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Glenn Greenwald has revealed that Hillary Clinton is the presidential candidate of the banksters and warmongers. https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/11/14/despite-cynicism-genuine-excitement-hillary-clinton-candidacy/ Pam and Russ Martens note that Elizabeth Warren is the populist alternative.http://wallstreetonparade.com/2014/10/hillary-clintons-continuity-government-versus-elizabeth-warrens-voice-for-change/ I doubt that a politician who represents the people can acquire the campaign funds needed to run a campaign. If Warren becomes a threat, the Establishment will frame her with bogus charges and move her aside.

Hillary as president would mean war with Russia. With neocon nazis such as Robert Kagan and Max Boot running her war policy and with Hillary’s comparison of Russia’s president Putin to Adolf Hitler, war would be a certainty. As Michel Chossudovsky and Noam Chomsky have written, the war would be nuclear.

If Hillary is elected president, the financial gangsters and profiteering war criminals would complete their takeover of the country. It would be forever or until armageddon.

To understand what we would be getting with Hillary, recall the Clinton presidency. The Clinton presidency was transformative in ways not generally recognized. Clinton destroyed the Democratic Party with “free trade” agreements, deregulated the financial system, launched Washington’s ongoing policy of “regime change” with illegal military attacks on Yugoslavia and Iraq, and his regime used deadly force without cause against American civilians and covered up the murders with fake investigations. These were four big changes that set the country on its downward spiral into a militarized police state with massive income and wealth inequality.

One can understand why Republicans wanted the North American Free Trade Agreement, but it was Bill Clinton who signed it into law. “Free trade” agreements are devices used by US corporations to offshore their production of goods and services sold in American markets. By moving production abroad, labor cost savings increase corporate profits and share prices, bringing capital gains to shareholders and multi-million dollar performance bonuses to executives. The rewards to capital are large, but the rewards come at the expense of US manufacturing workers and the tax base of cities and states.

When plants are closed and the work shipped overseas, middle class jobs disappear. Industrial and manufacturing unions are eviscerated, destroying the labor unions that financed the Democrats’ election campaigns. The countervailing power of labor against capital was lost, and Democrats had to turn to the same sources of funding as Republicans. The result is a one party state.

The weakened tax base of cities and states has made it possible for Republicans to attack the public sector unions. Today the Democratic Party no longer exists as a political party financed by the union dues of ordinary people. Today both political parties represent the interests of the same powerful interest groups: the financial sector, the military/security complex, the Israel Lobby, the extractive industries, and agribusiness.

Neither party represents voters. Thus, the people are loaded up with the costs of financial bailouts and wars, while the extractive industries and Monsanto destroy the environment and degrade the food supply. Elections no longer deal with real issues such as the loss of constitutional protections and a government accountable to law. Instead the parties compete on issues such as homosexual marriage and federal funding of abortion.

Clinton’s repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act was the initiating move followed by the removal of more constraints that allowed the financial system to transform itself into a gambling casino where bets are covered by the public and the Federal Reserve. The full consequences of this remain to be seen.

The Clinton regime’s attack on the Serbs was a war crime under international law, but it was the Yugoslavian president who tried to defend his country who was put on trial as a war criminal. When the Clinton regime murdered Randy Weaver’s family at Ruby Ridge and 76 people at Waco, subjecting the few survivors to a show trial, the regime’s crimes against humanity went unpunished. Thus did Clinton set the precedents for 14 years of Bush/Obama crimes against humanity in seven countries. Millions of people have been killed, maimed, and displaced, and it is all acceptable.

It is easy enough for a government to stir up its population against foreigners as the successes of Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama demonstrate. But the Clinton regime managed to stir up Americans against their fellows as well. When the FBI gratuitously murdered Randy Weaver’s wife and young son, propagandistic denunciations of Randy Weaver took the place of accountability. When the FBI attacked the Branch Davidians, a religious movement that split from the Seventh-day Adventist Church, with tanks and poison gas, causing a fire that burned 76 people, mainly women and children, to death, the mass murder was justified by the Clinton regime with wild and unsubstantiated charges against the government’s murdered victims.

All efforts to bring accountability to the crimes were blocked. These were the precedents for the executive branch’s successful drive to secure immunity from law. This immunity has now spread to local police who routinely abuse and murder US citizens on their streets and in their homes.

