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The Cold War Roars Back to Life

Paul Craig Roberts

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June 28, 2014

By Paul Craig Roberts

The Cold War made a lot of money for the military/security complex for four decades dating from Churchill’s March 5, 1946 speech in Fulton, Missouri declaring a Soviet “Iron Curtain” until Reagan and Gorbachev ended the Cold War in the late 1980s. During the Cold War Americans heard endlessly about “the Captive Nations.” The Captive Nations were the Baltics and the Soviet bloc, usually summarized as “Eastern Europe.”

These nations were captive because their foreign policies were dictated by Moscow, just as these same Captive Nations, plus the UK, Western Europe, Canada, Mexico, Columbia, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Georgia, and Ukraine, have their foreign policies dictated today by Washington. Washington intends to expand the Captive Nations to include Azerbaijan, former constituent parts of Soviet Central Asia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia.

During the Cold War Americans thought of Western Europe and Great Britain as independent sovereign countries. Whether they were or not, they most certainly are not today. We are now almost seven decades after WWII, and US troops still occupy Germany. No European government dares to take a stance different from that of the US Department of State.

Not long ago there was talk both in the UK and Germany about departing the European Union, and Washington told both countries that talk of that kind must stop as it was not in Washington’s interest for any country to exit the EU. The talk stopped. Great Britain and Germany are such complete vassals of Washington that neither country can publicly discuss its own future.

When Baltasar Garzon, a Spanish judge with prosecuting authority, attempted to indict members of the George W. Bush regime for violating international law by torturing detainees, he was slapped down.

In Modern Britain, Stephane Aderca writes that the UK is so proud of being Washington’s “junior partner” that the British government agreed to a one-sided extradition treaty under which Washington merely has to declare “reasonable suspicion” in order to obtain extradition from the UK, but the UK must prove “probable cause.” Being Washington’s “junior partner,” Aderca reports, is an ego-boost for British elites, giving them a feeling of self-importance.

Under the rule of the Soviet Union, a larger entity than present day Russia, the captive nations had poor economic performance. Under Washington’s rule, these same captives have poor economic performance due to their looting by Wall Street and the IMF.

As Giuseppe di Lampedusa said, “Things have to change in order to remain the same.”

The looting of Europe by Wall Street has gone beyond Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Ukraine, and is now focused on France and Great Britain. The American authorities are demanding $10 billion from France’s largest bank on a trumped-up charge of financing trade with Iran, as if it is any business whatsoever of Washington’s who French banks choose to finance. And despite Great Britain’s total subservience to Washington, Barclays bank has a civil fraud suit filed against it by the NY State Attorney General.

The charges against Barclays PLC are likely correct. But as no US banks were charged, most of which are similarly guilty, the US charge against Barclays means that big pension funds and mutual funds must flee Barclays as customers, because the pension funds and mutual funds would be subject to lawsuits for negligence if they stayed with a bank under charges.

The result, of course, of the US charges against foreign banks is that US banks like Morgan Stanley and Citigroup are given a competitive advantage and gain market share in their own dark pools.

So, what are we witnessing? Clearly and unequivocally, we are witnessing the use of US law to create financial hegemony for US financial institutions. The US Department of Justice (sic) has had evidence for five years of Citigroup’s participation in the fixing of the LIBOR interest rate, but no indictment has been forthcoming.

The bought and paid for governments of Washington’s European puppet states are so corrupt that the leaders permit Washington control over their countries in order to advance American financial, political, and economic hegemony.

Washington is organizing the world against Russia and China for Washington’s benefit. On June 27 Washington’s puppet states that comprise the EU issued an ultimatum to Russia.The absurdity of this ultimatum is obvious. Militarily, Washington’s EU puppets are harmless. Russia could wipe out Europe in a few minutes. Here we have the weak issuing an ultimatum to the strong.

The EU, ordered by Washington, told Russia to suppress the opposition in southern and eastern Ukraine to Washington’s stooge government in Kiev. But, as every educated person knows, including the White House, 10 Downing Street, Merkel, and Holland, Russia is not responsible for the separatist unrest in eastern and southern Ukraine. These territories are former constituent parts of Russia that were added to the Ukrainian Soviet Republic by Soviet Communist Party leaders when Ukraine and Russia were two parts of the same country.

These Russians want to return to Russia because they are threatened by the stooge government in Kiev that Washington has installed. Washington, determined to force Putin into military action that can be used to justify more sanctions, is intent on forcing the issue, not on resolving the issue.

What is Putin to do? He has been given 72 hours to submit to an ultimatum from a collection of puppet states that he can wipe out at a moment’s notice or seriously inconvenience by turning off the flow of Russian natural gas to Europe.

