Paul Craig Roberts: "It Has Become Embarrassing To Be An American"

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,

It has become embarrassing to be an American. Our country has had four war criminal presidents in succession. Clinton twice launched military attacks on Serbia, ordering NATO to bomb the former Yugoslavia twice, both in 1995 and in 1999, so that gives Bill two war crimes. George W. Bush invaded Afghanistan and Iraq and attacked provinces of Pakistan and Yemen from the air. That comes to four war crimes for Bush. Obama used NATO to destroy Libya and sent mercenaries to destroy Syria, thereby commiting two war crimes. Trump attacked Syria with US forces, thereby becoming a war criminal early in his regime.

To the extent that the UN participated in these war crimes along with Washington’s European, Canadian and Australian vassals, all are guilty of war crimes. Perhaps the UN itself should be arraigned before the War Crimes Tribunal along with the EU, US, Australia and Canada.

Quite a record. Western Civilization, if civilization it is, is the greatest committer of war crimes in human history.

And there are other crimes—Somalia, and Obama’s coups against Honduras and Ukraine and Washington’s ongoing attempts to overthrow the governments of Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia. Washington wants to overthrow Ecuador in order to grab and torture Julian Assange, the world’s leading democrat.

These war crimes committed by four US presidents caused millions of civilian deaths and injuries and dispossessed and dislocated millions of peoples, who have now arrived as refugees in Europe, UK, US, Canada, and Australia, bringing their problems with them, some of which become problerms for Europeans, such as gang rapes.

What is the reason for all the death and destruction and the flooding of the West with refugees from the West’s naked violence? We don’t know. We are told lies: Saddam Hussein’s “weapons of mass destruction,” which the US government knew for an absolute fact did not exist. “Assad’s use of chemical weapons,” an obvious, blatant lie. “Iranian nukes,” another blatant lie. The lies about Gaddafi in Libya are so absurd that it is pointless to repeat them.

What were the lies used to justify bombing tribesmen in Pakistan, to bomb a new government in Yemen? No American knows or cares. Why the US violence against Somalia? Again, no Americans knows or cares. Or the morons saw a movie.

Violence for its own sake. That is what America has become.

Indeed, violence is what America is. There is nothing else there. Violence is the heart of America.

Consider not only the bombings and destruction of countries, but also the endless gratuitous, outrageous police violence against US citizens. If anyone should be disarmed, it is the US police. The police commit more “gun violence” than anyone else, and unlike drug gangs fighting one another for territory, police violence has no other reason than the love of committing violence against other humans. The American police even shoot down 12-year old American kids prior to asking any question, especially if they are black.

Violence is America. America is violence. The moronic liberals blame it on gun owners, but it is always the government that is the source of violence. That is the reason our Founding Fathers gave us the Second Amendment. It is not gun owners who have destroyed in whole or part eight countries. It is the armed-at-taxpayer-expense US government that commits the violence.

America’s lust for violence is now bringing the Washington morons up against people who can commit violence back: the Russians and Chinese, Iran and North Korea.

Beginning with the Clinton moron every US government has broken or withdrawn from agreements with Russia, agreements that were made in order to reduce tensions and the risk of thermo-nuclear war. Washington initially covered its aggressive steps toward Russia with lies, such as ABM missile sites on Russia’s border are there to protect Europe from (non-existent) Iranian nuclear ICBMs.

The Obama regime still told lies but escalated to false charges against Russia and Russia’s president in order to build tensions between nuclear powers, the antithesis of Ronald Reagan’s policy. Yet moronic liberals love Obama and hate Reagan.

Did you know that Russia is so powerful and the NSA and CIA so weak and helpless that Russia can determine the outcome of US elections? You must know this, because this is all you have heard from the utterly corrupt Democratic Party, the CIA, the FBI, the Amerian whore media, and the morons who listen to CNN, MSNBC, NPR or read the New York Times and Washington Post.

Surely you have heard at least one thousand times that Russia invaded Ukraine; yet Washington’s puppet still sits in Kiev. One doesn’t have to have an IQ above 90 to understand that if Russia invaded Ukraine, Ukraine would not still be there.

Did you know that the president of Russia, which world polls show is the most respected leader in the world, is, according to Hillary Clinton “the new Hitler”?

Did you know that the most respected leader in the world, Vladimir Putin, is a Mafia don, a thug, a tarantula at the center of a spy web, according to members of the US government who are so stupid that they cannot even spell their own names?

