Has Washington’s Arrogance Undone Its Empire?

“Overwhelmed by its hubris, Washington threatens all life on earth.”

No one likes a bully, and Washington’s NATO puppets have been bullied for six decades. British prime ministers, German chancellors, and French presidents have to salute and say “yes sir.”

They all hate it, but they love Washington’s money; so they prostitute themselves and their countries for Washington’s money. Even a person of Winston Churchill’s stature had to suck up to Washington in order to get his bills and his country’s bills paid.

But what the bought European leaders are finding is that Washington doesn’t pay enough for the prostitution required. One year out of office Tony Blair was worth $35 million dollars. But that’s not enough to get Blair on the waiting list for $50 million 200 foot yachts, to have a chalet in Gstaad, $50 million penthouses in Paris and New York, and a private plane to fly between them, or to wear a $736,000 Franck Muller watch on his wrist, sign his name with a $700,000 Mont Blanc jewel-encrusted pen, and drink $10,000 “martinis on a rock” (gin or vodka poured over a diamond) at New York’s Algonquin Hotel.

In a world in which every member of the Forbes Four Hundred is a billionaire plus or multi-billionaire, $35,000,000 just doesn’t cut it. In 2006 the manager of one hedge fund was paid $1,700,000,000 for one year’s thieving. Another 25 were paid $575,000,000 for their skills in front-running trades. $35 million is probably the annual budget for their household servants.

The British seem content in their role as Washington’s favorite lackey, but France and Germany have not enjoyed that role. France’s last real leader, General de Gaulle, would have nothing to do with it and refused to join NATO. Germany, dismembered with East Germany occupied by the Soviets, had no choice. Germans’ gratitude to President Reagan for their unification resulted in re-unified Germany falling under Washington’s hegemony.

However, if news reports from Berlin are true, Germany has had enough. The catalyst was Edward Snowden’s revelations that Washington spies on everyone including its allies, both Germany and the EU in particular. Moreover, Washington uses Britain as the Trojan Horse within the EU as a backup spy in case NSA misses something.

According to news reports, the German, French, and EU governments are upset to find out that their extreme subservience to Washington has not protected them and their citizens from being spied upon. Here they are, fighting Washington’s wars in far distant Afghanistan, the fate of which is completely unrelated to their own, and what does Washington do but embarrass them by spying on the personal lives of their citizens.

Who does the Merkel government represent, Germans are asking, Germans or the NSA? Why does the Merkel government kowtow to Washington? The next question will be: “what does Washington’s spies have on Merkel?”

With the German government put on the spot by Washington’s betrayal, news headlines are: “Germany Ready to Charge UK and US Intelligence Over Bugging Operations.”

Little wonder Washington and its media whores hate Edward Snowden. “A spokesman for the [German] Federal Prosecutor said the office was preparing to bring charges against” the UK and US intelligence services. In light of the Snowden affair, it will be wonderful if Germany issues arrest warrants and Washington and London refuse to extradite its NSA and UK spy operatives who have violated every law and every trust.

The German Justice Minister, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenburger, demanded an “immediate explanation” why Washington was applying to Germany policies “reminiscent of the actions against enemies during the Cold War.”

The president of France has said that France will not again cooperate with Washington on any issue until France receives “full assurances” that Washington will cease spying on France.

The president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, and the EU Commissioner for Justice, Viviane Reding, demand Washington’s answer to Snowden’s revelations that Washington has betrayed its own allies.

The question that must be asked is: do any of these protests from politicians who are

almost certain to be on Washington’s payroll mean anything, or are they just make-believe protests to quiet the domestic European populations who have been betrayed by their elected leaders? Why would the French president and the German justice minister think any reassurance from Washington meant anything? When in human memory has Washington told the truth about anything? When has Washington’s reassurance meant anything?

The Tonkin Gulf? Iraqi weapons of mass destruction? Iranian nukes? Assad’s sarin gas attack? FBI orchestrated “terror attacks”? It is a proven fact that the US government lies every time it opens its mouth. Compared to Washington, Stalin, Hitler, Tojo, Mao, Castro, Chavez, and Pol Pot were truthful.

Washington’s reply to Europe’s demands for explanation is: “We will discuss these issues bilaterally with EU member states,” but “we are not going to comment publicly on specific alleged intelligence activities.”

