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The North Korean “crisis” is a Washington orchestration. North Korea was last at war 1950-53. N. Korea has not attacked or invaded anyone in 64 years. N. Korea lacks the military strength to attack any country, such as South Korea and Japan, that is protected by the US. Moreover, China would not permit N. Korea to start a war.

So what is the demonization of N. Korea by the presstitutes and Trump administration about?

It is about the same thing that the demonization of Iran was about. The “Iranian threat” was an orchestration that was used as cover to put US anti-ballistic missile bases on Russia’s borders. An anti-ballistic missile (ABM) is intended to intercept and destroy nuclear-armed ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles) and prevent them from reaching their targets.

Washington claimed that the anti-ABM bases were not directed at Russia, but were for the protection of Europe against Iran’s nuclear ICBMs. Insouciant Americans might have believed this, but the Russians surely did not as Iran has neither ICBMs nor nuclear weapons. The Russian government has made it clear that Russia understands the US bases are directed at preventing a Russian retalliation against a Washington first strike.

The Chinese government also is not stupid. The Chinese leadership understands that the reason for the N. Korean “crisis” is to provide cover for Washington to put anti-ballistic missile sites near China’s border.

In other words, Washington is creating a shield against nuclear retalliation from both Russia and China from a US nuclear strike against both countries.

China has been more forceful in its reply to Washington’s efforts than have the Russians. China has demanded an immediate halt to the US deployment of missiles in South Korea. https://www.rt.com/news/386828-china-thaad-south-korea/

In order to keep Americans confused, Washington now calls anti-ABMs THAAD, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense. China understands that THAAD has nothing whatsoever to do with N. Korea, which borders S. Korea, making it pointless for N. Korea to attack S. Korea with ICBMs.

THAAD in S. Korea is directed against China’s retaliatory forces. It is part of Washington’s preparations to nuke both Russia and China with minimal consequence to the US, although Europe would certainly be completely destroyed as THAAD or anti-ABMs are useless against Russian nuclear cruise missiles and the Russian air force.

But no Empire has ever cared about the fate of its vassals, and Washington is uninterested in Europe’s fate. Washington is interested only in its hegemony over the world.

The question is: now that Russia and China understand that Washington is preparing for a preemptive nuclear strike against them in order to remove the two constraints on Washington’s unilateral behavior, will the two countries sit there and wait for the strike?

What would you do?

ORDER IT NOW

On April 27 I posted on this website a column, “Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China.” My column was a report that this was the conclusion of the Russians and Chinese themselves. I quoted Russian Lt. Gen. Viktor Poznikhir, Deputy Head of Operations of the Russian General Staff and provided links for his expression of concern such as: https://www.rt.com/news/386276-us-missile-shield-russia-strike/

As the readers of my website are a self-selected group of intelligent and concerned people who want to know what is the reality as opposed to what is The Matrix, I was somewhat taken aback when several wrote to me that they disagreed with me that Washington planned to nuke Russia and China. I write clearly; yet here were several readers who mistook my report on the conclusion of the Russian general staff for my opinion! I was also amazed that the readers thought that it mattered what they think or what I think. All that matters is what the Russian and Chinese leadership think.

I then looked at the comment sections on other sites that repost my columns, and there were the trolls hired by the CIA, Mossad, National Endowment for Democracy, George Soros, NATO, US State Department, and others denouncing me for promoting nuclear war. Of course, it is Washington that is promoting nuclear war, and it is Washington that has convinced Russia and China that a preemptive nuclear strike is in their future.

Washington, being full of hubris, thinks that this will scare Russia and China and that the two governments will submit to Washington.

Possibly they will, but I would not bet the life of the planet on it.

It is conceiveable that education in the US and throughout the Western world is so poorly done that readers educated in recent decades simply cannot comprehend what they are reading. How else to explain the mischaracterizations of my report on the conclusion of the Russian General Staff? The only other explanation is that websites that have comment sections provide the opportunity for the ruling elites to hire the slander of truth-tellers.

I seldom see an intelligent comment on websites that have comment sections. Most comments come from people too ashamed to speak in their real names and who are unwilling to provide their real email addresses. Almost all comments come from narcistic ignorant fools hiding behind fake names and fake email addresses and from paid trolls.

I don’t write in order to be slandered by paid trolls and ignorant narcistic fools. I regard it as highly irresponsible for websites to undercut their writers with anonymous accusations and slander from no one knows who. There should be no comment sections unless there is a firm check on the commentator’s real name and real email address.

Sites that do not have this requirement no longer have my permission to repost my columns.

Washington, as the Russian and Chinese governments comprehend, has placed life on earth under dire threat. This is serious business. There is no space for ignorant narcistic idiots and paid trolls to be using the Internet to attack the few who truthfully report the dire threat that all life faces from Washington’s drive for world hegemony.

(Republished from PaulCraigRoberts.org by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. “As the readers of my website are a self-selected group of intelligent and concerned people who want to know what is the reality as opposed to what is The Matrix…”

    Flattery can get you a long way, Mr. Roberts, but only fools will be taken in if it’s plastered on with a trowel. Also, you are giving yourself a heck of a big pat on the back here; a regular thumping, in fact.

    “The only other explanation is that websites that have comment sections provide the opportunity for the ruling elites to hire the slander of truth-tellers.”

    I seriously doubt that the “ruling elites” pay that much attention.

    “I don’t write in order to be slandered by paid trolls and ignorant narcistic fools. I regard it as highly irresponsible for websites to undercut their writers with anonymous accusations and slander from no one knows who. There should be no comment sections unless there is a firm check on the commentator’s real name and real email address.

    Sites that do not have this requirement no longer have my permission to repost my columns.”

    Be sure to shut the door behind you as you exit the Unz Review.

