trade-off between freedom and security, so o... by Don Meister on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 3:36:06 PM