Paul Craig Roberts: Pushing Toward The Final War

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Paul Craig Roberts via his blog,

Does Obama realize that he is leading the US and its puppet states to war with Russia and China, or is Obama being manipulated into this disaster by his neoconservative speech writers and government officials? World War 1 (and World War 2) was the result of the ambitions and mistakes of a very small number of people. Only one head of state was actually involved–the President of France.

In The genesis Of The World War, Harry Elmer Barnes shows that World War 1 was the product of 4 or 5 people. Three stand out: Raymond Poincare`, President of France, Sergei Sazonov, Russian Foreign Minister, and Alexander Izvolski, Russian Ambassador to France. Poincare` wanted Alsace-Lorraine from Germany, and the Russians wanted Istanbul and the Bosphorus Strait, which connects the Black Sea to the Mediterranean. They realized that their ambitions required a general European war and worked to produce the desired war.

A Franco-Russian Alliance was formed. This alliance became the vehicle for orchestrating the war. The British government, thanks to the incompetence, stupidity, or whatever of its Foreign Minister, Sir Edward Grey, was pulled into the Franco-Russian Alliance. The war was started by Russia’s mobilization. The German Kaiser, Wilhelm II, was blamed for the war despite the fact that he did everything possible to avoid it.

Barnes’ book was published in 1926. His reward for confronting the corrupt court historians with the truth was to be accused of being paid by Germany to write his history. Eighty-six years later historian Christopher Clark in his book, The Sleepwalkers, comes to essentially the same conclusion as Barnes.

In the history I was taught the war was blamed on Germany for challenging British naval supremacy by building too many battleships. The court historians who gave us this tale helped to set up World War 2.

We are again on the road to World War. One hundred years ago the creation of a world war by a few had to be done under the cover of deception. Germany had to be caught off guard. The British had to be manipulated and, of course, people in all the countries involved had to be propagandized and brainwashed.

Today the drive to war is blatantly obvious. The lies are obvious, and the entire West is participating, both media and governments.

The American puppet, Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper, openly lied on Canadian TV that Russian President Putin had invaded Crimea, threatened Ukraine, and was restarting the Cold War. The host of the TV program sat and nodded his head in agreement with these bald-faced lies.

The script that Washington handed to its Canadian puppet has been handed to all of Washington’s puppets, and everywhere in the West the message is the same. “Putin invaded and annexed Crimea, Putin is determined to rebuild the Soviet Empire, Putin must be stopped.”

I hear from many Canadians who are outraged that their elected government represents Washington and not Canadians, but as bad as Harper is, Obama and Fox “News” are worse.

On March 26 I managed to catch a bit of Fox “news.” Murdoch’s propaganda organ was reporting that Putin was restoring the Soviet era practice of exercise. Fox “news” made this report into a threatening and dangerous gesture toward the West. Fox produced an “expert,” whose name I caught as Eric Steckelbeck or something like that. The “expert” declared that Putin was creating “the Hitler youth,” with a view toward rebuilding the Soviet empire.

The extraordinary transparent lie that Russia sent an army into Ukraine and annexed Crimea is now accepted as fact everywhere in the West, even among critics of US policy toward Russia.

Obama, whose government overthrew the democratically elected government in Ukraine and appointed a stooge government that has threatened the Russian provinces of Ukraine, falsely accuses Putin of “invading and annexing” Crimea.

Obama, or his handlers and programers, are relying on the total historical ignorance of Western peoples. The ignorance and gullibility of Western peoples allows the American neoconservatives to fashion “news” that controls their minds.

Obama recently declared that Washington’s destruction of Iraq–up to one million killed, four million displaced, infrastructure in ruins, sectarian violence exploding, a country in total ruins–is nowhere near as bad as Russia’s acceptance of Crimean self-determination. US Secretary of State John Kerry actually ordered Putin to prevent the referendum and stop Crimeans from exercising self-determination.

