Washington's Perilous War
Paul Craig Roberts
416 pp. $29.95 October 2015
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"I was associate editor and columnist for the Wall
Street Journal. I was Business Week’s first outside
columnist, a position I held for 15 years. I was
columnist for a decade for Scripps Howard News
Service, carried in 300 newspapers. I was a
columnist for the Washington Times and for
newspapers in France and Italy and for a magazine
in Germany. I was a contributor to the New York
Times and a regular feature in the Los Angeles Times.
Today I cannot publish in, or appear on, the
American “mainstream media.” For the last six years
I have been banned from the “mainstream media.”
My last column in The New York Times appeared in
January, 2004, coauthored with Democratic U.S.
Senator Charles Schumer representing New York.
We addressed the offshoring of U.S. jobs. Our op-ed
article produced a conference at the Brookings
Institution in Washington, D.C. and live coverage by
C-Span. A debate was launched. No such thing could
For years I was a mainstay at the Washington Times,
producing credibility for the Moony newspaper as a
Business Week columnist, former Wall Street Journal
editor, and former Assistant Secretary of the U.S.
Treasury. But when I began criticizing Bush’s wars
of aggression, the order came down to Mary Lou
Forbes to cancel my column.
The American corporate media does not serve the
truth. It serves the government and the interest
groups that empower the government."
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts is a former Assistant
Secretary of the US Treasury, member of the US
Congressional staff, associate editor and
columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and
columnist for Business Week, the Scripps Howard
News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has
held academic appointments in six universities,
including the William E. Simon Chair in Political
Economy, Center for Strategic and International
Studies, Georgetown. He has testified before
committees of Congress on 30 occasions. He is
author or coauthor of ten books and numerous
articles in scholarly journals
Dr. Roberts was awarded the US Treasury’s
Meritorious Service Award for “outstanding
contributions to the formulation of US economic
policy,” and France’s Legion of Honor as “the
artisan of a renewal in economic science and
policy after half a century of state interventionism”
by the government of Francois Mitterrand.
He was educated at Georgia Tech, the University
of Virginia, the University of California, Berkeley,
and Oxford University where he was a member of
Merton College. Earlier works were published by
Harvard University Press, Oxford University Press,
Hoover Institution and Stanford University Press.
Dr. Roberts is presently Chairman of the Institute
for Political Economy.
This stellar collection of Paul Craig Roberts essays dating from February
2014 explores the extreme dangers in Washington's imposition of
vassalage on other countries and Washington’s resurrection of distrust
among nuclear powers, the very distrust that Reagan and Gorbachev
worked to eliminate.
Roberts explains how the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 removed
the only check on Washington's ability to act unilaterally. The United
States’ position as the sole remaining superpower led to the euphoric
proclamation of “the end of history” and to Washington’s presumption of
the victory of “American democratic-capitalism” over all other systems.
The neoconservatives became entrenched in successive American
administrations, both Republican and Democratic. Their ideology of US
global hegemony—the doctrine that no other power will be allowed to
arise that could constrain US unilateral action—has become a
foundational premise of US foreign policy and has led to reckless
intervention in Ukraine and an irresponsible assault on Russian national
In pursuit of hegemony, Washington has expanded NATO to Russia’s
border, instigated “color revolutions” in former constituent parts of the
Soviet Union, announced a “pivot to Asia” to encircle China, orchestrated
a coup in Ukraine, demonized Putin, and imposed warlike sanctions
against Russia. These reckless and irresponsible actions have brought
back the risk of nuclear war.
This succession of events has impelled Roberts—following an illustrious
career in government, journalism and academia—to perform the
clarifying function abandoned by the mainstream media of examining the
agendas at work and the risks entailed. His insightful commentary is
followed all over the world. In February 2015, Roberts was invited to
address a major International conference in Moscow hosted by Institutes
of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Moscow State Institute of
International Relations, where he delivered the address which is the title
of this book.
In Roberts’ assessment, Washington's drive for hegemony is not only
unnecessary but unrealistic and filled with peril for Americans and the
world at large. This book is a call to awareness that ignorance and
propaganda are leading the world toward unspeakable disaster.
