Paul Craig Roberts: Washington Has Declared Hegemony Or War

Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,

I agree with Stephen Lendman (below) that the Russian government’s efforts to deal with the West on the basis of evidence and law are futile.  There is only one Western foreign policy and it is Washington’s.  Washington’s “diplomacy” consists only of lies and force.  It was a reasonable decision for Russia to attempt diplomatic engagement with the West on the basis of facts, evidence, and law, but it has been to no avail.  For Russia to continue on this failed course is risky, not only to Russia but to the entire world.

Indeed, nothing is more dangerous to the world than Russia’s self-delusion about “Western partners.”  Russia only has Western enemies. These enemies intend to remove the constraint that Russia (and China) place on Washington’s unilateralism. The various incidents staged by the West, such as the Skirpal poisoning, Syrian use of chemical weapons, Malaysian airliner, and false charges, such as Russian invasion of Ukraine, are part of the West’s determined intent to isolate Russia, deny her any influence, and prepare the insouciant Western populations for conflict with Russia. 

To avoid war Russia should turn her back, but not her eyes, on the West, stop responding to false charges, evict all Western embassies and every other kind of presence including Western investment, and focus on relations with China and the East.  Russia’s attempt to pursue mutual interests with the West only results in more orchestrated incidents. The Russian government’s failure to complete the liberation of Syria has given Washington Syrian territory from which to renew the conflict.

The failure to accept Luhansk and Donetsk into Russia has provided Washington with the opportunity to arm and train the Ukrainian army and renew the assault on the Russian populations of Ukraine. Washington has gained many proxies for its wars against Russia and intends to use them to wear down Russia. Israel has demanded that Washington renew the attacks on Iran, and Trump is complying. Russia faces simultaneous attacks on Syria, Iran, and the Donatsk and Luhansk Republics, along with troubles in former Central Asian republics of the Soviet Union and intensified accusations from Washington and NATO.

The crazed neoconservatives, such as Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton, think that Russia will buckle under the strains, sue for peace, and accept US hegemony. If this assumption is incorrect, the outcome of Washington’s hostile actions against Russia is likely to be nuclear war. The side that Stephen Lendman and I are talking is neither the side of Washington nor Russia, but the side of humanity and all life against nuclear war.

How the Russian government could ignore the clearly stated US hegemony in the 1992 Wolfowitz Doctrine is a mystery.

The Wolfowitz doctrine states  that the US’s primary goal is “to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere, that poses a threat on the order of that posed formerly by the Soviet Union.” The doctrine stresses that “this is a dominant consideration underlying the new regional defense strategy and requires that we endeavor to prevent any hostile power from dominating a region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient to general global power.” In the Middle East and Southwest Asia, Washington’s “overall objective is to remain the predominant outside power in the region and preserve US and Western access to the region’s oil.” The doctrine also states that the US will act to restrain India’s alleged “hegemonic aspirations” in South Asia, and warns of potential conflicts requiring military intervention with Cuba and China.

By “threat” Wolfowitz does not mean a military threat.  By “threat” he means a multi-polar world that constrains Washington’s unilateralism. The doctrine states that the US will permit no alternative to US unilateralism. The doctrine is a statement that Washington intends hegemony over the entire world.  There has been no repudiation of this doctrine.  Indeed, we see its implementation in the long list of false accusations and demonizations of Russia and her leader and in the false charges against Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Venezuela, China, Iran, and North Korea.  

If Russia wants to be part of the West, Russia should realize that the price is the same loss of sovereignty that characterizes Washington’s European vassal states.

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Neocon Takeover of Washington Completed

by Stephen Lendman

Pompeo at State and Bolton as Trump’s national security advisor completed the neocon takeover of Trump’s geopolitical agenda. Wall Street is running domestic affairs.

The combination represents a major setback for world peace and stability. Greater aggression is likely, along with the triumph of neoliberal harshness over social justice, presenting a dismal and frightening state of affairs. 

What to expect ahead? War in Syria is more likely to escalate than wind down, an unthinkable US/Russia confrontation ominously possible.

The Iran nuclear deal is either doomed, or likely to be gutted by Washington, accomplishing the same thing — with only tepid, ineffective opposition from P5+1 countries Britain, France and Germany.

The EU most often bends to Washington’s will when enough pressure is applied.

A relatively quiet Ukraine period could explode in greater Kiev war on Donbass, US-supplied heavy weapons and training aiding the aggression.