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    • Troll: Kiza
    • Replies: @Jus' Sayin'...
    BTW, I agree entirely with the essential point of this essay, Mr. Roberets. It's obvious to any rational and informed person that the USA is engaged in a geopolitical strategy to surround Russia and China with a coordinated anti-ballistic-missile system. The posting of THAAD in the Korean peninsula is the latest phase of this plan. The USA's establishment seems to be planning a strategic system that they think will give the USA a first-strike capability and the flexibility to start a nuclear war with impunity. This plan is insanely dangerous and puts the entire world at risk of a nuclear conflagration.

    But the poignancy of your message is greatly diminished by the overwrought, paranoid style with which you present it.
    , @Paul Craig Roberts
    [Unfortunately, this is a SPURIOUS comment sent by a false-flag spammer that escaped detection by our software.]

    This is exactly what I'm talking about. You're a coward hiding behind a pseudonym. If you ever have the guts to say that to my face, I'd slap the hell out of you. And if you have something more to say after that, you can eat lead from my 45.
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  2. @Jus' Sayin'...

    "As the readers of my website are a self-selected group of intelligent and concerned people who want to know what is the reality as opposed to what is The Matrix..."
     
    Flattery can get you a long way, Mr. Roberts, but only fools will be taken in if it's plastered on with a trowel. Also, you are giving yourself a heck of a big pat on the back here; a regular thumping, in fact.

    "The only other explanation is that websites that have comment sections provide the opportunity for the ruling elites to hire the slander of truth-tellers."
     
    I seriously doubt that the "ruling elites" pay that much attention.

    "I don’t write in order to be slandered by paid trolls and ignorant narcistic fools. I regard it as highly irresponsible for websites to undercut their writers with anonymous accusations and slander from no one knows who. There should be no comment sections unless there is a firm check on the commentator’s real name and real email address.

    Sites that do not have this requirement no longer have my permission to repost my columns."
     
    Be sure to shut the door behind you as you exit the Unz Review.

    BTW, I agree entirely with the essential point of this essay, Mr. Roberets. It’s obvious to any rational and informed person that the USA is engaged in a geopolitical strategy to surround Russia and China with a coordinated anti-ballistic-missile system. The posting of THAAD in the Korean peninsula is the latest phase of this plan. The USA’s establishment seems to be planning a strategic system that they think will give the USA a first-strike capability and the flexibility to start a nuclear war with impunity. This plan is insanely dangerous and puts the entire world at risk of a nuclear conflagration.

    But the poignancy of your message is greatly diminished by the overwrought, paranoid style with which you present it.

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  3. @Jus' Sayin'...

    "As the readers of my website are a self-selected group of intelligent and concerned people who want to know what is the reality as opposed to what is The Matrix..."
     
    Flattery can get you a long way, Mr. Roberts, but only fools will be taken in if it's plastered on with a trowel. Also, you are giving yourself a heck of a big pat on the back here; a regular thumping, in fact.

    "The only other explanation is that websites that have comment sections provide the opportunity for the ruling elites to hire the slander of truth-tellers."
     
    I seriously doubt that the "ruling elites" pay that much attention.

    "I don’t write in order to be slandered by paid trolls and ignorant narcistic fools. I regard it as highly irresponsible for websites to undercut their writers with anonymous accusations and slander from no one knows who. There should be no comment sections unless there is a firm check on the commentator’s real name and real email address.

    Sites that do not have this requirement no longer have my permission to repost my columns."
     
    Be sure to shut the door behind you as you exit the Unz Review.

    [Unfortunately, this is a SPURIOUS comment sent by a false-flag spammer that escaped detection by our software.]

    This is exactly what I’m talking about. You’re a coward hiding behind a pseudonym. If you ever have the guts to say that to my face, I’d slap the hell out of you. And if you have something more to say after that, you can eat lead from my 45.

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    More hyperbole unless you are truly admitting to being a homicidal maniac.

    If you were not lying about your policy regarding anonymous replies you should immediately stop publishing on the Unz Review.

    It is exactly this kind of near senile posturing that ruins the good impact on a wider audience that your ideas might have.

    , @Jim Christian

    There should be no comment sections unless there is a firm check on the commentator’s real name and real email address. Sites that do not have this requirement no longer have my permission to repost my columns.
     
    Paul C. R.; I'm in accord with all of it. The government I have in my old age (60 next week) isn't the same government, nor is this the same country, that I defended on carrier decks from Boston to Tel Aviv out to the Indian Ocean aboard Nimitz circa 1975-1981. For this government and country and these obese American feminist women, I wouldn't spend 5 and a half years aboard a carrier deck defending.That's assuming what I did then for a far better country and for thinner women was defense. So the current leadership stinks. And what's to be done about it down here at the grass roots? As for YOUR comment, I post under my real name and UNZ has my email. But there's been no firm check. And so, how do you know my name isn't Lew the Jew, Manny the Muslim, Horatio Hispanic or some other iteration of the population's designators?

    Otherwise, with your remarks, I concur, Doctor.

    , @CalDre
    Honestly, I don't see what @Jus' Sayin'... wrote that requires him to hide. His opinion is your article displays arrogance and he won't miss your writing on Unz (as Unz obviously permits anonymous posting, in fact, it doesn't even have accounts or check email addresses), which is a fairly mild critique. Surely no reason to "slap the hell out of someone" (particularly since you write far more aggressive critiques of others, not that I think they are undeserved in many cases).

    Turning to the merits, I agree that THAAD is meant to threaten Russia, not N. Korea ... but also not China. China appears very much to be part of the Empire, as is virtually every country ever colonized by the House of Windsor (including, of course, the Commonwealth, US and China, but excluding Russia). China is given a very special status by the Empire: the rest of the Empire runs a huge trade deficit with China and sends it the Empire's most advanced technology, including military technology. Do the "true" enemies of the Empire - Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, Russia (under Putin), N. Korea, etc. - get this sort of special treatment? Heck no, they get layers and layers of punitive sanctions. Only an idiot would so enrich an enemy they wish to destroy! and the Empire did not come to control the vast majority of the planet by being so very idiotic.

