Articles by Paul Craig Roberts

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Empires Then and Now
Paul Craig Roberts – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Apr 2012

Great empires, such as the Roman and British, were extractive. The empires succeeded because the value of the resources and wealth extracted from conquered lands exceeded the value of conquest and governance. In his book, The Rule of Empires (2010), Timothy H. Parsons wonders whether America’s is really an empire. After eight years in Iraq, all Washington has for its efforts is several trillion dollars of additional debt and no Iraqi oil. After ten years of trillion dollar struggle against the Taliban in Afghanistan, Washington has nothing to show for it except possibly some part of the drug trade that can be used to fund covert CIA operations.

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Washington’s Insouciance Has No Rival
Paul Craig Roberts – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Feb 2012

Washington is now in the second decade of murdering Muslim men, women, and children in six countries. Washington is so concerned with human rights that it drops bombs on schools, hospitals, weddings and funerals, all in order to uphold the human rights of Muslim people. You see, bombing liberates Muslim women from having to wear the burka and from male domination.

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Will Iran Be Attacked?
Paul Craig Roberts – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Feb 2012

As Karl Marx said, money turns everything into a commodity that can be bought and sold. All other values are defeated–honor, integrity, truth, justice, loyalty, even blood kin. Nothing remains but filthy lucre. In the course of the conversation I asked [Warren Nutter] how Washington got so many other governments to do its bidding. He answered, “Money.” I asked, “You mean foreign aid?” He said, “No, bags of money. We buy the leaders.” Purchasing the leadership of their enemies or of potential threats was the Roman way. As long as the dollar rules, Washington’s power will rule.

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The Roads to War and Economic Collapse
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts – Global Research, 28 Nov 2011

November 23, 2011: The day before the Thanksgiving holiday brought three extraordinary news items. One was the report on the Republican presidential campaign debate. One was the Russian President’s statement about his country’s response to Washington’s missile bases surrounding his country. And one was the failure of a German government bond auction. As the presstitute media will not inform us of what any of this means, let me try.

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Americans: Awash In Spin
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts – Global Research, 7 Nov 2011

I have come to the conclusion that Big Brother’s subjects in George Orwell’s 1984 are better informed than Americans. Americans have no idea why they have been at war in the Middle East, Asia and Africa for a decade. They don’t realize that their liberties have been supplanted by a Gestapo Police State. Few understand that hard economic times are here to stay.

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Is The War On Terror A Hoax?
Paul Craig Roberts – Information Clearing House, 3 Oct 2011

In the past decade, Washington has killed, maimed, dislocated, and made widows and orphans millions of Muslims in six countries, all in the name of the “war on terror.” When I observe the gullibility of my fellow citizens at the absurd “terror plots” that the US government manufactures, it causes me to realize that fear is the most powerful weapon any government has for advancing an undeclared agenda.

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A World Overwhelmed by Western Hypocrisy
Paul Craig Roberts – Information Clearing House, 4 Jul 2011

The International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank are violating their charters in order to bail out French, German, and Dutch private banks. The IMF is only empowered to make balance of payments loans, but is lending to the Greek government for prohibited budgetary reasons in order that the Greek government can pay the banks. There is nothing left of the American character. Only a people who have lost their soul could tolerate the evil that emanates from Washington.

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9/11 and the Orwellian Redefinition of “Conspiracy Theory”
Paul Craig Roberts – Global Research, 27 Jun 2011

A “conspiracy theory” no longer means an event explained by a conspiracy. Instead, it now means any explanation, or even a fact, that is out of step with the government’s explanation and that of its media pimps. For example, online news broadcasts of RT have been equated with conspiracy theories by the New York Times simply because RT reports news and opinions that the New York Times does not report and the US government does not endorse.

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Ignorance Is Strength: Americans Are Living In 1984
Paul Craig Roberts - LewRockwell, 16 May 2011

For those who haven’t read Orwell’s classic prediction of our time, Big Brother, the government, could tell the ‘citizens’ any lie and it was accepted unquestioningly. We Americans, with our ‘free press,’ are at this point today: ‘What is really alarming is the increasingly arrogant sloppiness of these lies, as though the government has become so profoundly confident of its ability to deceive people that they make virtually no effort to even appear credible.’ A people as gullible as Americans have no future.

