Author Archives: Paul Craig Roberts

America is being destroyed by problems that are unaddressed

One hundred years ago European civilization, as it had been known, was ending its life in the Great War, later renamed World War I. Millions of soldiers ordered by mindless generals into the hostile arms of barbed wire and machine gun fire had left the armies stalemated in trenches. A reasonable peace could have been reached, but US President Woodrow Wilson kept the carnage going by sending fresh American soldiers to try to turn the tide against Germany in favor of the English and French. Continue reading

Why WW III is on the horizon

The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 gave birth to a dangerous American ideology called neoconservativism. The Soviet Union had served as a constraint on US unilateral action. With the removal of this constraint on Washington, neoconservatives declared their agenda of US world hegemony. America was now the “sole superpower,” the “unipower,” that could act without restraint anywhere in the world. Continue reading

The One Percent rallies behind IMF Director Christine LaGarde

Washington removed Dominique Strauss-Kahn as the leading contender for the French presidency and as director of the IMF by framing him on a phony charge of raping a New York hotel maid. The obviously false charge was proven to be totally fabricated and had to be dropped. Continue reading

What does last week’s ‘rate hike’ mean?

The Federal Reserve raised the interbank borrowing rate last Wednesday by one quarter of one percent or 25 basis points. Readers are asking, “What does that mean?” Continue reading

The neoconservatives’ hegemonic goal of making sovereign countries extinct is bringing instead the extinction of planet earth

My warning that the neoconservatives have resurrected the threat of nuclear Armageddon, which was removed by Reagan and Gorbachev, is also being given by Noam Chomsky, former US Secretary of Defense William Perry, and other sentient observers of the neoconservatives’ aggressive policies toward Russia and China. Continue reading

War is on the horizon: Is it too late to stop it?

One lesson from military history is that once mobilization for war begins, it takes on a momentum of its own and is uncontrollable. Continue reading

Good-bye to Western living standards

My column, “Capitalism At Work,” about Greek women being forced into prostitution by banksters and the IMF produced a number of responses from women, who report that austerity is having the same effect all over Europe. Continue reading

Capitalism at work

Zero Hedge reports a story from “Keep Talking Greece” that first appeared in The Times (London). Continue reading

More Paris puzzles

Some people who are not inclined to believe the official story of the Paris attack are troubled by the question why Muslim suicide bombers would blow themselves up for a false flag attack. The answer to this question is very simple. But first we should dispose of the question whether suicide bombers did blow themselves up. Is this something that we know, or is it part of the story that we are told? For example, we were told that during 9/11 passengers in hijacked airliners used their cell phones to call relatives, but experts have testified that the technology of the time did not permit cell phone calls from airliners at those altitudes. Continue reading

Every position on the spectrum supports the government’s propaganda

This excellent article by Glenn Greenwald reminded me that I have meant to write about how every sort of interest attaches to the government’s propaganda in order to make its point. Continue reading

Washington refines its false flag operations

Washington and its French vassal have refined how they conduct their false flag operations. With the Charlie Hebdo operation, they knew to immediately set the story in stone in order to avoid any questions from the print and TV media and in order to use the set story to take the place of an investigation. Continue reading

The re-enserfment of Western peoples

The re-enserfment of Western peoples is taking place on several levels. One about which I have been writing for more than a decade comes from the offshoring of jobs. Americans, for example, have a shrinking participation in the production of the goods and services that are marketed to them. Continue reading

The ‘war on terror’ is the hoax foundation of the police/spy state

The “war on terror” was a hoax. Americans were deceived by policymakers, who are pursuing a hegemonic agenda. The American people were too trusting and too gullible and, consequently, Americans were easily betrayed by Washington and by the presstitute media. Continue reading

Another phony payroll jobs number

The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced Friday that the US economy created 271,000 jobs in October, a number substantially in excess of the expected 175,000 to 190,000 jobs. The unexpected job gain has dropped the unemployment rate to 5 percent. These two numbers will be the focus of the financial media presstitutes. Continue reading

Vladimir Putin speaks honestly

Russia’s president is a refreshing contrast to the liars who inhabit Western governments and Western media. The agenda of the Russian government is peace and international cooperation under the rule of law. Washington’s agenda is hegemony. Continue reading

US on the road to becoming a Third World country

On January 6, 2004, Senator Charles Schumer and I challenged the erroneous idea that jobs offshoring was free trade in a New York Times op-ed. Our article so astounded economists that within a few days Schumer and I were summoned to a Brookings Institution conference in Washington, DC, to explain our heresy. In the nationally televised conference, I declared that the consequence of jobs offshoring would be that the US would be a Third World country in 20 years. Continue reading

Bring back Jimmy Carter!