    , @Mao Cheng Ji
    Whoa. No need to stress over things we can't change. This too shall pass...
    , @Orville H. Larson
    Jus' Sayin', I'm jus' sayin' that Roberts is calling you out!

    Roberts:

    " . . . Most comments come from people too ashamed to speak in their real names and who are unwilling to provide their real email addresses. Almost all comments come from narcistic ignorant fools hiding behind fake names and fake email addresses and from paid trolls."

    I'm also contemptuous of anonymous comments. It's moral cowardice. If you make a public comment, give your name with it.
    , @Eustace Tilley (not)
    PCR: I respect your commentary and look forward to reading every one of your columns.

    I feel that you are the butt of so much vitriol because you stand almost alone against the great trash dump of "acceptable opinion", marching to your "different drummer", which is your view of the deplorable world situation.

    I hope you will not find it out of place for me to share with you and your few intelligent readers a poem by the politically-incorrect Robinson Jeffers, who opposed both WWI and WWII, which heresies (the latter in particular) placed him "beyond the pale" of "respectable" American letters. I hope that it will remind you that, though you may feel isolated, you are not alone. There are still both Jeffersonians and sons of Jeffers in America; there is still an audience among the public for your insights, what Milton called "fit audience, though few".

    The mad girl with the staring eyes and long white fingers
    Hooked in the stones of the wall,
    The storm-wrack hair and screeching mouth: does it matter, Cassandra,
    Whether the people believe
    Your bitter fountain? Truly men hate the truth; they'd liefer
    Meet a tiger on the road.
    Therefore the poets honey their truth with lying; but religion-
    Vendors and political men
    Pour from the barrel, new lies on the old, and are praised for kind
    Wisdom. Poor bitch be wise.
    No: you'll still mumble in a corner a crust of truth, to men
    And gods disgusting -- you and I, Cassandra.

    Please keep mumbling in your corner your "crust of truth". In these times, not only is it is okay to be bitter, it is practically necessary.

    , @Harry Huntington
    Folks who have seriously looked at the subject cannot help but agree with you. People should recall that back in the 1950s, Henry Kissinger wrote a study of the idea of limited nuclear war. As head of Nixon's NSC, Kissinger gave us SALT I, the first and in many respects most successful nuclear arms agreement. SALT I banned ballistic missile defense. It was understood by everyone, that ballistic missile defense is not a "defensive" system, but is part of a first strike weapons package. Ballistic missile defense can never be made good enough to defend against someone else's first strike. Ballistic missile defense can, however, be expected to defend after YOU have launched your own first strike and taken out most of the other side's nuclear forces.

    Of course the Russians have not been standing still with all of this. Their S400 system has capabilities against both US stealth aircraft and ballistic missiles. The Russians make incremental changes to their systems and the Russian S500 system will have full blown ballistic missile defense capabilities. The Russians are also deploying their Topol M ICBM systems, and soon a successor, which is mobile and has multiple maneuverable warheads and penetration aids designed to defeat US ballistic missile defense systems. Most likely, as it seems is always the case, the US neocons will trust too much in US technology and will be unpleasantly surprised by the Russian response to any US nuclear first strike.

    The wildcard of course is that a nuclear war need not be fought entirely with nuclear weapons. US conventional cruise missiles can be launched to target Russian radars. Likewise, however, the Russian Kalibr cruise missiles can directly take on US ballistic missile defense by threatening both US sea based defensive systems and land based THAAD systems.

    It is easy to picture a scenario where in a crisis Russia strikes first using its conventional cruise missiles to target US ballistic missile defense sites. US sea based systems cannot engage in ballistic missile defense if they have to expend all of their missiles defending themselves from conventional attack. Similarly, a THAAD system is of limited use if Russians successfully destroy the missiles on the ground, or if they destroy the radars.

    The US was surprised when the Russians used their Kalibr missiles with great success in Syria. That success created another layer of complexity in the US planning for nuclear war.

    , @Miles Long
    PCR has totally jumped the shark with his "eat lead from my 45" comment. It sounds like a physical threat to me for the dastardly deed of disagreeing. When a person habitually spouts paranoid opinions... & yes Paul they're opinions... on the internet for the whole world to see they should be prepared to take some flak. Grow a pair Paul, or just slink away & die. Maybe your meds need adjusting.
    , @Ron Unz
    As some of you have surely suspected, the above comment was NOT left by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, but instead by a false-flag spammer, who eluded our validation software.

    Partly as a consequence, Dr. Roberts has requested that I close this and future comment threads.

    My apologies for the embarrassment.

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  4. dearieme says:

    Are the people who run the US really prepared to gamble on a guaranteed 100% success rate for anti-missile missiles? Won’t they die too if they are wrong?

    Still, it’s the simplest way to explain their very odd behaviour. Perhaps they think they can frighten the Russians and Chinese into surrender. Sounds awfully risky to me.

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    " . . . Perhaps they think they can frighten the Russians and Chinese into surrender. Sounds awfully risky to me."

    Well, Washington, District of Corruption is filled with problem children, warmongers, Israel-Firsters, and other forms of vermin. Anything's possible. . . .
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  5. @Paul Craig Roberts
    [Unfortunately, this is a SPURIOUS comment sent by a false-flag spammer that escaped detection by our software.]

    This is exactly what I'm talking about. You're a coward hiding behind a pseudonym. If you ever have the guts to say that to my face, I'd slap the hell out of you. And if you have something more to say after that, you can eat lead from my 45.

    More hyperbole unless you are truly admitting to being a homicidal maniac.

    If you were not lying about your policy regarding anonymous replies you should immediately stop publishing on the Unz Review.

    It is exactly this kind of near senile posturing that ruins the good impact on a wider audience that your ideas might have.

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    • Replies: @nickels
    Would it hurt to give Dr. Roberts some respect?

    He's one of the unique voices of truth in an age of thorough deception.

