Washington Has Discredited America

Washington’s Arrogance has Brought America Disrepute

Years ago when I described the George W. Bush regime as a police state, right-wing eyebrows were raised. When I described the Obama regime as an even worse police state, liberals rolled their eyes. Alas! Now I am no longer controversial. Everybody says it.

According to the UK newspaper, The Guardian, the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, had an angry exchange with Obama in which Merkel compared Obama’s National Security Agency (NSA) with the East German Communist Stasi, which spied on everyone through networks of informers.

Merkel grew up in Communist East Germany where she was spied upon by the Stasi, and now that she has risen to the highest political office in Europe’s most powerful state, she is spied upon by “freedom and democracy” America.

A former top NSA official, William Binney, declared that “We (the US) are now in a police state.” The mass spying conducted by the Obama regime, Binney says “is a totalitarian process.”

Perhaps my best vindication, after all the hate mail from “super patriots,” who wear their ignorance on their sleeves, and Obama-worshipping liberals, whose gullibility is sickening, came from federal judge Richard Leon, who declared the Obama-sanctioned NSA spying to be “almost Orwellian.” As the American Civil Liberties Union realized, federal judge Leon’s decision vindicated Edward Snowden by ruling that the NSA spying is likely outside what the Constitution permits, “labeling it ‘Orwellian’–adding that James Madison would be ‘aghast.’”

If only more Americans were aghast. I sometimes wonder whether Americans like being spied upon, because it makes them feel important. “Look at me! I’m so important that the government spends enough money to wipe out US poverty spying on me and my Facebook, et. al., friends. I bet they are spending one billion dollars just to know who I connected with today. I hope it didn’t get lost in all the spam.”

Being spied upon is the latest craze of people devoid of any future but desperate for attention.

Jason Ditz at the FBI spied-upon Antiwar.com says that Judge Leon’s ruling is a setback for Obama, who was going to restore justice and liberty but instead created the American Stasi Spy State. Congress, of course, loves the spy state, because all the capitalist firms that make mega-millions or mega-billions from it generously finance congressional and senatorial campaigns for those who support the Stasi state.

The romance that libertarians and “free market economists” have with capitalism, which buys compliance with its greed and cooperates with the Stasi state, is foolish.

Let’s move on. It was only a few weeks ago that Obama and his Secretary of State John Kerry were on the verge of attacking Syria on the basis of faked evidence that Syria had crossed the “red line” and used weapons of mass destruction against the American organized, armed, and financed “rebels,” almost all of whom come from outside Syria.

Only the bought-and-paid-for-by-Washington French president made a show of believing a word or Washington’s lies against the Assad government in Syria. The British Parliament, long a puppet of Washington, gave Obama the bird and voted down participating in another American war crime. That left UK prime minister, David Cameron, hanging. Where do the British get prime ministers like Cameron and Blair?

Washington’s plan for Syria, having lost the cover of its British puppet, received a fatal blow from Russian President Putin, who arranged for Syria’s chemical weapons to be delivered to foreign hands for destruction, thus putting an end to the controversy.

In the meantime it became apparent that the “Syrian rebellion” organized by Washington has been taken over by al-Qaeda, an organization allegedly responsible for 9/11. Even Washington was able to figure out that it didn’t make sense to put al-Qaeda in charge of Syria. Now the headlines are: “West tells Syria rebels: Assad must stay.”

Meanwhile, Washington’s arrogance has managed to make an enemy of India. The TSA, a component of Homeland Security, subjected a female diplomat from India to multiple strip searches, cavity searches and ignored her protestations of consular immunity.

There was no justification whatever for this abuse of an Indian diplomat. To indicate its displeasure, the Indian government has removed barriers that prevent truck bombs from being driven into the US embassy.

Washington has managed to recreate the arms race. More profits for the military/security complex, and less security for the world. Provoked by Washington’s military aggressiveness, Russia has announces a $700 billion upgrade of its nuclear ballistic missiles. China’s leaders have also made it clear that China is not intimidated by Washington’s intrusion into China’s sphere of influence. China is developing weapon systems that make obsolete Washington’s large investment in surface fleets.

Recently, Pat Buchanan, Mr. Conservative himself, made a case that Russia’s Putin better represents traditional American values than does the President of the United States.

Buchanan has a point. It is Washington, not Moscow or Beijing, that threatens to bomb countries into the stone age, that forces down airplanes of heads of state and subjects them to searches, and that refuses to honor grants of political asylum.