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Osama bin Laden’s Useful Death
Paul Craig Roberts - LewRockwell, 9 May 2011

As the Guardian and European newspapers have revealed, the photo of the dead bin Laden is a fake. As the alleged body has been dumped into the ocean, nothing remains but the word of the US government, which lied about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and al Qaeda connections, about yellowcake, about Iranian nukes, and, according to thousands of experts, about 9/11. Suddenly the government is telling us the truth about bin Laden’s death? If you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I’ll let you have for a good price.

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‘US to Recoup Libya Oil from China’
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts – Press TV, 25 Apr 2011

Press TV has interviewed Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, former assistant secretary of US Treasury from Panama City, who gives his insight on the revolution in Libya and why US President Barack Obama needs to overthrow Qaddafi when no other US president did.

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Obama Raises American Hypocrisy To A Higher Level
Paul Craig Roberts – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Apr 2011

“Some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. The United States of America is different. And as president, I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action.” This from the Great Moral Leader who every day murders civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan and Yemen and Somalia and now Libya and who turns a blind eye when “the great democracy in the Middle East,” Israel, murders more Palestinians.

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The New Colonialism: Washington’s Pursuit of World Hegemony
Paul Craig Roberts – Global Research, 4 Apr 2011

What we are observing in Libya is the rebirth of colonialism. Only this time it is not individual European governments competing for empires and resources. The new colonialism operates under the cover of “the world community,” which means NATO and those countries that cooperate with it. NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, was once a defense alliance against a possible Soviet invasion of Western Europe. Today NATO provides European troops in behalf of American hegemony.

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The Shame of Being an American…
Paul Craig Roberts – Global Research, 21 Feb 2011

The United States government has overestimated the amount of shame that it and American citizens can live down. On February 15 “the indispensable people” had to suffer the hypocrisy of the U.S. Secretary of State delivering a speech about America’s commitment to Internet freedom while the U.S. Department of Justice (sic) brought unconstitutional action against Twitter to reveal any connection between WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning, the American hero who, in keeping with the U.S. Military Code, exposed U.S. government war crimes and who is being held in punishing conditions not permitted by the U.S. Constitution.

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2011
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts – Information Clearing House, 3 Jan 2011

”Dissent is what rescues democracy from a quiet death behind closed doors.” — Lewis H. Lapham. The lawlessness of the U.S. government, which has been creeping up on us for decades, broke into a full gallop in the years of the Bush/Cheney/Obama regimes. Today the government operates above the law, yet maintains that it is a democracy bringing the same to Muslims by force of arms, only briefly being sidetracked by sponsoring a military coup against democracy in Honduras and attempting to overthrow the democratic government in Venezuela. As 2011 dawns, public discourse in America has the country primed for a fascist dictatorship. The situation will be worse by 2012. The most uncomfortable truth that emerges from the WikiLeaks saga is that American public discourse consists of cries for revenge against those who tell us truths.

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Fabricating Terror
Paul Craig Roberts – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Dec 2010

Why does the FBI orchestrate fake terror plots? The United States of America, “the city upon the hill,” “the light unto the world,” has become Nazi Germany. The Obama regime is in the process of completing Dick Cheney’s dream by legislating the legality of indefinite detention. American law has collapsed to the dungeons of the Dark Ages. This Nazi Gestapo policy is now the declared policy of the US Department of Justice (sic). Anyone who thinks the United States is a free society where people have liberty, “freedom and democracy” is uninformed.

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The Stench of American Hypocrisy
Paul Craig Roberts - ICH, 22 Nov 2010

Unlike in Burma, where Aung San Suu Kyi fights for human rights, the sheeple in Amerika submit to the total invasion of their privacy and to the total destruction of their civil liberties for no other reason than they are brain dead and believe without any evidence that they are at the mercy of “terrorists” in far distant lands who have no armies, navies, or air forces and are armed only with AK-47s and improvised explosive devices. The ignorant population of the “Great American Superpower,” buried in fear propagated by a Ministry of Truth, has acquiesced in the total destruction of the US Constitution and their civil liberties.

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Might Is Right
Paul Craig Roberts - ICH, 8 Nov 2010

Khadr’s prosecutor, Jeffrey Groharing, declared that Khadr’s sentence “will send a message to Al-Qaeda and others whose aims and goals are to kill and cause chaos around the world.” The irony in this assertion escaped the tamed NPR. The deaths that can be attributed to Al Qaeda are tiny in number compared to the deaths inflicted by gratuitous US and Israeli naked aggression against Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Lebanon, Pakistan, Yeman, and Somalia…. What message did 15-year-old Khadr’s sentence send? To insouciant Americans only that finally a terrorist got his comeuppance despite the liberal media. To the rest of the world the message is: the US is a morally bankrupt, self-righteous country that believes that might is right.