    His point is a reminder that our comments matter, despite their seeming abstraction.
    I personally appreciate that reminder and hope to be able to live up to that challenge.
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  6. alexander says:

    Dear Mr. Roberts,

    I am curious whether our glorious leaders in DC have taken the time to estimate our national debt “threshold”.

    Aren’t you ?

    Is there a point when our humungous mountain of “perpetual war debt” gets SO HIGH that it will literally squash the 320 million Americans standing “insouciant” beneath it ?

    There must be somebody..SOMEWHERE….in our Congress….who is willing to point out that our continued “overspending” of over 4/5ths of a trillion dollars on average, every year since 9-11, has created the most monstrous debt load ever foisted on the back of American taxpayers in history ? ? ?.

    Is not the phenomenon of generating nearly 15 trillion dollars of debt in a mere 17 years, as dire a threat to our nation, as being attacked by aliens from another planet ?

    Is not the solvency of our nation a matter of national security in its own right ?

    Who says it isn’t ,Mr Roberts…and why ?

    Yet nobody in Washington seems to want to discuss this issue…at all….like NOBODY…..Its like “poison” to mention the insatiable appetite of our “war profiteers”and how their addiction to ‘perpetual war’ is devouring our ENTIRE country’s future.

    But back to the original question,… What do you believe constitutes our national debt “threshold”, Mr Roberts ?

    Is it 25 trillion ?..Is it 30 trillion?…Is it 50 trillion dollars of debt ?……how much higher does our debt have to grow BEYOND our GDP, before our dollar and our treasury bonds become “radioactive” ?

    In 2000, the US had a debt of 5.7 T ,a GDP of 9.5 T, and was operating at @ a 250 billion SURPLUS.

    We were actually running a “surplus”, …..Saints be praised !.

    Who in the world would NOT covet our dollars and our bonds, when this was the scenario ?

    But, today, thanks to our brilliant ‘elites’ and their neverending wars of CHOICE, the good ole
    USA is now drowning in a “mind numbing” debt that has , unthinkably,eclipsed our GDP…

    How did this happen ?

    What would George Washington or Samuel Adams say, bearing witness to this carnage ?

    Maybe the REAL REASON we are placing our THAAD on the doorstep of China and Russia is to EXTORT them …to threaten them…That if they EVER choose to dump all their US BONDS on the open market, because we have become a global credit liability…….we will respond with a nuclear first strike ?

    How pathetic is that, Mr. Roberts ?

    “These countries must, NOW, continue to underwrite our “pernicious war debt” or we will “nuke” them, into the stone age ?

    How tragic have we become, as a nation ,Mr. Roberts ?…What have our stupid “wars of choice” done to us ? …All they have done for US ……is create a monstrous mountain of debt..

    So sad .

    .We now have to THREATEN our bond holders around the world…with Nuclear annihilation if they ever choose to sell .

    Is this just the nadir of our once great nation..Mr Roberts ?…The absolute “pits” !

    Shameful !

    And won’t it be just the saddest day for our nation, when we are forced to SELL OFF our national heritage sites ,like Yellow Stone Park..at pennies on the dollars…to the very “war profiteers” who defrauded us out of all our “treasure” by lying us into the wars which created this heinous DEBT in the first place ? .

    So sad….so pitiful….and so shameful .

    A very tragic era….indeed.

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  7. RodW says:

    Count me in as one who agrees with the the notion that the US is recklessly seeking nuclear superiority for whatever reason.

    Also count me in as one who thinks that just as John Podesta didn’t pay me to comment that the pizza related accusations against him seemed to be nonsense, the notion that people are paid to troll also seems to be nonsense.

    PCR, I’ve emailed you with good wishes in the past, so you could theoretically check who I am. Offering physical violence to people in web forums has never been impressive or the sign of superior intelligence.

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  8. … although Europe would certainly be completely destroyed as THAAD or anti-ABMs are useless against Russian nuclear cruise missiles and the Russian air force.

    Those same nuclear subs can hit the US, too. And we don’t currently have anything in the US to shoot them down with. Star Wars was canned 30 years ago.

    Sites that do not have this requirement no longer have my permission to repost my columns.

    That’s a real pity. I’ve enjoyed reading your columns through the years. But I’m afraid your price is too high: anonymity is one of the best things about the web. While it’s certainly true that some malign (or mercenary) souls use it only to attack others, some people do use it to be more candid with each other. This digital samizdat of ours is rapidly undermining much of the public’s confidence in the government and the media. The problem, of course, is that the government and the media know this. So they’re going to make a major push to get total control over the internet–and the first thing to go will be the ability to log onto it anonymously. There’ll be a retina scan or something required.

    No, Dr. Roberts. We must defend anonymity–and use it while it lasts.

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  9. @Paul Craig Roberts
    [Unfortunately, this is a SPURIOUS comment sent by a false-flag spammer that escaped detection by our software.]

    This is exactly what I'm talking about. You're a coward hiding behind a pseudonym. If you ever have the guts to say that to my face, I'd slap the hell out of you. And if you have something more to say after that, you can eat lead from my 45.

    There should be no comment sections unless there is a firm check on the commentator’s real name and real email address. Sites that do not have this requirement no longer have my permission to repost my columns.

    Paul C. R.; I’m in accord with all of it. The government I have in my old age (60 next week) isn’t the same government, nor is this the same country, that I defended on carrier decks from Boston to Tel Aviv out to the Indian Ocean aboard Nimitz circa 1975-1981. For this government and country and these obese American feminist women, I wouldn’t spend 5 and a half years aboard a carrier deck defending.That’s assuming what I did then for a far better country and for thinner women was defense. So the current leadership stinks. And what’s to be done about it down here at the grass roots? As for YOUR comment, I post under my real name and UNZ has my email. But there’s been no firm check. And so, how do you know my name isn’t Lew the Jew, Manny the Muslim, Horatio Hispanic or some other iteration of the population’s designators?

    Otherwise, with your remarks, I concur, Doctor.

