Has Washington’s arrogance undone its empire?

No one likes a bully, and Washington’s NATO puppets have been bullied for six decades. British prime ministers, German chancellors, and French presidents have to salute and say, “Yes, sir.”

They all hate it, but they love Washington’s money; so they prostitute themselves and their countries for Washington’s money. Even a person of Winston Churchill’s stature had to suck up to Washington in order to get his bills and his country’s bills paid.

But what the bought European leaders are finding is that Washington doesn’t pay enough for the prostitution required. One year out of office, Tony Blair was worth $35 million dollars. But that’s not enough to get Blair on the waiting list for $50 million 200-foot yachts, to have a chalet in Gstaad, $50 million penthouses in Paris and New York, and a private plane to fly between them, or to wear a $736,000 Franck Muller watch on his wrist, sign his name with a $700,000 Mont Blanc jewel-encrusted pen, and drink $10,000 “martinis on a rock” (gin or vodka poured over a diamond) at New York’s Algonquin Hotel.

In a world in which every member of the Forbes Four Hundred is a billionaire-plus or multi-billionaire, $35,000,000 just doesn’t cut it. In 2006, the manager of one hedge fund was paid $1,700,000,000 for one year’s thieving. Another 25 were paid $575,000,000 for their skills in front-running trades—$35 million is probably the annual budget for their household servants.

The British seem content in their role as Washington’s favorite lackey, but France and Germany have not enjoyed that role. France’s last real leader, General DeGaul, would have nothing to do with it and refused to join NATO. Germany, dismembered with East Germany occupied by the Soviets, had no choice. Germans’ gratitude to President Reagan for their unification resulted in reunified Germany falling under Washington’s hegemony.

However, if news reports from Berlin are true, Germany has had enough. The catalyst was Edward Snowden’s revelations that Washington spies on everyone, including its allies, both Germany and the EU in particular. Moreover, Washington uses Britain as the Trojan Horse within the EU as a backup spy in case NSA misses something.

According to news reports, the German, French, and EU governments are upset to find out that their extreme subservience to Washington has not protected them and their citizens from being spied upon. Here they are, fighting Washington’s wars in far distant Afghanistan, the fate of which is completely unrelated to their own, and what does Washington do but embarrass them by spying on the personal lives of their citizens.

Who does the Merkel government represent, Germans are asking, Germans or the NSA? Why does the Merkel government kowtow to Washington? The next question will be: “What does Washington’s spies have on Merkel?”

With the German government put on the spot by Washington’s betrayal, news headlines are: “Germany Ready to Charge UK and US Intelligence Over Bugging Operations.”

Little wonder Washington and its media whores hate Edward Snowden. “A spokesman for the [German] Federal Prosecutor said the office was preparing to bring charges against” the UK and US intelligence services. In light of the Snowden affair, it will be wonderful if Germany issues arrest warrants and Washington and London refuse to extradite its NSA and UK spy operatives who have violated every law and every trust.

The German Justice Minister, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenburger, demanded an “immediate explanation” why Washington was applying to Germany policies “reminiscent of the actions against enemies during the Cold War.”

The president of France has said that France will not again cooperate with Washington on any issue until France receives “full assurances” that Washington will cease spying on France.

The president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, and the EU Commissioner for Justice, Viviane Reding, demand Washington’s answer to Snowden’s revelations that Washington has betrayed its own allies.

The question that must be asked is: do any of these protests from politicians, who are almost certain to be on Washington’s payroll, mean anything or are they just make-believe protests to quiet the domestic European populations who have been betrayed by their elected leaders? Why would the French president and the German justice minister think any reassurance from Washington meant anything? When in human memory has Washington told the truth about anything? When has Washington’s reassurance meant anything?

The Tonkin Gulf? Iraqi weapons of mass destruction? Iranian nukes? Assad’s sarin gas attack? FBI orchestrated “terror attacks”? It is a proven fact that the US government lies every time it opens its mouth. Compared to Washington, Stalin, Hitler, Tojo, Mao, Castro, Chavez, and Pol Pot were truthful.

Washington’s reply to Europe’s demands for explanation is: “We will discuss these issues bilaterally with EU member states,” but “we are not going to comment publicly on specific alleged intelligence activities.”

You know what that means. Bilateral means that Washington is going to talk with each EU country separately, using the information NSA has obtained to blackmail each complainant into silence. Whereas the EU together could stand up to Washington, separately the countries can be browbeat and offered more money or threats that illicit love affairs will be revealed to shut them up. Washington is betting on its power to intimidate individual countries with the threat of isolation and being cut off from money. If the EU countries agree to the secret bilateral explanations from Washington, the affair will end and the spying on Europe will continue while Washington and the EU politicians deny that the spying continues.

By now the entire world must know that Washington is not merely lawless, but also totally out of control, reveling in arrogance and hubris, driven by desires for hegemony over the entire world. Washington is so paranoid and distrustful that it doesn’t even trust its own citizens or the European puppet governments that it has bought and paid for.

Washington is the only government that has ever used nuclear weapons, and Washington used them against a defeated government that was trying to surrender. Today the craziness in Washington is much worse. Decision-making councils are full of crazed neoconservative war-mongers, such as National Security Advisor Susan Rice, a threat to humanity. Washington think tanks and media are over-represented by neoconservatives such as William Kristol who wants to know “what good are nuclear weapons if you can’t use them?”