Did you know that Putin, who has refrained from responding aggressively to US provocations, not out of fear, but out of respect for human life, is said to be hellbent on reconstructing the Soviet Empire? Yet, when Putin sent a Russian force against the US and Israeli trained and supplied Georgian army that Washington sent to attack South Ossetia, the Russian Army conquered Georgia in five hours; yet withdrew after teaching the morons the lesson. If Putin wanted to reconstruct the Russian Empire, why didn’t he keep Georgia, a Russian province for 300 years prior to Washington’s breakup of the Russian Empire when the Soviet Union collapsed? Washington was powerless to do anything had Putin declared Georgia to be again part of Russia.

And now we have the embarrassment of Trump’s CIA director, Mike Pompeo, possibly the most stupid person in America. Here we have a moron of the lowest grade. I am not sure there is any IQ there at all. Possibly it reads zero.

This moron, if he qualifies to that level, which I doubt, has accused Julian Assange, the world’s Premier Journalist, the person who more than anyone represents the First Amendment of the US Constitution, of being a demon who sides with dictators and endangers the security of American hegemony with the help of Russia. All because Wilileaks publishes material from official sources revealing the criminal behavior of the US government. Wikileaks doesn’t steal the documents. The documents are leaked to Wikileaks by whistleblowers who cannot tolerate the immorality and lies of the US government.

Anyone who tells the truth is by definition against the United States of America. And the moron Pompeo intends to get them.

When I first read Pompeo’s accusation against Assange, I thought it had to be a joke. The CIA director wants to revoke the First Amendment. But the moron Pompeo actually said it.

What are we to do, what is the world to do, when we have utter morons as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, as President of the US, as National Security Adviser, as Secretary of Defense, as Secretary of State, as US Ambassador to the UN, as editors of the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, NPR, MSNBC? How can there be any intelligence when only morons are in charge?

Stupid is as stupid does. The Chinese government has said that the moronic Americans could attack North Korea at any moment. A large US fleet is heading to North Korea. North Korea apparently now has nuclear weapons. One North Korean nuclear weapon can wipe out the entirety of the US fleet. Why is Washington inviting this outcome? The only possible answer is moronic stupidity.

North Korea is not bothering anyone. Why is Washington picking on North Korea? Does Washington want war with China? In which case, is Washinton kissing off the West Coast of the US? Why does the West Coast support policies that imply the demise of the West Coast of the US? Do the morons on the West Coast think that the US can initiate war with China, or North Korea, without any consequesnces to the West Coast? Are even Amerians this utterly stupid?

China or Russia individually can wipe out the US. Together they can make North America uninhabitalbe until the end of time. Why are the Washington morons provoking powerful nuclear powers? Do the Washington morons think Russia and China will submit to threats?

The answer is: Washington is a collection of morons, people stupid below the meaning of stupid. People so far outside of reality that they imagine that their hubris and arrogance elevates them above reality.

When the first Satan 2 hits Washington, the greatest collection of morons in the world will cease to exist.

The world will breathe a huge sigh of relief.

Bring it on! Come on morons, eliminate yourselves! The rest of us cannot wait.

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Reaper's picture

Our education system trains sheeple.  Pompeo graduated first in his class at West Point, because he was the most obedient.  Obedience is virtue for a slave or a moron.  Exceptional is flattery to control the stupid.  Thinking is politically incorrect.  The sheeple emote over wars create peace.  They believe obedience to government dictates, aka slavery, is freedom.  They believe their ignorance of other peoples is strength.  

Unsurprisingly, morons pick morons as their leaders.  Their science is discredited by their question, 'Do you believe in Global Warming?"  The obedient in their military imagine their God gives them glory in heaven for their killing for "good."  They imagine threats are diplomacy.   Their MSM/government turn foreigners into bogeymen for the morons to hate.  Emoting is their only argument.

A Darwinian solution will come.  Stupidity is plague unto death, or as von Schiller had it, "Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens.'

Ms No's picture

I'm somewhat enjoying Phillip K Dicks insane interpretation of God and us being Rome right now.

...."In Mumford's sense, 'Rome' is a paradigm.  I was so to speak taken up on the mountain, a metaphor in itself, and shown.  "See?" the Spirit said.  "What do you see all around you?  You see Rome."

I was amazed, troubled, and fucked up.  It was a dreadful sight: a slave state, like Gulag.