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  10. The people in charge of American foreign policy, whoever they are (I keep asking for names, addresses and photographs) think they are preparing for a survivable preemptive attack. They should be in restraints. In hell.

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  11. 1/ ‘… I then looked at the comment sections on other sites that repost my columns, and there were the trolls hired by the CIA, Mossad, National Endowment for Democracy, George Soros, NATO, US State Department, and others denouncing me for promoting nuclear war…’

    As an obvious paid troll of all these groups (plus the CFR, Bilderbergs, MI6, etc) I have never denounced PCR for promoting nuclear war.

    2/’… Sites that do not have this requirement no longer have my permission to repost my columns…’

    Of course any site can excerpt part of your column, link to the rest, and then have comments below. So what are you going to do? (And that’s excluding sites based in countries with sketchy copyright enforcement.)

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  12. KenH says:

    What I find disturbing in all this is that the U.S. has to know that they can’t simultaneously neutralize Russia and China’s entire nuclear arsenals and every means of delivery. But if so then this means they are ready and willing to sacrifice a portion of the American landmass and tens of millions of people to nuclear fire just to be the last man standing. Russia has “boomers” or submarines that can fire nuclear missiles from sea. I don’t think the Chinese have that capability yet but I haven’t been paying close attention.

    Russia has multiple ways to deliver nuclear warheads and even if our nuclear defenses are only partially breached that means a terrible loss of life. It seems the U.S. high command has war gamed every scenario imaginable and thinks we will win with “acceptable” losses which of course doesn’t include they or their loved ones.

    We’ve become as bloodthirsty and psychopathic as the Likud party of Israel. For all intents and purposes the mover and shakers within our government are either real or honorary Likudniks.

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  13. CalDre says:
    @Paul Craig Roberts
    [Unfortunately, this is a SPURIOUS comment sent by a false-flag spammer that escaped detection by our software.]

    This is exactly what I'm talking about. You're a coward hiding behind a pseudonym. If you ever have the guts to say that to my face, I'd slap the hell out of you. And if you have something more to say after that, you can eat lead from my 45.

    Honestly, I don’t see what @Jus’ Sayin’… wrote that requires him to hide. His opinion is your article displays arrogance and he won’t miss your writing on Unz (as Unz obviously permits anonymous posting, in fact, it doesn’t even have accounts or check email addresses), which is a fairly mild critique. Surely no reason to “slap the hell out of someone” (particularly since you write far more aggressive critiques of others, not that I think they are undeserved in many cases).

    Turning to the merits, I agree that THAAD is meant to threaten Russia, not N. Korea … but also not China. China appears very much to be part of the Empire, as is virtually every country ever colonized by the House of Windsor (including, of course, the Commonwealth, US and China, but excluding Russia). China is given a very special status by the Empire: the rest of the Empire runs a huge trade deficit with China and sends it the Empire’s most advanced technology, including military technology. Do the “true” enemies of the Empire – Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, Russia (under Putin), N. Korea, etc. – get this sort of special treatment? Heck no, they get layers and layers of punitive sanctions. Only an idiot would so enrich an enemy they wish to destroy! and the Empire did not come to control the vast majority of the planet by being so very idiotic.

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  14. @Paul Craig Roberts
    [Unfortunately, this is a SPURIOUS comment sent by a false-flag spammer that escaped detection by our software.]

    This is exactly what I'm talking about. You're a coward hiding behind a pseudonym. If you ever have the guts to say that to my face, I'd slap the hell out of you. And if you have something more to say after that, you can eat lead from my 45.

    Whoa. No need to stress over things we can’t change. This too shall pass…

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  15. I don’t get why North Koreans can’t conquer other Asians though their culture like South Koreans do, haven’t Google Trends told us that Descendants Of The Sun was a popular S.Korean series in many parts of the world, and don’t forget the singer Psy, South Korea also have tech such as Samsung.

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  16. Nice knowing you, PCR.

    Seriously, though. Even though (pseudo/a)nonymous commenting often devolves into a trollfest, there is a massive value to freedom to being able to say what you want without fear. Granted, the government can track IP addresses, but if you’re doing something really revolutionary, not just shitposting, you can get around that.

    Mostly though, I’m just disappointed that PCR, for all his talk, can’t handle the amount of sacrifices that are needed to even maintain one little corner of freedom. When the shills attack, he’s gone into full Tumblrina mode. By next week, he’ll announce that he’s discovered he’s a feminist/otherkin/misgendered/whatever. A sad end to one of the internet’s most sage commentators.

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  17. @Paul Craig Roberts
    [Unfortunately, this is a SPURIOUS comment sent by a false-flag spammer that escaped detection by our software.]

    This is exactly what I'm talking about. You're a coward hiding behind a pseudonym. If you ever have the guts to say that to my face, I'd slap the hell out of you. And if you have something more to say after that, you can eat lead from my 45.

    Jus’ Sayin’, I’m jus’ sayin’ that Roberts is calling you out!

    Roberts:

    ” . . . Most comments come from people too ashamed to speak in their real names and who are unwilling to provide their real email addresses. Almost all comments come from narcistic ignorant fools hiding behind fake names and fake email addresses and from paid trolls.”

    I’m also contemptuous of anonymous comments. It’s moral cowardice. If you make a public comment, give your name with it.

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  18. @dearieme
    Are the people who run the US really prepared to gamble on a guaranteed 100% success rate for anti-missile missiles? Won't they die too if they are wrong?

    Still, it's the simplest way to explain their very odd behaviour. Perhaps they think they can frighten the Russians and Chinese into surrender. Sounds awfully risky to me.

    ” . . . Perhaps they think they can frighten the Russians and Chinese into surrender. Sounds awfully risky to me.”

    Well, Washington, District of Corruption is filled with problem children, warmongers, Israel-Firsters, and other forms of vermin. Anything’s possible. . . .

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  19. @Paul Craig Roberts
    [Unfortunately, this is a SPURIOUS comment sent by a false-flag spammer that escaped detection by our software.]