Obama’s speech on March 26 at the Palace of Fine Arts in Brussels is surreal. It is beyond hypocrisy. Obama says that Western ideals are challenged by self-determination in Crimea. Russia, Obama says, must be punished by the West for permitting Crimeans to exercise self-determination. The return of a Russian province on its own volition to its mother country where it existed for 200 years is presented by Obama as a dictatorial, anti-democratic act of tyranny.

Here was Obama, whose government has just overthrown the elected, democratic government of Ukraine and substituted stooges chosen by Washington in the place of the elected government, speaking of the hallowed ideal that “people in nations can make their own decisions about their future.” That is exactly what Crimea did, and that is exactly what the US coup in Kiev contravened. In the twisted mind of Obama, self-determination consists of governments imposed by Washington.

Here was Obama, who has shredded the US Constitution, speaking of “individual rights and rule of law.” Where is this rule of law? It is certainly not in Kiev where an elected government was overthrown with force. It is certainly not in the United States where the executive branch has spent the entirety of the new 21st century establishing government above the law. Habeas corpus, due process, the right to open trials and determination of guilt by independent jurors prior to imprisonment and execution, the right to privacy have all been overturned by the Bush/Obama regimes. Torture is against US and international law; yet Washington set up torture prisons all over the globe.

How is it possible that the representative of the war criminal US government can stand before an European audience and speak of “rule of law,” “individual rights,” “human dignity,” “self-determination,” “freedom,” without the audience breaking out in laughter?

Washington is the government that invaded and destroyed Afghanistan and Iraq on the basis of lies. Washington is the government that financed and organized the overthrow of the Libyan and Honduran governments and that is currently attempting to do the same thing to Syria and Venezuela. Washington is the government that attacks with drones and bombs populations in the sovereign countries of Pakistan and Yemen. Washington is the government that has troops all over Africa. Washington is the government that has surrounded Russia, China, and Iran with military bases. It is this warmongering collection of Washington war criminals that now asserts that it is standing up for international ideals against Russia.

No one applauded Obama’s nonsensical speech. But for Europe to accept such blatant lies from a liar without protest empowers the momentum toward war that Washington is pushing.

Obama demands more NATO troops to be stationed in Eastern Europe to “contain Russia.” Obama said that a buildup of military forces on Russia’s borders would reassure Poland and the Baltic states that, as NATO members, they will be protected from Russian aggression. This nonsense is voiced by Obama despite the fact that no one expects Russia to invade Poland or the Baltic countries.

Obama doesn’t say what effect the US/NATO military buildup and numerous war games on Russia’s border will have on Russia. Will the Russian government conclude that Russia is about to be attacked and strike first? The reckless carelessness of Obama is the way wars start.

Declaring that “freedom isn’t free,” Obama is putting pressure on Western Europe to pony up more money for a military buildup to confront Russia.

The position of the government in Washington and its puppet states (Eastern and Western Europe, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Georgia, Japan) and other allies purchased with bagfuls of money is that Washington’s violation of international law by torturing people, by invading sovereign countries on totally false pretenses, by routinely overthrowing democratically elected governments that do not toe the Washington line is nothing but the “indispensable and exceptional country” bringing “freedom and democracy to the world.” But Russia’s acceptance of the self-determination of Crimean people to return to their home country is “a violation of international law.”

Just what international law has Washington and its puppets not violated?

Obama, whose government in the past few years has bullied Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Lebanon, Iran, Honduras, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Venezuela and is now trying to bully Russia, actually declared that “bigger nations can not simply bully smaller ones.” What does Obama and his speech writers think Washington has been doing for the entirety of the 21st century?

Who can possibly believe that Obama, whose government is responsible for the deaths of people every day in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, and Syria, cares a whit about democracy in Ukraine. Obama overthrew the Ukrainian government in order to be able to stuff the country into NATO, throw Russia out of its Black Sea naval base, and put US missile bases in Ukraine on Russia’s border. Obama is angry that his plan didn’t pan out as intended, and he is taking his anger and frustration out on Russia.

As the delusion takes hold in Washington that the US represents idealism standing firmly against Russian aggression, delusion enabled by the presstitute media, the UN General Assembly vote, and Washington’s string of puppet states, self-righteousness rises in Washington’s breast.

