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US hasn’t won a war since 1945 – so why is it poking the bear?

by Paul Craig Roberts via Information Clearing House

This is what the arrogant morons who comprise the US government have stirred up: Watch this video for its entire 1 hour 20 minutes, and then ask yourself if Washington is making a good decision by driving us into conflict with Russia.

Americans, being an insouciant people, are unaware that it was Russians, not England’s Wellington, who defeated Napoleon. The Grande Army did not return from Russia. The loss broke the back of French military power.

The German Wehrmacht, which in a few days overran France and drove the British off the continent, was destroyed in Russia by the Red Army. The allied invasion of Normandy encountered only a few under-strength German units deprived of fuel. The German army and all available resources were on the Russian front.

Americans played a small role in the war against Hitler. Eisenhower cleverly waited until the Red Army had defeated Hitler, and then invaded long after the tide had turned against Germany. Today Washington claims credit for winning a war in which Washington’s role was small.

The US has not won a war since the defeat of Japan. The US was defeated by Third World armies in Korea and in Vietnam.

After 14 years in Afghanistan the US has been defeated by a few lightly armed Taliban. After 8 years, half of Iraq is in the hands of the militant Islamic State. Washington has squandered trillions of dollars on wars that Washington has lost, while the US economy and living standards declined as a result of the trillions of dollars wasted on futile wars. The neoconsevative warmongers responsible for this disaster still control both US political parties. These crazed warmongers are driving America to America’s final defeat.

I worked with President Reagan to end the Cold War and to established friendship with the Russians. The George H. W. Bush administration and its Secretary of State James Baker held to the agreement. But all subsequent regimes have violated it. The neoconsevatives displaced the old Republican Establishment and the Reagan Republicans. The neocons have also prevailed among the Democrats, so there is no political competition. Warmongers control US foreign policy.

American police apply the same gratuitous violence to the American population that the American military applies to foreign populations. Abroad the violence has swelled the ranks of those Washington sought to quell. Within the US police violence is turning Americans themselves into enemies. Defeat abroad and at home could be Washington’s future. Violence begets violence.


Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts’ latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West and How America Was Lost.

13 Comments

  1. delia says

    there are no films of ww1 as movie cameras were not invented. All footage is MGM and Ealing studios. There are only sepia and B$W photos. the battle fields are re enacted in modern movie studios. have a close look at the credits

  2. America won the war against Mexico and the Native Americans but that’s about it.As for the west in WW2 America took part along with over 70 other nations so their effort was a joint one but Hollywood has brainwashed them to believe they won WW2 all on their own!

  3. As a note… Yes, our police are being leveraged against our citizens. No, most americans do not even care about Russia one way or another. Most of us are just trying to get through our day, regardless of what others say about us.
    In regards to Russia defeating Napolean and Hitler… Anyone with half of their brain still intact knows that fighting a war on two fronts is a precarious position at best. And Russia used the same tactic both times — Scorched Earth, and fall back to wait for winter. That’s the same as saying you beat a house of cards by waiting for a hurricane to show up off the coast. It’s not a “win” it’s lame. And it’s ignorant to think that anyone would try a land war in late september in asia… Especially after hitler’s folly.
    But, it’s even worse to categorize all of America based off of your narrow little worldview. (Specifically to the Author.) Please, when talking about us, pull your head out of your ass, and realize that we’re human too. Looking at the author’s biography, one would never know that they were american… To the “Hasn’t won a war since the defeat of Japan” After we decimated Japan, and were sued to rebuild them, so we’re quietly content in not “winning” if it means that we have to go in and rebuild their entire nation, because the world decides to whine about it. War is war. You lose, you’re the one rebuilding, not the victor. And yet, we have been forced to pay to rebuild various countries just because we removed their leaders due to various crimes against humanity. Because, you know, Osame Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein have been such wonderful people, like the kind that one would bring home to Mom.
    But, I suppose you want Russia, China, and all the kim jung un/il/dafuq’s to rule the world, and while we’re at it, let’s all adopt sharia law… Now there’s a world that I want to raise my son or daughter in…. NOT.
    What you should be questioning is 1. why are the police attacking and treating US citzens as enemies? (And NOT using that to back up you statement of “We Love Russia. We Love Putin”) 2. Why are we so gullible and willing to bleed our hearts dry to rebuild our enemy’s country when they lose? (Something that we have been forced to do ever since WWII…)

    • Your comment is precisely why the US will lose on all fronts BIG TIME. Your understanding and rather pathetic ignorance is what will sink the US. The author of this work knows a darn sight more than you. That is why he was part of the Reagan Admin to try for peace with Russia, as he says!
      Still no accounting for dumb!

    • Ben says

      Brilliant response, although I do have one point if I may.
      The rebuilding of one’s enemies homelands after their defeat. Surely we should firstly be magnanimous in victory as we are the ones (hopefully) fighting for good, once the war is one we must show the indigenous population that we wouldn’t just destroy their countries industries and then leave then to pick up the pieces, that would only bring on stronger resentment and eventually more war. And lastly our recent wars have all been against individuals, their parties and or their followers. Not (generally) the indigenous people of whom we are trying to save. Surely they deserve a country with security and industry and education?

    • Jen says

      A stunning display of ignorance about the recent history of one’s own country. The Japanese were in no position to sue the US at all. The US rebuilt Japan in such a way as to tie that nation to its geopolitical interests; hence the military bases the US has stationed in Japan from northern Honshu island down to and including Okinawa in the Ryukyu islands. The rebuilding began because the US needed Japan as its front-line subordinate ally against the Soviet Union and Communist China in northeast Asia during the Cold War. The Americans even rewrote Japan’s constitution.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Japan

      Because the US government and its agencies (including the police and the armed forces) exist chiefly to serve the interests of an elite class (who run the corporations and institutions that own your Congress representatives and senators), the people of the US are as much victims and colonised as are the people of the countries the US and NATO invade in order to make over into colonies. Get that into your head if you can, and then you will realise who your true enemies are.

  4. Our relationship with Russia is not yesterday’s times. We need and like the idea of close friendship with them. Some ignorant Americans are still thinking of yesteryear relationships which caused friction. The world has too many enemies but today, Russia is friendly and my wish is to become Brothers/Sisters in a strong union.

  5. “… John Kerry recently stated “Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia, Georgia, Moldova, Transnistria; they are on the line of fire.” Indeed, all are in the crosshairs of Victoria Nuland, Joe Biden, John McCain and John Kerry.”

    Six weeks have elapsed since I wrote those words towards the end of an article I wrote entitled ‘Double, double, toil and trouble … the cauldron of Kiev: https://bryanhemming.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/double-double-toil-and-trouble-the-cauldron-of-kiev/

    Over the last few days reports have started to emerge of protests on the streets of Macedonia, suggesting leading neo-cons are not looking for solutions to conflicts, quite the opposite. They are stirring up confusion and chaos to spread the state of permanent war they have been so successful in creating across a large swath ot the globe from Afghanistan, through the Middle East, and into North Africa. Stretching that arc into Eastern Europe seems only logical to the psychopathic mindset. Read about neo-cons strong links with the arms industry and the mafia governments of Eastern Europe.

  6. Johnny Canuck says

    Like USA, whose puppet it is, Canada too has pledged its support to NATO, Russophobia and its new ‘best friend’ fascist Ukraine. Recently the Canadian parliament held a ‘take note’ debate in which it became very obvious that the American war-party has the staunch support of its little northern helper, once again:

    Unanimous Support For Ukraine War by Parties in Canadian Parliament
    http://newcoldwar.org/unanimous-support-for-ukraine-war-by-parties-in-canadian-parliament/

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