    This is exactly what I'm talking about. You're a coward hiding behind a pseudonym. If you ever have the guts to say that to my face, I'd slap the hell out of you. And if you have something more to say after that, you can eat lead from my 45.

    PCR: I respect your commentary and look forward to reading every one of your columns.

    I feel that you are the butt of so much vitriol because you stand almost alone against the great trash dump of “acceptable opinion”, marching to your “different drummer”, which is your view of the deplorable world situation.

    I hope you will not find it out of place for me to share with you and your few intelligent readers a poem by the politically-incorrect Robinson Jeffers, who opposed both WWI and WWII, which heresies (the latter in particular) placed him “beyond the pale” of “respectable” American letters. I hope that it will remind you that, though you may feel isolated, you are not alone. There are still both Jeffersonians and sons of Jeffers in America; there is still an audience among the public for your insights, what Milton called “fit audience, though few”.

    The mad girl with the staring eyes and long white fingers
    Hooked in the stones of the wall,
    The storm-wrack hair and screeching mouth: does it matter, Cassandra,
    Whether the people believe
    Your bitter fountain? Truly men hate the truth; they’d liefer
    Meet a tiger on the road.
    Therefore the poets honey their truth with lying; but religion-
    Vendors and political men
    Pour from the barrel, new lies on the old, and are praised for kind
    Wisdom. Poor bitch be wise.
    No: you’ll still mumble in a corner a crust of truth, to men
    And gods disgusting — you and I, Cassandra.

    Please keep mumbling in your corner your “crust of truth”. In these times, not only is it is okay to be bitter, it is practically necessary.

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  20. yano says:

    Is PCR a real person or is he a fake made up by himself in order to write things that others comment on to piss him off. Maybe he is a Branch Davidian, I don’t know. But who ever he is, I totally enjoy his writing and crankiness. His words are not bullshit. But then if he isn’t allowing websites to comment on his writing, then why am I doing so now? The world has gone mad.

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  21. Erebus says:

    Mr. Roberts
    While your taking offence at commenters slandering you is perhaps understandable, it does not profit anyone to silence them, or to silence oneself on their account. Anonymous comment allows the same freedom of expression as the anonymous vote. This site allows one anonymous identity per pseudonymic name, and does not permit slander. What’s the problem?

    Historically, the nom de plume genre did allow many slanderous publications, but it also allowed dissemination of just as many works of genuine criticism, and even of art that would have otherwise remained unheard. Today, one need think no further than of the anonymous Wikileaks whistleblowers whose information is vital to exposing the nefarious doings of our elites. Would you have them expose themselves before taking them seriously? Would you silence them? I know, it’s not the same thing, but it is on that same slippery slope we find ourselves when we demand a “commentator’s real name and real email address”.

    As for the apocalyptic fantasies of the Washington elite, Putin and Xi have options besides unleashing a nuclear pre-emptive or retaliatory strike. The most devastating option would be as few as 35-50 RPGs well aimed at critical nodes in the American electrical grid. That would take the grid down more or less permanently, and would have almost the same socio-political effect as a nuclear attack, without anywhere near the radiation. It would be trivial to hide/disguise so few operatives. If I were in Putin’s or Xi’s shoes, I’d surely have had them there for a while now.
    As a coup de gras, the PBoC could announce a dump of USTs at the same time…

    Anyway, Mr Roberts letting the bastards grind you down is how they win.

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  22. Kiza says:

    Dear Dr Roberts, all these individuals attacking you here are an assortment of online fools and (paid) trolls. I have reduced my commenting on this site because they have almost taken over and it is becoming harder and harder to avoid their stupid and uneducated commenting and engage in proper debate about issues raised by articles. Unfortunately, this is the usual fate of all unmoderated/lowly moderated commenting sections.

    You are not the only author who is getting annoyed by trolls and fools, Mr Philip Giraldi is another magnet for this human refuse, also because of his unorthodox approach to topics. The goal of fools and trolls is to dilute the real debate by posting their meaningless comments and personal insults to authors.

    As I wrote before, there are many, many people who sincerely appreciate your insightful articles. I believe that I have not missed even one over the last ten years of so.

    There is little we can do against the activities of fools and trolls except keep ignoring them (skipping garbage) and avoiding getting drawn into their mean feats.

    PS I would not mind having an email check, although this is not a perfect way of removing trolls. They are simply a regime supported abuse of internet freedoms, unavoidable like spam.

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    Calling people whose opinions you disagree with trolls is how different from being a troll? How much were you paid to say that? (This being irony. Of course nobody paid you to be annoying. It's just who you are.)

    I share Erebus' view that it ought to be a relatively trivial task for a determined adversary to hit so much US infrastructure that just coping with the fallout would be a distraction that lasted for years. I often go to sleep thinking about how to do it.
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  23. RodW says:
    @Kiza
    Dear Dr Roberts, all these individuals attacking you here are an assortment of online fools and (paid) trolls. I have reduced my commenting on this site because they have almost taken over and it is becoming harder and harder to avoid their stupid and uneducated commenting and engage in proper debate about issues raised by articles. Unfortunately, this is the usual fate of all unmoderated/lowly moderated commenting sections.

    You are not the only author who is getting annoyed by trolls and fools, Mr Philip Giraldi is another magnet for this human refuse, also because of his unorthodox approach to topics. The goal of fools and trolls is to dilute the real debate by posting their meaningless comments and personal insults to authors.

    As I wrote before, there are many, many people who sincerely appreciate your insightful articles. I believe that I have not missed even one over the last ten years of so.

    There is little we can do against the activities of fools and trolls except keep ignoring them (skipping garbage) and avoiding getting drawn into their mean feats.

    PS I would not mind having an email check, although this is not a perfect way of removing trolls. They are simply a regime supported abuse of internet freedoms, unavoidable like spam.

    Calling people whose opinions you disagree with trolls is how different from being a troll? How much were you paid to say that? (This being irony. Of course nobody paid you to be annoying. It’s just who you are.)