With rising self-righteousness will come more demands for punishing Russia, more demonization of Russia and Putin, more lies echoed by the presstitutes and puppets. Ukrainian violence against Russian residents is likely to intensify with the anti-Russian propaganda. Putin could be forced to send in Russian troops to defend Russians.

Why are people so blind that they do not see Obama driving the world to its final war?

Just as Obama dresses up his aggression toward Russia as idealism resisting selfish territorial ambitions, the English, French, and Americans presented their World War 1 “victory” as the triumph of idealism over German and Austrian imperialism and territorial ambitions. But at the Versailles Conference the Bolsheviks (the Tsar’s government failed to gain the Straits and instead lost the country to Lenin) “revealed the existence of the notorious Secret Treaties embodying as sordid a program of territorial pilfering as can be found in the history of diplomacy. It appears that the chief actual motives of the Entente in the World War were the seizure of Constantinople and the Straits for Russia; not only the return of Alsace-Lorraine to France, but the securing of the west bank of the Rhine, which would have involved the seizure of territory historically far longer connected with Germany than Alsace-Lorraine had ever been with France; the rewarding of Italian entry into the War by extensive territory grabbed away from Austria and the Jugo-Slavs; and the sequestering of the German imperial possessions, the acquisition of the German merchant marine and the destruction of the German navy in the interest of increasing the strength of the British Empire” (Barnes, pp. 691-692). The American share of the loot was seized German and Austrian investments in the US.

The secret British, Russian, and French aims of the war were hidden from the public, which was whipped up with fabricated propaganda to support a war whose outcomes were far different from the intentions of those who caused the war. People seem unable to learn from history. We are now witnessing the world again being led down the garden path by lies and propaganda, this time in behalf of American world hegemony.

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rtalcott's picture

 World War 1 (and World War 2) was the result of the ambitions and mistakes of a very small number of people. Only one head of state was actually involved–the President of France.


For WWI I do not think this is accurate.....maybe it depends on what the definition of is is...

knukles's picture

See, that's what the 24/7/365 horseshit distractions like the "mass suicide" Malay flight 370's all about.
Watch me pull a Matrix out of my ass
Y'all should remember that PCR was once an editor of the opinion section of the WSJ.  A true olde fashioned mind your own fucking business conservative who never lost proper perspective.
Three Cheers.

y3maxx's picture

...It's unf*cking real how the West vs East WW3 is shaping up.

and guaranteed....the East is better prepared..First Strike in the making.

Mother Earth and many of its citizens are in dire jeopardy.

James_Cole's picture


Why are people so blind that they do not see Obama driving the world to its final war?

I’ve got to say that each time Obama opens his mouth to say a bunch of ridiculous nonsense I can’t help but be reminded that lunatic McCain was his closest opposition for the job. 

At the end, this whole episode continues to seem like a big kabuki theatre, none of the players involved having any real appetite for a war (except the nutty Ukrainian & American fascists) and it’s served Putin well in his country, something a full on war would not do. 

This is not the WWIII you are looking for. And the East is certainly not better prepared than the West for a war. 


Uncle Remus's picture


And the East is certainly not better prepared than the West for a war

Well, that depends on context now doesn't it?

James_Cole's picture

Well, that depends on context now doesn't it?

I would assume y3maxx had been referring to the above context, but seemingly under any context.

Off the top of my head:

-india & pakistan ready to nuke each other at the drop of a hat

-china vs japan wargames

-russia vs. ukrainian fascists

-saudis + frenemies vs. iran in Syria

-iraq vs. itself

-israel vs. the world minus US & Canada


Meanwhile the core American allies..

-US-Canada-Mexico / UK-EU+a bunch of benchwarmers

All it would take is a strategic match in the East.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

No more wars, I'm sick of them.  Everyone (almost everyone anyway) is.  I think that is one point that almost all of us at ZH can agree on.  

PCR has gotten very polemical in recent years, I would not jump to judgement just on this piece here, other than:

No More War!

