Paul Craig Roberts from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 29 May 2020 15:49:44 -0700 Paul Craig Roberts from Creators Syndicate ac0db55377f43933972de43f2133f44c Washington Murdered Privacy at Home and Abroad for 03/25/2010 Thu, 25 Mar 2010 21:00:00 -0700 <p>Updated: Thu Mar 25, 2010</p> f52e706be0c17df6673391a7f5c7814b American Naifs Bringing Ruin to Other Lands for 03/18/2010 Thu, 18 Mar 2010 21:00:00 -0700 <p>According to news reports, the U.S. military is shipping &quot;bunker-buster&quot; bombs to the U.S. Air Force base at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. The Herald Scotland reports that experts say the bombs are being assembled for an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. The newspaper quotes Dan Piesch, director of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of London: &quot;They are gearing up totally for the destruction of Iran.&quot; (</p> <p>The next step will be a staged &quot;terrorist attack,&quot; a &quot;false flag&quot; operation as per Operation Northwoods, for which Iran will be blamed. As Iran and its leadership have already been demonized, the &quot;false flag&quot; attack will suffice to obtain U.S. and European public support for bombing Iran. The bombing will include more than the nuclear facilities and will continue until the Iranians agree to regime change and the installation of a puppet government. The corrupt American media will present the new puppet as &quot;freedom and democracy.&quot;</p> <p>If the past is a guide, Americans will fall for the deception. In the February issue of &quot;American Behavioral Scientist,&quot; a scholarly journal, Professor Lance DeHaven-Smith writes that state crimes against democracy (SCAD) involve government officials, often in combination with private interests, that engage in covert activities in order to implement an agenda. Examples include McCarthyism or the fabrication of evidence of communist infiltration, the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution based on false claims of President Johnson and Pentagon chief McNamara that North Vietnam attacked a U.S. naval vessel, the burglary of the office of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist in order to discredit Ellsberg (&quot;The Pentagon Papers&quot;) as &quot;disturbed,&quot; and the falsified &quot;intelligence&quot; that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction in order to justify the U.S. invasion of Iraq. (<p>Updated: Thu Mar 18, 2010</p> 7d3801b6f067e0249124cd3fd66640b8 A Country of Serfs Ruled By Oligarchs for 02/15/2010 Mon, 15 Feb 2010 21:00:00 -0800 <p>Updated: Mon Feb 15, 2010</p> ac40e06a05077ea6f2d8390c675d6134 It Is Now Official: The U.S. Is a Police State for 02/08/2010 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 21:00:00 -0800 <p>Updated: Mon Feb 08, 2010</p> f8b146b1264be1257e65f518de82a372 Can the Real Estate Predators Fight Off the Oil Company Predators? for 02/08/2010 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 21:00:00 -0800 <p>Which organization is the greatest threat to the Second Amendment, the anti-gun Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence or Idaho's pro-gun Sportsmen for Wildlife?</p> <p>This might seem like a stupid question until you learn that the Idaho organization recently held three &quot;predator derbies&quot; in which competitors vied to see who could slaughter the most wolves over a two-day period. Similar assaults on wildlife occur in other western states. In Alaska &quot;sportsmen&quot; gun down wolves from airplanes.</p> <p>The wanton slaughter of wildlife for the fun of killing creates hostility toward firearms among the general public. After all the effort environmentalists made to reintroduce wolves into natural habitat, the wolf killing competitions can't go down very well with millions of Americans.<p>Updated: Mon Feb 08, 2010</p> e5424ca892fb503e2f87d4dcb2bb8570 First Circle: Liberty Has Been Lost for 01/05/2010 Tue, 05 Jan 2010 21:00:00 -0800 <p>I had just finished reading the uncensored edition of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's book, &quot;In The First Circle&quot; (Harper Perennial, 2009), when I came across Chris Hedges article, &quot;One Day We'll All Be Terrorists&quot; (Truthdig, Dec. 28, 2009). In Hedges' description of the U.S. government's treatment of American citizen Syed Fahad Hashmi, I recognized the Stalinist legal system as portrayed by Solzhenitsyn.</p> <p>Hashmi has been held in solitary confinement going on three years. Guantanamo's practices have migrated to the Metropolitan Correction Center in Manhattan, where Hashmi is held in the Special Housing Unit. His access to attorneys, family and other prisoners is prevented or severely curtailed. He must clean himself and use toilet facilities on camera. He is let out of solitary for one hour every 24 hours to exercise in a cage.