Paul Craig Roberts Laments "The Assault On Trump"

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Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,

We are witnessing an assault by the national security state and its liberal media on a President of the United States that is unprecedented.

Wild and unsupported accusations of treasonous or illegal Russian connections have been the mainstay of the news since Trump’s campaign for president. These accusations have reached the point that there is an impeachment movement driven by the national security state and its liberal media and endorsed by Democrats, the American leftwing which has turned against the working class as “Trump deplorables,” and luminaries such as Harvard Law Professor Larry Tribe. The Washington Post, which was not present at the meeting of President Trump with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, purports to know that Trump gave Lavrov US national security information.

The Russian government has offered the presstitute media a transcript of the meeting, but, of course, the pressitutes are not interested.

The latest story is that Trump tried to bribe FBI Director Comey, before he fired him, not to investigate Trump as part of the “Russian investigation.” Clearly there is no intelligence left in the American media. The President doesn’t need to bribe someone he can fire.

What we are witnessing is the determination of the national security state to keep their prized “Russian Threat” in its assigned role as the Number One Threat to the US. The liberal media, owned by the CIA since the 1950s is in accord with this goal.

The American media is so accustomed to its enslavement by the national security state that it does not think of the consequences. But Professor Stephen Cohen does. I agree with him that the greatest threat to national security “is this assault on President Trump.” 

Cohen said that there is a 4th branch of government, the intelligence community, which obstruts the management of American foreign affairs by the executive branch and Congress.

As an example, he reminded us that “In 2016, President Obama worked out a deal with Russian President Putin for military cooperation in Syria. He said he was going to share intelligence with Russia, just like Trump and the Russians were supposed to do the other day. Our department of defense said it wouldn’t share intelligence. And a few days later, they killed Syrian soldiers, violating the agreement, and that was the end of that. So, we can ask, who is making our foreign policy in Washington today?”

In the 1960s, President John F. Kennedy thought he was in charge, and he was assassinated for his belief. JFK blocked an invasion of Cuba, the Northwoods project, a preemptive nuclear strike on the Soviet Union, and spoke of ending the Cold War.

In the 1970s President Nixon was driven from office, because he thought he was in charge of foreign policy. Like Kennedy, Nixon was a threat to the national security state. Nixon pushed through SALT 1 and the anti-ABM Treaty, and he opened to China, defusing those tensions as well. The military/security complex saw its budget dwindling as the threat dwindled. Nixon also determined to withdraw from Vietnam, but was constrained by the national security state. Nixon, the most knowledgeable president about foreign affairs, was forced from office, because his efforts in behalf of peace constituted a threat to the power and profit of the military/security complex.

It is important to understand that there is no evidence whatsoever against Nixon in the Washington Post “investigation.” The Post’s reporters simply put together a collection of inuendoes that cast aspersion on Nixon, whose “crime” was to say that he learned of the Watergate buglary at a later date than he actually did. Nixon kept the burglary quiet until after his reelection, because he knew that the CIA’s Washington Post would use it in an effort to prevent his reelection.

The “crime” for which Nixon was really removed was his success in establishing more peaceful and stable relations with Russia and China.

Trump, being in real estate and entertainment, was unaware of the landmines on which he was stepping when he said it was time to normalize relations with Russia and to rethink the purpose of NATO.

The US military/security complex sits on a budget extracted from very hard-pressed American taxpayers of $1,000 billion dollars annually. By threatening to normalize relations with the enemy which was created in order to justify this vast budget, Trump presented as the major threat to the American National Security State’s power and profit.

This is why Trump will be broken and/or removed as President of the United States.

Once again democracy in American is proving to be powerless. There is no one in Washington who can help Trump. Those who could help him, such as myself, cannot be confirmed by the US Senate, which is owned lock, stock, and barrel by the military/security complex, Wall Street, and the Israel Lobby.

Trump tried to connect the suffering American people to their government, an act of treason against the oligarchy, who are now making an example of Trump that will dissuade politicians in the future from making populist appeals to the people.

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Benito_Camela's picture

Posting this here in its entirety (or the character limit):

The Deep State Has Digested Both Trump And Sanders. Fight The Deep State.

Whenever someone tries to tell you that there is no deep state in America, it is simply their way of informing you that they are too cowardly and compartmentalized to do 45 minutes of intellectually honest research into the matter.

In reality, the term “deep state” does not refer to a conspiracy theory about a shadowy cabal of baby-sacrificing Illuminati, but to a concept in political analysis which accounts for the self-evident fact that there are unelected power structures in America which tend to collaborate with one another. It is not up for debate whether or not groups like the billionaire class, multinational corporations and banks, the intelligence community, the military-industrial complex, and the corporate media exist. They do. They exist, they have power, they are unelected, they remain amid the comings and goings of the elected government, and they are known to collaborate in various ways toward their own agendas. This is an undeniable fact; you cannot debate the existence of the American deep state, but only how and to what extent it operates.