El Vaquero's picture



Besides, where are we going to get the oil to fight a conventional war?  And how are we going to pay for it?  We're already flirting with conditions that would bring about hyperinflation. 

boogerbently's picture

If we lived in any other country, we would be petitioning our leaders to stop the USA, at any cost.

Quus Ant's picture

Babylon system is the vampire
Me say the Babylon system is the vampire                                                                                                                               falling empire
Suckin' the blood of the sufferers
Building church and university
Deceiving the people continually
Me say them graduatin' thieves and murderers
Look out now- they suckin' the blood of the sufferers

Ignatius's picture

Amazing recent interview with PCR: 

Ukraine, Neocons & Armageddon

via The Mind Renewed alternative media.

MeMadMax's picture

The internet will save us from world war...


Ignatius's picture

We're like simple cavemen... with nukes.

SMG's picture

Here's a better analysis of what's going on than PCR.  He's close,  but misplaced the blame on "Washington". The Luciferian Oligarchs control Washington.  They are who is to blame.   They are the prime movers in all of this.

In the end this is about a Global government and population control. 

Ignatius's picture

No doubt that top oligarchs have more in common with one another than with their fellow, poorer countrymen.

Quus Ant's picture

Check out the real situation:
Nation war against nation.
Where did it all begin?
When will it end?
Well, it seems like total destruction the only solution.
And there ain't no use. no one can stop them now.
Ain't no use

nobody can stop them now.

GetZeeGold's picture





Yes we.....ummm.....can?

chumbawamba's picture

govern = to control

ment = mind

govern + ment = government = mind control

I = Chumbawamba.

SunRise's picture

Surround yourself with it - When the Nukes go off, gold makes great embalming fluid.

nohweh's picture

I,for one,welcome The Old New World Order and Maitreya. Just what is it going to take for him to know that we are ready to be saved? 

GetZeeGold's picture




Maitreya....isn't that guy dead yet?

Patriot Eke's picture

War is the plan, and we are not the planners.

Lore's picture

No mention of Israel?  This editorial is a good rant, but leaves stones unturned. 

Drowning in bankster-trafficked debt, still unwilling after momentous opportunities to wake up and admit they have been hoodwinked, Americans will channel their fury at the violent decline in their standard of living by endorsing the glib, simplistic narrative thrown at them.  History will repeat according to program. Another generation of naive young drones will throw their lives away in the service of banksters.  Or will they?  If a president gave a speech and nobody clapped, is it because some people stopped listening?

disabledvet's picture

No clapping is the sound of Russians coming from the other direction.

Kiev is there for the taking. Controlling those natural gas pipelines would make Moscow rich beyond belief...and crush Western Europe's economy for a century. That could establish the ruble as a reserve currency as well...replacing the euro and quite possibly the dollar as well.

We'll see if he goes for it.
Again "the Truxton is sufficient."

boogerbently's picture

I'm encouraged.

The four previous comments contain the words Genesis, Babylon, Armageddon and save us.

You're getting close.

Husk-Erzulie's picture

Cap Matifou...

Thanky for linking that DL man.  I would have had to go looking for that (as others would I'm sure).

29.5 hours's picture



Altho I believe the U.S. gov't is leading the world toward war, I would not base my arguments on a book written by a guy who thinks the Holocaust in Europe was a figment of imagination.

Harry Elmer Barnes




disabledvet's picture

Well..World War I was a complex as World War II was this article does kinda gloss that part over a wee bit.

It is foolish sentiment to think that what we have here is not "intentional war" actually...having said that one would think such a thing impossible given US experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Instead we're looking at potentially the biggest conflict in world history.

My personal view remains that he longer this drags out the more the West will want to strike actually.
There is no diplomacy folks.
And this is not a drill.

What we're seeing is actually happening and Chancellor Merkel has stated that President Putin is "divorced from reality."

So the USA and Russia continue to circle each other like two wolves in each other's turf. The rest of the "pack" is now "congealing" around a common point of view. If that view becomes "threat to collective security" then the conditional reality of "war as inevitable" can suddenly sink in.

