Cross-posted from Paul Craig Roberts
I just heard on National Public Radio two things that have totally destroyed what tiny bit of belief I still had in American leadership. I have concluded that the term "intelligent American" is an oxymoron.
American elites have decided that Americans are not sufficiently threatened by war and economic chaos, so they are bringing the ebola virus to America. National Public Radio reported that two people infected with the ebola virus, which cannot be cured and is usually deadly, are being brought to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.
All it takes is one cough, one sneeze, one drop of saliva, and the virus is loose in one of the main transportation centers of the US.
Pandemic anyone? Little doubt but that most of the world would emit a great sigh of relief to be rid of Washington.
Allegedly the ebola carriers will be quarantined in special rooms. But we already know that American hospitals cannot even contain staph infections. What happens to the utensils, plates, cups, and glasses with which the ebola infected persons eat and drink? And who gets to clean the bed pans? One slip-up by one person, one tear in a rubber glove, and the virus is loose.
If we don't die from ebola, we still have to dodge nuclear war. I heard part of Obama's press conference. Obama accused Putin of doing everything that only Obama is doing.
If Obama believes what he told the press, he is utterly disinformed by his advisers. If he doesn't believe the crude propaganda that he speaks, he is consciously leading the drive to war with Russia, which probably means war with China as well and the end of us all.
Keep in mind that after eight years the US military was unable to successfully occupy Iraq and that after 13 years the US is unable to defeat a few thousand lightly armed Taliban in Afghanistan.
Russia and China are not Iraq, Libya, or Afghanistan.
War with Russia will be nuclear. Washington has prepared for it. Washington has abandoned the ABM treaty, created what it thinks is an ABM shield, and changed its war doctrine to permit US nuclear first strike. All of this is obviously directed at Russia, and the Russian government knows it. How long will Russia sit there waiting for Washington's first strike?
Russia hasn't done anything except get in the way, belatedly, of Washington's lies that Washington uses to start wars. Russia (and China) went along with Washington's lies about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Russia (and China) went along with Washington's lies that Washington's 13-year attempted conquest and occupation of Afghanistan had to do with finding Osama bin Laden. Washington (and China) fell for Washington's deception that a UN resolution establishing a no-fly zone over Libya was for the purpose of preventing Gaddafi's air force from bombing his own people, only to discover that Washington misused the resolution to send the NATO air force to overthrow the Libyan government.
When Washington drew a "red line" in the sand with regard to the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons against the outside forces that Washington had organized and sent into Syria to overthrow the government, all the while pretending that these Islamists mercenaries were the true spokesmen for democracy in Syria, most of the world knew that Washington was about to organize a chemical attack and blame Assad. When the Washington orchestrated attack happened on schedule, this time Russia and China did not fall for it. And neither did the British Parliament. Washington was unable to produce any evidence for the charges that Washington made and hoped would bring in at least the British to support Washington's military assault on Syria. Russia, however, was able to produce evidence, and the evidence foiled Washington's plot against Syria.
Russia's intervention angered Washington, as did Russia's intervention that blocked Washington's plot to attack Iran. Washington, devoid of all evidence and in contradiction to the reports from the International Atomic Energy Agency from inspectors on the ground in Iran that there was no diversion of uranium from the legal energy program to a weapons program, had Iran set up for attack. Iran was surrounded by about 40 US military bases and two of Washington's fleets off its coast.
But in stepped Russia and worked out a deal, which Washington had to accept, that kept Iranian uranium enrichment at the low level used for energy, a level far below weapons requirements.
Two black marks agains Russia whose government prevented wars that Washington wanted. Russia (and China) were supposed to endorse Washington's lies like the puppet states of Europe, Canada, Australia, and Japan, countries that long ago gave up their sovereignty to Washington.