</p> <p>Hashmi is a U.S. citizen, but his government has violated every right guaranteed to him by the Constitution. The U.S. government, in violation of U.S. law, is also subjecting Hashmi to psychological torture known as extreme sensory deprivation. The bogus &quot;evidence&quot; against him is classified and denied to him. Like Joseph K. in Kafka's &quot;The Trial,&quot; Hashmi is under arrest on secret evidence. As the case against him is unknown or nonexistent, defense is impossible.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 05, 2010</p> 18007a7aacc73d157da01668c5ca5660 A Trial That Will Convict Us All for 11/24/2009 Tue, 24 Nov 2009 21:00:00 -0800 <p>Republican members of Congress and what masquerades as a &quot;conservative&quot; media are outraged that the Obama administration intends to try in federal court Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of Sept. 11, and four alleged co-conspirators.</p> <p>The Republican and right wing ranting that a trial is too good for these people proves what I have written for a number of years: Republicans and many Americans who think of themselves as conservatives have no regard for the U.S. Constitution or for civil liberties. They have no appreciation for the point made by Thomas Paine in his &quot;Dissertations on First Principles of Government&quot; (1790): &quot;An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret and to misapply even the best of laws. He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.&quot;</p> <p>Republicans and American conservatives regard civil liberties as coddling devices for criminals and terrorists. They assume that police and prosecutors are morally pure and, in addition, never make mistakes. An accused person is guilty, or government wouldn't have accused him. All of my life, I have heard self-described conservatives disparage lawyers who defend criminals. Such &quot;conservatives&quot; live in an ideal, not real, world. They desperately need to read &quot;The Tyranny of Good Intentions.&quot;<p>Updated: Tue Nov 24, 2009</p> 0ac1cef7072226a707d9d83dd0d7b09f U.S. Joins Ranks of Failed States for 10/20/2009 Tue, 20 Oct 2009 21:00:00 -0700 <p>The U.S. has every characteristic of a failed state.</p> <p>The U.S. government's current operating budget is dependent on foreign financing and money creation.</p> <p>Too politically weak to be able to advance its interests through diplomacy, the U.S. relies on terrorism and military aggression.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 20, 2009</p> e7d394a3b9082264ac8c53b6a885df1c Health Care Deceit for 09/15/2009 Tue, 15 Sep 2009 21:00:00 -0700 <p>The current health care &quot;debate&quot; shows how far gone representative government is in the United States. Members of Congress represent the powerful interest groups that fill their campaign coffers, not the people who vote for them.</p> <p>The health care bill is not about health care. It is about protecting and increasing the profits of the insurance companies. The main feature of the health care bill is the &quot;individual mandate,&quot; which requires everyone in America to buy health insurance. Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., a recipient of millions in contributions over his career from the insurance industry, proposes to impose up to a $3,800 fine on Americans who fail to purchase health insurance.</p> <p>The determination of &quot;our&quot; elected representatives to serve the insurance industry is so compelling that Congress is incapable of recognizing the absurdity of these proposals.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 15, 2009</p> cc13c58ba4b8aa477b01d99289faa968 The Expiring Economy for 08/04/2009 Tue, 04 Aug 2009 21:00:00 -0700 <p>Tent cities springing up all over America are filling with the homeless unemployed from the worst economy since the 1930s. While Americans live in tents, the Obama government has embarked on a $1 billion crash program to build a mega-embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, to rival the one the Bush government built in Baghdad.</p> <p>Hard times have now afflicted Americans for so long that even the extension of unemployment benefits from 6-18 months for 24 high-unemployment states, and to 46-72 weeks in other states, is beginning to run out. By Christmas, 1.5 million Americans will have exhausted unemployment benefits while unemployment rolls continue to rise.</p> <p>Amidst this worsening economic crisis, the House of Representatives just passed a $636 billion &quot;defense&quot; bill.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 04, 2009</p> 917c276fa853b6397c173f6e45655496 Pirates of the Mediterranean for 07/02/2009 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 21:00:00 -0700 <p>On June 30, the government of Israel committed an act of piracy when the Israeli Navy in international waters illegally boarded the Spirit of Humanity, kidnapped its 21-person crew from 11 countries, including former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney and Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire, and confiscated the cargo of medical supplies, olive trees, reconstruction materials and children's toys that were on the way to the Mediterranean coast of Gaza. The Spirit of Humanity, along with the kidnapped 21 persons, is being towed to Israel as I write.