“I think that the Trump presidency is already over. I’m not even sure he qualifies as a figurehead.”—PCR
Dr. Julian Charles:“We are joined once again by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, former US Assistant Secretary to the Treasury for Economic Policy, for a discussion on the Trump presidency so far.”
Dr. Roberts assesses the performance of the new president and his administration with reference to pre-election promises; shares with us his view that the deep state has effectively neutralised Donald Trump as US president; gives his reaction to the so-called “Syrian gas attack” in Idlib, and the subsequent military action by the US against Syria; and considers the very real prospects for war as Washington steps up its warmongering around the globe.
James Perloff on Trump, Syria and the New World Order
Published on May 25, 2017
James Perloff returns to Our Interesting Times to his article “Trump Is Unmasked: 14 Reasons Why the Syria Airstrikes Were a Really Bad Idea.” We talk about President Trump’s decision to order a missile attack on a Syrian airfield last month and why this apparent betrayal is a signal that his administration has been co-opted by neoconservative warmongers and the Israeli lobby. Later we discuss Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, his connections to the Deep State and organized crime.
I reported honestly the facts of the US coup that overthrew the elected Ukrainian government in 2014 (see my columns in February and March 2014). However, the US print and TV media, led by the New York Times, lied through their teeth.
Indeed, the “mainstream” US media functioned as agent and propagandist for the Washington neoconservatives who destroyed Ukrainian democracy and imposed massive suffering and death on Ukrainians.
There is no crime that the American presstitutes will not commit and no lie that they will not tell.
Yesterday (April 11, 2016) Robert Parry held the sordid presstitutes accountable:
Sometimes it is a bit frustrating to debate people who have not taken the time to read Quigley’s ‘Anglo-American Establishment’ or the many historical accounts of Antony C Sutton; but I must take the world as I find it. Most of these people are smart and well-intentioned but lack key information. Faced with similar frustrations, Joe Plummer would give away Quigley’s books in the hope someone would read them, only to find out the challenge was too great. Rather than give up, however, Joe decided to write his own slimmed-down, easier to understand and updated book on Quigley called appropriately Tragedy and Hope 101. In this sea of ignorance, how can we have an intelligent or sane conversation without 1) key information on the real players; 2) fundamental knowledge of methods and procedures and 3) the proven historical backdrop provided by Quigley and other researchers? That is the question. Without the historical context and an understanding of the genealogy and pedigree of the current batch of oligarchs, how can we advance our mutual understanding and how can we engage in an effective contest for our freedom as the collective noose is tightened around our collective necks?
We are encouraged by the rapid spread of information through the internet; and we are encouraged to understand, historically, the information wars can be won by as few as 5% of the populations. I am also encouraged by the many people who have not read Quigley, yet by the sheer force of their own intellectual skills and keen observations, can impute without the direct information provided by Quigley. Without Quigley, they point to inconsistencies in the official historical record and the official stories of finance, geopolitics and social engineering that deserve a complete accounting and then demand an explanation. The interview below with Paul Craig Roberts is a very good example of the brilliant intellect of PCR who struggles without the benefit of Quigley.
Another good example of brilliance overcoming ignorancewithout the benefit of Quigley can be seen in the excellent interview of NSA Whistleblower William Binney by Richard Grove here.
Obviously, Mr. Grove is well versed in Quigley, but the question must be asked: How much more effective would Binney or PCR be if they had the benefit of Quigley’s and Sutton’s documented evidence?
I’ve often said …
“There are two kinds of people: Those who have read Quigley and those who have not; and it is very easy to tell the difference.”
I didn’t say this to be offensive or elitist or to prove I’m smarter than anyone else. I said it simply because it is true. Once the truth of what Quigley said hits you, you can never go home again, you can never see the world the same way again. Your innocence is lost. Your naive belief in the goodness of so many institutions is forever shattered by documented fact. You see with clear eyes and so you are more difficult to fool by those who build the walled-gardens of propaganda where most of your fellows live out their intellectual lives; never questioning the construction of these walls, built of ‘well-established’ assumptions which are in fact lies.
