[dehai-news] (GR) The Cost of US Hegemony is Beyond Reach


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From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (eritrea.lave@comhem.se)
Date: Sat Jul 02 2005 - 10:09:01 EDT


US starts New Cold War with Russia: The New Arms Race

 
The Cost of Hegemony is Beyond Reach

by Paul Craig Roberts
 
( Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the
Reagan administration. He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good
Intentions.He can be reached at: <mailto:PaulCraigRoberts@yahoo.com>
PaulCraigRoberts@yahoo.com )

Global Research, December 4, 2008
 
Undeterred by massive budget deficits from wars, a falling economy, and
financial bailouts, the US government has managed to start a new cold
war with Russia. Last Friday, the Russian military announced that it was
developing a new generation of ballistic missiles in response to the US
government's decision to deploy ballistic missile defenses in Poland and
the Czech Republic.
 
The "peace dividend" that the Reagan-Gorbachev accord provided has been
squandered by an arrogant American government seeking world hegemony.
 
In 2002 the Bush regime unilaterally withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic
Missile Treaty that the US government signed with the Soviet Union in
1972. This treaty stabilized the "assured mutual destruction" that
prevented the two military superpowers from initiating war, thus
averting a nuclear holocaust for 30 years.
 
When the Soviet government released its Eastern European "captive
nations," the US government promised not to recruit the Baltic and
Eastern European countries for NATO membership. The US government
pledged that NATO would not be brought to Russia's borders. There would
be a neutral zone between the Western military alliance and Russia. The
American government broke this promise as quickly as it could, bringing
former constituent parts of the Russian empire into the American empire.
 
Last October Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of
Staff, went to Lithuania to give a guarantee to the Baltics of US
military intervention in the event of a Russian attack. Like the British
guarantee that Chamberlain gave Poland in 1939, a guarantee that
precipitated World War II, Mullen's guarantee is worthless unless the US
government initiates nuclear war with Russia in defense of the tiny
Baltic republics, which would be wiped out by the radiation fallout.
 
The US has tried to incorporate the Ukraine and Georgia, constituent
parts of Russia for centuries, into NATO. To clear the way for NATO
membership, the Bush regime encouraged the American puppet ruler of
Georgia to cleanse provinces, attached to Georgia by Stalin, of Russians
in order to end secessionist movements. When Russian troops drove the
American and Israeli trained and equipped Georgian army out of the
Russian parts of Georgia, the US government lied that Russia had invaded
Georgia.
 
This malevolent lie was too much for the Russians and too much of the
rest of the world. It was plain to all that the US, an aggressor state
striving to encircle Russia with bases even to the edge of central Asia,
had initiated a war that it then blamed on Russia. After Afghanistan,
Iraq, Bush's defense of Israel's 2006 war criminal attack on Lebanon,
and Bush's false claims of an Iranian nuclear weapon, few, if any,
countries any longer believe pronouncements of the US government. The US
is regarded worldwide as an aggressor state that lies through its teeth.
 
This means that unless China decides to play the US and Russia off in
order to emerge as the sole world power, there is no one to finance
America's side of the new cold war that the US government has created.
 
The only other way Washington can finance a new arms race with Russia is
to cancel Social Security and Medicare, and to repudiate its massive
foreign debts. If Washington does this, the likely result would be
revolution at home and isolation internationally.
 
For decades Washington has prevailed because the US dollar is the
reserve currency. It is the world's money. This advantage allows
Washington to purchase almost every other government. There are
governments all over the world, from Europe to Egypt, from Ukraine to
South Korea to Japan, that are owned by Washington. When Washington
speaks of spreading freedom and democracy, Washington means it has
purchased more governments to do its will.
 
These purchased governments do not represent their people. They
represent American hegemony.
 
Now that the Great Hegemon is bankrupt and its economy is collapsing,
thanks to unbridled greed, American influence is waning. The US dollar
cannot survive the massive red ink that the US generates.
 
When the dollar collapses, the image of a strutting Washington as "the
world's only superpower" will evaporate. The evil that is the American
government will find itself at war with its own people and those of the
rest of the world.
 
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan
administration. He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.He can
be reached at: <mailto:PaulCraigRoberts@yahoo.com>
PaulCraigRoberts@yahoo.com
 
 
Paul Craig Roberts is a frequent contributor to Global Research. Global
Research Articles by Paul Craig Roberts
 
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