A Kim Jong-un/Trump summit is likely to fail to step back from the brink on the Korean peninsula, falsely blaming the DPRK for hostile US actions.

It’ll prove again Washington can never be trusted, its commitments are consistently breached when conflicting with its imperial objectives.

A possible trade war with China would be hugely destabilizing, along with being economically harmful to both countries and the global economy.

Further EU/US sanctions and other harsh measures are likely to be imposed on Russia over the Skripal affair, an escalated attempt to isolate the country and inflict economic harm – despite Western nations knowing Moscow had nothing to do with what happened.

Theresa May-led Tories are considering tough actions against Russia over the incident. So are other EU countries and Washington.

On Friday, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the Trump administration is considering a range of options against Moscow over the Skripal affair – “both to demonstrate our solidarity with our ally and to hold Russia accountable for its clear breach of international norms and agreements.”

No breach occurred. Neocons running US foreign policy don’t let facts and rule of law principles compromise their imperial objectives.

Theresa May provided Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron with cooked results of Britain’s investigation so far into the Skripal affair — “convincing” them the false accusations are “well-grounded,” despite knowing UK claims are pure rubbish.

Macron issued a deplorable statement, saying “there is no…plausible explanation” for what happened to the Skripals other than Kremlin responsibility – abdicating to US/UK-led Russophobic hostility.

On the world stage, Trump is hostage to neocon dark forces controlling him. Relations with Russia, China, and other sovereign independent nations are likely to worsen, not improve.

Unthinkable nuclear war remains an ominous possibility. Russia’s only option is building on its alliance with China and other allies, staying committed to respond firmly to US-led Western harshness against its sovereignty.

Virtually no possibility for improved Russian relations with Washington and Britain exists. It’s fruitless pursuing it.

German and other European dependence on Russian energy, mainly gas, offers only slim hope for improving things with these countries.

Looking ahead, prospects for world peace and stability are dismal. US-led Western hostility toward Russia could erupt in open conflict by accident or design.

The unthinkable could become reality. Preparedness should be Moscow’s top priority given the real danger it faces.



weliveinamatrix Sun, 03/25/2018 - 20:35 Permalink

good article, I like PCR...but, I also know human nature...and whether China, or Russia or the U.S., everybody wants to rule the world...IMO, countries are fighting over pecking order, but all want the same control....

coast all know I post songs on sundays to relieve the stress...please check out the song link I posted, lyrics included...and you all know youtube, they play the next song...and its kinda fun too...alan parsons.

weliveinamatrix beepbop Sun, 03/25/2018 - 20:44 Permalink

I know...and agree, but at the same time, I think PCR is learning..keep up the comments, I am sure he is checking..I emailed him last year a few times and he really is a cool guy..he admitted he has got much to learn also..he is a great husband, father and honest...If he doesnt share exactly what we want, its not because he is bad..he has to learn the same way we all did...

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J S Bach beepbop Sun, 03/25/2018 - 21:06 Permalink

Washington, Washington, Washington.

PCR always blames this city for the world's woes.

Hey, Paul... here's a little hint...

There's this (((small group of people))) whose motto is: "By way of deception, thou shalt do war".  That small group controls the city you are so fond of blaming. "Neo-Cons", "Globalists", "Internationalists".

Name them, Paul... name them.

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D503 beepbop Sun, 03/25/2018 - 22:08 Permalink

We know their fucking names, they underwrite every God damn action taken and they insulate themselves by sharing some crumbs with anyone complicit in aiding them while brainwashing enough of the masses to prevent revolution. 

CFR, Bilderberg group, etc. Every one of those people push the same agenda with either red or blue food dye in the Soylent green. 

The "red pill" is the "blue pill" with some frustration flavor.

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Malleus Maleficarum E-Knight Mon, 03/26/2018 - 02:53 Permalink

Do you want to do the bidding of pure evil for a salary you can easily make civilian side? Then listen to what your gut is telling you - it's right! I couldn't, in good conscience, recommend someone join the military now. Your experience can vary wildly depending on which branch and MOS you choose, but if the neocons trigger WWIII, there's a very good chance that it'll suck big time, no matter what!

Now, if we were attacked without provocation by a state actor, and it was clearly not a false flag, it'd be different. If we faced a legitimate invasion, then I'm sure most every able-bodied man over 30 or so would be beating down the recruiters' doors, eager to fight for their homes and families. I can't say what the Millennial gun-haters will do, but it'll boil down to "fight, run, kill yourself or commit treason and side with the enemy."