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The War On Terror
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts – Global Research, 25 Oct 2010

The “war on terror” is now in its tenth year. What is it really all about?

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The Collapse of Western Morality
Paul Craig Roberts – Global Research, 27 Sep 2010

In hopes that I will be permitted to make a point, permit me to acknowledge that the US dropped nuclear bombs on two Japanese cities, fire-bombed Tokyo, that Great Britain and the US fire-bombed Dresden and a number of other German cities, expending more destructive force, according to some historians, against the civilian German population than against the German armies, that President Grant and his Civil War war criminals, Generals Sherman and Sheridan, committed genocide against the Plains Indians, that the US today enables Israel’s genocidal policies against the Palestinians, policies that one Israeli official has compared to 19th century US genocidal policies against the American Indians, that the US in the new 21st century invaded Iraq and Afghanistan on contrived pretenses, murdering countless numbers of civilians, and that British prime minister Tony Blair lent the British army to his American masters, as did other NATO countries, all of whom find themselves committing war crimes under the Nuremberg standard in lands in which they have no national interests, but for which they receive an American pay check.

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A Plague upon the World: The USA is a “Failed State”
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts - ICH, 7 Jun 2010

Interview with Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary US Treasury, Associate Editor Wall Street Journal, Professor of Political Economy Center for Strategic and International Studies Georgetown University Washington DC.

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AMERICAN NAIFS BRINGING RUIN TO OTHER LANDS
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts – Global Research, 20 Mar 2010

According to news reports, the U.S. military is shipping “bunker-buster” bombs to the U.S. Air Force base at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. The Herald Scotland reports that experts say the bombs are being assembled for an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. The newspaper quotes Dan Piesch, director of the Centre for International Studies […]

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THE ROAD TO ARMAGEDDON: THE INSANE DRIVE FOR AMERICAN HEGEMONY THREATENS LIFE ON EARTH
Paul Craig Roberts – Global Research, 1 Mar 2010

The Washington Times is a newspaper that looks with favor upon the Bush/Cheney/Obama/neocon wars of aggression in the Middle East and favors making terrorists pay for 9/11. Therefore, I was surprised to learn on February 24 that the most popular story on the papers website for the past three days was the Inside the Beltway […]

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THE WORLD’S LEAST POWERFUL MAN: THE OBAMA PUPPET
Paul Craig Roberts – Information Clearing House, 20 Dec 2009

It didn’t take the Israel Lobby very long to bring President Obama to heel regarding his prohibition against further illegal Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land. Obama discovered that a mere American president is powerless when confronted by the Israel Lobby and that the United States simply is not allowed a Middle East policy separate […]

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MORALITY VS. MATERIAL INTERESTS
Paul Craig Roberts – Information Clearing House, 15 Nov 2009

Myths of Our TimeHumanity has endeavored for millennia to control evil with morality. In the American "superpower," this effort has collapsed and failed. It is conventional wisdom that it was the draft that ended the Vietnam war. According to this explanation, cowardly college students subject to the draft and their unpatriotic families, forced an end […]

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THE EVIL EMPIRE
Paul Craig Roberts – Information Clearing House, 8 Nov 2009

Obama’s credibility is shot. And so is Congress’s, assuming it ever had any. The US House of Representatives has just voted to show the entire world that the US House of Representatives is nothing but the servile, venal, puppet of the Israel Lobby.The US government is now so totally under the thumbs of organized interest […]

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WAR CRIMINALS ARE BECOMING THE ARBITERS OF LAW
Paul Craig Roberts, 13 Oct 2009

"This is the Israeli notion of a fair deal: We’re entitled to do whatever the hell we want to the Palestinians because, by definition, whatever we do to them is self-defense. They, however, are not entitled to lift a finger against us because, by definition, whatever they do to us is terrorism.The double standard under […]

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MARX AND LENIN REVISITED
Paul Craig Roberts, 9 Oct 2009

If Karl Marx and V. I. Lenin were alive today, they would be leading contenders for the Nobel Prize in economics. “Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.” Karl Marx Marx predicted the growing misery of working people, and Lenin foresaw […]

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MORE LIES, MORE DECEPTION
Paul Craig Roberts, 28 Sep 2009

“What does imperialism mean? It means the assertion of absolute force over others.” Robert Lowe 1878 Iran is insisting that the US government abide by the non-proliferation treaty that the US originated and pushed and that Iran signed. But the US government, which is currently engaged in three wars of aggression and has occupying troops […]