The last two days have shown more signs than ever that Trump is now fully controlled by America’s unelected power establishment. Last week I said that former FBI Director James Comey will not be replaced with a Kremlin stooge as the Russiagate airheads were claiming, nor will he be replaced with a clear-eyed nationalist rebel who’d lock up Hillary and blow the lid of pedogate as the Trumpsters were hoping, but will in fact be replaced with a nice Pompeo-like establishment loyalist. Now we have learned that the frontrunner for Comey’s replacement is none other than Joseph Lieberman, who could only be more of an establishment loyalist if his face were surgically affixed to Evelyn de Rothschild’s scrotum.

Internet censorship has found purchase under Trump’s watch as well (which I’m sure his anons over at 4chan will love) as FCC commissioners voted 2–1to begin dismantling net neutrality yesterday. This was made possible because FCC chairman/former Verizon lawyer/skinsuit tentacle beast Ajit Pai was nominated by Trump to inflict five years of neoliberal deregulatory madness upon American internet policy.

This is disturbing because in a corporatist system of government, corporate censorship is the same as government censorship. Since democracy is functionally nonexistent in America and leadership, legislation and policy are dictated by corporate lobbying and large campaign donations rather than by the will of the people, America most certainly has a corporatist system of government. By deregulating the ability of internet service providers to favor some forms of media over others, these massive corporate conglomerates will be able to disrupt access to media that is generally critical of the corporatist status quo they thrive in. Given how much power large corporations wield in America, this is not different from state censorship. Given the suppression of alternative media that we’re already seeing from corporations like Google and Facebook, there is no reason to believe that this will not happen with ISPs as well.

Worst of all, recent hours have seen US armed forces attack the Syrian military for the second time in two months, reportedly killing civilians. This action has been generously labeled “government terrorism” by Damascus and charitably called “an unacceptable breach of Syrian sovereignty” by Moscow. What would America call it, I wonder, if China suddenly began amassing troops in California and periodically launching attacks upon US military forces? No other nation in the world can successfully get away with repeatedly launching military strikes against the government of a sovereign nation without it being labeled war by everyone else on planet Earth.

Whether it calls it that or not, America has been waging war upon the Syrian government, slowly cranking up the heat in more and more overt ways until Damascus has no choice but to start defending itself from hostile, aggressive invaders. The American deep state has been trying to sink its bloody fingers into Syria for a longlong time, and has been brazenly lying to the American people in order to manufacture consent for this evil regime change invasion. And mainstream America is lapping it right up, just 14 years after it lapped up the Iraq lies.

On the left, we have been watching the same exact thing happen with our beloved Bernie Sanders. It’s been excruciating to watch the man we progressive rebels lifted up last year praise the White Helmets, advance establishment lies about Russia and Syria, and spit on the Palestinian people with greater and greater intensity since that gut-wrenching day he endorsed bloodthirsty oligarch Hillary Clinton for Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful military force in the history of civilization.

In a recent video which I openly admit to not being emotionally capable of finishing, Sanders monologued bald-faced lies straight into the camera, calling Assad a dictator who has “murdered hundreds of thousands of his own people,” saying that there is “no longer a debate” as to whether Russia manipulated the 2016 election “in a heavy duty way,” and that “no one now denies” such a thing happened and may continue to happen in America’s 2018 elections. We need to be perfectly clear: these are lies. Sanders knows that they are lies. There is no basis whatsoever for the assertion that Assad has “murdered” the hundreds of thousands of people who have perished in the war between the Syrian government and CIA-backed radical jihadists and terrorist factions that has ravaged his country. There is no basis whatsoever for saying that there is “no debate” that Russia interfered in the US elections in a significant way when we have to this day not be shown one single shred of proof that Russians hacked Democratic party emails and shared them with WikiLeaks.

Sanders is stating these things as though they are facts, and they are not. He is lying. He knows that he is lying. His lies have potentially world-ending consequences as they are used to manufacture consent for dangerous escalations with a nuclear superpower. Yesterday Sanders posted another video asking his followers, “Need a break from Russia? Join me for a conversation with comedian Larry Wilmore.” Yes, Bernie, I do fucking need a break from fucking Russia. No I will not be watching anything with Larry fucking Wilmore.

I do not believe that Sanders was bribed with a new $600,000 summer home as people who can’t be bothered to do ninety seconds of googlingsometimes assert. I do not believe that Sanders “sold us out”; he would have to have owned us to sell us. What I absolutely do believe, with an extremely high degree of confidence, is that if Bernie had won, he’d be advancing the exact same deep state agendas that Trump is now. It wouldn’t look the same, it would have a much more lefty-looking spin on it, but America would be amassing troops in Syria and escalating tensions with Russia, just as it is right now. I don’t know how they got to him, but they got to him. And if they got to him now, they would have gotten to him if he’d won.

