The Obama regime has issued simultaneous threats to
the enemy it is making out of Russia and to its European NATO allies on
which Washington is relying to support sanctions on Russia. This cannot end
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As even Americans living in a controlled media
environment are aware, Europeans, South Americans, and Chinese are infuriated
that the National Stasi Agency is spying on their communications. NSA's affront
to legality, the US Constitution, and international diplomatic norms is
unprecedented. Yet, the spying continues, while Congress sits
sucking its thumb and betraying its oath to defend
the Constitution of the United States.
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In Washington mumbo-jumbo from the executive branch
about "national security" suffices to negate statutory law and Constitutional
requirements. Western Europe, seeing that the White House, Congress and the
Federal Courts are impotent and unable to rein-in the Stasi Police State, has
decided to create a European communication system that excludes US companies in
order to protect the privacy of European citizens and government communications
from the Washington Stasi.
The Obama regime, desperate that no individual and
no country escape its spy net, denounced Western Europe's intention to protect
the privacy of its communications as "a violation of trade laws."
Obama's US Trade Representative, who has been
negotiating secret "trade agreements" in Europe and Asia that give US
corporations immunity to the laws of all countries that sign the agreements, has
threatened WTO penalties if Europe's communications network excludes the US
companies that serve as spies for NSA. Washington in all its arrogance has told
its most necessary allies that if you don't let us spy on you, we will use WTO
to penalize you.
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So there you have it. The rest of the world now has
the best possible reason to exit the WTO and to avoid the Trans-Pacific and
Trans-Atlantic "trade agreements." The agreements are not about trade. The
purpose of these "trade agreements" is to establish the hegemony of Washington
and US corporations over other countries.
In an arrogant demonstration of Washington's power over Europe,
the US Trade Representative warned Washington's NATO allies: "US Trade
Representative will be carefully monitoring the development of any such
proposals" to create a separate European communication network.
Washington is relying on the Chancellor of Germany,
the President of France, and the Prime Minister of the UK to place service to
Washington above their countries' communications privacy.
It has dawned on the Russian government that being a
part of the American dollar system means that Russia is open to being looted by
Western banks and corporations or by individuals financed by them, that the
ruble is vulnerable to being driven down by speculators in the foreign exchange
market and by capital outflows, and that dependence on the American
international payments system exposes Russia to arbitrary sanctions imposed by
the "exceptional and indispensable country."
Why it took the Russian government so long to
realize that the dollar payments system puts countries under Washington's thumb
is puzzling. Perhaps the answer is the success of US Cold War propaganda. Cold
war propaganda portrayed America as the shining light, the great observer of
human rights, opponent of torture, upholder of liberty, defender of the
downtrodden, lover of peace, and benefactor of the world. This image survived
even as the US government prevented the rise of any representative governments
in Latin America and while Washington has bombed half a dozen countries into
Russians emerging from communism naturally aligned
with the propaganda image of "American freedom." That the US and Europe were
also corrupt and also had blood on their hands was overlooked. During the years
of anti-Soviet propaganda, Washington was murdering European women and children
and blaming communists. The truth came out when President of Italy Francesco
Cossiga publicly revealed Operation Gladio, a false-flag terrorist scheme run by
the CIA and Italian Intelligence during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s that
targeted European women and children with bombs in order to blame the communists
and thereby prevent European communist parties from making electoral gains. This
is one of the most well-known false flag events in history, having resulted in
extraordinary confessions by Italian intelligence.
Now that the Russian government understands that
Russia must depart the dollar system in order to protect Russian sovereignty,
President Putin has entered into barter/ruble oil deals with China and Iran.
However, Washington objects to Russia abandoning the dollar international
payment system. Zero Hedge, a more reliable news source than the US print and TV media, reports that Washington has conveyed to both Russia and Iran that a
non-dollar oil deal would trigger US sanctions.
Washington's objection to the Russian/Iranian deal
made it clear to all governments that Washington uses the dollar-based
international payments system as a means of control. Why should countries accept
an international payments system that infringes their sovereignty? What would
happen if instead of passively accepting the dollar as the means of
international payment, countries simply left the dollar system? The value of the
dollar would fall and so would Washington's power. Without the power that the
dollar's role as world reserve currency gives the US to pay its bills by
printing money, the US could not maintain its aggressive military posture or its
payoffs to foreign governments to do its bidding.
Washington would be just another failed empire,
whose population can barely make ends meet, while the One Percent who comprise
the mega-rich compete with 200-foot yachts and $750,000 fountain pins. The
aristocracy and the serfs. That is what America has already become. A throwback
to the feudal era.
It is only a matter of time before it is universally
recognized that the US is a failed state. Let's pray this recognition occurs
before the arrogant inhabitants of Washington blow up the world in pursuit of
hegemony over others.
Washington's provocative military moves against
Russia are reckless and dangerous. The buildup of NATO air, ground, and naval forces on
Russia's borders in violation of the 1997 NATO-Russian treaty and the Montreux
Convention naturally strike the Russian government as suspicious, especially as
the buildups are justified on the basis of lies that Russia is about to invade
Poland, the Baltic States, and Moldova in addition to Ukraine.
These lies are transparent. The Russian Foreign
Minister Sergey Lavrov has asked NATO for an explanation, stating: "We are not
only expecting answers, but answers that will be based fully on respect for the
rules we agreed on."
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Washington's puppet installed
as NATO figurehead who is no more in charge of NATO than I am, responded in a
way guaranteed to raise Russian anxieties. Rasmussen dismissed the Russian
Foreign Minister's request for explanation as "propaganda and
Clearly, what we are experiencing are rising
tensions caused by Washington and NATO. These tensions are in addition to the
tensions arising from Washington's coup in Ukraine. These reckless and dangerous
actions have destroyed the Russian government's trust in the West and are moving
the world toward war.
Little did the protesters in Kiev, called into the
streets by Washington's NGOs, realize that their foolishness was setting the
world on a path to armageddon.
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 books, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is available (more...)