On The Threshold Of War - Paul Craig Roberts

Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,

UPDATE: There is no longer any doubt that the criminally insane government in Washington is driving the world to the last war.



UPDATE: As Americans we must face the possibility that we have a criminally insane government in Washington that is leading the world to destruction.

A Russian Government Press Release:

False information is being planted about the alleged use of chlorine and other toxic agents by the Syrian government forces. The latest fake news about a chemical attack on Douma was reported yesterday. These reports are again referenced to the notorious White Helmets, which have been proved more than once to be working hand in glove with the terrorists, as well as to other pseudo-humanitarian organisations headquartered in the UK and the US.

We recently warned of the possibility of such dangerous provocations. The goal of these absolutely unsubstantiated lies is to protect the terrorists and the irreconcilable radical opposition that has rejected a political settlement, as well as to justify the possible use of force by external actors.

We have to say once again that military interference in Syria, where Russian forces have been deployed at the request of the legitimate government, under contrived and false pretexts is absolutely unacceptable and can lead to very grave consequences.

This is John Helmer’s interpretation of the warning:



I hope that the situation is not this severe.

On The Threshold of War

“The Russian view is simple: the West is ruled by a gang of thugs supported by an infinitely lying and hypocritical media while the general public in the West has been hopelessly zombified.” — The Saker

“The US generals, unlike the US politicians and media and US administration, are risk-averse if the outcome may be catastrophic.” — Gilbert Doctorow

Above are two of the three most intelligent and reliable Russian experts. The third is Professor Stephen Cohen, who worries, as I do, that an arrogant Washington drowning in hubris is provoking Russia to war.

The Saker has concluded that the Russians have concluded that it has been a mistake to put up with Washington’s lies, insults, and orchestrated events and have decided that if the dumbshit Americans attack Syria, Russia is going to take out the US forces involved.

Doctorow has concluded that as dumbshit as Washington is, the US Joint Chiefs of Staff have more sense and will not go along with an attack on a Russian ally.

I hope that Doctorow is correct. However, with that crazed demented warmonger John Bolton sitting in the White House next to Trump, who enjoys the role of tough guy, I am more scared by The Saker’s reading than I am reassured by Doctorow’s.

There are reports, the validity of which I cannot confirm at this time, that the entirety of the Russian military has been put on high alert, not merely the Russian forces in Syria. See here for example.

Nikki Haley’s threats against Russia in the UN do not support Doctorow’s hopes that reason will prevail in Washington. The crazed bitch said that the US will act against the “monster” Assad with or without the UN.

Tough man Trump, sitting next to the crazed warmonger Bolton, declared that the alleged chemical attack in Syria “will be met and it will be met forcefully. We can’t let atrocities like we all witnessed… we can’t let that happen in our world, especially because of the power of the US, we are able to stop it.”

There was NO chemical attack by Syria. I know that for an absolute 100% fact. I would bet my life on it. Yet here is the US president declaring a total non-fact to be something “we all witnessed.” Little wonder that the Russians have concluded that the West is ruled by a gang of thugs supported by an infinitely lying and hypocritical media while the general public in the West has been hopelessly zombified.

If Doctorow is not correct that a sane US Joint Chiefs of Staff will prevail over the crazed President and his National Security Adviser, we are headed for war.

It is a war that the US will not win.

Notice, dear readers, that there is no mention of this pending crisis in the Western media. Instead the media whether CNN or the BBC has as the lead news story the FBI’s raid on Trump’s lawyer.

Insouciant Americans is too mild, isn’t it. Clueless is the correct word.


Dutti DownWithYogaPants Tue, 04/10/2018 - 23:38 Permalink

It is depressing to see that there are very few people in the MSM speaking out for reason. One of the few ones is Tucker Carlson.

Unfortuntely, even among friends and aquaintances, the story about "evil Assad killing Children" is often readily believed.

The US, British etc. taxpayer funded propaganda arm of Islamists, the media trained "white helmets" are delivering videos that look almost as real as Hollywood products and most of the sheeple in the western world don't question their propaganda narrative.

Very sad and disheartening.

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Dindu Nuffins yomutti2 Wed, 04/11/2018 - 01:17 Permalink

I'm pretty sure Russia can do much better when it actually starts using its SAMs and downing the American air support. Everything till now has been calculated to avoid killing US troops and starting a war. You probably also feel tough because US carriers are invincible. Evidence? They've never been attacked! 

Rather than showing the restraint of other countries while these carriers are brashly sailing around in their backyards, this is merely solid proof that no one could easily wipe out a floating coffin.

