America’s Moral Degeneracy

"The Water Torture.— Facsimile of a Woodcut in J. Damhoudère's Praxis Rerum Criminalium: in 4to, Antwerp, 1556" (Wikimedia Commons). The U.S. has used the medieval torture method of waterboarding on prisoners in its so-called "war on terrorism".
“The Water Torture.— Facsimile of a Woodcut in J. Damhoudère’s Praxis Rerum Criminalium: in 4to, Antwerp, 1556” (Wikimedia Commons). The U.S. has used the medieval torture method of waterboarding on prisoners in its so-called “war on terrorism”.

On May 31, 2010, the Israeli right-wing government sent armed military troops to illegally board in international waters Gaza aid ships of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla organized by the Free Gaza Movement and the Turkish Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief. The Israelis murdered eight Turkish citizens and one US citizen in cold blood.  Many others were wounded by the forces of “the only democracy in the Middle East.”

Despite the murder of its citizen, Washington immediately took the side of the crazed Israeli government. The Turks had a different response. The prime minister of Turkey, Erdogan, said that the next aid ships would be protected by the Turkish navy.  But Washington got hold of its puppet and paid him to shut up. Once upon a time, the Turks were a fierce people.  Today they are Washington’s puppets.

We have witnessed this during the past week. The Turkish government is permitting the Islamists from outside Syria, organized by the CIA and Israel, to attack Syria from Turkish territory. On several occasions a mortar shell has, according to news reports if you believe them, fallen just inside the Turkey border. The Turkish military has used the excuse to launch artillery barrages into Syria.

People who with good cause no longer believe the US and western media or the US and western governments think that the mortar shells were fired by US or Israeli operatives, or by the “rebels” they support, in order to give Turkey the excuse to start a NATO war with Syria.  A UN sanctioned NATO invasion or air strikes, as in Libya, has been blocked by the Russians and Chinese. But if Syria and Turkey get into a war, NATO must come to the aid of its NATO member, Turkey.

Once again we see that Muslims are easily dominated and slaughtered by Western countries, because Muslim countries are incapable of supporting one another. Instead of supporting one another, Muslim governments accept payoffs to support instead the Christian/Zionist forces of the Western bloc.

Washington knows this, which is one reason why Washington began its assertion of world hegemony in the Muslim Middle East.

In the West, the Ministry of Propaganda continues to talk about the “Syrian revolt.”  There is no revolt. What has happened is that the US and Israel have equipped with weapons and sent into Syria Islamists who wish to overthrow the secular Syrian government. Washington knows that if the Syrian government can be destroyed, the country will dissolve into warring factions like Iraq and Libya.

America’s European and Japanese puppet states are, of course, part of Washington’s operation.  There will be no complaints from them. But why is the rest of the world content for Washington to interfere in the sovereign affairs of nations to the point of invading, sending in drones and assassination teams, and murdering vast numbers of citizens in seven countries?

Does this acquiescence mean that the world has accepted Washington’s claim that it is the indispensable country with the right to rule the world?

Why, for example, do Russia and Venezuela permit the US government to fund their political opposition?

The one-party American state has no political opposition.  But imagine if it did. Would Washington tolerate the funding of its opposition by Russia or Venezuela?  Obviously not. Those running against America with foreign money would be arrested and imprisoned, but not in Venezuela or Russia, countries where, apparently, treason is legal.

On October 8, Hugo Chavez defeated his American-financed opponent, Henrique Capriles, 54% to 44%.

This would be an amazing margin of victory in a US presidential election. However, in his previous reelection Chavez won by 27%.  Obviously, Washington’s money and the propaganda activities of the US-financed Non-Governmental Organizations succeeded in swaying Venezuelans and reducing Chavez’s margin of victory to 10%. Washington’s interference is a massive barrier to leadership in other countries.  Fully 44% of the Venezuelan people were too brainwashed or too stupid to vote for their own country’s candidate and voted instead for Washington’s candidate.

It is extraordinary that 44% of the Venezuelan voters voted to become an American puppet state, like Turkey, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Portugal, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, the Baltics, Scandinavia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Mexico, Belgium, Taiwan, Colombia, Pakistan, Yemen.  Probably, I have left out a few.

As a high government official once told me, “Empire costs us a great deal of money.”

Washington has to pay its puppets to represent Washington instead of their own peoples.

Washington in its hubris forgets that its rule is purchased and not loved. Washington’s puppets have sold their integrity and that of their countries for filthy lucre.

When the money runs out, so does the empire.

By then the American people will be as corrupted as the foreign “leaders.”  In his review of The United States And Torture, edited by Marjorie Cohn (New York University Press, 2011) in the Fall 2012 Independent Review, Anthony Gregory writes:

“In Reagan’s America, a common theme in Cold War rhetoric was that the Soviets tortured people and detained them without cause, extracted phony confessions through cruel violence, and did the unspeakable to detainees who were helpless against the full, heartless weight of the Communist state. As much as any other evil, torture differentiated the bad guys, the Commies, from the good guys, the American people and their government. However imperfect the U.S. system might be, it had civilized standards that the enemy rejected.”