But even with the revelations provided by Quigley, Sutton and others, the picture is never complete and of course changes over time. The old guards die, providing room for the new oligarchs and their attendant power structures; but these changes are mostly traceable and predictable. The footprints of the past are seen everywhere in the present. Today, we have a new generation of brave, brilliant investigators and heroes who have continued –sometimes at great personal sacrifice– to peel back the curtain so that we can observe those who seek to enslave the rest of us for their own selfish purposes. See the Julian Assange interview below.
Assange on ‘US Empire,’ Assad govt overthrow plans & new book ‘The WikiLeaks Files’ (EXCLUSIVE)
Published on Sep 9, 2015
Afshin Rattansi goes underground with the world’s most wanted publisher – the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange. He has just co-authored a book – the WikiLeaks Files, and it paints a picture of systemic US torture and killing as well as the destruction of the lives and livelihoods of billions of people right around the world.
There are many examples of our Superstars who have read and understand Quigley and Sutton:
If you understand how the money powers use USAID, IMF the World Bank and other financial orgs to transfer ownership of real assets on the cheap, you will recognize these same techniques being used on Greece today. This is commonly known as ‘Asset-Striping’ a country by those who do this for a living. PCR (Paul Craig Roberts) recently did an excellent breakdown on this in an interview on The Mind Renewed by Dr. Julian Charles. Below, I have broken down the steps used in 3rd – World nations in Latin America and other regions of the globe. Why is this important? Well, this is what is being done to Greece and what is in store for any other members of the EU who get out of line; and it must be noted that the USA is not immune.
ASSET-STRIPPING Sovereign Nations, by the books:
1. Country “X” is identified as being financially weak, yet has valuable assets like natural resources or has geopolitical value
2. Country “X” is then targeted by the USAID, IMF & World Bank for loans.
3. Representatives are sent into Country “X” to do studies to prove up (by exaggerated estimates) what this or that infrastructure will do for the economy of Country “X”.
4. This inflated estimate for money is then included as part of a loan request to the bank. This is the cover.
5. Loan is committed
6. Heads of State of Country “X” siphon off much of the money to private bank accounts
7. Most of the work for the infrastructure improvements goes to well-connected multinational corporations not to local companies.
8. Country “X” cannot pay loan back
9. Bank offers additional money to help Country “X” if they will implement “austerity measures” which effectively puts the bankers in charge of running the country.
10. Country “X”, still cannot make payments on loan.
11. Bank takes control of assets and natural resources of Country “X”
12. Bank sells assets, natural resources of Country “X” or provides monopolies to multinational corporations at pennies on the dollar, which still does not satisfy the debt. NOTE:Much of this is coordinated with the help of the US, CIA, NATO and the EU. If Country “X” will not go along with the loan, then Operation Gladio or a ‘Color Revolution’ is implemented to destabilize Country “X” for regime change.
Enjoy the Brilliant interview with Paul Craig Roberts by Dr. Julian Charles of The Mind Renewed just below…
What is the so-called “Greek Debt Crisis”? Is it simply the result of economic mismanagement by the Greek people and their successive governments, or is there more to it than meets the eye?
Joining us to answer this question, we welcome once again Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (former US Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy), who explains that the crisis is not fundamentally about debt at all, but rather the playing out of a strategy by the financial and political elites to establish two main principles: the looting of European countries by the “One Percent”, and the systematic destruction of their national sovereignty.
We also discuss the Iran Nuclear Deal and the recent address by UK Prime Minister David Cameron on “extremism” (described by Glenn Greenwald as “one of the creepiest and most authoritarian speeches you’ll ever hear.”)
Related NFO from Catherine Austin Fitts: Central Bank Warfare Model Wearing Thin (Published on Jul 19, 2015)
Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with investment banker Catherine Austin Fitts of Solari.com.
Show notes from ‘Central Bank Warfare Model Wearing Thin’:
Financial expert Catherine Austin Fitts says, “The central banking warfare model is wearing thin. There are three things you can do: You can have war, you can have depopulation or you can have change. The voice you are hearing coming back from the BRICS, the voice you are hearing coming back from the Greek people is let’s try change. The IMF is saying . . . you know they have a point. Puerto Rico and Greece have rung that bell that says we have to create value in the real economy. You can’t eat it if you don’t grow it, and we can’t grow it if we are all engaged in disaster capitalism.”
