The War On Terror: Does Anyone Remember…?

Does anyone remember the
" that would last six weeks, cost $50-$60 billion, and be paid for
out of Iraqi oil revenues?  

Does anyone remember that White
House economist

Lawrence Lindsey


because Lindsey estimated that the Iraq war
could cost as much as $200 billion?

Lindsey was fired for over-estimating
the cost of a war that, according to

Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes,
has cost 15 times
more than Lindsey estimated. And the US still has 50,000
troops in Iraq.

Does anyone remember that just
prior to the US invasion of Iraq, the US government
declared victory over the
in Afghanistan?

Does anyone remember that the
reason Dubya gave for invading Iraq was Saddam Hussein`s
weapons of mass destruction, weapons that the US
government knew did not exist?

Are Americans aware that the same
neoconservarives who made these fantastic mistakes, or
told these fabulous lies, are still in control of the
government in Washington?

"war on terror"
is now in its tenth year.  What is it really all

The bottom line answer is that the
"war on terror" is about creating real terrorists. The US government
desperately needs real terrorists in order to justify
its expansion of its wars against Muslim countries and
to keep the American people sufficiently fearful that
they continue to accept the police state that provides
"security from
but not from the government that has
discarded civil liberties. 

The US government creates
terrorists by invading Muslim countries, wrecking 
infrastructure and killing vast numbers of civilians.
The US also creates terrorists by installing puppet
governments to rule over Muslims and by using the puppet
governments to murder and persecute citizens as is
occurring on a vast scale in Pakistan today.

Neoconservatives used 9/11 to
launch their plan for US world hegemony. Their plan fit
with the interests of America`s ruling oligarchies. Wars
are good for the profits of the military/security
complex, about which President Eisenhower warned us in
vain a half century ago.  American hegemony is good
for the oil industry`s control over resources and
resource flows. The transformation of the Middle East
into a vast American puppet state serves well the Israel
Lobby`s Zionist aspirations for Israeli territorial

Most Americans cannot see what is
happening because of their conditioning.  Most
Americans believe that their government is the best on
earth, that it is morally motivated to help others and
to do good, that it rushes aid to countries where there
is famine and natural catastrophes. Most believe that
their presidents tell the truth,

except about their sexual affairs.

The persistence of these delusions
is extraordinary in the face of daily headlines that
report US government bullying of, and interference with,
virtually every country on earth. The US policy is to
buy off, overthrow, or make war on leaders of other
countries who represent their peoples` interests instead
of American interests. A recent victim was the president
of Honduras who had the wild idea that the Honduran
government should serve the Honduran people. 

The American government was able to
have the Honduran president discarded, because the
Honduran military is trained and supplied by the US
military. It is the same case in Pakistan, where the US
government has the Pakistani government making war on
its own people by invading tribal areas that the
Americans consider to be friendly to the Taliban, al

Earlier this year a deputy US
Treasury secretary ordered Pakistan to raise taxes so
that the Pakistani government could more effectively
make war on its own citizens for the Americans. On
October 14 US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered
Pakistan to again raise taxes or the US would withhold
flood aid. Clinton pressured America`s European puppet
states to do the same, expressing in the same breath
that the US government was worried by British cuts in
the military budget. God forbid that the hard-pressed
British, still reeling from American financial fraud,
don`t allocate enough money to fight America`s wars.

On Washington`s orders, the
Pakistani government launched a military offensive
against Pakistani citizens in the Swat Valley that
killed large numbers of Pakistanis and drove millions of
civilians from their homes. Last July the US instructed
Pakistan to send its troops against the Pakistani
residents of North Waziristan. On July 6 Jason Ditz

reported on
"at America`s
behest, Pakistan has launched offensives against [the
Pakistani provinces of] Swat Valley, Bajaur, South
Waziristan, Orakzai, and Khyber."

A week later Israel`s US Senator
Carl Levin (D,MI) called for escalating the Obama
Administration`s policies of US airstrikes against
Pakistan`s tribal areas. On September 30, the Pakistani
newspaper, The Frontier Post, wrote that the American
air strikes

"are, plain and
simple, a naked aggression against Pakistan."

The US claims that its forces in
Afghanistan have the right to cross into Pakistan in
pursuit of
Recently US helicopter gunships killed
three Pakistani soldiers who they mistook for Taliban. 
Pakistan closed the main US supply route to Afghanistan
until the Americans apologized.

Pakistan warned Washington against
future attacks. However, US military officials, under
pressure from Obama to show progress in the endless
Afghan war, responded to Pakistan`s warning by calling
for expanding the Afghan war into Pakistan.  On
October 5 the Canadian journalist Eric Margolis wrote

"the US edges
closer to invading Pakistan."

In his book, Obama`s Wars,

Bob Woodward reports that America`s puppet president of
Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, believes that terrorist
bombing attacks inside Pakistan for which the Taliban
are blamed are in fact CIA operations designed to
destabilize Pakistan and allow Washington to seize
Pakistan`s nuclear weapons. 

To keep Pakistan in line, the US
government changed its position that the
"Times Square
was the work of a
"lone wolf."
Attorney General Eric Holder switched the blame to the
and Secretary of State Clinton threatened
Pakistan with

"very serious
for the  unsuccessful Times
Square bombing, which likely was a false flag operation
aimed at Pakistan.

To further heighten tensions, on
September 1 the eight members of a high-ranking
Pakistani military delegation in route to a meeting in
Tampa, Florida, with US Central Command, were rudely
treated and detained as terrorist suspects at Washington
DC`s Dulles Airport. 

For decades the US government has
enabled repeated Israeli military aggression against
Lebanon and now appears to be getting into gear for
another Israeli assault on the former American
protectorate of Lebanon. On October 14 the US government
expressed its
that the Lebanese government had permitted
a visit by Iranian President Ahmadinejad, who is the
focus of Washington`s intense demonization efforts.
Israel`s representatives in the US Congress threatened
to stop US military aid to Lebanon, forgetting that US
Rep. Howard Berman (D,CA) has had aid to Lebanon blocked
since last August to punish Lebanon for a border clash
with Israel. 

Perhaps the most telling headline
of all is the October 14 report,
"Somalia`s New
American Primer Minister."
An American has been
installed as the Prime Minister of Somalia, an American
puppet government in Mogadishu backed up by thousands of
Ugandan troops paid by Washington.

This barely scratches the surface
of Washington`s benevolence toward other countries and
respect for their rights, borders, and lives of their

Meanwhile, to silence Wikileaks and
to prevent any more revelations of American war crimes,
the "freedom and
government in DC has
closed down Wikileaks` donations
by placing the
organization on its
"watch list"
and by having the Australian puppet government blacklist

Wikileaks is now akin to a
terrorist organization. The American government`s
practice of silencing critics will spread across the

Remember, they hate us because we
have freedom and democracy, First Amendment rights,
habeas corpus
respect for human rights, and show justice and mercy to

Paul Craig Roberts

was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during
President Reagan`s first term.  He was Associate
Editor of the
Wall 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 Brimelow`s
Forbes Magazine
interview with Roberts about the epidemic of
prosecutorial misconduct.