The only problem with such scenarios is that as soon as one side thinks it's lost the upper hand, the nukes will fly. I don't see any other way, honestly. Perhaps the goal is to foment civil war and use it as an excuse to march in the "peacekeepers." Now, besides the horror of the civil war itself, I'd fear invasion because we'd be divided and in chaos, and the possibility to do away with the "global police" without triggering armageddon could be too tempting to pass up. 

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east of eden ThanksChump Mon, 03/26/2018 - 07:18 Permalink

Bullshit. Both Russia and China have the capacity to air drop entire armies out of Antanovs. Combined, they can put the equivalent of 12 fully equipped armies on the ground (i.e. 25K actual fighters), every 24 hours. Those armies come equipped with everything from kitchens to ammo to field hospitals, and the fighters they drop are drilled to the nines paratroops. By way of comparison, it took the US three months to assemble an invasion force for the first invasion of Iraq. Very slow, very cumbersome and very open to air assault.

You don't have a call on 80 million people. You don't even have a call on the majority of the people already serving, who must be just fucking disgusted with people like you - the ten percenters whose future depends on defending a corrupt and rotten to the core, status quo.

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Omen IV ThanksChump Mon, 03/26/2018 - 10:34 Permalink

That's a joke right? - couldnt get it together for Vietnam -  now worse today - no US solidarity - no one is going to defend the right to genital mutilation / transgender / affirmative action / welfare / politically correct speech /  tax exemptions /  and countless other sick shit

there is no  Republic USA - separating in to regions more likely -  no one wants the real estate  - neither Russia or China  - all played out

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NiggaPleeze Malleus Maleficarum Mon, 03/26/2018 - 06:47 Permalink

If we faced a legitimate invasion, then I'm sure most every able-bodied man over 30 or so would be beating down the recruiters' doors, eager to fight for their homes and families.

That might be a fair play if, indeed, the invaders were planning on killing all the locals and stealing their homes and families.  That has the ring of the Jewish bible to it ... 20 Deuteronomy 10-15.  But in most cases all the invaders want to do is replace the scum rulers who are destroying our homes and families.  And if the invaders come for them, I sure as hell ain't defending the fucking war criminal oligarchs and their Swamp, piss on them, they deserve to swing by the neck.

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east of eden Malleus Maleficarum Mon, 03/26/2018 - 07:15 Permalink

You make a good point. The Neo-cons may have the tacit support of the Generals, but what they don't have is the confidence or support of the people who would do the dying for them.

Down through history, one thing about Russia and the massive land mass that they have is that no army, not even Gengis Khan has ever been able to cope with such a vast territory. The Germans and Napoleon learned that the hard way.

In WWII, the Soviets, despite a revolution in 1917, despite a huge purge of the military under Stalin, still stopped the Germans and then defeated them at St. Petersburg, Moscow and Stalingrad. And that was with the most minimal of aircraft, soldiers, food field and ground equipment. Hell, during the siege of Moscow, they were still producing tanks and the people who were building them, manned them on the front lines. That takes a lot of guts when you aren't trained in military tactics.

My friend who studied Russian and the culture extensively, reminded me the other day, that during the battle for Moscow, the Soviets brought down 2 divisions of Siberians to fight. He mentioned that the general population of Russia looked on the Siberians as 'animals', but, they had two important traits. One, they were impervious to the cold, and two, they were absolute blood thirsty fighters who overwhelmed what was left of the German front lines around Moscow, killing most of the frozen germans in their fox holes.

The fucking idiots who call themselves Neo-cons better take great care or they will be the ones swinging from ropes, in not very much more time.


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Conscious Reviver Is-Be Sun, 03/25/2018 - 22:30 Permalink

Wolfowitz Doctrine is an obvious Zionist creation, calling for Zionist Jew supremacy. PCR is calling out the culprits, but in a way that assumes some sense in his readers. Some Zionists are not Jews. Some Jews are not Zionists. The people behind the Wolfowitz Doctrine love to see infighting among people that don't agree with them. 

The future does not have to be Hell. We just need to figure out how to stop the war machine in the Zionist Controlled West.

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Is-Be NidStyles Sun, 03/25/2018 - 23:23 Permalink

Ask Jordan Peterson, psychologist.

Our Gods hold a mirror up to us. Jung based his career on this.

Remove the Gods, and others will replace them.

This is why I choose my ancestors religion of Frey and Freya, brother and sister, Lord and Lady, keepers of the warm family hearth.

