Paul Craig Roberts Sees "A Ray Of Light" From Europe

Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,

America has been a discouraging landscape ever since the neoconservatives took over US foreign policy during the Clinton regime and started the two decades of war crimes that define 21st century America and ever since US corporations betrayed the US work force by moving American jobs to Asia.

The outlook became darker when the Obama regime resurrected the Russian Threat and elevated the prospect of military conflict between the nuclear powers.

As Europe is caught in the middle, in normal circumstances European countries would have insisted that Washington cease the gratuitous provocations of Russia. But normal circumstances have not existed.

Since the end of WW2, European countries have been vassals without independent economic and foreign policies.

Europe hosts US military bases that threaten Russia. Europe has backed Washington’s wars of aggression against Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Washington’s air attacks on provinces of Pakistan, and Washington’s use of Saudi Arabia to fight its proxy war against Yemen.

Europe has backed Washington’s gratuitous economic sanctions against Iran and Russia, sanctions that have cost Europe much and Washington little.

Accustomed to having its way with Europe, Washington commits Europe without even consulting the vassal governments.

Now it seems Washington’s extraordinary arrogance and hubris has resulted in overreach. Confronted with a new round of sanctions against Russia, Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission told Washington that the time has passed when Washington can put its interests first and Europe’s last.

The new sanctions have devastating economic and political consequences for Europe.

Juncker said that if Europe’s “concerns are not taken into account sufficiently, we stand ready to act appropriately within a matter of days.”

The German and French foreign ministries added their support to Juncker. The German foreign ministry said:

“It is not in the Americans’ right to judge or stipulate which way European companies may engage in cooperation with any third parties – particularly, with Russian energy companies.”

The French foreign ministry said: the sanctions “contradict international law” due to their “extraterritorial reach.”

Europe views the sanctions as a tool of US industrial policy that elevates US business interests over Europe’s business interests.

Let’s hope that Washington’s arrogance will not permit Washington to back down and that Europe will give Washington the finger and disengage from the American Empire.

Without Europe to host its military bases and to parrot its propaganda, Washington’s ability to threaten Russia would significantly decline. Indeed, a continuation of the hostile threatening attitude toward Russia would leave Washington isolated in the world.

No country wants the risk of experiencing nuclear war merely for the sake of Washington’s unilateralism.

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Manthong D Nyle Fri, 07/28/2017 - 03:46 Permalink

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 “Now it seems Washington’s extraordinary arrogance and hubris has resulted in overreach”  Funny how the lives of millions are inconsequential when it comes to US hegemonic behavior in the mid-east but when Merkels control of Russian gas is involved, all of the sudden it is “US.. mind your own business”.  

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Manthong Déjà view Fri, 07/28/2017 - 04:30 Permalink

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Without the McCain-Clinton-Nuland / Soros bloc in power, what now? Oh, maybe the defense of the remnants of the old guard is the Mueller Team’s charter…….. AND JUST HOW THE F DID IT HAPPEN THAT NEARLY EVERY SWINGING DICK AND DEPRESSED TWAT IN THE US HOUSE VOTED FOR THESE SANCTIONS????? THEY ARE OWNED BY THE ENERGY LOBBY. BUT IT’S A (NG)  PIPE DREAM Like OMG.. it is sooooo totally bitchin’…  our EU plebes like really want our pricey ship-borne LNG over cheap Russian pipes. Oh, and like.. we really are way cool and good to supply half the freaking EU Continent by  F’ng  BOATS !!!!! Earth to Congress…… IT IS NOT IN THE US INTEREST TO SUPPRESS THE MARKET THROUGH SANCTIONS… … IDIOTS !!! … IDIOTS !!! … IDIOTS !!! OK, now that I have calmed down…. I just hope Trump will not launch 59 Tomahawks at Berlin when the bitching reaches fever pitch.

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Manthong Manthong Fri, 07/28/2017 - 04:34 Permalink

 
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Grumble..Grumble…. It’s not like Japan and Southeast Asia cannot absorb every pound of LNG we can produce.

