Does The West Have A Future?


Our non-truth-telling “leaders” continually declare that “Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East.” This myth is one of the many reasons rolled out to justify American taxpayers’ declining incomes being taxed to provide the Israeli government with the means to murder Palestinians and steal their country. Israeli democracy a myth you say? Yes, a myth. According to news reports compiled and reported by Antiwar.com, the September 4 Israeli elections have been cancelled, because the “opposition leader Shaul Mofaz is joining the government.” Mofaz sold out his party for personal power, a typical politician’s behavior. Mofaz’s treachery produced protests from his followers, but, according to news reports, “Israeli police were quick to crack down on the protest, terming it ‘illegal’ and arresting a number of journalists.” Ah, “Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East.”
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WE AMERICANS ARE A BRAINWASHED, MILITANT  COMMUNITY, TOTALLY DISINFORMED AND IGNORANT PEOPLE ON EARTH

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by Paul Craig Roberts 

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Living in America is becoming very difficult for anyone with a moral conscience, a sense of justice, or a lick of intelligence. Consider:

We have had a second fake underwear bomb plot, a much more fantastic one than the first hoax. The second underwear bomber was a CIA operative or informant allegedly recruited by al-Qaeda, an organization that US authorities have recently claimed to be defeated, in disarray, and no longer significant. (more…)

Brewing a Conflict with China


“China’s rise is a great boon to the US military/security complex, which governs america in which there is a pretense of “freedom and democracy.” China is the profitable replacement for the “Soviet threat.” As the days go by, the presstitute media will create in the feeble minds of Americans “The CHINA Threat.” Soon whatever little remains of the US living standard will be sacrificed to Washington’s confrontation with China, along with the seizure of our pensions and personal savings in order to deter “the China threat.”
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DESTROYING ENTIRE WORLD BY WASHINGTON’S HUBRIS

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by Paul Craig Roberts 

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Washington has pressured the Philippines, whose government it owns, into conducting joint military exercises in the South China Sea. Washington’s excuse is that China has territorial disputes with the Philippines, Indonesia, and other countries concerning island and sea rights in the South China Sea. Washington asserts that China’s territorial disputes with the like of Indonesia and the Philippines are a matter of United States’ national interests.

Washington has not made it clear what Washington’s stake is in the disputes. The reason Washington cannot identify why China’s disputes with the Philippines and Indonesia are threats to the United States is that there is no reason. Nevertheless, the undefined “threat” has become the reason Washington needs more naval bases in the Philippines and South Korea.

What this is all about is provoking a long-term cold war conflict with China that will keep profits and power flowing into Washington’s military-security complex. Large profits flow to armaments companies. A portion of the profits reflow into campaign contributions to “the people’s representatives” in DC and to presidential candidates who openly sell out their country to private interests.

Washington is going to construct new naval bases in the Philippines and on the environmentally protected Jeju Island belonging to South Korea. Washington will waste tax revenues, or print more money, in order to build the unnecessary fleets to occupy these bases. Washington is acquiring bases in Australia for US Marines to protect Australia from China, despite the lack of Chinese threats against Australia. Bush and Obama are the leading models of the “people’s president” who sell out the people, at home and abroad, to private interests.

Above: Tourism industry promotion of Jeju Island
South Korean authorities have moved against the people of Jeju Island to begin blasting the precious Gureombi coastline to make way for a naval base to serve the US imperialist interests. The first round of detonations began on the morning of March 7, 2012 in Gangjung (also known as Kangjung), a village on the southern coast of Jeju. The blasting was to have begun on November 18 last year, but permission was refused by the island’s Governor Woo after local residents gained international support for a campaign to stop the blasting and the base. On this occasion, Governor Woo has also denied permission for the blasting, but this has been ignored by the authorities.
On Jeju Island, South Korea, in the village of Gangjeong residents along with peace and environmental activists from around the world are rallying to protect UNESCO Heritage sites and their community from a massive US military base construction project.

 
WHY IS WASHINGTON RAMPINGUP A NEW COLD WAR?

The answer begins with President Eisenhower’s warning to the American people in his last public address about the military/industrial complex in 1961. I won’t quote the warning as it is available online. Eisenhower pointed out to Americans that unlike previous wars after which the US demilitarized, after World War II the cold war with the Soviet Union kept the power and profits flowing into the military/industrial complex, now known as the military/security complex.