Headlines like those above are being posted and re-posted on Facebook and elsewhere by many disillusioned Mainstream Media-Types like Mark Levin and Wayne Allen Root since it is considered safe territory because Sey Hersh is a major Mainstream Media guy himself. This is not to say I don’t like or appreciate Levin, Root or Hersh, but like so many making a real living reporting the ‘news’, they dare not walk too far off the beaten path else-wise they be labeled kooks or labeled with the CIA created weaponized term ‘Conspiracy Theorists’. It is safe waters to follow Hersh into the lies of Obama concerning the killing of Osama bin Laden, but no further.
Hersh’s articles above represent just another important data point, but let us not dismiss the existence of other evidence that Osama bin Laden had died prior to the Navy Seal assault on Abbottabad and that there is exactly zero physical evidence he was killed by the US at all. We also should remember that Osama was at one time a CIA asset and was paid $3 billion of your tax dollars to fight the Russians in Afghanistan. Many think Osama continued as a CIA asset even after the Russians withdrew hostilities in Afghanistan. It is also important to realize that other than the geopolitical importance of Afghanistan and of giving the Russians their Vietnam, Opium is key. The opium trade since the US takeover of Afghanistan has grown from 10% to an estimated 80% of the world’s supply; and that it is a documented fact that US military are on the ground in Afghanistan protecting the opium fields and production that once belonged to the Russians. It is also a fact that the CIA has a long history of supplementing its US-funded black budget with illegal drug trafficking. And one last nagging question: If Osama bin Laden was in fact head of Al-Qaeda, and in fact it was Al-Qaeda who attacked the U.S. on 9/11, why would the Navy Seals be ordered to kill the greatest potential source of intelligence on Al-Qaeda and the attacks of 9/11? None of this passes the smell test. It is a documented fact that Al-Qaeda is a creation of the U.S. and the forensics of the 9/11 attack have been hidden and subverted by top levels in the U.S. Government. The 9/11 Commission report is blatantly false and a whitewash. Further, there is great evidence that the House of Saud assisted U.S. Officials in the attacks on 9/11.
And one must wonder why after documenting lie after lie from Obama, Hersh ends this article with the following Obama complement on Iran, while shifting some blame onto conservative Republicans in Congress :
“Obama today is not facing re-election as he was in the spring of 2011. His principled stand on behalf of the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran says much, as does his decision to operate without the support of the conservative Republicans in Congress. High-level lying nevertheless remains the modus operandi of US policy, along with secret prisons, drone attacks, Special Forces night raids, bypassing the chain of command, and cutting out those who might say no.”
Very bizarre to say the least.
Though we know the U.S. Government runs on lies and propaganda, it’s refreshing to see that none of this nonsense fools the intrepid and brilliant Paul Craig Roberts…
Seems that PCR is one of the few who have finally put down the official government Kool-Aid, drank a little coffee and looked over the ‘Walled-Garden’ of politics within which so many voluntary place themselves.
Small progress, but progress none the less.
Other background NFO:
Oops… uh oh… guess Obama lost some eye witnesses to the bin Laden killing.
How can you be for something and against that thing at the same time? Well, that’s the predicament in which I find myself on the matter of capital punishment or the death penalty. Yes, I’m for capital punishment for certain crimes, but they must be proven without a shadow of a doubt; and therein is the rub where I am concerned. To put it simply, our courts are not fair and do not dispense justice equally. In fact, if the truth were known in the general public, most criminal cases are a fraud since most are plea bargained to a lesser crime –which in some cases was not even committed– all for expediency and surety of a conviction, not for justice or the determination of truth. If you doubt this, just read the excellent and well-documented book by Paul Craig Roberts entitled ‘The Tyranny of Good Intentions’. Add to this evidence, the work done by ‘The Innocence Project’ whereby DNA evidence has cleared falsely imprisoned people across the nation based on proof; not on the conviction machinery we call our justice system. The rates of false conviction are amazing. And from my personal experience, I have been in civil court no fewer than 25 times and have witnessed up close and personal the role politics and money play. Truth is rarely a consideration in my opinion. So given this knowledge, yes I am for the death penalty for certain crimes, but I have no trust that our current court system is capable of dispensing truth or justice.