Trouble and confusion entered our lives when the R haplogroup, the Asir from Asia came with their Odin and Thor.

We blundered because we saw them as food, not as an invading species.

We should have taken better care of the ecology.

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Stan Derdissue Conscious Reviver Mon, 03/26/2018 - 02:37 Permalink

"We just need to figure out how to stop the war machine in the Zionist Controlled West". Good luck with that. 95 % of the population have little more revolution capacity than a herd of cattle ready for the slaughter house. The populance simply can't see through the smoke and mirrors that are entrenched in society. Worse, the new generation of "leftists" are actively participating in their own  accelerated demise. 

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Conscious Reviver beepbop Sun, 03/25/2018 - 22:20 Permalink

PCR is doing a great great job by referencing and pointing everyone at the Wolfowitz Doctrine. Based on recent history, this is the road map we are following - Hegemony or you all die trying. 

Let's say hegemony can not be reestablished. Then we are into the you all die trying part. Syria is going thru some version of that right now. Are sleepwalking americans really prepared to suffer the consequences?

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JSBach1 J S Bach Mon, 03/26/2018 - 01:35 Permalink


Exactly brother!!!! I've said as much when I stated that he seems to go out of his way to walk on egg shells in some crazed twist of reality in which PC must soften his ability to call out the real culprits: the Jew supremacists in Tel Aviv (who control DC by extension). Until he utters those words, he is part of the synoptic PROBLEM!


It is no more the "Western Powers" in charge of said doctrine who would salivate at the thought of world domination (especially the ME region) than it is Eastern Khazar Gypsies and their insatiable thirst for conquest and subjugation of all within their reach to simply reach an accord with some level of peace as it's driving force.

They are, instead, set on a collective campaign of conquest of the indeginious peoples by any way necessary. Will we stand idly by as those nefarious forces continue in their sadistic efforts?

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Mustahattu JSBach1 Mon, 03/26/2018 - 06:53 Permalink

Write it and he would be targeted by every single joo group to attack and discredit him. The first sentence on his Wikipedia page would say he’s an antisemite and so on. They’ve done that before.. David Irving among others. 

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sarz J S Bach Mon, 03/26/2018 - 14:00 Permalink

PCR does name them once in a while. He's been getting more frank over the years, but at the cost of a certain establishment-bestowed gravitas - when suddenly it becomes clear there's no one to respect on that side any more, anyway. PCR is definitely a hugely decent and intelligent person. But his consistent shortcoming is that he thinks he can outthink Putin and Lavrov in statecraft. Internatiinal law and diplomacy are bigger weapons in the hands of those masters than hypersonic weapons. Their goal is not victory in war. It's peace. 

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caconhma beepbop Sun, 03/25/2018 - 23:13 Permalink

It is the time to start misinformation and outright lies.

The Putin regime

  • Is the servant of the zio-banking mafia
  • Putin and his surrounding are CIA assets whose purpose/goal is to destroy Russia (military, economy, education, and healthcare sectors). Russia even cannot even feed itself, e.i, Russia sells oil and gas and used this money to feed their population the rest is "invested" in the US Treasury as well as deposited in US and UK bank accounts. 
  • Presently, Russia does not have any viable army. The Putin's regime has castrated Russian army: almost all military academies were closed and no any military exercised for the last 5 years. Russia'S MIC has been destroyed. 
  • Russian paramilitary and private units are intentionally organized and trained exclusively to fight and subjugate their own people

There only reason that Russia is still there is since, in the case of a US  invasion, China immediately will occupy the Asian part of Russia with all oil, gas, and other natural resources. Note that just recently China militarized its leadership structure in a preparation for a war. There is no place for elections and changes of country leadership during a war. This is why Xi was elected without time limitations. The same was true during the WWII (Hitler, Stalin, FDR, Churchill, etc.,)


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Rubicon727 weliveinamatrix Sun, 03/25/2018 - 21:47 Permalink

I like PCR, too,  but he needs to get out more. Go visit Europe and talk to informed, university educated citizens. Unlike Americans that tend to look at issues in black and white, Europeans, Russians and especially Asian folks tend towards looking at all sides of a problem, issue, or national leaders. It's a guarantee that Putin thinks and acts similarly.



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Posa weliveinamatrix Mon, 03/26/2018 - 00:26 Permalink

PCR is still a filthy supply-sider at heart who refuses to acknowledge the damage Reagan did to the US economy (when PCR was part of Reagan's Administration)... the trend of out-sourcing, off-shoring, massive financialization of the economy and pauperization of the workforce started with Reagan... as well as the trend of massive trade and budgetary deficits...