There is no doubt in my mind now that my vision of my society was accurate in the sense that Mumford means it; I hadn't gone back in time, but in a sense Rome had come forward, by insidious and sly degrees, under new names, hidden by the flak talk and phone obscurations, at last into our world again.  Look!  The Christians conquered Rome, but only for a time; Rome swallowed up its conquerors, like China does.  At last Rome began by stealthy degrees to surface once more, to manifest itself.  Therefore it is not surprising that that same Holy Spirit which rose against it then, in 100 or so AD, has returned to arouse us as before, as it roused our ancestors, metaphorically speaking.  It is the trumpet call to fight once more for freedom.  Like Mumford says.

Well, I got to go because a lot of publicans and sinners, tax collectors and other riffraff abound, and I must deal with them."

Love, Phil (Exegesis, p 59)

besnook's picture

it isn't just china, russia, nk, iran and syria against the usa. most of the world is against the usa. funny thing about competitive people, without rules the competition gets pretty nasty. the usa has declared itself the ruler for the rules. the rest of the world knows there are no rules. putin has openly admitted his war with the usa is an asymetrical war that is focused currently on a financial subterfuge borne out of sanctions on russia. he has warned the leaders of the eurozone in plain language that the usa is leading them to war. the chinese are much more subtle because they need a coupla more years for their domestic economy and local asian supply chain(including oil) to be secured. the game with nk is a ruse, a case of feigned cooperation. do you really think china can't squash nk like a bug? whenever it wants? without the help of the usa?

pcr is right. the morons in dc think they can outrun history because it is different this time. we will all get fucked because of it. kind of funny that canada may be the safest place in the world because it has all the advantages of the first world but has nothing anyone wants to bomb or take over.

flaminratzazz's picture

lots of nice fresh water and shit loads of timber, oil, metals. etc..make no mistake, any country would love to sink their hooks into Canada's fine ass.

besnook's picture

no one will bomb anything to conquer canada. canada will sell their stuff to whoever wants to buy it(ask the chinese), conquered(by the usa or the next suitor) or not.

flaminratzazz's picture

if the us gets their asses whipped, and if the mainland gets nuked, after the dusts settles, the warring nations of the world that remains will see Canada as low hanging fruit..Without US protection,  MANY nations will become low hanging fruit.


A rope leash's picture

Mr. Roberts has had a bit to much to drink on this one, but he nails it sufficiently.

silverer's picture

Maybe he wrote it before he started drinking. But either way, you can't discount what he states. It actually is that bad.

Savyindallas's picture

Shouldn't we be proud to be the  number one evil empire? That's quite an accomplishment. I think we are ahead of israel, but I'm not sure-it's complicated by the fact that the same zionist, globalist Iluuminati International banksters own both. Now we have quite aways to go to catch up with Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot and a few others for pure evilness - but I think we are number one with active, current players. 

JB Say's picture

I'm unclear on the difference between "war crimes" and plain old war. International Law? Whateverthefuck. As Mao so aptly put it: Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.

silverer's picture

Bombing and killing civilians without a declaration of war will do it. So would the breaching of international treaties and laws. The US does it all the time. The US did it to the native American Indians, and from there, never stopped.

Ms No's picture

A little bird that knows what goes on occasionally from an MGen at CENTCOM just told me that they were on the phone with Vlad for 6 hours before the Syria bombing and they are of the opinion that they are definitely looking to escalate NK, for what it's worth.  Haven't been wrong before.  The writing was pretty much on the wall anyway.

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Ms No Apr 16, 2017 11:57 PM

Damn Ms. No! You fucking rock! I have been boondocking for years and all of my Intel is way outta date. I piece stuff together the best I can. Puzzle piece here, puzzle piece there, and fill in the blanks. You just filled in a BIG piece of the puzzle, holy moly! TY TY TY!

And a Major General? Woo hoo!

Ms No's picture

Thanks. I don't have many big contacts but that one is pretty good. It's not a direct contact either.  Don't hear about it often.  Everybody sounds disgusted. 

Edit: Or... are you trying to be a cunt?  It seems like this has happened a few times.  It wont be one sided forever.  I think you will like it when it is no longer one sided.  I am not sure, so I will let it slide... again.

directaction's picture

Quick Poll:
<--- PCR is correct! Dr. Paul Craig Roberts for President!
<--- PCR is wrong. Good Grief. How did I get this stupid?  

silverer's picture

Wow. I've never seen Paul this pissed. I guess he, along with a lot of other Americans, feel a certain helplessness to counter the insane policies and decisions coming from these people who have built their false power on the backs of the working people. He's right. If the US gets nuked, the rest of the world will breathe a sigh of relief. Imagine if the tables were turned, and our country looked like Libya, Iraq, Syria, Bosnia from being bombed, day in and day out. And wondering if you'd be alive the next day because you weren't in the right place at the right time. Way overboard with the empire crap, the US is.