</p> <p>Gaza has been described as the &quot;world's largest concentration camp.&quot; It is home to 1.5 million Palestinians who were driven by force of American-supplied Israeli arms out of their homes, off their farms and out of their villages so that Israel could steal their land and make the Palestinian land available to Israeli settlers.</p> <p>What we have been witnessing for 60 years is a replay in modern times, despite the United Nations and laws strictly preventing Israel's theft of Palestine, of the 17th, 18th and 19th century theft of American Indian lands by U.S. settlers. An Israeli government spokesman recently rebuked the president of the United States, a country, the Israeli said, who stole all of its land from Indians, for complaining about Israel's theft of Palestine.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 02, 2009</p> 346ff40778351836ea68a14e304aa0ae Gun Control: What Is the Agenda? for 06/30/2009 Tue, 30 Jun 2009 21:00:00 -0700 <p>Some years or decades ago, I researched and reported on the Sullivan Act, one of America's first gun-control laws.</p> <p>New York state Sen. Timothy Sullivan, a corrupt Tammany Hall politician, represented New York's Red Hook district. Commercial travelers passing through the district would be relieved of their valuables by armed robbers. In order to protect themselves and their property, travelers armed themselves. This raised the risk of, and reduced the profit from, robbery. Sullivan's outlaw constituents demanded that Sullivan introduce a law that would prohibit concealed carry of pistols, blackjacks and daggers, thus reducing the risk to robbers from armed victims.</p> <p>The criminals, of course, were already breaking the law and had no intention of being deterred by the Sullivan Act from their business activity of armed robbery. Thus, the effect of the Sullivan Act was precisely what the criminals intended. It made their life of crime easier.<p>Updated: Tue Jun 30, 2009</p> ece9a91895eaebd3abdc9e9f7175ef5b Succumbing to the Dark Side for 05/28/2009 Thu, 28 May 2009 21:00:00 -0700 <p>Torture is a violation of U.S. and international law. Yet, President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, on the basis of legally incompetent memos prepared by Justice Department officials, gave the OK to interrogators to violate U.S. and international law.</p> <p>The new Obama administration shows no inclination to uphold the rule of law by prosecuting those who abused their offices and broke the law.</p> <p>Cheney claims, absurdly, that torture was necessary in order to save American cities from nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists. Many Americans have bought the argument that torture is morally justified in order to make terrorists reveal where ticking nuclear bombs are before they explode.<p>Updated: Thu May 28, 2009</p> cc4d91edae41488c825cc05a61fc4452 Who Will Stand up to America and Israel? for 05/26/2009 Tue, 26 May 2009 21:00:00 -0700 <p>&quot;Obama Calls on World to 'Stand up to' North Korea&quot; read the headline. The United States, Obama said, was determined to protect &quot;the peace and security of the world.&quot;</p> <p>Shades of doublespeak, doublethink, &quot;1984.&quot;</p> <p>North Korea is a small place. China alone could snuff it out in a few minutes. Yet, the president of the United States thinks that nothing less than the entire world is a match for North Korea.<p>Updated: Tue May 26, 2009</p> 65951d951d3b5df75fc887290a473774 Launching Lifeboats Before the Ship Sinks for 03/24/2009 Tue, 24 Mar 2009 21:00:00 -0700 <p>On March 19, The New York Times reported: &quot;The Fed said it would purchase an additional $750 billion worth of government-guaranteed mortgage-backed securities, on top of the $500 billion that it is currently in the process of buying. In addition, the Fed said it would buy up to $300 billion worth of longer-term Treasury securities over the next six months.&quot;</p> <p>The Federal Reserve says that its purchase of $1 trillion in existing bonds is part of its plan to revive the economy. Another way to view the Fed's announcement is to see it as a pre-emptive rescue. Is the Fed rescuing banks from their bond portfolios prior to the destruction of bond prices by inflation?</p> <p>The answer to this question probably lies in the answer to the question of how the unprecedented sizes of the FY 2009 and FY 2010 federal budget deficits will be financed. Neither the U.S. savings rate nor the trade surpluses of our major foreign lenders are sufficient.