Caught with its pants down in Syria, the US government is making a fool of itself. By attempting to mischaracterize Russia’s actions against ISIS in Syria, Washington has admitted that the terrorists from outside Syria, who are attempting to overthrow the elected government of Syria, are “our guys.” Continue reading

Presstitutes at work

The Western media has only two tools. One is the outrageous lie. This overused tool no longer works, except on dumbshit Americans. Continue reading

Putin’s next move

Now that Russia has taught the dumbshits in Washington that Russia will no longer tolerate their aggression against Syria, it is time for the next step. Continue reading

Washington persecutes America’s greatest patriots

John Kiriakou is an American patriot who informed us of the criminal behavior of illegal and immoral US “cloak and dagger” operations that were bringing dishonor to our country. His reward was to be called a “traitor” by the idiot conservative Republicans and sentenced to prison by the corrupt US government. Continue reading

The MH-17 ‘Report’

When I read that the report on the downing of the Malaysian airliner over Ukraine was being
put in the hands of the Dutch, I knew that there would be no investigation and no attention to the facts.
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Recognizing neocon failure shows Obama has come to his senses

Tyler Durden of Zero Hedge and others are misinterpreting Steve Kroft’s “60 Minutes” interview with President Obama. They see weakness and confusion in Obama’s responses and conclude that Kroft shredded Obama. Continue reading

The impulsiveness of US power

Washington’s impulsive use of power is a danger to America and to the world. Arrogant Washington politicians and crazed neoconservatives are screaming that the US must shoot down Russian aircraft that are operating against the US-supplied forces that have brought death and destruction to Syria, unleashing mil lions of refugees on Europe, in Washington’s effort to overthrow the Syrian government. Continue reading

A decisive shift in the power balance has occurred

The world is beginning to realize that a sea change in world affairs occurred on September 28 when President Putin of Russia stated in his UN speech that Russia can no longer tolerate Washington’s vicious, stupid, and failed policies that have unleashed chaos, which is engulfing the Middle East and now Europe. Two days later, Russia took over the military situation in Syria and began the destruction of the Islamic State forces. Continue reading

This has become routine

In his comment on the mass shootings at the Oregon community college, President Obama said, “This has become routine.” Continue reading

Friday’s payroll jobs report

The 142,000 September payroll jobs reported Friday (2 Oct 2015) by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is too small to be consistent with the still high stock averages or the alleged economic recovery. Moreover, the BLS says that it over-estimated the July and August payroll jobs by 59,000. Continue reading

Putin calls out Washington

Last Wednesday (28 Sept 2015) the world saw the difference between Russia and Washington. Putin’s approach is truth-based; Obama’s is vain boasts and lies, and Obama is running out of lies. Continue reading

No brains in Washington

Washington’s IQ follows the Fed’s interest rate—it is negative. Washington is a black hole into which all sanity is sucked out of government deliberations. Continue reading

Russia’s false hopes

Russia so desperately desires to be part of the disreputable and collapsing West that Russia is losing its grip on reality. Continue reading

Democracy has departed the West

Before the West spreads democracy abroad maybe it could get some for itself. The US is an oligarchy in which government is answerable to six powerful private interest groups. In Europe governments are answerable to the EU, Washington, and private bankers and not to their peoples. In the UK the military brass has declared its hold on the reins of power. Continue reading

All Republican presidential candidates stand for war

There is not a peaceful person among the Republican candidates. Even the female is heartless. Carly Fiorina positioned herself alongside the macho men as a warmonger. She let the military/security complex know that she, too, was for sale. Send in the campaign donations, and she will see that the money flows back to the military/security complex in the buildup of fleets and armaments that will send the Russians a message. Continue reading

US has been planning to wipe out Russia since 1945

An article on Sputnik by Ekaterina Blinova, provides a history of US and British plans to destroy the Soviet Union with nuclear weapons in the early post-World War II years, before the Soviets got the bomb and prior to President John F. Kennedy reining in the plans to use nuclear weapons against Soviet civilian populations. If truth be known, the Cold War was entirely a Washington creation. Continue reading