The War for Greater Israel and Reassertion of US Hegemony Is About to Begin – Paul Craig Roberts

by Paul Craig Roberts

What we are doing in Gaza we know how to do in Beirut,” declares Israeli Defense Minister.

Putin could have prevented the coming world war by quickly dispatching Ukraine in 2014 and by providing air defense systems for Syria, Lebanon, and Gaza against Israel and Washington’s air strikes.

I would be more optimistic that we have a future if Russian media and foreign affairs analysts, such as Fyodor Lukyanov, chairman of the Russian Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense policy, could dispense with their rose-colored glasses that protect them from reality, and face up to facts.  The massive amounts of aircraft, air defense systems, warships, troops and nuclear missile submarines the US is pouring into the vicinity of Israel is not intended for use against Hamas.


 The intent is to open up the Middle East for Greater Israel and to use Iran as a base from which to cause problems for Russia in Central Asia.  If this agenda succeeds, nuclear war is inevitable. An agenda that leads to ashes should be denounced and avoided.

The neoconservatives who control US foreign policy have had their sights on Syria, Iran, and Hezbollah before the US invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.  These countries have been American targets since Norman Podhoretz wrote in Commentary that the US should overthrow the Middle Eastern governments.  Prior to the George W. Bush regime’s invasion of Iraq, General Wesley Clark was shown a Pentagon memo that the US intended to overthrow 7 Middle Eastern countries in 5 years: .  The neoconservatives completely controlled US defense and foreign policy then, as they do today. This project is still the agenda, and it is unfolding before blind Russian and American eyes as I write.

I often wonder if Russia, despite its overwhelming nuclear and military superiority over the West, has the ability to survive.  Russian intellectuals, media, and foreign policy analysts seem to be incapable of comprehending that the neoconservatives regard Russia as an enemy to be eliminated.  Alienated by the Soviet regime, Russian intellectuals see the West as the touchstone of rationality and freedom. Can Russia survive such a delusion?

Fyodor Lukyanov, for example, who is also the director of the Valdai International Discussion Club where Putin always shines, dismisses WW III as “inadmissible” because of nuclear weapons.  Perhaps he was influenced by the decades of American propaganda and cannot reconcile his brainwashing with the Wolfowitz doctrine.  Indeed, in my many years of being interviewed by Russian media, it is rare to come across a Russian journalist who is even aware of the Wolfowitz doctrine that the principal goal of US foreign policy is to prevent the rise of Russia or any other country capable of constraining US unilateral action.  The entirety of Putin’s travails in Ukraine is due to his inability to comprehend the agenda of the US neoconservatives.  He sat there for 8 years while the US built a Ukrainian Army capable of destroying Russian Donbas before he, belatedly, acted.

Putin is again sitting on his butt in the Middle East.  He does nothing while the US builds up massive military power in the region except aid Washington by preventing Iran and Hezbollah from acting when they had the initiative and would have succeeded.  Meanwhile his foreign policy analysts tell him that the Third World War is far off in the future, beyond his life time.

How can the extraordinary situation be explained that the US, a country that demonizes its own white population, is led by  neoconservatives who assert that the American people are exceptional and indispensable?

For more information see: A Planned US-Israeli Attack on Iran is Contemplated 


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