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Paul Craig Roberts, former US-American Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy.
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Paul Craig Roberts: ‘NATO provides cover for Washington’s wars in Middle East’

Paul Craig Roberts, former US-American Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under president Ronald Reagan, talks about the coming presidency of Donald Trump and what this change will mean for Europe.

Published: December 3, 2016, 4:46 pm

    Dr. Roberts, when we switch on European mainstream media we get the impression that half of US is protesting against newly elected Donald Trump. The same media told us before that Trump doesn´t have any chance and that only back warded and bigot “hillbillies” support the Republican candidate. How is the situation in US now really?

    Roberts: The protests are organized by oligarchs such as George Soros, as were the Maidan protests in Kiev. They have the same intent: to delegitimize a democratically elected government.

    After Trump´s election especially the German political elite reacted very nervously. Our defense minister “reminded” Washington to “fulfil the NATO obligations”, our chancellor told the “conditions” for cooperation with Trump: the so-called “transatlanticist values”. How are these critics and attacks seen in US?

    Roberts: NATO is a massive threat to Europe.  Europe’s imbecillic participation in NATO provides cover for Washington’s years of wars in the Middle East, the refugees from which are now overrunning Europe.  NATO is also Washington’s tool for militarily threatening Russia. If conflict breaks out, Europe will cease to exist. A few Europeans in the NATO hierarchy benefit from the money and prestige from being Washington’s vassals, and these people want to hold on to their positions.

    What do you think: Will the politics of US towards Europe change under Donald Trump? And if yes – in which direction?

    Roberts: It remains to be seen. Trump said he doesn’t see the point of NATO 25 years after the Soviet collapse.  However, although Trump defeated the oligarchs’ candidate for president, the oligarchy remains powerful.

    How do you consider Trumps announcements to cooperate closer with Moscow? Could it bring a change in the Ukrainian conflict and in Syria?

    Roberts: Washington and its EU enablers are responsible for the coup in Ukraine and the violence in Syria.  If Trump intends to reduce the tensions Washington has created between nuclear powers, he will have to abandon Washington’s attempts to overthrow Assad and to use the puppet government in Ukraine against Russia.

    One of Trumps campaigning claims was that he wants to “drain the swamp” in Washington. How big is the chance that this swamp will now move to Europe?

    Roberts: There are no independent countries in Europe. Not one country has a foreign or economic policy independent of Washington. If Trump abandons NATO, perhaps European countries can become independent states again.

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    • Nancy Miller

      Very well written and so true. I particularly like the last sentence…”There are no independent countries in Europe. Not one country has a
      foreign or economic policy independent of Washington. If Trump abandons
      NATO, perhaps European countries can become independent states again.” It is past time for other countries to quit using the U.S. as a crutch and expect us to always come to their aid with both our people and our money.

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