Paul Craig Roberts Warning: Obama Is Pushing 'Final War'
March 30, 2014 • 10:24AM

Syndicated columnist and former Reagan Administration Treasury Department official Paul Craig Roberts has continued to assail President Obama for driving the world to the brink of thermonuclear extinction. Under the headline "Pushing Toward the Final War," Robert's latest blast drew the parallels between the machinations leading to the outbreak of World War I and the far more flagrant war drive of today.

"Obama, whose government overthrew the democratically elected government in Ukraine and appointed a stooge government that has threatened the Russian provinces of Ukraine, falsely accuses Putin of invading and annexing Crimea.

"Obama, or his handlers and programmers, are relying on the total historical ignorance of Western peoples. The ignorance and gullibility of Western peoples allows the American neoconservatives to fashion news that controls their minds," he railed.

Roberts then directly took up the recent Obama visit to Europe, where he escalated the war of words against Russia and Putin:

"Obama's speech on March 26 at the Palace of Fine Arts in Brussels is surreal. It is beyond hypocrisy. Obama says that Western ideals are challenged by self-determination in Crimea. Russia, Obama says, must be punished by the West for permitting Crimeans to exercise self-determination. The return of a Russian province on its own volition to its mother country where it existed for 200 years is presented by Obama as a dictatorial, anti-democratic act of tyranny.

"Here was Obama, whose government has just overthrown the elected, democratic government of Ukraine and substituted stooges chosen by Washington in the place of the elected government, speaking of the hallowed ideal that people in nations can make their own decisions about their future. That is exactly what Crimea did, and that is exactly what the U.S. coup in Kiev contravened. In the twisted mind of Obama, self-determination consists of governments imposed by Washington.

"Here was Obama, who has shredded the U.S. Constitution, speaking of individual rights and rule of law. Where is this rule of law? It is certainly not in Kiev where an elected government was overthrown with force. It is certainly not in the United States where the executive branch has spent the entirety of the new 21st century establishing government above the law. Habeas corpus, due process, the right to open trials and determination of guilt by independent jurors prior to imprisonment and execution, the right to privacy have all been overturned by the Bush/Obama regimes. Torture is against U.S. and international law; yet Washington set up torture prisons all over the globe.

"How is it possible that the representative of the war criminal U.S. government can stand before an European audience and speak of rule of law, individual rights, human dignity, self-determination, freedom, without the audience breaking out in laughter?

"Washington is the government that invaded and destroyed Afghanistan and Iraq on the basis of lies. Washington is the government that financed and organized the overthrow of the Libyan and Honduran governments and that is currently attempting to do the same thing to Syria and Venezuela. Washington is the government that attacks with drones and bombs populations in the sovereign countries of Pakistan and Yemen. Washington is the government that has troops all over Africa. Washington is the government that has surrounded Russia, China, and Iran with military bases. It is this warmongering collection of Washington war criminals that now asserts that it is standing up for international ideals against Russia.

"No one applauded Obamas nonsensical speech. But for Europe to accept such blatant lies from a liar without protest empowers the momentum toward war that Washington is pushing."

Roberts warned that the actions proposed by Obama in Brussels will drive the world to the brink of war:

"Obama doesn't say what effect the U.S./NATO military buildup and numerous war games on Russia's border will have on Russia. Will the Russian government conclude that Russia is about to be attacked and strike first? The reckless carelessness of Obama is the way wars start."

He concluded with a blunt pointed warning of the immediacy of extinction:

"Why are people so blind that they do not see Obama driving the world to its final war?"