President Eisenhower said that the flow of power and profit into the military/industrial complex was a threat to the economic wellbeing and liberty of the American people.

No one paid any attention, and the military/security complex was glad to be rid of the five-star general war hero president when his second term expired. Thanks to the hype about the “Soviet threat,” the military/security complex faced an unlimited horizon of mounting profits and power as Americans sacrificed their future to the interests of those who protected Americans from the Soviet threat.

The good times rolled for the armaments companies and security agencies for almost three decades until Reagan and Gorbachev reached agreement and ended the cold war. When the Soviet Union subsequently collapsed, the future outlook for the power and profit of the US military/security complex was bleak. The one percent was about to lose its fortunes and the secret government was about to lose its power.

The military/security complex went to work to revive the need for a massive “defense” and “security” budget. Among their willing tools were the neoconservatives, with their French Jacobin ideology and Israeli loyalties. The neocons defined America as the “indispensable people.” Such extraordinary people as Americans must establish hegemony over the world as the sole remaining superpower. As most neoconservatives are allied with Israel, the Muslim Middle East became the target of opportunity.

Muslims are sufficiently different from Westerners that Muslims are easy to demonize.
The demonization began in the neoconservative publications. Once Dick Cheney had the George W. Bush regime staffed with neoconservatives, the next step was to create “threats” to Americans out of verbiage about the Taliban’s responsibility for 9/11 and about “Iraqi weapons of mass destruction,” including verbal images from Bush’s National Security Advisor of “mushroom clouds” over US cities.

No one in the US government or the “free” US media or the media of the US puppet states in England, Europe, Japan, Taiwan, Canada, Australia and South Korea was struck by Washington’s proposition that “the world’s sole superpower” was threatened by the likes of Iraq and Iran, neither of which had any offensive military capability or any modern weapons, according to the unequivocal reports of the weapons inspectors.

What kind of “superpower” is threatened by Iraq and Iran? Certainly, not a real one.

No one seemed to notice that the alleged 9/11 hijackers were Saudi Arabians, not Afghans or Iraqis, yet it was Afghanistan and Iraq that were labeled “terrorist threats.” Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, which do terrorize their subjects, are safe from having America bring them democracy, because they are Washington’s puppets, not independent countries.

As fear of nonentities swept over the population of “the world’s sole superpower,” the demands for war against “America’s enemies”–“you are with us or against us”–swept through the country. “Support the troops” plastic ribbons appeared on American cars. Americans went into a frenzy. The “towel heads” were after us, and we had to fight for our lives or be murdered in our beds, shopping centers, and airliner seats.

It was all a hoax to replace the Soviet threat with the Muslim threat.

The problem that developed with the “Muslim threat” is that in order to keep the profits and power flowing into the military/security complex, the promised six-week war in Iraq had to be extended into 8 years. The war in Afghanistan against a few thousand lightly armed Taliban has persisted for more than a decade, longer than the attempted Red Army occupation of Afghanistan.

In other words, the problem with hot wars is that the need not to win them in order to keep them going (Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan are all long-term wars never won) in order that the profits and power continue to flow to the military/security complex demoralizes the US military and creates the world-wide impression that the “world’s sole superpower” cannot even defeat a few thousand insurgents armed with AK-47s, much less a real army.

In Iraq and Afghanistan more US soldiers have died from demoralization and suicides than from combat. In Iraq, the US was humiliated by having to end the war by putting the Sunni insurgents on the US military payroll and paying them to stop killing US troops. In Korea the US was stopped by an army of a backward third world country that lived on rice. What would happen today if the US “superpower’s” militarily confronted China, a country with an economy on which the US is dependent, about equal in size to the US economy, operating on its home territory? The only chance the evil in Washington would have would be nuclear war, which would mean the destruction of the entire world by Washington’s hubris.

Fortunately, profits are more important to Washington than ending life on earth. Therefore, war with China will be avoided, just as it was avoided with the Soviet Union. However, China will be presented by Washington and its prostitute media, especially the New York Times, Washington Post, and Murdoch’s collection of whores, as the rising threat to America. The media story will shift the importance of America’s allies from Europe to countries bordering the South China Sea. American taxpayers’ money, or newly printed money, will flow into the “new alliance against China.”

