Has Washington’s Arrogance Undone Its Empire?


No one likes a bully, and Washington’s NATO puppets have been bullied for six decades. British prime ministers, German chancellors and French presidents have to salute and say, “Yes, sir.”

They all hate it, but they love Washington’s money; so they prostitute themselves and their countries for Washington’s money. Even a person of Winston Churchill’s stature had to suck up to Washington in order to get his bills and his country’s bills paid.

But what the bought European leaders are finding is that Washington doesn’t pay enough for the prostitution required. One year out of office, Tony Blair was worth $35 million. But that’s not enough to get Blair on the waiting list for $50 million 200-foot yachts; to have a chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland; to own $50 million penthouses in Paris and New York and a private plane to fly between them; or to wear a $736,000 Franck Muller watch on his wrist, sign his name with a $700,000 Mont Blanc jewel-encrusted pen and drink $10,000 “martinis on a rock” (gin or vodka poured over a diamond) at New York’s Algonquin Hotel.

In a world in which every member of the Forbes 400 is a billionaire or multibillionaire, $35 million just doesn’t cut it. In 2006, the manager of one hedge fund was paid $1.7 billion for one year’s thieving. Another 25 were paid $575 million for their skills in front-running trades. Thirty-five million dollars is probably the annual budget for their household servants.

The British seem content in their role as Washington’s favorite lackey, but France and Germany have not enjoyed that role. France’s last real leader, Charles de Gaulle, would have nothing to do with it and refused to join NATO. Dismembered and with East Germany occupied by the Soviets, Germany had no choice. Germans’ gratitude to President Ronald Reagan for their unification resulted in reunified Germany falling under Washington’s hegemony.

However, if news reports from Berlin are true, Germany has had enough. The catalyst was Edward Snowden’s revelations that Washington spies on everyone, including its allies — Germany and the EU in particular. Moreover, Washington uses Britain as the Trojan horse within the EU as a backup spy in case the National Security Agency misses something.

According to news reports, the German, French and EU governments are upset to find out that their extreme subservience to Washington has not protected them and their citizens from being spied upon. Here they are, fighting Washington’s wars in far distant Afghanistan (the fate of which is completely unrelated to their own), and what does Washington do but embarrass them by spying on the personal lives of their citizens?

Who does Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government represent, Germans are asking, Germans or the NSA? Why does the Merkel government kowtow to Washington? The next question will be: What do Washington’s spies have on Merkel?

With the German government put on the spot by Washington’s betrayal, The Independent ran this headline: “Germany prepares to charge UK and US intelligence over fresh bugging allegations.”

Little wonder Washington and its media whores hate Snowden. “A spokesman for the [German] Federal Prosecutor said the office was preparing to bring charges against” the U.K. and U.S. intelligence services, according to The Independent. In light of the Snowden affair, it will be wonderful if Germany issues arrest warrants and if Washington and London refuse to extradite its NSA and U.K. spy operatives, who have violated every law and every trust.

“The German Justice Minister, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenburger, demanded an immediate explanation” why Washington was applying to Germany policies “reminiscent of the actions against enemies during the Cold War.”

The president of France has said that France will not again cooperate with Washington on any issue until France receives full assurances that Washington will cease spying on France.

The president of the EU Parliament, Martin Schulz, and the EU Commissioner for Justice, Viviane Reding, demand Washington’s answer to Snowden’s revelations that Washington has betrayed its own allies.

The questions that must be asked are: Do any of these protests from politicians who are
almost certain to be on Washington’s payroll mean anything, or are they just make-believe protests to quiet the domestic European populations who have been betrayed by their elected leaders? Why would the French president and the German justice minister think any reassurance from Washington meant anything? When in human memory has Washington told the truth about anything? When has Washington’s reassurance meant anything?

The Gulf of Tonkin, Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, Iranian nukes, Bashar Assad’s sarin gas attack, FBI-orchestrated “terror attacks” — it is a proven fact that the U.S. government lies every time it opens its mouth. Compared to Washington, Josef Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Hideki Tojo, Mao Zedong, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez and Pol Pot were truthful.

Washington’s reply to Europe’s demands for explanation is: We will discuss these issues bilaterally with EU member states, but we are not going to comment publicly on specific alleged intelligence activities.

You know what that means. Bilateral means that Washington is going to talk with each EU country separately, using the information NSA has obtained to blackmail each complainant into silence. Whereas the EU together could stand up to Washington, separately the countries can be browbeat and offered more money or threats that illicit love affairs will be revealed to shut them up. Washington is betting on its power to intimidate individual countries with the threat of isolation and being cut off from money. If the EU countries agree to the secret bilateral explanations from Washington, the affair will end and the spying on Europe will continue while Washington and the EU politicians deny that the spying continues.

By now, the entire world must know that Washington is not merely lawless, but also totally out of control, reveling in arrogance and hubris, driven by desires for hegemony over the entire world. Washington is so paranoid and distrustful that it doesn’t even trust its own citizens or the European puppet governments that it has bought and paid for.