That kind of overconfidence lasts until the patience of others is worn away.

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not dead yet yomutti2 Wed, 04/11/2018 - 01:24 Permalink

An agreement by a US backed group gave possession of a refinery to a Syrian militia loyal to Assad. The US backed group lived up to their end of the bargain and withdrew. As per usual the US pulled a double cross and attacked the militia as it was marching into the area to occupy the refinery. The US used everything but the kitchen sink, including B52's, to perpetuate the slaughter of any group in the area loyal to Assad. The Russians were not part of the force sent to occupy the surrendered area and were camped miles away. The US intentionally attacked their camp killing around 10. Murdered actually as the US was claiming self defense as justification for their attacks and the Russians were not attacking the Americans. The fact that B52's were used confirms the US double cross.

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not dead yet not dead yet Wed, 04/11/2018 - 01:33 Permalink

Such fine people leading us to the abyss. Assad supposedly kills his people and the US response is kill more of his people. I guess US bombs have more compassion than other bombs. French pussy in charge Macaroni and the Trumpster threaten to bomb Damascus. Imagine the death toll of innocent people if they do it but that's AOK because they didn't use gas. Kill millions with bombs and it's no big deal but kill one person with gas and WW3 is on tap with the world screaming for war.

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PhilofOz yomutti2 Wed, 04/11/2018 - 01:50 Permalink

As a Zionist psychopath sicko that you are, you disgust me yomutti2. You and your "IDF brothers" can go fuck yourselves you murderous scum! All you come here for is to troll about Russia and Putin, and once in a while throw in your global warming bullshit or your Musk worship! With insanity like you running around this planet is fucked and it's probably time for the whole thing to be torn down and start again!

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Davidduke2000 yomutti2 Wed, 04/11/2018 - 06:34 Permalink

You watch too many Rambo movies.

Shall I remind you that 4 feet people destroyed you in vietnam , you had to leave with your tail between the legs defeated and shamed.

you talk big, you burn countries with your bombs , agent orange, napalm , depleted uranium which are the spent rods of your nuclear reactors, but you cannot beat the spirits of the people who eventually beat you.

you cannot win a war even with the help of many nations, you are hated like rats.

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Teja CHX13 Wed, 04/11/2018 - 06:29 Permalink

What we learned long ago is that the scaremongers coming with their "the world will end tomorrow" are usually wrong. It is more like a cliffhanger where the hero climbs back the next day and destroys the bad guys.

Terry Pratchett said the world was being ruled by a "narrative imperative". A story which ends in total destruction is not acceptable. Or maybe we are in a kind of virtual TV show - as long as the quotas are good, we will not be destroyed by a final nuclear war. Who knows.

But anyway, enjoy your chocolate bunnies.

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FBaggins beepbop Wed, 04/11/2018 - 02:29 Permalink

Whatever group is responsible for the content of the MSM and is controlling federal politicians is directly responsible for all the killing and carnage in Syria, and they now are directly responsible for any continuation and escalation of that war, and for any major war with any other nation that follows. However, when it comes to administering justice for their crimes, it will not be just the establishment cabal that will pay the ultimate price, it will also be all the lying media people and politicians who acted as their mouthpieces and who voted for or supported the war.  There will be no escape for them, because the people of the world will have to set an example so that this never happens again. 

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PrivetHedge beepbop Wed, 04/11/2018 - 05:42 Permalink

Very true beepbop, no need to tidy the links though, just show them as they are:

in order to start and keep alive the illusion that the creation of modern-day Israel was the result of “biblical prophecies,” they financed many “commentary bibles” such as the Scofield Reference Bible with purposely erroneous commentaries about the return of the “Jews” to “their homeland,” along with the unbiblical rapture theology and brainwashing references about “anti-semitism” being a sin. They also kept on payroll compromised preachers, like John Hagee, to constantly brainwash the flock by spewing out their demonic bile in reference to Israeli “Jews” as God’s “Chosen People.”


Posting the links here in memory of zerospam and for any Christians who haven't been redpilled yet.

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Davidduke2000 beepbop Wed, 04/11/2018 - 06:10 Permalink

there are 324 million americans and there are only 13 million joos, 1/3 are pacifists , how can 324 million americans allow themselves to be controlled by 9 million joos???

the us is about to vanish into thin air yet the population is happy to smoke pot and drink beer.

We in Canada are worried that radiation from the burning and destroyed us will be sent to Canada by shifting winds, we have no bone in this fight and we could pay a heavy price for trump's stupidity.

hillary is a major bitch but she is able to sense danger , trump's ego is always in the way of rational decisions.

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