Who, Precisely, Is Attacking the World?
Paul Craig Roberts
by Paul Craig Roberts
by Paul Craig Roberts: The
War On Terror
The stuck pigs
are squealing. To shift the onus from the U.S. State Department,
Hillary Clinton paints WikiLeaks release of the diplomatic
cables as an attack on the international community.
To reveal truth is equivalent, in the eyes of the U.S. government,
to an attack on the world.
It is WikiLeaks
fault that all those U.S. diplomats wrote a quarter of a million
undiplomatic messages about Americas allies, a.k.a. puppet
states. It is also WikiLeaks fault that a member of the U.S.
government could no longer stomach the cynical ways in which the
U.S. government manipulates foreign governments to serve, not their
own people, but American interests, and delivered the incriminating
evidence to WikiLeaks.
The U.S. government
actually thinks that it was WikiLeaks patriotic duty to return
the evidence and to identify the leaker. After all, we mustnt
let the rest of the world find out what we are up to. They might
stop believing our lies.
German magazine Der Spiegel writes: It is nothing short
of a political meltdown for U.S. foreign policy.
be more a hope than a reality. The Soviet threat during
the second half of the 20th century enabled U.S. governments to
create institutions that subordinated the interests of other countries
to those of the U.S. government. After decades of following U.S.
leadership, European leaders know no other way to act.
Finding out that the boss badmouths and deceives them is unlikely
to light a spirit of independence. At least not until Americas
economic collapse becomes more noticeable.
question is: how much will the press tell us about the documents?
Spiegel itself has said that the magazine is permitting the
U.S. government to censor, at least in part, what it prints about
the leaked material. Most likely, this means the public will not
learn the content of the 4,330 documents that are so explosive
that they are labeled NOFORN, meaning that foreigners,
including presidents, prime ministers, and security services that
share information with the CIA are not permitted to read the documents.
Possibly, also, the content of the 16,652 cables classified as secret
will not be revealed to the public.
the press, considering their readers interests, will focus
on gossip and the unflattering remarks Americans made about their
foreign counterparts. It will be good for laughs. Also, the U.S.
government will attempt to focus the media in ways that advance
the rest of the article
Craig Roberts [send
him mail], a
former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury and former associate
editor of the Wall Street Journal, has been reporting shocking cases
of prosecutorial abuse for two decades. A new edition of his book,
Tyranny of Good Intentions,
co-authored with Lawrence Stratton, a documented account of how
Americans lost the protection of law, has been released by Random
© 2010 Paul Craig Roberts
Best of Paul Craig Roberts