"In How America Was Lost, Paul Craig Roberts
focuses his keen eye and sharp mind on the
deterioration of government accountability and
morality amidst the rise of hypocrisy and
recklessness in the wake of 9/11. Through the
tangle of wars, aggression, decimation of
privacy, Wall Street protectionism and debt
creation since, Roberts is relentless in his well-
reasoned criticisms of US leadership from an
economic and military standpoint."
Author, All the Presidents' Bankers
"PCR is simply one of America's best
chroniclers of this sad, brutal era of imperial
overreach and moral decline. Anyone who
wants to understand where we've been
recently, where we are now, and where we're
heading, had better read this book pronto!..."
Gary Corseri, Op-Ed News
"This anthology compiles a great number of
valuable essays by one of America’s strident
critics. It is unfortunate that the fawning U. S.
media do not print such excellent
Dr. Ludwig Watzal, Dissident Voice
Address to the 70th Anniversary of the Yalta Conference,
Hosted by Institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences and
Moscow State Institute of International Relations
|AMERICA'S WAR ON THE WORLD:
UNNECESSARY, UNREALISTIC, FILLED WITH PERIL
FOR AMERICA AND THE WORLD
All three titles by Paul Craig Roberts
Excerpt from Paul Craig Roberts' Address to the 70th Anniversary of the Yalta Conference,
hosted by Institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Moscow State Institute of
International Relations, Moscow, February 25, 2015
" ...A number of thoughtful Americans suspect that the neoconservatives are responsible for
9/11, as that event gave the neoconservatives the “New Pearl Harbor” that their position
papers said was necessary in order to launch their wars for hegemony in the Middle East.
9/11 led directly and instantly to the invasion of Afghanistan, where Washington has been
fighting since 2001. Neoconservatives controlled all the important government positions
necessary for a “false flag” attack.
Neoconservative Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, who is married to another
neoconservative, Robert Kagan, implemented and oversaw Washington’s coup in Ukraine
and chose the new government.
The neoconservatives are highly organized and networked, well-financed, supported by the
print and TV media, and backed by the US military/security complex and the Israel Lobby.
There is no countervailing power to their influence on US foreign power.
The neoconservative doctrine goes beyond the Brzezinski doctrine, which dissented from
Detente and provocatively supported dissidents inside the Soviet empire. Despite its
provocative character, the Brzezinski doctrine remained a doctrine of Great Power politics
and containment. It is not a doctrine of US world hegemony.
While the neoconservatives were preoccupied for a decade with their wars in the Middle
East, creating a US Africa Command, organizing color revolutions, exiting disarmament
treaties, surrounding Russia with military bases, and “pivoting to Asia” to surround China
with new air and naval bases, Vladimir Putin led Russia back to economic and military
competence and successfully asserted an independent Russian foreign policy.
When Russian diplomacy blocked Washington’s planned invasion of Syria and Washington’s
planned bombing of Iran, the neoconservatives realized that they had failed the “first
objective” of the Wolfowitz Doctrine and had allowed “the re-emergence of a new rival . . . on
the territory of the former Soviet Union” with the power to block unilateral action by
The attack on Russia began."
You will rarely read a book written in a more courageous, intelligent, and blunt manner about
profoundly pressing world problems than this one. Paul Craig Roberts is a phenomenon; no issue,
no matter how controversial, escapes his astute analysis. He writes with a tornadic power and logic
that convinces as it challenges. Driven by a passionate concern for the horrible direction of the world
– especially the United States government’s responsibility for so much of its wretchedness – he is
relentless in roiling the waters of ignorance and complacency in which so many Americans float.
A former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan administration and
an editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Paul Craig Roberts (image) has escaped all easy
labels to become a public intellectual of the highest order. He is a prolific critic of U.S. foreign and
domestic policies, with a special emphasis on the nefarious influence of the neoconservatives from
the Reagan through the Obama administrations. A savage critic of the mainstream corporate media
– he calls them “presstitutes” – he dissects their propaganda and disinformation like a truth surgeon
and penetrates to the heart of issues in a flash. More
Professor Edward Curtin, Global Research
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