“You’re wrong about Trump/Sanders!” my readers may be tempted to say, depending on where their ideological loyalties lie. “He’s smarter than all of us! He’s working the system! He’s playing 3-D chess!”

3-D chess, huh? Watch this clip from the beginning of the Obama administration:

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The deep state wants to smack down the Putin administration and ideally replace it with a more Yeltsin-like puppet government which won’t take bold actions like annexing the strategically important Crimean peninsula, collaborating with Russia’s longtime ally Syria to crush the terrorist factions who are attempting to overthrow it, and working with China to undermine the dominance of the US dollar in that region. It wants to control Syria because of its strategically crucial role in the fossil fuel battles, because of Assad’s Five Seas Vision which would drastically shift world geopolitical power, and because of its dispute with Israel over the oil and water-richGolan Heights. It wants them so badly that in order to manufacture consent for this regime change invasion it’s willing to parade a seven year-old girl who can’t speak English in front of CNN cameras and have her sound out scripted war propaganda syllable-by-syllable in a fake, staged interview that CNN knowingly participated in scripting.

In last month’s interview with Democracy NOW, Julian Assange made the keen observation that by watching the Trump administration gradually fall into line on globalist foreign policy, we now know how long it takes the military-industrial complex to “digest a president”. Trump has been made to backtrack on issues from Russia to Syria to WikiLeaks to China to NATO and more, and the same would most assuredly have happened to Sanders. I still smile politely when my friends tell me things would be so much better if Bernie would’ve won, but I don’t believe it. The deep state would have won either way. They would get their wars, and the people would be kept powerless so that the oligarchs can remain powerful. This could not be more obvious than it is right now.

So what does this mean for us clear-eyed rebels? What does it mean when both populist candidates from both the anti-establishment right and the anti-establishment left can be made to fall into line in the exact same way with the exact same deep state warmongering and Cold War escalations? What does it mean for us when no matter who you elect, the deep state wins? It means we have to start targeting the deep state directly.

This can be done by disrupting establishment propaganda narratives. The entire deep state control apparatus is held together through mass media propaganda and domestic psy-ops, and our newfound widespread internet access has given us the ability to network and share information in a way that the old systems of manipulation and control simply do not know how to keep up with; the invention of the internet took the deep state completely by surprise and it’s still scrambling to figure out exactly what is going on here.

But we need to act fast?—?the possible dissolution of net neutrality means that the plutocrats may begin disrupting alternative media before long, which has surely been the plan all along. If they succeed in doing this we’ll still be able to fight the media war?—?we’ll just have to get more agile and creative online,?—?but now is definitely the best time to strike. More people than ever are aware of the deep state’s existence and the toxic effect that it has on their lives, and we’ve got the ability to greatly disrupt their manipulations with our relatively uninhibited internet situation right now. If we can cause mainstream America’s belief in the official narratives to fall away, the deep state will lose all power, because that’s the only source of its control. The only reason that power exists where it exists is because people agree that it exists there; if they don’t believe the talking heads on their screens telling them to trust Big Brother, they can shrug off the oppression machine like a heavy coat on a warm day.

I have outlined some strategies and tools for winning this media war in this linkthis link, and this link. I welcome your ideas as well. Let’s take these motherfuckers down.

Dead Indiana Sky's picture

He just sold the shit out of death machines to the Saudis.  At least this will get the Raytheon's and the Lockheed Martin's of the world off his back.  Maybe they, in turn, will tell the media wolves to ease up just a bit, now that he has sucked the MIC dick.

Benito_Camela's picture

We're about to find out for certain that it doesn't make a bit of difference. Besides, the media will keep it up. What that effectively does is hamstring Trump into being able to operate only in the MIC and Goldmanites preferred "theater" - that of global warfare broker at the expense of the American taxpayer. MIC and Goldman money is all that really matters, the rest is a distraction, so why not push the political kabuki theater to the max? Nah, the media ain't gonna let up on Trump. 

Once net neutrality is finally killed off by that gimpmonkey towelhead Pai, it will be a matter of time before it's downright impossible to provide or access sites like this or to stream any anti-establishment content over what used to be called the Internet.  It will be all oligarch-approved content like CNN and Fox News all the time and your ISP will be able to restrict anything else from reaching you if they want to. 