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Manthong Mr 9x19 Fri, 07/28/2017 - 05:01 Permalink

  Yeah, sort of… but we are still on the outer edges of the swirl around the drain…. If we are smart enough we can push our way out ..like some of the bugs I have observed ……….. The EU, by its very nature is midway down the swirl and can only look forward to the relief of going through the P-Trap and emerge into the dank, horridly smelly darkness of the sanitary pipe with all of the associated "stuff" that flows through that channel. Good luck with that. We need to keep a cautious distance but be ready to help rod the EU sewer out if it is appropriate to our interests.   

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Manthong 4freedom78 Fri, 07/28/2017 - 07:33 Permalink

  Ok, so we are in the sanitary… I am an electronics engineer, a bit of a marksman,  piss poor code writer, own every wood working tool known to God  and I am putting the big AC welder on Craigs list because I want a few of the bucks towards a plasma cutter  and a new MIG with an aluminum spool gun  I have a sewing machine and can do a clean hem and take in trousers.(social studies snowflakes... got a clue?) I do PM’s and I have some interesting VIX plays, too. So back to the sanitary… I have had my hands and face there… not a nice place That is where most government employees live. If you are a Somali cop… do not come close… I WILL win.I apologize.... my family sometimes worries about me. It does not get better than this. :-D Um...  forgot to mention the vp of the $100 B company gig thing. NBD......   

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Veritas X- Manthong Fri, 07/28/2017 - 08:06 Permalink

I see you're still hangin' around here Manthong, so, let me inform you about The Why with your earlier rant.>>>"...AND JUST HOW THE F DID IT HAPPEN THAT NEARLY EVERY SWINGING DICK AND DEPRESSED TWAT IN THE US HOUSE VOTED FOR THESE SANCTIONS????? THEY ARE OWNED BY THE ENERGY LOBBY. BUT IT’S A (NG)  PIPE DREAM..." >>>>>>>>>>>>>https://duckduckgo.com/?q=isreal+eu+pipeline&t=h_&ia=web ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ X-

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Manthong Veritas X- Fri, 07/28/2017 - 20:51 Permalink

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Ah.. I forgot about their NG reserves for a while… All the time I was focused on the Iran-Qatar supply. Very good point… The real reason “Assad must go”. Damn Rooskies aren’t going to let that happen, though.

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philipat Manthong Fri, 07/28/2017 - 04:11 Permalink

I agree (unusually) with the French Foreign Minister. The US has no right to set Energy Policy for Europe. And it is just as illegal for the US to attempt to create extra-territorial sanctions as it is for US forces to be inside Syria (Through which ultimately more gas will flow to Europe as well as Turkey; so it isn't a question of Germany wanting to "Control" Russian gas supplies to Europe. In fact, the Nord Stream II pipeline only became necesssary in the first place because Europe needs more energy from Russia and all the US fucking around in the ME prevented the other options already planned from moving ahead.PCR is quite correct, this has gone too far. The only party that has been hurt by the existing Russian sanctions has been Europe (Russia was the largest single market in Europe for consumer goods, especially French, German and UK luxury goods and cars), not the US. And not even Russia to any great extent because they now have developed other alternatives and indeed it has seen the creation of an organic (Non_GMO's which are banned in Russia) agriculture industry which has huge export potential in the very near furure.

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Vageling philipat Fri, 07/28/2017 - 05:19 Permalink

+1! I rather get my food from Russia and my gas than from America. I guess heads will be exploding but I don't care. Americans have nothing to offer anymore. Other than more scams. All the US is about, is scams. Build that pipeline. Fuck Ukranazi btw. Poland? Hush... You get enough subsidies already. No pride. 

