War With Russia Is On The Agenda

Thinking about the massive failure
of the US media to report truthfully is sobering. The
United States, bristling with nuclear weapons and
pursuing a policy of world hegemony, has a population
that is kept in the dark–indeed brainwashed–about the
most important and most dangerous events of our time.

The power of the Israel Lobby is an
important component of keeping Americans in the dark.
Recently I watched a documentary that demonstrates the
control that the Israel Lobby exercises over Americans`
view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The
documentary is available


As a result of the US media`s
one-sided coverage, few Americans are aware that for
decades Israel has been ethnically cleansing
Palestinians from their homes and lands under protection
of America`s veto in the United Nations. Instead, the
dispossessed Palestinians are portrayed as mindless
terrorists who attack innocent Israel.

If one reads Israeli newspapers,
such as Haaretz, or publications from Israeli
organizations, such as the
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions
, one
gets a radically different view of the situation than
the propagandistic version delivered by US media and
evangelical pulpits.

Most Americans know of the 2000
attack by Muslim terrorists on the
USS Cole
in Aden harbor that resulted in 17 dead
and 39 wounded American sailors. But few have heard of
Israel`s 1967 attack on the

USS Liberty
that left 34 American sailors dead
and 174 wounded. Pressured by the Israel Lobby,
President Johnson ordered Admiral McCain, father of the
Republican presidential nominee, to cover up the attack.
To this day there never has been a congressional

The failure of the American media
is again evident in the coverage of the Georgian-Russian
conflict. The US media presented the conflict as a
Russian invasion of Georgia, whereas in actual fact the
American and Israeli trained and equipped Georgian
military launched a sneak attack to kill and to drive
the Russian population out of South Ossetia, a
separatist province.

Russian peacekeepers, together with
Georgian ones, had been stationed in South Ossetia since
the early 1990s. On orders from Mikheil Saakashvili, the
American puppet "president" of Georgia, the
Georgian peacekeepers turned their weapons on the
unsuspecting Russian peacekeepers and murdered them.

This action by Saakashvili, elected
with money from the neoconservative National Endowment
for Democracy, an election-rigging tool of US hegemony,
was a war crime. In truth, the Russians should have hung
Saakashvili, as he is far more guilty than was Saddam
Hussein. But it is Russia, not Saakashvili, that the US
media has demonized.

Americans have become perfect
subjects for George Orwell`s Big Brother. They sit
stupidly in front of the TV news or the New York
or Washington Post and absorb the lies
fed to them. What is wrong with Americans? Why do they
put up with it? Are Americans the nation of sheep that

Andrew P. Napolitano
says they are? Americans flaunt
"freedom and democracy" and live under a Ministry
of Propaganda.

Two decades ago, President Reagan
reached agreement with Soviet president Mikhail
Gorbachev to end the dangerous cold war. But every one
of Reagan`s successors has sought to pick a new fight
with Russia. In violation of the agreement, NATO has
been taken to Russia`s borders, and the US is determined
to put former constituent parts of Russia herself into
NATO. In an effort to neutralize Russia`s nuclear
deterrent and compromise her independence, the US is
putting anti-ballistic missile bases on Russia`s

The gratuitously aggressive US
military policy toward Russia will lead to nuclear war.
I am confident that if Americans elect John McCain, or
the Republicans steal another presidential election,
there will be nuclear war in the second decade of the
21st century. The neocon lies, propaganda, macho
flag-waving, and use of US foreign policy in the
interests of a few military-security firms, oil
companies, and Israel are all leading in that direction.

The November election is perhaps
the last chance to avoid nuclear war. But the
opportunity might already have been missed. The
Republicans have chosen as their candidate one of the
most ignorant warmongers alive. The Democrats` choice
was between one of the most divisive women in America
and a man of mixed race with a funny name. Considering
American`s taste for war, the Democratic candidate could
fail to defeat the GOP war candidate.

Many Americans will vote against
Obama because he is black. Why does mixed ancestry
confer the black label? If America`s population was
predominantly black, would Obama be considered white?

Race and propaganda are more likely
to determine the outcome of the November election than
any awareness or consideration of real issues by voters.

The real issues are suffocated by
the media. The American middle class is being destroyed
by jobs offshoring and work visas for foreigners, while
the incomes of the super rich are soaring. The US
dollar`s reserve currency status is eroded. The US is
massively in debt at home and abroad. Health insurance
is unaffordable for the vast majority of the population.
Injured veterans are being nickeled and dimed, while
Halliburton`s profits escalate. Americans are losing
their homes, while the US government bails out banks.
Wars with Iran, Russia, and China are being planned in
order to secure US hegemony.

Americans no longer have a
government that is for the people and by the people.
They have a government for and by special interests and
an insane ideology.

But Americans have war, which lets
them take out all their frustrations, resentments, and
disappointments on "Muslim terrorists" and
"Russian aggressors."
Few Americans are disturbed
that 1.25 million Iraqis and an unknown number of
Afghans have died as a result of American invasions
based on Bush regime lies and deceptions. Even
Americans, like Senator Biden, Obama`s selection for
vice president, who understand that the wars are based
on lies, still want the US to win. So, it was all a
mistake and a deception, but let`s win anyway and keep
on killing.

I know people who still complain
that the US did not nuke North Vietnam. When I ask why
Vietnam should have been nuked, they reply, "if we
had nuked them we would have won."

What would America have won? The
answer is world loathing and the loss of the cold war.

For many Americans, war is like a
sports contest in which they take vicarious pleasure and
cheer on their side to victory. Millions of Americans
are still bitter that "the liberal media" and war
protesters caused America to lose the Vietnam war, and
they are determined that this won`t happen again. These
Americans have no realization that there was no more
reason for the US to be fighting in Vietnam 40 years ago
than to be fighting today in Iraq and Afghanistan or
tomorrow in Iran.

Obama, if elected, is no guarantee
against nuclear war. Obama has shown that he is as much
under the Israel Lobby`s thumb as McCain. Obama`s
foreign affairs advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, is not a
neocon, but he was born in Warsaw, Poland, and has the
Pole`s animosity toward Russia. The Bush administration
has already changed US war doctrine to permit preemptive
nuclear attack. With the US government determined to
ring Russia with puppet states and military bases, war
is inevitable.

Presidential appointees face
confirmation in the Senate. Any of Obama`s appointees
who might be out of step with plans for US and Israeli
hegemony could expect opposition from large corporations
and the Israel Lobby. There is no assurance that an
Obama administration would not be positioned on "the
by the same special interests that have
positioned the Bush administration.

Americans are filled with hubris,
not with knowledge. They have no awareness of the
calamity that their government`s pursuit of hegemony is
bringing to themselves and to life on earth.

Paul Craig Roberts [email
] was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan`s
first term.  He was Associate Editor of the
Street Journal.  He has held numerous academic
appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair,
Center for Strategic and International Studies,
Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow,
Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded
the Legion of Honor by French President Francois
Mitterrand. He is the author of

Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington
and the Soviet Economy

Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy
and is the co-author
with Lawrence M. Stratton of

The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice
. Click

for Peter
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.