The Shame of Being an American
Paul Craig Roberts
by Paul Craig Roberts: Has
There Been an Egyptian Revolution?
States government has overestimated the amount of shame that it
and American citizens can live down. On February 15 the indispensable
people had to suffer the hypocrisy of the U.S. Secretary of
State delivering a speech about Americas commitment to Internet
freedom while the U.S. Department of Justice (sic) brought unconstitutional
action against Twitter to reveal any connection between WikiLeaks
and Bradley Manning, the American hero who, in keeping with the
U.S. Military Code, exposed U.S. government war crimes and who is
being held in punishing conditions not permitted by the U.S. Constitution.
The corrupt U.S. government is trying to create a conspiracy
case against Julian Assange in order to punish him for revealing
U.S. government documents that prove beyond every doubt the mendacity
of the U.S. government.
This is pretty
bad, but it pales in comparison to the implications
revealed on February 15 in the British newspaper, The Guardian.
obtained an interview with Curveball, the source for
Colin Powells speech of total lies to the United Nations about
Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction. Colin Powells speech created
the stage for the illegal American invasion of Iraq. The Guardian
describes Curveball as the man who pulled off
one of the greatest confidence tricks in the history of modern intelligence.
As The Guardian puts it, Curveball manufactured
a tale of dread.
never interviewed Curveball. The Americans started a
war based on second-hand information given to them by incompetent
German intelligence, which fell for Curveballs
lies that today German intelligence disbelieves.
As the world
now knows, Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
The Bush/Cheney Regime, of course, knew this, but Curveballs
lies were useful to their undeclared agenda. In his interview with
The Guardian, Curveball, Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi,
admitted that he made the whole story up. He wanted to do in Saddam
Hussein and told whatever fantasy lie he could make up that would
serve his purpose.
If the Bush/Cheney
Regime had really believed that Saddam Hussein had world-threatening
weapons of mass destruction, it would have been a criminal act to
concentrate Americas invading force in a small area of Kuwait
where a few WMD could have wiped out the entire U.S. invasion force,
thus ending the war before it began.
are so thoughtless that they would say that Saddam Hussein would
never have used the weapons, because we would have done this and
that to Iraq, even nuking Baghdad. But why would Saddam Hussein
care if he and his regime were already marked for death? Why would
a doomed man desist from inflicting an extraordinary defeat on the
American Superpower, thus encouraging Arabs everywhere? Moreover,
if Saddam Hussein was unwilling to use his WMD against an invading
force, when would he ever use them? It was completely obvious to
the U.S. government that no such weapons existed. The weapons inspectors
made that completely clear to the Bush/Cheney Regime. There were
no Iraqi WMD, and everyone in the U.S. government was apprised of
Why was there
no wonder or comment in the free media that the White
House accused Iraq of possession of terrible weapons of mass destruction,
but nevertheless concentrated its invasion force in such a small
area that such weapons could easily have wiped out the invading
really exist in a land where the media is incompetent and the government
is unaccountable and lies through its teeth every time if opens
represents a new level of immorality. Rafid al-Janabi shares responsibility
for one million dead Iraqis, 4 million displaced Iraqis, a destroyed
country, 4,754 dead American troops, 40,000 wounded and maimed American
troops, $3 trillion of wasted US resources, every dollar of which
is a debt burden to the American population and a threat to the
dollar as reserve currency, ten years of propaganda and lies about
terrorism and al Qaeda connections, an American war on terror
that is destroying countless lives in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen,
Somalia, and which has targeted Iran, and which has destroyed the
Bill of Rights, the US Constitution, and the civil liberties that
they guarantee. And the piece of lying excrement, Rafid al-Janabi,
is proud that he brought Saddam Husseins downfall at such
Now that Rafid
al-Janabi is revealed in the Guardian interview, how safe is he?
There are millions of Iraqis capable of exterminating him for their
suffering, and tens of thousands of Americans whose lives have been
ruined by Rafid al-Janabis lies.
does the U.S. government pursue Julian Assange and WikiLeaks for
telling the truth when Curveball, whose lies wiped out
huge numbers of people along with Americas reputation, thinks
he can start a political party in Iraq? If the piece of excrement,
Rafid al-Janabi, is not killed the minute he appears in Iraq, it
will be a miracle.
So we are left
to contemplate that a totally incompetent American government has
bought enormous instability to its puppet states in the Middle East,
because it desperately wanted to believe faulty intelligence
from Germany that an immoralist provided evidence that Saddam Hussein
had Weapons of Mass Destruction.
is a superpower, an indispensable nation.
What a total
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
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