By 2005, a year after torture photos from Abu Ghraib were leaked, polls of Americans showed that 38% had succumbed to the propaganda that torture was justified in some circumstances. After four more years of neoconservative advocacy of torture, an Associated Press poll reported in 2009 that 52% of Americans approved of torture.

Torture apparently was an instrument of US cold war policy. Torture was taught to Latin American militaries by the US School of the Americas, which operated in Panama and subsequently at Fort Benning, Georgia. However, this was a clandestine operation.  It awaited the neoconservative Bush regime for US Department of Justice (sic) attorneys, graduates of the best law schools, to write legal memos justifying torture despite US statutory and international laws prohibiting torture, and for both the president and vice president of the United States to openly acknowledge and justify torture. Some of the criminals who wrote these memos are now teaching in prestigious law schools. One was appointed to the federal judiciary and sits as a judge sentencing others for their offenses.

We can conclude with Anthony Gregory that it is not only foreign political regimes that are corrupted by Washington’s evil, but also Americans themselves.  “Nothing better demonstrates the moral degeneracy of American political culture than the U.S. torture state.”

Washington still masquerades wearing the white hat, and most of the rest of the world is paid to go along with the masquerade.

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Paul Craig Roberts

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts attended four of the finest universities, studied under two Nobel Prize-winners in economics, authored 20 peer-reviewed articles in journals of scholarship, and published four academic press peer-reviewed books, including Harvard and Oxford Universities, and seven commercially published books. His most recent book is The Neoconservative Threat to World Order: Washington's Perilous War for Hegemony

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  • I want to associate myself with the comments of Dr. Roberts.
    In 1945, our country stood positioned to evolve into one of history’s great cultures, a polity to equal Greece or Rome, renaissance Italy or Elizabethan London. Instead, by capitulating to mass ignorance, we elected to pursue extreme forms of cultural equality and consumerism.
    Which society will assume the cultural leadership forsaken by us? China? Doubt it.
    I expect that the USA will remain rich and strong for a long period to come, and that its imperial impulses, beginning with Lincoln’s subjugation of the independant southern states, will continue to be a blight upon the world.
    Tito Perdue
    Regressive Novelist

  • Edward

    Very well put. But that only goes as far as the symptoms. What is the disease? What is the cure?

    • The source of our decay may be found in excessive prosperity too far prolonged, a misfortune that has ruined every society affected by it. At one time we were a community with an economy; today we are an economy with an atrophied country chasing along behind.
      Needed is self-discipline, a taste of austerity, the curtailment of narcissism, smaller houses, less entertainment, loyal marriages, etc., etc., and other ingredients that we shall never see again.


  • Bob Marshall

    “America buys war like children gobble candy.” Henry Kissinger “military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.” Henry Kissinger.

  • servocad

    From this articleabout American moral degeneracy I can learn only ONE thing-namely, Mr.Roberts’infinite hate towards the whole western world, particularly towards ( I think his own country) the USA. But he must know that hate is a very bad and unreliable counsellor,leading to lethal results.
    As to the so-called Turkish terrorists(why on earth does he call them activists?)-they were not only warned by Israel;they came already armed with cold and fire arms,looking for trouble.And they got it.
    According to the international law on maritime conflicts on high seas,a country in a state of war with another country has a sovereign right to combat the enemy’s forces AND those of the enemy’s allies in the international waters.Otherwise, following Mr.Roberts’reasoning, the Allies in the WWI and WW II had no right to intercept and combat the ships of germany and Japan…a thought as perverse as foolish.
    To the point: Israel is at war against the terrorist organisation called Hamas which rules by brute force in Gaza.Therefore,anyone supporting or sympathizing with Hamas is Israel’s enemy.
    By the way-Gaza is by no means under siege-there are open crossings to Egypt, by which Gaza is being supplied.
    Mr. Roberts should also be honest enough to cite the fact that it is Israel who supplies Gaza with electricity, gas, petrol,water, telephone services etc…. all this, although gaza hardly even pays the bills for all that.
    In my view Mr.Roberts suffers from a blind hate towards all things western and American.He forgets though that it is precisely that”degenerate”system which enables him to throw mud and write such evil lies without being punished r persecuted for that.In many countries which he would have landed in a prison-see Russia and more.
    Finally,Mr. Roberts is also obsessed by a virulent hate of Israe;but it will not harm Israel in any way.Israel has survived nany a hater in it’s history and will survive this one as well.

    • “Gaza is by no means under siege”

      That pretty much sums up the intelligence (or lack thereof) of this comment.

  • “America buys war like children gobble candy.” Henry Kissinger “military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.” Henry Kissinger……

  • Leo

    I don’t know what proof you have that Capriles was financed by the american government, I don’t see why they would be interested in that since Chavez is wrecking the country’s economy and giving the US all the oil they want. Seems to be exactly what the US likes, a weak country, controlled by a dictatorship, which relies on oil exports. Don’t be fooled by Chavez though talk, America is his greatest economic friend.