Washington’s international lawlessness about which the Russian and Chinese governments increasingly complain originated with the Clinton regime. Washington’s lies about Saddam Hussein’s “weapons of mass destruction” originated in the Clinton regime, as did the goal of “regime change” in Iraq and Washington’s illegal bombings and embargoes that costs the lives of 500,000 Iraqi children, lost lives that Clinton’s Secretary of State said were justified.

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The US government had done wicked things in the past. For example, the Spanish-American war was a grab for empire, and Washington has always protected the interests of US corporations from Latin American reformers, but the Clinton regime globalized the criminality. Regime change has become reckless bringing with it danger of nuclear war. It is no longer Grenada and Honduras whose governments are overthrown. Today it is Russia and China that are targeted. Former parts of Russia herself–Georgia and Ukraine–have been turned into Washington’s vassal states. Washington-financed NGOs organize “student protests” in Hong Kong, hoping that the protests will spread into China and destabilize the government. The recklessness of these interventions in the internal affairs of nuclear powers is unprecedented.

Hillary Clinton is a warmonger, and so will be the Republican candidate. The hardening anti-Russian rhetoric issuing from Washington and its punk EU puppet states places the world on the road to extinction. The arrogant neoconservatives, with their hubristic belief that the US is the “exceptional and indispensable” country, would regard a deescalation of rhetoric and sanctions as backing down. The more the neocons and politicians such as John McCain and Lindsey Graham escalate the rhetoric, the closer we come to war.

As the US government now embraces pre-emptive arrest and detention of those who might someday commit a crime, the entire cadre of neocon warmongers should be arrested and indefinitely detained before they destroy humanity.

The Clinton years produced a spate of books documenting the numerous crimes and coverups–the Oklahoma City bombing, Ruby Ridge, Waco, the FBI crime lab scandal, Vincent Foster’s death, CIA involvement in drug running, the militarization of law enforcement, Kosovo, you name it. Most of these books are written from a libertarian or conservative viewpoint as no one realized while it was happening the nature of the transformation of American governance. Those who have forgotten and those too young ever to have known owe it to themselves to acquaint or re-acquaint themselves with the Clinton years. Recently I wrote about Ambrose Evans-Pritchard’s book, The Secret Life of Bill Clinton. Another book with substantial documentation is James Bovard’s Feeling Your Pain. Congress and the media aided and abetted the extensive coverups, focusing instead on the relatively unimportant Whitewater real estate deals and Clinton’s sexual affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Clinton and his corrupt regime lied about many important things, but only his lie about his affair with Monica Lewinsky caused the House of Representatives to impeach him. By ignoring numerous substantial grounds for impeachment and selecting instead an insubstantial reason, Congress and the media were complicit in the rise of an unaccountable executive branch. This lack of accountability has brought us tyranny at home and war abroad, and these two evils are enveloping us all.

(Republished from PaulCraigRoberts.org by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Nuclear war? Nonsense. The Russian regime can be overthrown and replaced by a more convenient dictator through softer measures such as economic sanctions, technology embargoes and nuclear ‘compellence’ imposed by stealth bombers and hypersonic ICBM’s.

    As in Latin America during the Cold War, the trick is to create enough internal tension between factions inside the country and then nudge the conflict in the right direction.

    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
  2. P.C. Roberts is having a remarkably sane day. When it’s over the top, as sometimes occurs, it tends to discredit the important perceptions that need to be not just shared, but taken seriously.

  3. Cameron says:

    I know not whether there’ll be a nuclear war. But the idea that Putin will be overthrown is ridiculous. He has transformed Russia from impotence into a world power about which the citizenry is proud; he, unlike our feeble excuse for a president, is immensely intelligent, crafty and popular. Putin was a fearful leader of the KGB; Obama was a community organizer in a slum and is an inveterate liar about everything, surrounded by other inveterate liars about everything. Who is the more qualified leader?

    I don’t know if Putin is capable of beating Obama in a game of golf or in “shooting hoops,” but Napoleon and Hitler discovered what the Russians can do with their backs against the wall; Obama, whose army can’t defeat a weak Taliban, has more than met his match in Putin who has already embarrassed that man in the White House more than once.

  4. @Anonymous

    Overthrown and replaced by whom and what?

    The West is not going to war with Russia. The next wars in the West will be civil.