    I share Erebus’ view that it ought to be a relatively trivial task for a determined adversary to hit so much US infrastructure that just coping with the fallout would be a distraction that lasted for years. I often go to sleep thinking about how to do it.

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  24. anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Anonymousness is sometimes needed for people to engage in a little bit of democracy just as we need the secret ballot. People have jobs and income to lose. It’s unfortunate but that’s the way things are. The internet is a form of samizdat for many. The trolls are all over. Some are clever and wiggle their way into website discussions by pretending to be sympathetic but then try to stir up factionalism and divisiveness. Others just try to discourage people by being insulting and thus wear people down. Then of course there’s those who are downright stupid or unmedicated. It’s hard to tell which is which. I just skip over a lot of commenters once I pick up on them being insincere game-players. Part of the cost of openness, anyone can just walk in. One side-effect is that it enhances one’s built-in bs detector which can be put to greater use in evaluating the latest government pronouncements.
    Letting them get you discouraged is letting them win.

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  25. nickels says:

    I have to wonder if the South Korean regime change of a few months back wasn’t a CIA color revolution designed to put a puppet into government in SK that would be willing to host these missiles.
    It had all the hallmarks:
    -Fancy stage with a visual/audio propaganda machine
    -Highly coordinated crowd (lighters, etc…)
    -Trumped up charges
    -Demonization of the ‘Church of Eternal Life’, which is basically just another wacky protestant op,not a cult. If one looks at the google search results for this church (as opposed to, say bing) it is clear that they are on google’s CIA list of organizations to demonize by leading search results to propaganda sites…
    -Use of the media to constantly demonize a single individual (Choi Soon) whose father was adviser to Ms Park (sounds like a pretty legit advisor to me)
    -Ms Park had expressed a desire to work with both China and the US

    In Tolkien’s Silmarillion he describes the lineage of Sauron as essentially a fallen angel, aka a demon.
    There is no doubt that Washington is run by a host of people who are possessed by demons.

    As far as using real names, the reason I don’t spell a full name out is not the desire to be unknown, but to avoid a search engine like google from collating everything I do online into a search result. Its one thing to be known in a certain circle of the internet, another for any bloke to pull everything together without context or participation in the actual discussions.

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  26. nickels says:
    @Jus' Sayin'...
    More hyperbole unless you are truly admitting to being a homicidal maniac.

    If you were not lying about your policy regarding anonymous replies you should immediately stop publishing on the Unz Review.

    It is exactly this kind of near senile posturing that ruins the good impact on a wider audience that your ideas might have.

    Would it hurt to give Dr. Roberts some respect?

    He’s one of the unique voices of truth in an age of thorough deception.

    His point is a reminder that our comments matter, despite their seeming abstraction.
    I personally appreciate that reminder and hope to be able to live up to that challenge.

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  27. @Paul Craig Roberts
    [Unfortunately, this is a SPURIOUS comment sent by a false-flag spammer that escaped detection by our software.]

    This is exactly what I'm talking about. You're a coward hiding behind a pseudonym. If you ever have the guts to say that to my face, I'd slap the hell out of you. And if you have something more to say after that, you can eat lead from my 45.

    Folks who have seriously looked at the subject cannot help but agree with you. People should recall that back in the 1950s, Henry Kissinger wrote a study of the idea of limited nuclear war. As head of Nixon’s NSC, Kissinger gave us SALT I, the first and in many respects most successful nuclear arms agreement. SALT I banned ballistic missile defense. It was understood by everyone, that ballistic missile defense is not a “defensive” system, but is part of a first strike weapons package. Ballistic missile defense can never be made good enough to defend against someone else’s first strike. Ballistic missile defense can, however, be expected to defend after YOU have launched your own first strike and taken out most of the other side’s nuclear forces.

    Of course the Russians have not been standing still with all of this. Their S400 system has capabilities against both US stealth aircraft and ballistic missiles. The Russians make incremental changes to their systems and the Russian S500 system will have full blown ballistic missile defense capabilities. The Russians are also deploying their Topol M ICBM systems, and soon a successor, which is mobile and has multiple maneuverable warheads and penetration aids designed to defeat US ballistic missile defense systems. Most likely, as it seems is always the case, the US neocons will trust too much in US technology and will be unpleasantly surprised by the Russian response to any US nuclear first strike.

    The wildcard of course is that a nuclear war need not be fought entirely with nuclear weapons. US conventional cruise missiles can be launched to target Russian radars. Likewise, however, the Russian Kalibr cruise missiles can directly take on US ballistic missile defense by threatening both US sea based defensive systems and land based THAAD systems.

    It is easy to picture a scenario where in a crisis Russia strikes first using its conventional cruise missiles to target US ballistic missile defense sites. US sea based systems cannot engage in ballistic missile defense if they have to expend all of their missiles defending themselves from conventional attack. Similarly, a THAAD system is of limited use if Russians successfully destroy the missiles on the ground, or if they destroy the radars.

    The US was surprised when the Russians used their Kalibr missiles with great success in Syria. That success created another layer of complexity in the US planning for nuclear war.

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  28. @Paul Craig Roberts
    [Unfortunately, this is a SPURIOUS comment sent by a false-flag spammer that escaped detection by our software.]

    This is exactly what I'm talking about. You're a coward hiding behind a pseudonym. If you ever have the guts to say that to my face, I'd slap the hell out of you. And if you have something more to say after that, you can eat lead from my 45.

    PCR has totally jumped the shark with his “eat lead from my 45″ comment. It sounds like a physical threat to me for the dastardly deed of disagreeing. When a person habitually spouts paranoid opinions… & yes Paul they’re opinions… on the internet for the whole world to see they should be prepared to take some flak. Grow a pair Paul, or just slink away & die. Maybe your meds need adjusting.

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  29. PCR’s critics are shit in my opinion. But if they can be banned so can I as I have been from many sites. Keep it open Mr. Unz.