Washington is the only government that has ever used nuclear weapons, and Washington used them against a defeated government that was trying to surrender. Today, the craziness in Washington is much worse. Decision-making councils are full of crazed neoconservative warmongers, such as National Security Adviser Susan Rice, a threat to humanity. Washington think tanks and media are over-represented by neoconservatives such as William Kristol, who want to know: What good are nuclear weapons if you can’t use them?

The sleazy European politicians and media who took Washington’s money provided for their own economic security, but they betrayed the security of the entire world. By enabling Washington’s hegemony, they unleashed Washington’s arrogance. This arrogance now threatens not merely the independence of every country but life on Earth.

Instead of meeting unilaterally alone with Washington, the European countries should
stand together. After all, supposedly there is an EU. If there is an EU, Washington should meet with the EU, not with its constituent parts individually — not one of which can stand up to Washington’s intimidation and bribes.

If thermonuclear war is to be avoided and life is to continue on Earth, Europe must disband NATO. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was formed in the aftermath of World War II. Its purpose was to prevent the powerful Red Army, which defeated Nazi Germany, from overrunning all of Western Europe.

The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, 22 years ago. Yet NATO still exists. Moreover, against Reagan’s intentions, NATO has grown. NATO now includes former constituent parts of the Soviet Empire, such as Eastern Europe, and former constituent parts of the Soviet Union itself, such as Georgia, the government of which is bought and paid for by Washington. The non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that Washington funds might even deliver Ukraine into Washington’s fold.

Egged on by Washington, Georgia initiated a war with present-day Russia, which superior Russian forces quickly ended. In the opinion of many, the Russian government showed far too much tolerance for its defeated enemy, which is being rearmed by Washington and encouraged into new military adventures. Washington is working to make Georgia, located in Asia between the Black and Caspian seas, a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. NATO membership would make Georgia a treaty protectorate of Washington and its NATO puppets. Washington thinks that this elevation of Georgia would result in Russia’s acquiescing to Georgian aggression in order to avoid war with the United States and NATO.

China, also, has been amazingly abused by Washington and, instead of replying in kind, has taken it in stride. This magnanimity on the part of the Chinese has been misinterpreted by Washington as fear. The fear that Washington imagines is causing China to quake in its boots has encouraged Washington to surround China with new naval, air and troop bases. The fact that however numerous are Washington’s bases in the Pacific Ocean and South China Sea, Washington itself is an intercontinental ballistic missile away has not registered on the ignorant scum that rules Amerika. Overwhelmed by its hubris, Washington threatens all life on Earth.

–Paul Craig Roberts

Personal Liberty

Paul Craig Roberts

was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of The Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His Internet columns have attracted a worldwide following, and can be accessed here.

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  • observer

    A drone is on its way to you now Paul, check the skies and put on your helmet buddy.

  • Warrior

    I wonder if Snowden stole joey biteme’s ledger book on stimulus spending? Or maybe he knows where Corzine’s missing $1.2bil is? Or maybe he has the “skinny” on Benghazi, fast n furious, irs misdeeds, gm bailout, conservative enemy voter lists, Geithner tax returns, oblama transcripts, bath house logs, Bernanke bucks, more wiener videos, piglosi makeover bills, aarp membership roles, lists of 1,000 “likely” voters, lists of future “nobel” prize winners, American “assets”, American “non-assets”, bachelorette winner, plans to revive Detroit, putin/assad phone calls translated in press 1 for English?
    I can’t take the suspense!

  • macktheknife

    I am here close to Nato’ s HQ in Brussels, So there might be a EU, but there are many members to buy nowadays. Greece., Cyprus, Italy, Spain, …. They feel betrayed by the EU, became financial pariah, were or became unstable.
    They need money and fast!!
    And if there is another reason to abandon ship, it’s Turkey, they love to pull Nato in a war with one of its neighbors,

  • laura merrone

    Are we a Republic or an Empire? We can’t be both. I think that’s the underlying current in our present struggle in the USA. I know live in Europe and it is a quiet and peaceful place. Kinda reminds you of what America used to be. I guess “peace at any price” is what Europe’s gotten. How doe we extract ourselves from all this political intrigue and reform our government back to a more republican format? I hope we do soon or I fear a loss of what little freedom we have left.

    • me

      As broke financially is the empire is about to fall and all the dollars going into these useless organizstions are going to go away. the forces fighting the afgan taliban are from nato. hell of it is the Us taxpayers finance NATO. I read the taxpayers pay about 20% of the UN. there is over a hundred countries in the world. How much is their share. the empire needs to break away.

      • laura merrone

        Yep, I can’t agree with you more. We need to be the light of the world not the masters of the world.

      • http://thecountyguard.org/ countyguard

        Actually, you are only a “taxpayer” if you so declare. No American has paid one cent for these wars, NATO, the UN or any of the criminal enterprises. They simply create the money, and destroy the world’s wealth who depend on the dollar. Where do you think they got the trillions for the wars, the bailouts, etc? It wasn’t your taxes, believe me. This is how they carry on with yet more lies to Americans… that the “income” tax is necessary to run government, and that your wages are actually “income” when they are NOT. The evidence is there if you want it, and want to extract yourself from serving this beast system as its slave.