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EUROPE’S COMPLICITY IN EVIL
Paul Craig Roberts, 10 Sep 2009

Address to Mut zur Ethik Conference, “Sovereignty or Imperialism,” Feldkirch, Austria,  September 5,  2009 There is a widespread supposition that Obama, being black and a member of an oppressed race, will imbue US foreign policy with a higher morality than the world experienced from Bush and Clinton.  This is a delusion. Obama represents the same ideology of […]

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WHY NOT CRIPPLING SANCTIONS FOR ISRAEL AND THE US?
Paul Craig Roberts, 10 Sep 2009

In Israel, a country stolen from the Palestinians, fanatics control the government. One of the fanatics is the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Last week Netanyahu called for “crippling sanctions” against Iran. The kind of blockade that Netanyahu wants qualifies as an act of war. Israel has long threatened to attack Iran on its own but […]

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U.S. HYPOCRISY ASTONISHES THE WORLD
Paul Craig Roberts, 10 Sep 2009

Americans have lost their ability for introspection, thereby revealing their astounding hypocrisy to the world. US War Secretary Robert Gates has condemned the Associated Press and a reporter, Julie Jacobson, embedded with US troops in Afghanistan, for taking and releasing a photo of a US Marine who was wounded in action and died from his […]

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IN AN IMPOTENT WORLD EVEN THE BANKRUPT CAN PREVAIL
Paul Craig Roberts, 21 Jul 2009

When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Japan did not spend years preparing her public case and demonstrating her deployment of forces for the attack. Japan did not make a world issue out of her view that the US was denying Japan her role in the Pacific by hindering Japan’s access to raw materials and energy. Similarly, […]

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THE “SPIRIT OF HUMANITY”
Paul Craig Roberts, 2 Jul 2009

On June 30, the government of Israel committed an act of piracy when the Israeli Navy in international waters illegally boarded the “Spirit of Humanity,” kidnapped its 21-person crew from 11 countries, including former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and Nobel Laureate Mairead MaGuire, and confiscated the cargo of medical supplies, olive trees, reconstruction materials, and […]

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WHO WILL STAND UP TO AMERICA AND ISRAEL?
Paul Craig Roberts, 8 Jun 2009

"No countries on earth rival the US and Israel for barbaric murderous violence." "Obama Calls on World to ‘Stand Up To’ North Korea" read the headline. The United States, Obama said, was determined to protect "the peace and security of the world." Shades of doublespeak, doublethink, 1984. North Korea is a small place. China alone […]

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AMERICA’S SHAME
Paul Craig Roberts, 12 Jan 2009

Why does Israel have a right to exist, but Palestine doesn’t? This is the question of our time. For sixty years Israelis have been stealing Palestine from Palestinians. There are maps available on the Internet and in Israeli publications showing the shrinkage over time of what was once Palestine into what Palestine is today–a small […]

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MAY WE NO LONGER BE SILENT
Paul Craig Roberts, 30 Dec 2008

The title of my article comes from the sermon of the Episcopal Bishop of Washington DC, John Bryson Chane, delivered on October 5, 2008, at St. Columba Church. The bishop’s eyes were opened to Israel’s persecution of Palestinians by his recent trip to Palestine. In his sermon he called on “politicians seeking the highest office […]

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THE UNITED STATES: A COUNTRY WITHOUT MERCY
Paul Craig Roberts, 17 Dec 2008

The Christmas season is a time to remember the unfortunate, among whom are those who have been wrongly convicted. In the United States, the country with the largest prison population in the world, the number of wrongly convicted is very large. Hardly any felony charges are resolved with trials. The vast majority of defendants, both […]

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A POSSIBLE SOLUTION TO THE ECONOMIC CRISIS
Paul Craig Roberts, 17 Oct 2008

What Is to be Done? Readers have been pressing for a solution to the financial crisis. But first it is necessary to understand the problem. Here is the problem as I see it. If my diagnosis is correct, the solution below might be appropriate. Let’s begin with the fact that the financial crisis is more […]

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AMERICA SHOULD LISTEN TO AHMADINEJAD
Paul Craig Roberts, 6 Oct 2008

The full text of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech to the UN General Assembly last week was printed in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz (9-25-08). Although our Founding Fathers would have  comprehended and endorsed Ahmadinejad’s speech to the United Nations, present-day Americans would find it strange should they happen to hear about it.   Unlike their forbears, […]

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