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  30. utu says:

    What is the purpose of anti-ABM installations around Russia and China? What is the purpose of claims of inflated abilities of these systems? Certainly not to prepare the first strike. It is to make Russia and China think that they will not win the first strike. The objective is to create the split in the leadership of Russia and China in hope that more conciliatory factions willing to cry uncle will take over. It is really a psychological game. Mr. Roberts should know something about the effectiveness of psychological games as his overreactions to real and imagined trolling indicates.

    I am willing to bet some money that Putin will be out of power by the end of summer this year. He will be pushed out by those Russia’s deep state who do not want to escalate confrontation with the US, confrontation that they can’t win. The fact that China is not willing to go along with Putin will be a part of it.

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    Are you suggesting there MIGHT be a clear winner in a nuclear confrontation between Russia and US , Utu ?

    Are you actually suggesting this possibility ?

    That somehow ONLY Russia will lose...and not the USA ?

    Please.
    , @Mao Cheng Ji

    What is the purpose of anti-ABM installations around Russia and China? What is the purpose of claims of inflated abilities of these systems? Certainly not to prepare the first strike. It is to make Russia and China think that they will not win the first strike.
     
    It's exactly the opposite. Modern ABM systems are useless against the first strike with 1500 nuclear ICBMs among god knows how many decoys. They are useful, however, against a much weaker retaliation strike, provided that most of the enemy's ICBMs have been destroyed (by your first strike) inside their silos. You will probably lose a few cities, but win Total World Domination. And that's the game.
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  31. botazefa says:

    It is my understanding that our THAAD deployments are not particularly numerous in comparison to the existing ICBM arsenal. It is also my understanding that THAAD is not particularly accurate.

    If the author is so thin skinned that he cannot handle disagreement, then perhaps he lacks the self awareness to label dissenters as narcissists. To put it more plainly, the inability to take criticism is one of the diagnostic criteria of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. To believe that ones comments are so interesting that they invite active espionage on the part of Mossad and NATO is indicative of grandiose thinking, another diagnostic criteria of NPD.

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  32. alexander says:
    @utu
    What is the purpose of anti-ABM installations around Russia and China? What is the purpose of claims of inflated abilities of these systems? Certainly not to prepare the first strike. It is to make Russia and China think that they will not win the first strike. The objective is to create the split in the leadership of Russia and China in hope that more conciliatory factions willing to cry uncle will take over. It is really a psychological game. Mr. Roberts should know something about the effectiveness of psychological games as his overreactions to real and imagined trolling indicates.

    I am willing to bet some money that Putin will be out of power by the end of summer this year. He will be pushed out by those Russia's deep state who do not want to escalate confrontation with the US, confrontation that they can't win. The fact that China is not willing to go along with Putin will be a part of it.

    Are you suggesting there MIGHT be a clear winner in a nuclear confrontation between Russia and US , Utu ?

    Are you actually suggesting this possibility ?

    That somehow ONLY Russia will lose…and not the USA ?

    Please.

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    As though perhaps in the final tally we will have hit fifty two of "their" cities...and they will only have hit 20 of "ours"....like Seattle , Houston, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, Albany , Denver, Boston, Charlotte, San Francisco,Richmond, Trenton, Juneau,Wilmington, Raleigh, Concord,Providence,Detroit, Hartford and Columbia....

    Is this "victory "in your mind , Utu ?

    Can you really be suggesting this ?
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  33. alexander says:
    @alexander
    Are you suggesting there MIGHT be a clear winner in a nuclear confrontation between Russia and US , Utu ?

    Are you actually suggesting this possibility ?

    That somehow ONLY Russia will lose...and not the USA ?

    Please.

    As though perhaps in the final tally we will have hit fifty two of “their” cities…and they will only have hit 20 of “ours”….like Seattle , Houston, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, Albany , Denver, Boston, Charlotte, San Francisco,Richmond, Trenton, Juneau,Wilmington, Raleigh, Concord,Providence,Detroit, Hartford and Columbia….

    Is this “victory “in your mind , Utu ?

    Can you really be suggesting this ?

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  34. @utu
    What is the purpose of anti-ABM installations around Russia and China? What is the purpose of claims of inflated abilities of these systems? Certainly not to prepare the first strike. It is to make Russia and China think that they will not win the first strike. The objective is to create the split in the leadership of Russia and China in hope that more conciliatory factions willing to cry uncle will take over. It is really a psychological game. Mr. Roberts should know something about the effectiveness of psychological games as his overreactions to real and imagined trolling indicates.

    I am willing to bet some money that Putin will be out of power by the end of summer this year. He will be pushed out by those Russia's deep state who do not want to escalate confrontation with the US, confrontation that they can't win. The fact that China is not willing to go along with Putin will be a part of it.

    What is the purpose of anti-ABM installations around Russia and China? What is the purpose of claims of inflated abilities of these systems? Certainly not to prepare the first strike. It is to make Russia and China think that they will not win the first strike.

    It’s exactly the opposite. Modern ABM systems are useless against the first strike with 1500 nuclear ICBMs among god knows how many decoys. They are useful, however, against a much weaker retaliation strike, provided that most of the enemy’s ICBMs have been destroyed (by your first strike) inside their silos. You will probably lose a few cities, but win Total World Domination. And that’s the game.

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  35. Ron Unz says:
    @Paul Craig Roberts
    [Unfortunately, this is a SPURIOUS comment sent by a false-flag spammer that escaped detection by our software.]

    This is exactly what I'm talking about. You're a coward hiding behind a pseudonym. If you ever have the guts to say that to my face, I'd slap the hell out of you. And if you have something more to say after that, you can eat lead from my 45.

    As some of you have surely suspected, the above comment was NOT left by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, but instead by a false-flag spammer, who eluded our validation software.

    Partly as a consequence, Dr. Roberts has requested that I close this and future comment threads.

    My apologies for the embarrassment.

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