Certainly, Washington’s claim to be “exceptional” and “indispensable” and, therefore, above law and morality contrasts unfavorably with Putin’s statement that “we do not infringe on anyone’s interests or try to teach anyone how to live.”

Washington’s arrogance has brought America disrepute. What damage will Washington next inflict on us?

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Paul Craig Roberts, Boiling Frogs Post contributing author, is a former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury and former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has been reporting on executive branch and cases of prosecutorial abuse for two decades. He has written or co-written eight books, contributed chapters to numerous books, and has published many articles in journals of scholarship. Mr. Roberts has testified before congressional committees on 30 occasions on issues of economic policy, and has been a critic of both Democratic and Republican administrations. You can visit his website here.

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  1. PCR: [The British Parliament, long a puppet of Washington, gave Obama the bird and voted down participating in another American war crime. That left UK prime minister, David Cameron, hanging. Where do the British get prime ministers like Cameron and Blair?]

    “Washington” is run by the Anglo-American financial empire centered in Wall Street and the City of London. NATO is its military arm, and the FBI, CIA, MI5, MI6, NSA, etc. are its secret police. Washington is a puppet, Obama is a puppet – a Wall Street stooge with a CIA background. The institution of the United States Presidency is occupied by a foreign power, an imperial agent. Roberts describes Britain as the puppet of the U.S., as if “Washington” were the real power. I look at it a bit differently. The vote of the British parliament was was very significant. Without this miraculous vote we would be in a general war by now. But it was not so much Obama to whom they gave the bird as to Prime Minister David Cameron, and behind him, to her Imperial Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Doge of the British oligarchy, whose prime minister he is, and whose policy the attack on Syria was. http://ukconstitutionallaw.org/2013/09/19/gavin-phillipson-historic-commons-syria-vote-the-constitutional-significance-part-i/. Britain gets prime ministers like Blair and Cameron from the same place we get the likes of Bush and Obama.

    • Great article…

      as he wrote…

      It may now be said with some confidence, therefore that, following the Syria episode, a constitutional convention exists to the effect that the Government must, before, commencing any military action, permit a debate and vote in the House of Commons and abide by its result

  2. hmmm..
    the reply was for you tonywicher.

  3. The upshot is if we are honest with ourselves whether liberal, conservative, independent or whatever is that the massive surveillance state crosses all party lines. It was meant to. It is a system with its own bureaucracy, a runaway train, a leviathan of immense proportions and above all it has no ONE master. Liberals can no longer say that their party is liberal when it comes to Stasi politics. Conservatives can no longer wave the flag against terrorism when they are the subject to the machinations of the police state. And independents are a non factor, at this point, to make a difference. There is just not enough of them to halt the machine, provided they too can see the charade. Yes, there may be other agendas with the surveillance state which we are not privy to under the National Security State. However, what we do know across all party lines is that we are all its grip. So who do we elect next or not elect? Do we even participate in the elections? At this point it doesn’t matter. And no, it does not mean we should give up the fight. Not in the least. Yet, can a difference be made in time to halt and pull back the machine, for those who are awake, and wake up the walking dead? I do not know? Well, the adage – “It just can’t happen here” – has happened. Do we even know or will even admit that it has happened?

  4. what we do know across all party lines is that we are all its grip. So who do we elect next or not elect? Do we even participate in the elections?

    A great ?…pick .

    • jin59b, Damn right we participate in elections! But elections are one part of a broader political process. The reason why our government is in the grip of oligarchy is that not enough citizens participate actively in the political process. Five percent of the populationj would be enough. Get in there and fight Wall Street. Wall Street is the enemy. Demand the reinstatement of Glass-Steagall. Demand to make the redacted 28 pages of the 9/11 Ommission Report public. Demand to re-open the 9/11 investigation. Support Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Walter Jones and all other representatives of either party who support Glass-Steagall. Stop Wall Street warmonger Hillary Clinton. There is one very sharp dividing line: are you willing to take on Wall Street or are you not? . And this must be shown now by words but by deeds, such as becoming a co-sponsor of a House or Senate bill to reinstate Glass-Steagall. As part of his continuing consumer protection efforts, The most recent such bill was introduced by Congressman John F. Tierney, who joined with Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC) today to introduce a companion bill (HR. 3711) to Elizabeth Warren’s Glass Steagall for the 21st Century bill in the Senate (S. 1282). There is still a Constitution that we can use but only the people can make it mean something.

  5. The reason why our government is in the grip of oligarchy is that not enough citizens participate actively in the political process.

    in Denmark or Usa…

    Thank you tonywicher..

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