You know what that means. Bilateral means that Washington is going to talk with each EU country separately, using the information NSA has obtained to blackmail each complainant into silence. Whereas the EU together could stand up to Washington, separately the countries can be browbeat and offered more money or threats that illicit love affairs will be revealed to shut them up. Washington is betting on its power to intimidate individual countries with the threat of isolation and being cut off from money. If the EU countries agree to the secret bilateral explanations from Washington, the affair will end and the spying on Europe will continue while Washington and the EU politicians deny that the spying continues.

By now the entire world must know that Washington is not merely lawless, but also totally out of control, reveling in arrogance and hubris, driven by desires for hegemony over the entire world. Washington is so paranoid and distrustful that it doesn’t even trust its own citizens or the European puppet governments that it has bought and paid for.

Washington is the only government that has ever used nuclear weapons, and Washington used them against a defeated government that was trying to surrender. Today the craziness in Washington is much worse. Decision-making councils are full of crazed neoconservative war-mongers, such as National Security Advisor Susan Rice, a threat to humanity. Washington think tanks and media are over-represented by neoconservatives such as William Kristol who wants to know “what good are nuclear weapons if you can’t use them?”

The sleazy European politicians and media who took Washington’s money provided for their own economic security, but they betrayed the security of the entire world. By enabling Washington’s hegemony, they unleashed Washington’s arrogance. This arrogance now threatens not merely the independence of every country but life on earth.

Instead of meeting unilaterally alone with Washington, the European countries should

stand together. After all, supposedly there is an EU. If there is an EU, Washington should meet with the EU, not with its constituent parts individually, no one of which can stand up to Washington’s intimidation and bribes.

If thermo-nuclear war is to be avoided and life is to continue on earth, Europe must disband NATO. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was formed in the aftermath of World War II. Its purpose was to prevent the powerful Red Army, which defeated Nazi Germany, from overrunning all of Western Europe.

The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, 22 years ago. Yet, NATO still exists. Moreover, against President Reagan’s intentions, NATO has grown. NATO now includes former constituent parts of the Soviet Empire, such as Eastern Europe, and former constituent parts of the Soviet Union itself, such as Georgia, the government of which is bought and paid for by Washington. The NGOs that Washington funds might even deliver Ukraine into Washington’s fold.

Egged on by Washington, Georgia initiated a war with present day Russia, which superior Russian forces quickly ended. In the opinion of many, the Russian government showed far too much tolerance for its defeated enemy, which is being rearmed by Washington and encouraged into new military adventures. Washington is working to make Georgia, located in Asia between the Black and Caspian seas, a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. NATO membership would make Georgia a treaty protectorate of Washington and its NATO puppets. Washington thinks that this elevation of Georgia would result in Russia acquiescing to Georgian aggression in order to avoid war with the US and NATO.

China, also, has been amazingly abused by Washington, and instead of replying in kind, has taken it in stride. This magnanimity on the part of the Chinese has been misinterpreted by Washington as fear. The fear that Washington imagines is causing China to quake in its boots has encouraged Washington to surround China with new naval, air, and troop bases. The fact that however numerous are Washington’s bases in the Pacific and South China Sea, Washington itself is an ICBM away has not registered on the ignorant scum that rules Amerika. Overwhelmed by its hubris, Washington threatens all life on earth.

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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. hermaph says:

    What a piece of writing.

  2. HAL 9000 says:

    But let’s not forget that it was the Reagan administration, for whom the author worked, that kicked this run away train into high gear. I have no patience for Democrats who whine about all the evils done by Republicans and ignore all those done by Democrats, and vice versa. Likewise, I have little patience with Paul Craig Roberts, who rants non-stop about Washington now, yet seems to think the Reagan administration was a paragon of virtue, and had nothing to do with this mess. We all have to be able to acknowledge our part in letting all this happen. It’s time for Roberts to apply the same standard to the Reagan administration as he does to all the others.

  3. tonywicher says:

    Here’s my take: Paul Craig Roberts is an honest, patriotic American, the kind of man we need to lead our people to overthrow the fascist regime in Washington. His latest book on economics is very good and he does say that he has changed his mind about many things about economics since the Reagan administration. But Roberts ought to make clear that “Washington” is not the real power either. What he calls “Washington” (with apologies to the great founder our Republic on this day) is itself a puppet government of Wall Street and the global financial oligarchy, which actually has its deepest roots in Europe, in the British and Dutch empires. Our American system of economy and government has been hijacked by these globalists. Out of respect for true American tradition and for General Washington, I would humbly suggest that Dr. Roberts should substitute the words “the Empire” or “the global financial oligarchy” for “Washington”. That way it becomes clear that the United States has become a colony of the Empire, and that our task is to free ourselves from it as it was in 1776, and poor Washington can rest a little easier in his grave.