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Manthong Vageling Fri, 07/28/2017 - 05:28 Permalink

Yessiree.. Guess what.. Vickie Noodleman, Swift Boat Kerry,” Shot-Down Forrest Fire” McCain and King Hussein Obama..... all of those EU Farmers and other EU industries.. they lost big time. But, depending upon your perspective................ Russia has more vibrant internal farming and other resources now than ever … the EU has lost  many markets and they will not come back… thank you, US hegemons. For the geographically challenged (read: all of the US State Department”)… Russia is FIVE TIMES THE LAND MASS OF THE US and has more natural resources than God. … that was a surprise, wasn’t it And guess what Bayer, Syngenta et al....   Putin has mandated NO GMO  in Russian Ag  To paraphrase one commentator I heard: You will see Russian pigs in the Madrid pork market before you will ever see a Spanish tomato in Russia. 

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Justin Case Manthong Fri, 07/28/2017 - 07:56 Permalink

The merican plan to supply EU with gas is a bit ludacris, to put it nicely. EU would be paying a whole lot more for gas than they do now. The real goal of the deep state is to harm the economy of Russia b/c the sanctions have done diddly squat to Russia. Moar harm was done to the EU vassels, of which merica does't give a rat's ass about. EU is just collateral damage in the quest to take Russia down. Putin has never used energy as a weapon. As a matter of fact he has implemented solutions, and continues to work with the nazi sypathizers in Ukraine, that renegged on billions of dollars of debt and have been stealing gas!merica is pushing the EU right into the Russian and Chinese alliance. Merica is a hollow shell of the past, a great nation destroyed by Israel. Moar and moar countries are making distance from the dying bankrupt parasite. Tired of the extortion of NATO for thee benefit of merican MIC. Without constantly creating a boogy man, merica would have bankrupt already. The bullshit is loosing it's affect.

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Justin Case forestgump227 Fri, 07/28/2017 - 08:05 Permalink

German foreign minister has a brain and ability to think what is best for his country, not merican agenda at their cost. They are fed up with merica's bullshit program. Many other countries are moving away from the decaying carcass of what was a great nation. It rots from the head down like a fish. One only needs to look at Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, Cali, NY. etc. Rot and freak shows, like the jooish decadence unleashed on Germany in the 30's. Same road merica is on.

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BritBob Fri, 07/28/2017 - 04:14 Permalink

Putin's Russia is a problem.Russia tells Britain give back Gibraltar & Falklands before telling US what to do.RUSSIA has told Britain it should "clean its conscience" and give back Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands before it criticises them over their involvement in Ukraine. Moscow's ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin made the shocking remarks when responding to his British counterpart Matthew Rycroft at a UN security council meeting in New York. (Daily Express 4 Feb 2017) Do the Spanish have a claim to the Rock? Gibraltar - Some Relevant International Law: https://www.academia.edu/10575180/Gibraltar_-_Some_Relevant_Internationa...Perhaps not.Funny thing to say when Argentina has never legally owned the Falklands. So how can they 'be returned' ?Falklands- Never Belonged to Argentina:https://www.academia.edu/31111843/Falklands_Never_Belonged_to_Argentina The bad guys ?

EddieLomax BritBob Fri, 07/28/2017 - 04:43 Permalink

Russia here seems to have dementia, how else could it forget to give back the Kuril's to Japan, much of the east to China, Karelian Isthmus to Finland and dozens of other examples in the past century.The difference is that those were real and recent examples of land stolen, the Falklands was never permanently inhabitable until the invention of modern shipping and Gibraltar was ceded in the 1700's.

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caesium BritBob Fri, 07/28/2017 - 10:35 Permalink

Yes the bad guys. Or at least that is what the USA thought when they kicked you out of their country. They also terminated most of your empire in 1945. The problem is that America has become what it was set up to oppose. America is fundamentally a flawed project and it has no restore point despite the mythical 'founding fathers' stuff in which many of its people still believe (Carroll, the only Catholic signatory of the D of I, was Catholic enough to know that the project was hopelessly flawed. The USA needs a reboot

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Vegetius Fri, 07/28/2017 - 04:19 Permalink

The Major EU Powers can see clearly that America's hegemony is fast failing and have decided to start to cut themselves loose.The USA has, due to its policies over the last 30 odd years beginning with Clinton's dismemberment of Yugoslavia, drifted further and further from its Noble Ideas into Hubris and Terror.The shame of this is that the ideals of the Founders will be tarnished by the actions of these Neo-Progressives

Maestro Maestro Fri, 07/28/2017 - 04:38 Permalink

Fuck the EU, the Americans and the Europeans. Which of the European nations did not, at one time or another, ally themselves with the Muslim Ottoman Empire to fight against their Christian brothers or Christian Russia?