That could be "war everywhere" I might add. "And the most ever." I agree...not a record we should be trying to break.

DanDaley's picture

So why oh why did Adolf Eichman -who should have known if anyone did, admit to killing at least 5 million Jews? You make a grave error when you let your hatred try to determine what happens/happened in reality.

 When Hausner produced evidence that Eichmann had stated in 1945 that "I will leap into my grave laughing because the feeling that I have five million human beings on my conscience is for me a source of extraordinary satisfaction", Eichmann said he meant "enemies of the Reich" such as the Soviets.[159] During later examination by the judges, he admitted he meant the Jews, and said the remark was an accurate reflection of his opinion at the time.[160] Wikipedia

disabledvet's picture

Well the Nuremberg trial wasn't fake. Nor is the cell phone I am using. Nor am I. How could a machine render something as ridiculous as me.

What is true is that this is the Putin's show. Crymea is an expensive prize...Ukraine with no resistance however is a gift that will pay for itself for centuries. "The West offers no resistance."

Taking Lviv would be a fine prize indeed.

Blazed's picture

Ah yes, the perpetual "6 million" Jews. Well, which "6 million"? Do you mean the first Jewish holocaust of "6 million" before, during, and after WWI(World War One)?

Or maybe Dwight D. Eisenhower, Charles De Gaulle, and Winston Churchill missed a little something, lol.

"Eisenhower's Crusade in Europe is a book of 559 pages; the six volumes of Churchill's Second World War total 4,448 pages; and De Gaulle's three-volume Mémoires de guerre is 2,054 pages. In this mass of writing, which altogether totals 7,061 pages (not including the introductory parts), published from 1948 to 1959, one will find no mention either of Nazi "gas chambers," a "genocide" of the Jews, or of "six million" Jewish victims of the war." 


Unless you would like to continue to believe the discredited(coercion, fabrications) Soviet laden kangaroo court "Nuremberg Trials", with a couple unsubstantiated coerced “confessions” under threat to self and family, and which were simply about general "war crimes", not holocausts, and that even an involved US Federal Court Justice, a prominent Jewish international law professor, US Congressmen, and many others who were directly involved, called a complete fraud.

Or perhaps you are refering to the actual 280,000 total of all people who died due to typhus, direct allied bombing, and later malnutrition and disease, while interned in the camps during WWII, as reported by the ICRC who had representatives in the camps since 1942?


Lost Word's picture

The link to wikipedia about Harry Elmer Barnes was good.

Your conclusion/comment, not so good.

His book about the cause of WW I

was written long before Barnes became a Holocaust denier.

Seems that Barnes was mostly anti-war, and his blaming Jews and Bankers

would probably get a lot of support now.

Perhaps Barnes could be described as a more scholarly version of Henry Ford

and Ford's infamous anti-Jewish writings.

meghaljani's picture

Jewish holocaust never happened. 

ptolemy_newit's picture

it happened!

Big deal they weren't the only ones, just controlled the media

GetZeeGold's picture





Jewish holocaust never happened.


6 million people just got put on the cattle cars to Obamacare......and that's according to the current administration.

ptolemy_newit's picture

yes and 13 million others



Keyser's picture

Proof please or you're just a simple denier of reality. 


joak's picture

Being here you should be a curious mind, so I have one question : have you ever investigated the subject and the claims of the serious revisionists ? In a nutshell, they say that Jews were deported in concentration camps, as other populations, to work, and many died because of lack of food/epidemia that occured mainly when Germany collapsed. This is not to minimize the deportation and the sufferings of Jews, but at some point we should be able to look at events in a neutral way. Nuremberg court was not, and the revisionists have brought many good points (not a single document budgeting the operation, written orders, etc., technical procedures to operate a gaz chamber that are not in line with the testimonials, sometimes completely funky, etc., aerial pictures of Auschitz never showing the scenes described by witnesses, etc.) to refute that gaz chambers were used to mass kill Jews that this story is hardly believable now. The fact that, in many countries, you are simply not allowed to research in this area or that posting this message can lead to jail, conforts me in my opinion that the revisionists are probably closer to the truth thant the mainstream historians.