Fundies's picture

Harsh......but fair.

stpioc's picture

Paul Graig Roberts himself is an embarrassment

Goldennutz's picture

Idiots can't even spell his middle name right.



Blackwatch's picture

Another oddly pro Russsia, pro Putin article. If ones only source of information was ZH, one would conclude that the US and Western governments are completely currupt and populated with evil men, while Putin's Russia is the last bastion of freedom and human rights, making a valiant last stand for humanity. Absurd.

Miss Informed's picture

The US and Western governments are completely corrupt and populated with evil men.

Blackwatch's picture

I suggest you try living in Russia, China, or any other non West nation, if that's your perception. Please let us all know how it goes.

&#039;argar the &#039;orrible's picture

If you knew of the raping and wholesale plunder of russian assets up till 1999, untill Mr putin came to power then you would perhaps not be so dismissive of of PCR and his comments. The change in Russia is nothing short of a miracle from the old ussr, and yes I have been to what was then Leningrad, now called  again, Saint Petersburg.

It amuses me to read that people in the US really do beleive that the Russian people are starving and have to eat grass to survive, which of course is nonsense. It might surprise you to know that every month V.V. Putin has a open q.&a forum where anyone can attend and ask questions and whats more receive proper and useful answers, ask  cnn or other us media outlets, they are all there and entertain the audience with their assinine questions, but they seem to be tolerated for the fools they are.

Everything I have written about can be verified, just put your favourite browser to work, only if I was you I woudn't use google.

Blackwatch's picture

If the United States is so bad and Putin and is such an honest and righteous leader of Russia, why not go live there? Seriously, why waste your time criticizing the United States for being corrupt and for destroying other nations and the planet in general, and instead go and live in Russia, support Putin's regime, and live in a country that you believe in?

Blackwatch's picture

I agree, Putin does appear to, at the very least, represent Russia's national interests strongly and capably. Also, it is obvious to me that the United States government is at the very least highly imperfect, and subject to manipulation by global organizations which don't have the best interest of the citizens of United States in mind. What I am trying to draw attention to, however is an apparent bias in favor of Russia and Putin in the articles on ZH, and especially in the ZH comments. There is a clear impression that the United States government is more corrupt, more sold out, and a more malevolent global force then Putin and Russia. While this may possibly be the case, I think it is more likely that both the Russian and United States government's are both complex combinations of honest and ethical leaders as well as corrupt leaders. The ZH community seems to be made up of nationalistic, independent , and cynical people who have seen through the typical patriotic propaganda that the United States attempts to shepherd its population with , through the various arms of state propaganda , our educational system, media, and through corporate consumer culture. Recognizing the dishonesty in the United States system has led to a lack of faith in its leadership and a general distrust of United States intentions and policies. Because Putin and Russia are seen at a distance, and possibly through a biased portrayal in possibly pro-Russian articles, whether they are generated on behalf of the Russian state, or by independent sources, there seems to be a tendency to assign the qualities of integrity and honesty that we have stripped from our own leaders and uncritically and naïvely assign them to Putin and Russia. Instinctively, and empirically, it seems highly unlikely and unrealistic to grant Putin and Russia this favorable position relative to the United States. Finally, athough I don't blindly accept the Democratic narrative about Russian intervention in the election, I suspect that this distortion of perception is fed into and supported by Russian state psy op propaganda by influencing US public opinion with fake comments on forums which stir up anti-American sentiment and promote pro Russian sentiment, and for which the ZH community is fertile ground .

CultiVader's picture

Thanks for that. I support your argument.
I suggest everyone do some reading elsewhere and keep an open mind.

7againstThebes's picture


 I am surprised at your response.  It actually contains elements of thought. 

You make an excellent point.  We have a tendency to ascribe levels of integrity to Putin that we want to ascribe to our own leaders.  This is right.  I will keep your observation in mind when I inventory my own reactions.

But your conclusion is weak. You endorse in a backhanded way the ridiculous narrative that Russians influenced our election.  No proof, no examples, do you offer, just vague surmises and accusations.

I know something about Russia, at least indirectly. My son married a (wonderful) Russian girl, and now lives and works in Moscow. He has lived there for years. Life in Moscow is not different from life in any big city -- hectic, crowded, difficult, but with compensations.

In the opinion of my son, Putin is competent, especially in navigating the tricky and dangerous waters of foreign affairs.  The problem with Putin (according to my son) is concentration of power.  What happens when he leaves the scene?  Who comes next?  This is a problem.