  5. “If Hillary is elected president, the financial gangsters and profiteering war criminals would complete their takeover of the country. It would be forever or until armageddon”

    Armageddon is spelled with a capital ‘A’ Mr Paul Craig Roberts. And there are no elections in this country, there is a PRETENSE of elections:

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2014/11/06/votes-and-vanishing-acts/

    Of the multiple insurance policies determining the next president will serve empire & evil, one method is to engineer two candidates favorable to the corporate boards and then let the blood-bath of Citizens United money win .. it not really mattering who actually won, because everyone, left and right, was energized into believing there actually had been a choice. If we get a choice between Jeb Bush and Hillary, with ensuing political blood-bath, that is actually what will have been pulled off.

    Jeb Bush is a known quality; like father, like son, CIA a.k.a. Murder Incorporated, only Jeb won’t come across as indelibly stupid as his brother George, but they’re cut from the same cloth.

    If we get Hillary, here’s all you need to know:

    According to Mother Jones Magazine, in Hillary’s own words, she is under the spiritual tutelage of Doug Coe:

    “Coe, she writes, “is a unique presence in Washington: a genuinely loving spiritual mentor and guide to anyone, regardless of party or faith, who wants to deepen his or her relationship with God.”

    And according to the excellent investigative reporting of Jeff Sharlet on ‘The Family’, the cult which sponsors the ‘National Prayer Breakfast’, Coe, in his own words, is no stranger to violence in politics:

    “Doug Coe offered Pol Pot and Osama bin Laden as men whose commitment to their causes is to be emulated. Preaching on the meaning of Christ’s words, he says, “You know Jesus said ‘You got to put Him before mother-father-brother sister? Hitler, Lenin, Mao, that’s what they taught the kids. Mao even had the kids killing their own mother and father. But it wasn’t murder. It was for building the new nation. The new kingdom”

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2014/08/09/hillary-clinton-in-four-short-paragraphs/

    Paul Craig Roberts (and too many other pundits to count) did not do his homework.

  6. Is there any situation in which Roberts would admit that Russia is the agressor not the victim. I don’t believe there is but it would be an interesting thought experiment. Like if Vladmir Putin orders an ICBM attack on Berlin is it Mitt Romney’s fault?

  7. Russians, for whom Paul Craig Roberts shills, can’t stand to see anyone else beat them at their own game. Historically they have always become particularly indignant and threatening when the game is geopolitical intimidation, because they have never had any other modus operandi as a nation.

    Roberts is essentially making a nuclear threat against the United States on behalf of Russia.

    Zbigniew Brzezinski recently made the observation that, “Russia is a gas station masquerading as a country.” Mr. Roberts should turn around and warn those pump jockeys over there not to disturb us. As the Japanese discovered, we Americans can be really grumpy when we wake up.

  8. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    @Buzz
    Considering Russia’s record in Poland, Zbig must be enjoying kicking them in the teeth.

    @Cameron
    Russia looks mighty crash-prone to me. As an autocratic society with an oil-dependent, innovation-free economy, Russia is a brittle edifice that needs Western money and technology not to crumble. Odds are they’ll have some kind of upheaval sooner or later, caused either by blowback from their geopolitical bullying or by internal strife, maybe something involving their separatist- and jihadi-ridden Muslim lands.

    There will be no shooting war with the West because, geopolitically, things aren’t even close. Russia’s economy is smaller than Texas’s and its military is 20-fold smaller than at the peak of the Cold War. Even at that time, their general staff recognized the yawning technological gap with the West meant that “we cannot fight their kind of war.” Despite all the rhetoric about the Kievan Rus, they will not call this bluff.

    This leaves sanctions and subversion. Russia is basically a third-world country–Colombia with nuclear weapons–and can be dealt with like, say, Guatemala in the 50’s. As Allende, Arbenz and many others found out, financial sanctions can be devastating against peripheral countries. Russian elites could have their offshore piggy banks frozen overnight and they know it. Here’s another Zbig quote: “Since $500 billion owned by Russia’s so-called elite is held in our banks, you should first understand whose elite it is!” Russia itself could be quickly reduced to a war economy, with raging inflation, plunging currency, and unable to import even basic foodstuffs. I seriously doubt the Russian people will put up with this indefinitely.

    It’s hard to say what will happen first–a humilliating backdown or political instability? These are interesting times for Putin’s Russia.

  9. Clem says:

    Bravo Paul! Maybe Buzz Mohawk should stop drinking the Kool-aid, Paul’s right and you’re wrong simple as that. Turn off the history channel and grab a book…….. and a brain.

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