You Westerners, you're all unreasonable, hypocritical, schizophrenic idiots who give their women away for free to the Filth of the Middle East and Africa before they even had a chance to take a shower.

If it wasn't clear, I think that Americans and Europeans are equally full of shit.

USA=ISIS=EU

EddieLomax Maestro Maestro Fri, 07/28/2017 - 04:50 Permalink

As a British person what you say is all too true, although the British people themselves were against the Ottoman's, after a lot of public pressure it resulted in the British-French-Russian naval expidition that commanded by Admiral Codrington (rumoured to be a Greek supporter) sunk the Ottoman fleet dooming their genocidal war on Greece.Otherwise it has been a relentless series of cooperation with odious regimes and ideologies against other Christian nations because someone in Whitehall is worried the other Christian nation is getting too strong, why we fought for the Ottoman's in the Crimea is a mystery.  Ironically one of the few times we do go all in and ally with Russia is when they themselves have Stalin and the worst of the communism!One day I do hope our national politics at least catches up with the reality of today, we do not have an empire to protect anymore, the scattered overseas territories should be protected but in no way constitute an empire.  The next war we'll fight is at home, with the invaders we let in, in that one our best allies will be the various Christian nations we seem so intent to fight or see mired in conflicts.

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EddieLomax Fri, 07/28/2017 - 04:53 Permalink

This article is just more hot air, the only reason they're fighting Washington here isn't because they suddenly want a more peaceful world, its because the EU=Germany and Germany see's its economic interests under threat.Add to that Trump is not the sugar daddy previous presidents were, showering US's "allies" with US tax payers money and they're even less likely to support the US.

grizfish Ms No Fri, 07/28/2017 - 06:21 Permalink

I agree.  The bankers (with their IMF control arm) are moving operations to China.  Could this be an end run on Russia?  China has become the world's largest manufacturer of goods and they have plans to double their output during the 20s, but will need help from the IMF.  Question is...will the bankers seize control of China as they did the US?  If so, Russia will end up being the only opposition to global domination by the bankers.  The major power brokers in the world all salivate at the thought of acquring Russia's natural resources and vast land holdings.Just my shot in the dark.  Anyone else see this?

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Maestro Maestro grizfish Fri, 07/28/2017 - 08:25 Permalink

The Russian central bank is prohibited from issuing its own currency, the Rouble, without first adding US dollars or dollar derivatives like the Euro, to its foreign currency reserves. In addition, the Russian central bank can only buy US Treasuries or US Debt with the dollars the Russians get from oil sales, thus aiding and abetting their supposed enemy, the US of A, by propping up the petrodollar.

Unfortunately the same people, the TBTF bankers, who own and control the Fed and the ECB, also control and use Russia for purposes of controlled opposition.

http://anonhq.com/checkmate-central-bank-russia/

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Justin Case grizfish Fri, 07/28/2017 - 08:31 Permalink

The host is dying and the bankers are moving to where the money is. So is the power. OBOR will grow that part of the world while merica decays and internal issues destroy what is left. Millions of people will be reached with OBOR. China and Russian alliance seen like a good alliance as neither are aggressors. They are focused economic growth for the world and it's people, not to conquer and pillage. EU will want to get into this project as well, severing ties with the bankrupt rotting empire. US hegemony is dieing and there is nothing that merica can do about it. Their infrastructure, pension plans, industries, health care, jobs, aging population and other unfunded liabilities ensure that the empire is bankrupt and must fall to get up again. There is no way out of that. Sure they want woar, they made a handsome profit off WWI and WWII at Europe's expence. Bush, Henry Ford, Standard oil etc., industrialists made fortunes profitting from woar, then Vietnam kept the MIC rollin for the elite. Woar after woar profits were made by the few off the nation's people. Now they are broke too.

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