China’s rise is a great boon to the US military/security complex, which governs america in which there is a pretense of “freedom and democracy.” China is the profitable replacement for the “Soviet threat.” As the days go by, the presstitute media will create in the feeble minds of Americans “The CHINA Threat.”

Soon whatever little remains of the US living standard will be sacrificed to Washington’s confrontation with China, along with the seizure of our pensions and personal savings in order to deter “the China threat.”

If only Americans were an intelligent people. Then they might have some prospect of holding on to their incomes, remaining wealth, and liberty. Unfortunately, Americans are so thoroughly plugged into the Matrix that they present as a doomed people, incapable of thought, reason, or ability to comprehend the facts that the rest of the world sees clearly.

Can reality be brought to the American people? Perhaps a miracle will occur. Stay tuned.

More from Paul Craig Roberts on Wonders of Pakistan

1. Washington Leads World Into Lawlessness 2. Empires Then and Now3. The Outlook for the New Year [in two parts] 4. Is the War on Terror a Hoax? [in two parts] 5. The latest orchestrated threat and the end of history 6 The Critics of 9-11 Truth. Do they have a Case
Paul Craig Roberts has been Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration. Roberts earned his fame as co-founder of Reaganomics. He is also a former editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Business Week and Scripps Howard News Service, who has testified before congressional committees on 30 occasions on issues of economic policy. He is a critic of Israel, and calls Gaza “the world’s largest concentration camp”.
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Break the power of big money



Money should not be made on money, but by creating and selling things of value. At one time the US Banks played a useful role in financing long-term capital projects like roads, dams, bridges. They still can do so through the type of Islamic “sukuk” bonds in which banks share risk in projects they are financing and receive equity interest.
But today, much of the West’s banking industry has become a parasitic scourge that is bleeding the economies of the US and Europe. The current financial crisis is due to runaway government borrowing, poor banking credit controls, and galloping greed. Politicians are just as guilty as financiers.
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PASSING THE PAPER AROUND AILS OUR ECONOMY

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by Eric Margolis
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My parents, who lived through the 1930’s Depression, taught me two rules: don’t buy anything until you can pay for it with your savings; and always save a sizeable portion of your income. (more…)

A nation living on borrowed glory


Much of the world’s history over the last century has been dominated by the United States . But by the turn of the millennium in 2000-2001, the “American Century” had begun to descend into a chamber of horrors. The years since then have been marked by the huge financial bubbles engineered by the U.S. Federal Reserve System and the virus of predatory global capitalism.
We have the looming worldwide economic crisis with rising bankruptcies, credit disruptions, and soaring fuel and food prices.
Alongside has been the thinly-disguised but continuing attempt by the U.S. to conquer the world by force of arms under the heading of the “War on Terror.” [Richard C. Cooke in his essay titled “End of the Anglo-American Empire, published in Globalresearch]
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AMERICAN EMPIRE COMING TO AN END?

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 by Aijaz Zaka Syed

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US has no resources to take care of its own homeless, but it has enough to wage wars in distant lands

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What a mess! What a total, mind-boggling mess! How can a country that is supposed to rule the world in every sense of the word be so reckless with its economy and very future?

The whole world had held its breath over the past couple of weeks as politicians in the land of the free sparred and wrestled over what has come to be known as the debt deal. In fact, as everyone who understood the seriousness of the issue realized, this wasn’t about a tricky piece of legislation or bipartisan cooperation. At stake was the very future and standing of the reigning military and economic superpower. Indeed, it was the global economy itself, hopelessly handcuffed to US economy as it is, that found itself dancing perilously close to the precipice. (more…)

Nearing the fiscal death of US power


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PITY THE NATION WHOSE GOVERNMENTS, BANKS, AND BIG CORPORATIONS SELL HER PEOPLE TO THE DEVIL – OUT OF SHEER GREED

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SIMPLE DEFICIT MATHS

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by Gulam Mitha
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This shortfall of $20 billion in the chart below is for the day of 3rd August 2011 (the day when US credit rating would drop from AAA to AA. Typically, the shortfall (budget deficit)—what Sam brings in and what it pays out—is $4 to 5 billion daily or $1.5 trillion annually. That’s everything including war expenses in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and to maintain numerous bases all over the world, paying salaries, social security, etc.

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