by Paul Craig Roberts
May 05, 2015
Washington continues to drive Europe toward one or the other of the
two most likely outcomes of the orchestrated conflict with Russia.
Either Europe or some European Union
member government will break from Washington over the issue of
Russian sanctions, thereby forcing the EU off of the path of
conflict with Russia, or Europe will be pushed into military
conflict with Russia.
In June the Russian sanctions expire unless each member government
of the EU votes to continue the sanctions. Several governments have
spoken against a continuation. For example, the governments of the
Czech Republic and Greece have expressed dissatisfaction with the
US Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged growing
opposition to the sanctions among some European governments.
Employing the three
tools of US foreign policy,
...he warned Europe to renew the
sanctions or there would be retribution. We will see in June if
Washington's threat has quelled the rebellion.
Europe has to consider the strength of Washington's threat of
retribution against the cost of a continuing and worsening conflict
with Russia. This conflict is not in Europe's economic or political
interest, and the conflict has the risk of breaking out into war
that would destroy Europe.
Since the end of World War II Europeans have been accustomed to
following Washington's lead. For awhile France went her own way, and
there were some political parties in Germany and Italy that
considered Washington to be as much of a threat to European
independence as the Soviet Union.
Over time, using money and
false flag operations, such as
Operation Gladio, Washington marginalized politicians and
political parties that did not follow Washington's lead.
The specter of a military conflict with Russia that Washington is
creating could erode Washington's hold over Europe. By hyping a
"Russian threat," Washington is hoping to keep Europe under
Washington's protective wing. However, the "threat" is being
over-hyped to the point that some Europeans have understood that
Europe is being driven down a path toward war.
Belligerent talk from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
from John McCain, from the neoconservatives, and from NATO
commander Philip Breedlove is unnerving Europeans.
In a recent love-fest between Breedlove
and the Senate Armed Services Committee, chaired by John McCain,
Breedlove supported arming the Ukrainian military, the backbone of
which appears to be the Nazi militias, with heavy US weapons in
order to change "the decision calculus on the ground" and bring an
end to the break-away republics that oppose Washington's puppet
government in Kiev.
Breedlove told the Senate committee that his forces were
insufficient to withstand Russian aggression and that he needed more
forces on Russia's borders in order to "reassure allies."
Europeans have to decide whether the threat is Russia or
The European press, which Udo
Ulfkotte reports in his book, Bought Journalists (Gekaufte
Journalisten), consists of CIA assets, has been working
hard to convince Europeans that there is a "revanchist Russia" on
the prowl that seeks to recover the Soviet Empire.
Washington's coup in Ukraine has
disappeared. In its place Washington has substituted a "Russian
invasion," hyped as Putin's first step in restoring the Soviet
Just as there is no evidence of the Russian military in Ukraine,
there is no evidence of Russian forces threatening Europe or any
discussion or advocacy of restoring the Soviet empire among Russian
political and military leaders.
In contrast Washington has
the Wolfowitz Doctrine, which is
explicitly directed at Russia, and now the
Council on Foreign Relations has
added China as a target of the Wolfowitz doctrine (see
Revising U.S. Grand Strategy Toward China).
The CFR report says that China is a rising power and thereby a
threat to US world hegemony.
China's rise must be contained so that
Washington can remain the boss in the Asian Pacific. What it comes
down to is this: China is a threat because China will not prevent
its own rise.
This makes China a threat to "the
"The International Order," of course, is
the order determined by Washington. In other words, just as there
must be no Russian sphere of influence, there must be no Chinese
sphere of influence.
The CFR report calls this keeping the
world "free of hegemonic control" except by the US.
Just as General Breedlove demands more military spending in order to
counter "the Russian threat," the CFR wants more military spending
in order to counter "the Chinese threat."
The report concludes:
"Congress should remove
sequestration caps and substantially increase the U.S. defense
Clearly, Washington has no intention of
moderating its position as the sole imperial power.
In defense of this power, Washington
will take the world to nuclear war. Europe can prevent this war by
asserting its independence and departing the empire.