Historically, such a stupid challenge to power would result in consequences. But Putin is a humanist who favors peace. He will not willingly give up his strategy of demonstrating to Europe that the provocations are coming from Washington, not from Russia. Putin’s hope, and Russia’s, is that Europe will eventually realize that Europe is being badly used by Washington.

Washington has hundreds of Washington-financed NGOs in Russia hiding behind various guises such as “human rights,” and Washington can unleash these NGOs on Putin at will, as Washington did with the protests against Putin’s election. Washington’s fifth columns claimed that Putin stole the election even though polls showed that Putin was the clear and undisputed winner.

In 1991 Russians were, for the most part, delighted to be released from communism and looked to the West as an ally in the construction of a civil society based on good will. This was Russia’s mistake. As the Brzezinski and Wolfowitz doctrines make clear, Russia is the enemy whose rise to influence must be prevented at all cost.

Putin’s dilemma is that he is caught between his heart-felt desire to reach an accommodation with Europe and Washington’s desire to demonize and isolate Russia.

The risk for Putin is that his desire for accommodation is being exploited by Washington and explained to the EU as Putin’s weakness and lack of courage. Washington is telling its European vassals that Putin’s retreat under Europe’s pressure will undermine his status in Russia, and at the right time Washington will unleash its many hundreds of NGOs to bring Putin to ruin.

This was the Ukraine scenario. With Putin replaced with a compliant Russian, richly rewarded by Washington, only China would remain as an obstacle to American world hegemony.

Copyright © Paul Craig Roberts 2014

About 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 and his Internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts' latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West and How America Was Lost.

NATO Chief's Appointment Said to Involve an Unsavory Back Room Deal with U.S. Playing a Key Role

Kurdish TV station in Denmark allegedly squashed at Turkey's demand, backed by U.S. pressure. Turkey said to have made elimination of the station a condition for its consent to the appointment of the present Danish head of NATO.

Hawaii Political Info introduction: This is a Russia Today broadcast, and it's no secret that NATO (controlled by the U.S.), which will have troops in Ukraine menacing next-door Russia if the U.S. has its way, is among the organizations understandably looked upon with animosity by Russia.

Published on YouTube Jun 28, 2014

Russia Today introduction: Anders Fogh Rasmussen's term as NATO chief may be almost up - but now, questions are being asked about how he got the job in the first place. Kurdish activist Dilar Diriq tells us that when it comes to Turkey - minority rights are the least of Europe's concerns...

East Ukrainians Forced to Leave Homes because of Kiev Military Attacks

Hawaii Political Info introduction: The illegitimate Kiev government, which overthrew the democratically elected government a few months ago with the backing of the U.S., has been attacking their own people in east Ukraine because they're too Russia friendly. East Ukraine is next to the Russian border and many who live there are of Russian descent and speak Russian, which has been outlawed by the new regime.

Note in this map how close Lugansk, mentioned in this video, is to Russia (Luhans'k on the map).

Russia Today introduction: The shaky truce in East Ukraine has been extended with both the army and anti-government fighters promising to recognize it. The ceasefire, which has been in place for a week, is part of attempts to bring peace to the region. RT's Maria Finoshina saw first-hand what Eastern Ukraine is like amid the promised 'peace'.

Published on YouTube Jun 28, 2014

Meetings on Native Hawaiian Sovereignty with Dept. of Interior

Meeting on Native Hawaiian Recognition with the Dept of the Interior: Episode 1 [Olelo, 3 hrs 25 min] Hawaii State Capitol, 9am, Jun 23, 2014

Meeting on Native Hawaiian Recognition with the Dept of the Interior: Episode 2 [Olelo, 2 hrs 45 min] Waimanalo, 6pm, Jun 23, 2014

Meeting on Native Hawaiian Recognition with the Dept of the Interior: Episode 3 [Olelo, 3 hrs 15 min] Waianae, 6pm, Jun 24, 2014

Meeting on Native Hawaiian Recognition with the Dept of the Interior: Episode 4 [Olelo, 3 hrs 3 min] Kaneohe, 6pm, Jun 25, 2014

Meeting on Native Hawaiian Recognition with the Dept of the Interior: Episode 5 [YouTube, 3 hr 20 min] Kapolei, Jun 26, 2014

Meeting on Native Hawaiian Recognition with the Dept of the Interior: Episode 6 [Vimeo, 1 hr 20 min] Lanai, Jun 27, 2014

Meeting on Native Hawaiian Recognition with the Dept of the Interior: Episode 7 [Vimeo, 3 hr 5 min] Molokai, Jun 28, 2014

Link:

Hawaiian Sovereignty [Hawaii Political Info] (Collection of articles)

Governor Abercrombie Interviewed on Homosexual Program

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Published on YouTube May 13, 2014

U.S. Senate Candidate Hanabusa on U.S. and the Iraq War

Left to right: U.S. Rep Colleen Hanabusa, Sen Daniel Inouye, Rep Mazie Hirono (now Senator), Oct 2012, campaign rally at Waimalu Elementary School / photo: HPI

Hawaii Political Info introduction: Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa (D) is running for U.S. Senator, a statewide office. Her major opponent in the primary is incumbent Senator Brian Schatz (D). One or the other of them will be knocked out of the race then, with the winner going on to most likely easily win in the general election in November.