So the CIA and State Department implemented a not so covert foreign regime change in Russia’s next door neighbor Ukraine, overthrowing the democratically elected government; and then magically the U.S. blamed Russia as the aggressor; the United States’ newly minted puppet government then started bombing innocent Russians in central and eastern Ukraine killing thousands of innocent civilians. Crimea which is mostly Russian voted overwhelmingly to join Russia for protection. The U.S. MSM chirped right in telling the world how evil Putin was and that he amazingly was the aggressor and that he had designs to relive the glory of the old USSR. All 100% B.S. The US psychopaths in Ukraine’s capital in the West, Kiev, continued to bomb and butcher innocent civilians in the Donets Basin or Donbas region of Ukraine. BTW, proving once again that the word of America is worthless, In 1990 Moscow was assured that there would be no expansion of NATO into Eastern Europe. In exchange for Moscow permitting a reunified Germany to be a NATO member.
“The corrupt and duplicitous Clinton regime broke the agreement that the George H.W. Bush administration gave Moscow in 1990. In exchange for Moscow permitting a reunified Germany to be a NATO member, Washington agreed that there would be no expansion of NATO to the east. Gorbachev, US Secretary of State James Baker, US ambassador to Moscow Jack Matlock, and declassified documents all testify to the fact that Moscow was assured that there would be no expansion of NATO into Eastern Europe.”
–October 6, 2014 Paul Craig Roberts
Now, the U.S. has implemented economic sanctions against Russia which have damaged the Russian economy. This, BTW is an act of war. Russia has been backed into a corner and still has nuclear weapons. Obama and team are playing a dangerous game of lies and deceit.
NATO bases surround Russia
The US caught on the phone planning the overthrow of the democratically elected government in Ukraine. BTW, the U.S. spent $5 billion on covert NGOs to foment civil war along the Gladio operation MO. This included hiring snipers to shoot and kill both the Ukraine police and the protestors.
Cut-out of a phone call between two American fun guys talking about maidan’s puppets. The actors are: Victoria Nuland: US-Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Geoffrey R. Pyatt: United States Ambassador to Ukraine.
Folks, it is important to remember that the war in Ukraine was a creation of the U.S. and NATO, not Ukraine or Russia. After spending $5 billion of your tax dollars to foment civil unrest in Ukraine, the U.S. has removed the democratically elected government and installed its own puppet. The IMF has promised massive loans to the new U.S. puppet government. Kiev, the capital of Ukraine has been bombing civilian targets in Eastern Ukraine indiscriminately. The video below is a capture of Kiev (US / NATO backed) soldiers who surrendered to the militia in Eastern Ukraine now called the Donetsk Republic. This new republic, represents their attempt to separate from the US controlled Western Ukraine and secure peace and democracy. What you are hearing from Washington and their state media gatekeepers are lies. This is an orchestrated fight to surround Russia with NATO forces which violates an agreement that the West made to Russia after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The U.S. is trying to bully Russia and foment a confrontation with Russia. Don’t be the fool here. Don’t support yet another illegal war. Get a clue. -db
PCR (Paul Craig Roberts):
“Donetsk Republic Sends Captured Ukrainian Soldiers Home to Mothers and Wives”
“This is an extremely interesting 9 minute video from the Donetsk Republic. It shows extraordinary humane treatment and release of captured Ukrainian soldiers. The Christian behavior of the Donetsk Republic puts to shame the crude barbarians who rule in America and Europe and the media shills who whore for the Western barbarians.”
Labor’s Demise Is America’s Demise
Thoughts for Labor Day by Paul Craig Roberts
The labor unions provided the Democratic Party with a financial base in labor that served as a countervailing power to the Republican base in manufacturing and finance.
Whether it was a plot or unintended consequence, jobs offshoring wrecked the industrial and manufacturing unions and destroyed the Democrats’ independent financial base.
The two-party system that had maintained a reasonable balance was transformed into a one-party system in which both parties were dependent on the same monied interests and thus answered to the same masters.
If you have time, please take a few minutes to listen to Dr. Paul Craig Roberts brilliantly explain how we got here, what we are doing to make matters worse and what the outlook is. PCR knows how to bring all the pieces of this jigsaw puzzle together in a very logical and understandable way.