The sleazy European politicians and media who took Washington’s money provided for their own economic security, but they betrayed the security of the entire world. By enabling Washington’s hegemony, they unleashed Washington’s arrogance. This arrogance now threatens not merely the independence of every country but life on earth.

Instead of meeting unilaterally alone with Washington, the European countries should stand together. After all, supposedly there is an EU. If there is an EU, Washington should meet with the EU, not with its constituent parts individually, no one of which can stand up to Washington’s intimidation and bribes.

If thermo-nuclear war is to be avoided and life is to continue on earth, Europe must disband NATO. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was formed in the aftermath of World War II. Its purpose was to prevent the powerful Red Army, which defeated Nazi Germany, from overrunning all of Western Europe.

The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, 22 years ago. Yet, NATO still exists. Moreover, against President Reagan’s intentions, NATO has grown. NATO now includes former constituent parts of the Soviet Empire, such as Eastern Europe, and former constituent parts of the Soviet Union itself, such as Georgia, the government of which is bought and paid for by Washington. The NGOs that Washington funds might even deliver Ukraine into Washington’s fold.

Egged on by Washington, Georgia initiated a war with present day Russia, which superior Russian forces quickly ended. In the opinion of many, the Russian government showed far too much tolerance for its defeated enemy, which is being rearmed by Washington and encouraged into new military adventures. Washington is working to make Georgia, located in Asia between the Black and Caspian seas, a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. NATO membership would make Georgia a treaty protectorate of Washington and its NATO puppets. Washington thinks that this elevation of Georgia would result in Russia acquiescing to Georgian aggression in order to avoid war with the US and NATO.

China, also, has been amazingly abused by Washington, and instead of replying in kind, has taken it in stride. This magnanimity on the part of the Chinese has been misinterpreted by Washington as fear. The fear that Washington imagines is causing China to quake in its boots has encouraged Washington to surround China with new naval, air, and troop bases. The fact that however numerous are Washington’s bases in the Pacific and South China Sea, Washington itself is an ICBM away has not registered on the ignorant scum that rules Amerika. Overwhelmed by its hubris, Washington threatens all life on earth.

Copyright © 2013 Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. His latest book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is now available.

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8 Responses to Has Washington’s arrogance undone its empire?

  1. John Roberts (UK)

    All of this military build up costs money and I think that, at the end of the day, it will a be lack of it that finally puts paid to US imperial designs on Asia. It’s not just that the USA is technically bankrupt and in danger of hyperinflation, but that the countries that it has chosen to antagonise are investing in a real economy based on manufacturing whilst the USA continues to rely on an economy based on the consumption of products made by those very countries. I don’t think China or Russia will fight the USA, rather they’ll simply buy it up at fire sale prices when its pseudo-economy finally collapses. Hopefully, before that happens the USA will see the error of its ways and will switch to reinvesting in civilian manufacturing by bringing home the jobs it’s outsourced and pursuing a vigorous programme of Keynesian stimulus that is not based on military spending.

    • James Brenner

      US tax dollars don’t even cover the interest on the debt. Militarism is and has been funded by the perpetual debt machine, the FEDERAL RESERVE BANK, which creates funny money out of thin air.

      The economy IS entirely dependent on military spending. There is no real economy anymore…only a grotesquely disproportionate bubble of increasing debt.

  2. It is old news that we are being monitored. Smoke and mirrors…. What are they really hiding?

  3. I find it interesting how Paul tries to reason with the devil.

  4. jerome van stam

    1. Across the British isles there are known official NSA bases
    with large eavesdropping installations.
    2. It is official British policy to deny freedom from Germany.
    3. The US ‘Fed’ has been saving the EU banksters since 2008,
    while the ECB has been saving the GIPSI governments.
    4. Less socialism in Europe means less governmental borrowing
    from the private banks. 19th century industrial Capitalism
    is the only way to dry out the centralized banksters.
    5. North-Korea features Nukes and the ICBMs to carry them
    at least to Japan, and according to NK declarations also to Oregon state.
    Thus why wouldn’t its nuke-partner Iran be considered to have less?
    Similar to NK is Iran’s nuclear self-weaponized Muslim neighbor Pakistan.

  5. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER! Watch and see the BEAST! Then WE WILL SLAY IT!!!

    The Money Masters

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H56FUHgqRNE

  6. What an incredibly insightful observation! Thank you, Dr. Roberts!

    If I understand the situation correctly, everything everywhere is based on US funds, which are the product of usurpation, a criminal activity. It’s not easy to hold a system based on criminality together because the participants cannot trust one another, and the only activity one will reasonably undertake is more crime, which is purely counter productive. This is simply not sustainable. Interesting.

  7. As an American, I think
    (1) Every Latin American country in South America should shut down the US embassy there and kick the ambassador out—”You have 48 hours to get out of our country, you filthygroup of spies. And tell your idiot President that we don’t care for having our heads of state forced off-course when traveling on official business while you’re at it.”

    (2) Every country spied upon should bring criminal charges against the US Government, all the way from the janitor at the NSA all the way to King Bobo Obama. Try the whole lot in the Hague, or wherever they do such things.