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 24, 2009</p> be6b2f6b6e7d72e528c6123f2cd5568e Was the Bailout Itself a Scam? for 03/19/2009 Thu, 19 Mar 2009 21:00:00 -0700 <p>Professor Michael Hudson (CounterPunch, March 18) is correct that the orchestrated outrage over the $165 million AIG bonuses is a diversion from the thousand times greater theft from taxpayers of the approximately $200 billion &quot;bailout&quot; of AIG. Nevertheless, it is a diversion that serves an important purpose. It has taught an inattentive American public that the elites run the government in their own private interests.</p> <p>Americans are angry that AIG executives are paying themselves millions of dollars in bonuses after having cost the taxpayers an exorbitant sum. Sen. Charles Grassley put a proper face on the anger when he suggested that the AIG executives &quot;follow the Japanese example and resign or go commit suicide.&quot;</p> <p>Yet, Obama's White House economist, Larry Summers, on whose watch as treasury secretary in the Clinton administration financial deregulation got out of control, invoked the &quot;sanctity of contracts&quot; in defense of the AIG bonuses.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 19, 2009</p> dc08c39e669ed03db179f83b5df6ef3d Israel's American Chattel for 03/17/2009 Tue, 17 Mar 2009 21:00:00 -0700 <p>&quot;I do not believe the National Intelligence Council could function effectively while its chair was under constant attack by unscrupulous people with a passionate attachment to the views of a political faction in a foreign country.</p> <p>&quot;The tactics of the Israel Lobby plumb the depths of dishonor and indecency and include character assassination, selective misquotation, the willful distortion of the record, the fabrication of falsehoods and an utter disregard for the truth. The aim of this Lobby is control of the policy process through the exercise of a veto over the appointment of people who dispute the wisdom of its views, the substitution of political correctness for analysis, and the exclusion of any and all options for decision by Americans and our government other than those that it favors.</p> <p>&quot;There is a special irony in having been accused of improper regard for the opinions of foreign governments and societies by a group so clearly intent on enforcing adherence to the policies of a foreign government &mdash; in this case, the government of Israel. I believe that the inability of the American public to discuss, or the government to consider, any option for U.S. policies in the Middle East opposed by the ruling faction in Israeli politics has allowed that faction to adopt and sustain policies that ultimately threaten the existence of the state of Israel. It is not permitted for anyone in the United States to say so. This is not just a tragedy for Israelis and their neighbors in the Middle East; it is doing widening damage to the national security of the United States.&quot; &mdash; Ambassador Charles Freeman on declining his appointment as chairman of the National Intelligence Council, Wall Street Journal, March 10, 2009.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 17, 2009</p> d107823e8deaafd46ec69bba2601473e Who Remembers "Guns and Butter"? for 02/17/2009 Tue, 17 Feb 2009 21:00:00 -0800 <p>President Lyndon B. Johnson's policy of Great Society spending and the Vietnam War is credited with the rising American inflation that persisted until checked by President Reagan's supply-side policy.</p> <p>In Johnson's time, the American economy and the U.S. dollar were strong, and there was no current account deficit. Yet, LBJ's policy of guns and butter did long-term harm.</p> <p>The Bush-Obama 21st century policy of guns and butter makes LBJ look like a piker. The 2009 and 2010, federal budget deficits will be monstrous even without guns. But Obama is exiting (apparently) the Iraq War in order to start two, possibly three, more wars.<p>Updated: Tue Feb 17, 2009</p> fc776b37fffef0ec8760a429d47df2c1 Obama's Voodoo Economics for 02/12/2009 Thu, 12 Feb 2009 21:00:00 -0800 <p>Who remembers economists' hysteria over the &quot;Reagan deficits&quot;? Wall Street was in panic. Ronald Reagan's fiscal irresponsibility was bringing the end of the world.</p> <p>The fiscal year 2009 federal budget deficit that Obama is inheriting, and adding to, will be 10 times larger in absolute terms than Reagan's biggest and a much larger share of gross domestic product in percentage terms. Yet, economists are sending up no alarms.</p> <p>Paul Krugman, for example, couldn't damn Reagan's puny deficits enough. But today he thinks the deficit can't be large enough!<p>Updated: Thu Feb 12, 2009</p> 5c733bd63223c2d18f5d66f0c15a88cb Ship of Fools for 02/10/2009 Tue, 10 Feb 2009 21:00:00 -0800 <p>Is there intelligent life in Washington, D.C.? Not a speck of it.</p> <p>The U.S. economy is imploding, and Obama is being led by his government of neconservatives and Israeli agents into a quagmire in Afghanistan that will bring the United States into confrontation with Russia and possibly China, American's largest creditor.</p> <p>The January payroll job figures reveal that every day last month, 20,000 Americans lost their jobs.<p>Updated: Tue Feb 10, 2009</p>