      • http://thecountyguard.org/ countyguard

        Actually, you are only a “taxpayer” if you so declare. No American has paid one cent for these wars, NATO, the UN or any of the criminal enterprises. They simply create the money, and destroy the world’s wealth who depend on the dollar. Where do you think they got the trillions for the wars, the bailouts, etc? It wasn’t your taxes, believe me. This is how they carry on with yet more lies to Americans… that the “income” tax is necessary to run government, and that your wages are actually “income” when they are NOT. The evidence is there if you want it, and want to extract yourself from serving this beast system as its slave.

    • vicki

      How doe we extract ourselves from all this political intrigue and reform our government back to a more republican format?

      Enforce the US Constitution as written, recall our troops, and avoid foreign entanglements.

      P.S. Kick the UN off our soil.



  • Flyer78

    Why does Personal Liberty give space and attention to the Blame America First crowd? It’s very annoying.

    • http://thecountyguard.org/ countyguard

      Maybe its because this is the most corrupt government the world has ever seen. I mean, if half of Americans don’t even know THEY are the authority, not the federal government, or that this government has stolen their liberties and they don’t even know how… how pathetic. America (read the government) IS to blame. The evidence is irrefutable. The world will not tolerate this criminal cabal much longer, and We the People are responsible for allowing it, so what are YOU doing to remedy the situation?

      • steve

        sit back and watch it unfold , just like the other 310 million people. what you don’t seem to realize is that satan is in control of the world and has been since adam and eve. so there is no stopping him for now. but the day is coming and he is fully aware of it. want some answers then read your bible.

  • independent thinker

    “The catalyst was Edward Snowden’s revelations that Washington spies on everyone, including its allies — Germany and the EU in particular.”
    If you are so naive as to believe they do not spy on the US and everyone else they can I have some ocean front property in Kansas to sell you. The only difference is the US might have a technological edge in the ability to carry out the spying.

    • DalasKnight

      Have you forgotten that the NSA is spying on you and everyone else in this nation and trampling the Constitution? How can you be a cheerleader for the most corrupt government on the planet?

      • independent thinker

        Are you so ignorant that you think pointing out what should be obvious, the fact that all nations do exactly what the US has done/is doing is cheerleading for it?

        • DalasKnight

          Ignorant? I have been watching our government stick its nose in the affairs of other nations at the behest of the world bankers and the Israeli Mossad for 40 years!! If our government would have followed the lead of the founding fathers and stayed out of foreign intervention, we wouldn’t be where we are today and wouldn’t be worried about other nations spying on us!! They spy on us because they never know when our government is going to switch from ally to enemy and start planning an attack on them!! If we had kept our military at home and minded our own business and took care of our own business, we would still be a republic instead of a bullying empire builder!!!

          • independent thinker

            Yes IGNORANT!! I posted a comment saying (in very very simple terms that even you should understand) for one nation to complain about another nation spying on them is the pot calling the kettle black. You tried to turn it into a claim that I was championing the NSA spying on the private US citizen.

          • DalasKnight

            You frikin’ idiot!! We are not talking about two governments spying on each other….we’re talking about our government spying on their citizens just like our government spies on us!! I don’t believe for a minute that their government spies on private citizens here in the states! They may spy on our government, but they don’t spy on the citizens! Ignorant ass!!!

          • independent thinker

            You call me an idiot yet you do not even have the reading comprehension to know the article is about the US spying on its allies and other countries. YOU are the one talking about the US spying on its own citizens through NSA and other means. That is certainly worthy of discussion and has been covered more than once on PLD.

          • DalasKnight

            Get real dude! Every nation understands that they all spy on each other. That’s nothing new. Nations have been spying on each other for decades. This about the US not only spying on the governments, but about the NSA collecting info on the private citizens of these nations! You were the one that said they do it to us too. The difference is they don’t collect personal info on American citizens like the NSA is doing to their citizens!

  • hungry4food

    Is this something we should
    celebrate on the 4th of July ????

    Michael Savage:
    Janet Napolitano Deal Bringing 15,000 Russian Troops to U.S. to Help in

    • ridge runner

      Yes we can celebrate an worthless theiving crook got put to rest and casing private tral estate can be stopped for less than $50 buck and is tamper proof and has never had a repeat offender.

  • scott miller

    Remove our IMF status now and watch how far those threats go. This corruption must not stand. We should not tolerate it as american citizens, and if your a non citizen that our government feels it can monitor your phone calls, emails, without cause or warrant or suspicion just cause we can, should make you furious as all hell.

    We all need to be alot more furious about what our government is doing. Unless we really want to continue down this path of tyrrany, and increasing threat of real war when this house of cards topples under its own weight, if its the removal of imf status or china calling in our debt, or simply no one willing to buy our debt anymore.

    It is not a question of if it will happen it is just when it will happen, and then will any amount of saber rattling mean a damn thing washington did?

  • ridge runner

    Be sure to clap a give cheers for George Zimmermn, for removanother pile of dung out of society.