He's very tetchy about his economic views and refuses to discuss his past sins

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Kefeer beepbop Sun, 03/25/2018 - 22:50 Permalink

Quit looking at Israel and look to the crown; we are being run by those affiliated with the British empire and has almost since US inception - know your history.  You can add the Vatican to the global cabal mix as well.  Israel is not the enemy.

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NiggaPleeze NidStyles Mon, 03/26/2018 - 06:56 Permalink


I'm not an expert on British monarchy powers, but here is a short list of what I do know are constitutional powers (there is much hand-wringing about how these powers are "rarely exercised" but having the power is enough, there is no need to use a heavy hand because the power is exercised more "softly", but when necessary, these powers have been and will be exercised):

  • Monarchy can grant royal charters, which are the equivalent of making law.
  • Monarchy can veto any parliamentary legislation (though not done in practice, b/c the Parliament is a Monarchy puppet that never goes against its interests, the power is there) ("right of assent")
  • Monarchy appoints (and can constitutionally dismiss) the Prime Minister, who has largely plenary powers, including the power to wage war; the Prime Minister also must give the Monarchy a weekly "consultation"
  • Monarchy's Royal Prerogative includes the powers to: appoint and dismiss ministers; regulate the civil service; issue passports; declare war; make peace; direct the actions of the military; and negotiate and ratify treaties, alliances, and international agreements
  • Monarchy gives the annual Queens Speech, which sets the legislative agenda for the entire year.
  • Monarchy has equivalent of 20,000 workers, paid for by the Treasury, working full time to serve them.  It does not pay taxes on its 60+ castles spread throughout the country.  Buckingham Palace, alone, is the most expensive residence in the world, valued at over $3 billion, not including any of the interior, which consists of loot stolen from around the world over a period of centuries and is, frankly, priceless.
  • Monarchy has the Royal Pardon which it can use to pardon its agents involved in crimes like murders (the Monarchy ran the IRA, for example, in order to justify the Big Brother police state, and pardoned all of its agents, who ran the IRA and committed countless murders, after)
  • Monarchy appoints the Court of Directors of the Bank of England, placing the Bank of England firmly under its control.
  • Monarchy (arguably) has the power to dissolve Parliament

I'm sure there's more, this is just a short list off the top of my head.  But it is enough to prove, anyone who doubts that the Monarchy actually still rules the Commonwealth, is utterly mistaken.

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east of eden NidStyles Mon, 03/26/2018 - 07:26 Permalink

The Rothschilds hold a hereditary Barony and most of the gold in the world.

Except, I suppose the gold they had to surrender to China, when China came calling.

If the Rothschilds truly no longer control the British Crown that's great. But where is your proof of that?

I know Lillybeth was so upset about the loss of gold that she actually made a personal review of what was left.

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sarz east of eden Mon, 03/26/2018 - 14:15 Permalink

Lillybeth took a walk among the yellow bricks so they could be photographed looking like there's more than there is. With the globalist anti-gold scheming, most of it had been sold off to protect the price of the fiats. As for the Rothschilds the end game might well be getting Hellfired the way Obama took out Awlaki and his son. Drone the wedding parties. And then double-tap the funerals.  

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Scipio Africanuz beepbop Mon, 03/26/2018 - 06:46 Permalink

Many people misunderstand Russia's reticence to forcefully confront Washington, the Russians being ardent students of history, have seen it all before.

They understand that USA is being set up for a nasty fall just like Germany was under the Kaiser and Hitler. They have finally managed to expose the usual suspects, who are based primarily in the land of Perfidious Albion, with their cat's paws firmly planted, in the stolen lands of the semitic Palestinians.

Russia is NOT afraid, they don't want war but will annihilate ALL enemies, as they've promised. However, they don't desire the destruction of the USA, they're hoping there are still some rational adults in the USA, who can pull the USA back from the edge of the cliff.

Now, we all know the historical warmongers, who constantly sow strife, division, and war amongst people of this precious planet of ours.

If you don't know them, let me help you - they are "semitists" who fraudulently claim to be Semites, and what they desire, is to enslave all mankind, regardless of race or color under their brutal domination.

They will fail of course! And this time around, the world might finally get the chance to deal with them. If there's global war, they will be exterminated, of that, l am SURE!

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