SPQR 70AD's picture

saudis=israelis they are joined at the hip and saudis financing pissraels private army ISIS to destroy syria / iran

Truthseeker20's picture

Now i am beginning to think paul craig roberts is controlled opposition. Trump isnt draining the swamp but filling it up. He is playing the role of an outsider and msm is pretending he is an outsider by attacking him. It is all a show. Putting goldman sachs is draining the swamp? Lol

SPQR 70AD's picture

If I was trump I would call Gen Stanely Mc Chrystal into my office and start a clinton body count. the only way to stop theses people is to kill them

Jack4952's picture

Oops !!!!   Sorry!


Jack4952's picture

"DRAIN THE SWAMP" ???????    Are you folks kidding???   What a JOKE !!!!!!   NOT in a million years !!!!

Even if one starts with President Washington's firm term, the SWAMP was filled before his first term expired! The British and American BANKERS were in full control of the House, Senate and judiciary almost immediately. (See "The Origins of America's Party System" by Joseph Charles for thorough documentation)


 Upon becoming President John Adams realized where the true power lay; and it was not within governmental institutions. “I have never had but one opinion concerning BANKING. They [banks] are like party spirit, the delusion of the many for the interest of a few.”  - John Adams in letter to John Taylor of Caroline; Quincy, Massachusetts, March 12, 1819 as cited in “The Life and Works of John Adams”, 10 volumes, (Charles Francis Adams, Editor); Boston, 1850-1856, X, Page 375 

People tend to forget that true, functioning constitutional democracies and constitutional republics are rare EXCEPTIONS in history and seldom last very long until corrupted, degenerating into an oligarchy of "elites". Even Thomas Jefferson predicted that a new revolution would be necessary every 20 years or so:  

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Thomas Jefferson

Those who seek a "new order" or "new-world order" are NOT new! Indeed, "tyranny by a few" is the oldest form of government - it is the NORM; not the exception.  OLIGARCHIES , with "elites" having the power and money, may be displaced for brief periods of time. But they ALWAYS return, often at the will  of the people, with their freedom usually exchanged for alleged "safety".  

In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945); 32nd U.S. President

“Those (who) seek to establish systems of Government based on the regimentation of all Human Beings by a handful of individual rulers. . . call this a NEW ORDER. It is not new and it is not order.”  Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945); 32nd U.S. President

“If we ever pass out as a great nation we ought to put on our tombstone, ‘America died from a delusion that she has moral leadership.’” Will Rogers (1879-1935) American Humorist, Actor and Author


“I should like merely to understand how it happens that so many men, so many villages, so many cities, so many nations, sometimes suffer under a single tyrant who has no other power than the power they give him; who is able to harm them only to the extent to which they have the willingness to bear with him; who could do them absolutely no injury unless they preferred to put up with him rather than contradict him. Surely a striking situation! Yet it is so common that one must grieve the more and wonder the less at the spectacle of a million men serving in wretchedness, their necks under the yoke, not constrained by a greater multitude than they . . .” [from THE POLITICS OF OBEDIENCE: THE DISCOURSE OF VOLUNTARY SERVITUDE by ÉTIENNE DE LA BOÉTIE   (1530-1563)    

Note: If you read NOTHING else about freedom, this ONE VERY SHORT ESSAY (about 26 pages) should be read by ALL freedom-loving people; and to their children.

John-Henry Hill, M.D., Ph.D. 

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Prometheus_Goldman's picture

YOU personally CAN FIX America.. NO SHIT!!  Call your representatives...  Start a movement and joint the COS below!

Keep you powder dry, your friends informed!

Posa's picture

Roberts is kind of mixed up here. Trump came into office asking for another $58 billion for the defense budget on top of $680 B or so already allocated. So Trump no threat to the MIC at all. However his real iniquity Roberts gets right.  Trump wants detente and deals with Russia. Whereas the Deep State elements want to spark an internal coup so that Russia can be broken up into small pieces the so-called Brzezinski plan. The deep state elements see Russia as a big barrier and combined with China an absolute rival to US unipolar hegemony.So to spark a Kremlin  coup, The deep state has combined economic warfare with military mobilization on Russia's borders to create a freak out to instigate a revolt against Putin. T Trump however tends to dampen those tendencies of threats and confrontation. And that's not on the agenda.

That's the grand strategy, the global chessboard. That's really why they're on Trump's back. Again Roberts is correct that in some ways Trump's quest for deals and detente with Russia  is analogous historically to Kennedy's change of heart to seek detente instead of confrontation and thermonuclear brinksmanship. And perhaps it's even analogous  to Nixon's initiatives as well.

But explaining this current imbroglio as a simpleminded MIC power grab is pretty amateurish and really misses the boat.

DelusionsCrowded's picture

CNN piped into every military base on the planet . . Vewy vewy imported in a democracy to have well informed fighting men And women so as they know what they are getting killed for . Vewy Important .