  4. tonywicher says:

    I think everyone should follow World Bank whistleblower Karen Hudes, still recognized as their chief counsel by the finance ministers of 188 countries (kahudes.net). Here is a paper she frequently cites called “The Network of Global Control” which provides a formal mathematical demonstration that a small group of a few hundred people are a supra-national entity that controls the world economy and has captured the political processes of the transatlantic nations:


  5. Richard says:

    What do I think of Western civilization? I think it would be a very good idea. – Mahatma Gandhi

    What do I think of a sovereign Europe? I think it would be a very good idea. The matter discussed in this article however goes all the way back to the end of the second world war. The Pax Americana is so deeply entrenched, nothing short of a very bloody War of Independence would be required if Europe would try and break free unilaterally.

    Maybe I can elaborate on this later but in short I believe we have to do it together. The Europeans and the Americans, the peoples that is. Our fate has become tied and intertwined and we cannot do it alone.

  6. tonywicher says:


    The intention of the Bretton Woods agreements and of the United Nations was originally for a world of independent, politically and economically sovereign nations. But with the death of Roosevelt, the government of the United States was subverted from within by the same fascist oligarchs that financed Hitler’s rise to power using their stooge, Harry Truman, a man who should have stayed a haberdasher but was maneuvered by these imperialists into the Vice Presidency to succeed the ailing Roosevelt. Truman dropped the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, later saying he never lost any sleep over it, which I believe, signed the National Security Act, and the Cold War and the National Security State were born. Anti-Communism was as phony then as the War on Terror is now. For many years this country still enjoyed unprecedented prosperity and prestige in the world, but the process of corruption had begun that has brought the country to this sorry state.

    Yet as you say, Europe cannot do it alone. As the country where the first and greatest of revolutions originated, the United States must lead the way back to the world of free and sovereign nations without empires or colonies thereof envisioned by Roosevelt. It is not that Europe can’t break free of the “American Empire”, but that the United States must declare its independence and break free again from that global financial empire that is the direct descendant of the British Empire our ancestors fought.

    A sovereign Europe is a theoretical possibility, but a common currency without a full political union is a recipe for pure banker fascism, which is what we have in Europe now. Better to give up the Euro and go back to national currencies controlled by sovereign governments accountable to their own people, as intended by Bretton Woods.

    The key to breaking free of the Empire is the restoration of the Glass-Steagall banking law of 1933. There are companion bills in the House and Senate to accomplish this, HR 129 and S 985, the Return to Prudent Banking Act of 2013. This bill will break up the global banks and do so in a way that will preserve what’s left. It’s us or Wall Street! Bankrupt the globalists before they bankrupt us by passing Glass-Steagall. Call your legislators and demand that they exercise their constitutional authority of the purse, pass Glass-Steagall, seize the Fed, end trillions of dollars in giveaways to the global banks and replace the Fed with a National Bank controlled by Congress to finance the rebuilding of our economy. Similar legislation is being offered all over Europe. In Italy the support is particularly strong, with even Beppe Grillo’s party, the Tea Party of Italy, now fully supporting it.


  7. gogetem says:

    I really enjoy PCR’s columns but I believe he is mistaken about these European countries not knowing about the NSA spying in their nations. The Guardian newspaper deep-sixed an article, based on Wayne Madsen’s reporting, that showed that these countries have “third party” status with the NSA. These European politicians are apparently lying about not knowing about being spied upon. Why did the Guardian decide to spike this article? Was it because they found Madsen to be a “conspiracy theorist”? Or, more likely, was it pressure from other sources to try to put all of skullduggery on Barry?

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  9. hermaph says:

    Thanks to the above boiling frogs for their contributions, not they will be back to see my thanks, but this discussion provided back story in which to situate Paul Craig Roberts. I think some of the points above go tat the point that insiders learn on the job too and outsiders (long view) watch the learning. We all change together (assumptions a plenty) and I really appreciate these comments for framing the prose of the original article.


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