11b40's picture

For all you deniers, here is my personal story.

My father was a South Georgia country boy who fought his way across France and Germany as a machine gunner with the 45th Infantry during WW2.  He was a part of the liberators of the concentration camp in Dachau.  He saw the bodies.  He saw the emaciated survivors.  He saw the gas chambers.  He saw the rail cars.  He talked and dealt with both the survivors and the locals.

This from Wikiepedia offers some description, very similar to his first person acccounts.  We talked about these things after my time in Viet Nam.

"Just before the soldiers entered the complex, they found thirty-nine railway boxcars containing some two-thousand skeletal corpses. Brain tissue was splattered on the ground from one victim found nearby with a crushed skull. The smell of decaying bodies and human excrement, and the sight of naked, emaciated bodies induced vomiting, crying, disbelief and rage.[14][15][16]

Upon moving deeper into the complex, and the prisoner area itself, more bodies were found. Some had been dead for hours and days before the camp's capture and lay where they had died. Soldiers reported seeing a row of cement structures that contained rooms full of hundreds of naked and barely clothed dead bodies piled floor to ceiling, a coal-fired crematorium and a gas chamber.[17] "The stench of death was overpowering."[18]

After the war, he returned home, married, and in 1947, I was born.  Times were tough in that part of the contry, and he decided to re-up.  In 1949, he was back in Germany....In Dachau again as a part of the reconstruction effort.  My mother and I joined him, and lived there until I was 5.  I have vague memories myself, and there were lifelong German friends my parents made from that area.

We cycled back to Germany for 2 more tours, and I visted Dachau serveral times at older ages.

Germans killed thousands of Jews in Dachau. 

Rusty Shorts's picture

The NAZI's were ZIONIST JEWS people, wake the fuck up!!!

ptolemy_newit's picture


millions of people gypsies are gone, how to replace that? 

Lost Word's picture

Some of the Holocaust deniers deny the use of gas chambers.

Many of the Holocaust deniers admit many Jews died or were killed, but

only deny the large number of six million,

prefering a much smaller number.

So, a "denier" can have more than one meaning or interpretation.

UselessEater's picture

Australians could petition the US to stop but we have the same puppet masters and social brainwashing found elswhere. If one day it ends in war Aussies had better get used to Chinese masters because thats the stupid path we are taking.

Patriot Eke's picture

How do you pay for a war when you're broke?  You use pieces you've already paid for (nuclear weapons).  I hope all of my friends have prepared accordingly, for I strongly believe that's what's coming.

Citxmech's picture

El Vaq.  This war that's being fought - right now - is for resources.  The important ones:  Productive land, Strategic land, Water, Oil, etc.  It's that time.  The yeast has reached the edge of it's Petrie dish.

See Prof. Bartlett:  The Exponential Function and Michael Klare's Resource Wars

Tall Tom's picture

I have demonstrated in the comments before that there are few that understand the exponential function...even here amongst those whom need understand numbers, the Financialists.


While Zerohedge is a Financial Website the sad truth is that the few of those whom frequent this website will even be able to solve the simple Period-Interest Rate-Time Period function for either the Time Period or, more demanding, solve it for Interest Rate when given in the following form,


P = (1 + r)t,


(which is an exponential function).


The simple Algebra is far too demanding of many here.


Then to challenge them with Differentials or Derivatives,


such as evaluating dP/dt,


evaluating d2P/dt2 just cannot be expected from most.


This is a simple task as this is a simple model. But asking most to understand far more complex modeling when they fail to be able to understand simple modeling, is somewhat irrational if it is expected.


I am not writing this to dissuade you as I also feel it to be important to communicate this to as many whom can understand. But I am just giving you a clue that many just will not be able to grasp the concept presented.


Thus the understanding audience will be very small as a result as maybe 2% will get it.


With the massive distrust, and rightfully so as so many have been deceived by the "experts", there is no hope, whatsoever, that many will believe you.


That is the reason that there is no hope for humanity.


Civilization will fail as a direct result of the inability of most to think exponentially.