Schatz, then lieutenant governor, was appointed to his position as Senator after Senator Daniel Inouye passed away in December 2012. There was controversy leading up to Schatz's appointment because of a letter from Inouye to Governor Neil Abercrombie expressing his "last wish" that Hanabusa be appointed to succeed him. In spite of the well-publicized letter, Governor Abercrombie appointed Lieutenant Governor Schatz as U.S. Senator.

There has since been some doubt expressed publicly that Senator Inouye actually wrote the letter by such as former Governor Ben Cayetano and Governor Abercrombie. Inouye's widow Irene publicly weighed in on Abercrombie's expressed doubts and said they were "hurtful." She's backing Hanabusa.

After Mrs. Inouye's comments, Abercrombie quickly issued an apology.

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Huffington Post

By Colleen Hanabusa (D), Congresswoman from Hawaii

June 24, 2014

The news and images coming from Iraq are disturbing. ISIL, a militant force intent on deposing the country's elected government and imposing Islamic rule, has captured the major city of Mosul, moved south across the country, and is threatening Baghdad. Along the way, reports are that it has conducted waves of mass killings. The country appears to be on the brink of civil war.

It is easy to imagine why there is a significant temptation to intervene. Some make a humanitarian argument, that we need to end the killing. Some focus on the political picture, that we must support a duly elected government against rebels. And for some it is primarily a military matter, the danger of a destabilized Iraq alongside Syria, threatening the entire region.

President Obama has announced, under an invocation of the War Powers Resolution, that he has sent 275 American troops and plans to send an additional 300 military advisers to Iraq in a non-combat role. However, what we have yet to hear in the president's announcement -- and the reason I cannot support it -- was a clear outline of how further involvement in Iraq would serve America's national security interests. After a decade of war, people are weary and suspicious of any further involvement abroad. They want an answer to the fundamental question of how this serves their interests. What do we intend to accomplish? How do we plan to accomplish it? And what is our exit strategy?

Read more . . .

Link:

Senator Daniel Inouye, WWII vet, on why many veterans are troubled by their war experiences, but keep it to themselves. [YouTube] Oct 27, 2012

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Published on YouTube June 26, 2014

The Salt Lake Tribune [Utah] introduction: Sean Kendall shot this video of his interaction with Salt Lake City police after learning an officer had shot his dog in his backyard. (courtesy Sean Kendall)

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Ige Opposes Abercrombie's Intent to Veto Disclosure Bill


David Ige for Hawaii governor campaign office release

June 26, 2014

Democratic gubernatorial candidate State Senator David Ige is criticizing the governor’s notice of intent to veto SB2682, which would require the disclosure of financial statements by members of 15 state boards and commissions, including the Public Utilities Commission, University of Hawaii Board of Regents, Board of Education, Hawaii Community Development Authority, Board of Land and Natural Resources, and others.

“I think it’s incredible that the governor is planning to veto a bill that increases government transparency and accountability and was unanimously passed in both the House and the Senate,” said Senator Ige. “ The Legislature listened to the many citizens who want a more open government, and I call on the governor to do the same.”

Senator Ige added, “If the governor’s concern is that the bill will discourage certain individuals from accepting these positions, then so be it. We need people in our government who are willing to be forthcoming and transparent. If I were governor, I would have signed this bill immediately because I believe in an open government that is held accountable and discourages conflicts of interest.”

With nearly 30 years in the state Legislature, candidate for governor Senator David Ige has built a solid reputation as a thoughtful, honest and innovative legislator. He has been the chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means for the past four years, helping to shape and balance the state’s budget. Senator Ige has led a total of 10 House and Senate committees, including Higher Education, Education and Technology, Health, Hawaiian Affairs, Economic Development, Commerce, and Consumer Protection and Information Technology. This year he was named one of the 13 “tech-savviest” state legislators in the nation by Government Technology magazine. Senator Ige has been at the forefront of applying technology solutions and information technology in government and education. More information on Senator Ige and his candidacy are available at www.davidige.org.

Links:

David Ige (D) for Governor

Gov. Cayetano stumps for Ige over Abercrombie [Hawaii Political Info]

Ask Ige Anything [YouTube] (59 min)

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