Of course, I understand, we may not have the luxury of worrying about who comes next. Our country, the USA, now under the thumb of the Zionists, has descended into psychopathology. We may not survive the present. If we do survive the present, no small amount of credit will have to be given to Vladimir Vladimirovich.

Blackwater, you may be a paid troll. Your post has a bureaucratic smell to it.  If you are paid troll, the people who hired you are getting their money’s worth.  You tried to hook us ever so skillfully with a lie -- that Russia influenced our elections. To accomplish your purpose, you baited your hook with a bit of truth.  That’s how the game is played, isn’t it? 

You have a problem, however.  I will tell you about it out of the goodness of my heart. You are skilled in the arts and techniques of propaganda, but there is something that betrays you.  Sensibility. This is hard to fake, and you have not been able to do so.

I imagine that you have no idea what I am talking about, which is why I am not worried about telling you how to become a better liar.


I love your wife's picture

It's been my experience that people who use all three of their names are Pretentious Cock Rubbers.  (That's the best I got with the initials - feel free to add).

&#039;argar the &#039;orrible's picture

I am amused by some of the comments not only at Zero Hedge but other blogs.

Why do not writers use correct spelling, punctuation, and proof read befor submitting their comments. Sometimes it can be deduced that an adjacent key was hit by mistake but on the whole the it is just kindergarten errors. I am not saying it is anyone's fault just lack of good education. I read that some 30% of American adults cannot read and write sufficently well to compose and write a meaningful letter.

Incidently, I left school in 1957 age 15, without any further formal learning.

If you cannot express yourself properly, then you cannot expect to be understood. The greatest failing of any society.

Blackwatch's picture

Are you joking? There are several grammatical and punctuation errors in your comment.

&#039;argar the &#039;orrible's picture

More than likely,Blackwatch, as I said, I left school in 1957 age 15, with a basic education and  trained as a factory slave. So, in all fairness at the age of 75 with failing eyesight and other ailments you do not want to know about I don't think I do to badly, Do you ?.

BY the way I gave you an uptick

Blackwatch's picture

OK, no offense, but if you criticize other people for their grammar and punctuation, you leave yourself wide open for criticism of your own. Maybe the other commenters have their own excuses.

Is-Be's picture

I use all four of my names, just to piss off the bureaucracy.


Autonomous's picture

Nice rant. Spot on!

Now we all need to work together and deal with these morons once and for all otherwise we are doomed.


flaminratzazz's picture

well you better start with the queen of England and start working down from there. popes. masons. Israel, Rothschild.. I am here to warn you, the list is long.

JailBanksters's picture

I like watching old movies ...

It's so funny when an American visits overseas and ... You can't arrest me, I'm an American !!

Which was just enfarcing the old American Exceptionalism as being normal.


But what's even more incredible, back in the day when American Exceptionalism was accepted (or ignored)

the world was much happier place.

Is-Be's picture

I gather that PCR has abandoned the conspiracy hypothesis then and is pumping for the cock-up angle?

Which would you rather have an evil conspiracy or a profound cock-up blow you the smithereens?

Are there any takers on Trump actually having a handle on this thing?

Keep up the good prose PCR. You could teach some of the ijits here a thing or two about cogent argument


Lost in translation's picture

Who is in charge of the US? It sure as Hell isn't Trump.

The nabobs are going to escalate. The task force sailing with USS Vinson is being set up, the sailors and marines deemed expendable. The broader scheme follows.

I fear the unintended consequences, most of all.

flaminratzazz's picture

I would hate to see the end result of an aircraft carrier in Davey's locker..

Ho Lee Phuk..

drag the bank accounts, head to the store and buy everything that is not nailed down

he who panics first panics best.

saldulilem's picture

it was really embarrassing to be colin powell. he took the cake, none left.

MedTechEntrepreneur's picture

If these fuckers give us more war? 1776 time

hardmedicine's picture

haha.... the trolls here.... where do they all come from???

Joe A's picture

A big influx over the past year of all sorts of trolls. ZH has become a trolling battling ground.

gregga777's picture

Well, it is said that every cloud has a silver lining.  The silver lining to thermonuclear war is that the Intellectual Yet Idiot classes ruling morons, including the war criminal in the Shame House and the 535 war criminals in CONgress, in Sodom and Gomorrah on the Potomac will be incinerated in the million degree fireballs.


konadog's picture

It's not much consolation, but maybe from the afterlife I'll get to watch the mf'ers eat each other in their bunkers when they run out of food and the surface of earth in uninhabitable.