American Naifs Bringing Ruin to Other Lands

By Paul Craig Roberts for Prison

According to news reports, the U.S. military is shipping “bunker-buster” bombs to the U.S. Air Force base at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. The Herald Scotland reports that experts say the bombs are being assembled for an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

 The newspaper quotes Dan Piesch, director of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of London: “They are gearing up totally for the destruction of Iran.”

 The next step will be a staged “terrorist attack,” a “false flag” operation as per Operation Northwoods, for which Iran will be blamed. As Iran and its leadership have already been demonized, the “false flag” attack will suffice to obtain US and European public support for bombing Iran. The bombing will include more than the nuclear facilities and will continue until the Iranians agree to regime change and the installation of a puppet government. The corrupt American media will present the new puppet as “freedom and democracy.”

 If the past is a guide, Americans will fall for the deception. In the February issue of the American Behavioral Scientist, a scholarly journal, Professor Lance DeHaven-Smith writes that state crimes against democracy (SCAD) involve government officials, often in combination with private interests, that engage in covert activities in order to implement an agenda. Examples include McCarthyism or the fabrication of evidence of communist infiltration, the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution based on false claims of President Johnson and Pentagon chief McNamara that North Vietnam attacked a U.S. naval vessel, the burglary of the office of Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist in order to discredit Ellsberg (the Pentagon Papers) as “disturbed,” and the falsified “intelligence” that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction in order to justify the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

 There are many other examples. I have always regarded the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Office Building in Oklahoma City as a SCAD. Allegedly, a disturbed Tim McVeigh used a fertilizer bomb in a truck parked outside the building. More likely, McVeigh was a patsy, whose fertilizer bomb was a cover for explosives planted inside the building.

A number of experts dismissed the possibility of McVeigh’s bomb producing such structural damage. For example, General Benton K. Partin, who was in charge of U.S. Air Force munitions design and testing, produced a thick report on the Murrah building bombing which concluded that the building blew up from the inside out. Gen. Partin concluded that “the pattern of damage would have been technically impossible without supplementary demolition charges at some of the reinforced concrete bases inside the building, a standard demolition technique. For a simplistic blast truck bomb, of the size and composition reported, to be able to reach out on the order of 60 feet and collapse a reinforced column base the size of column A7 is beyond credulity.”

 Gen. Partin dismissed the official report as “a massive cover-up of immense proportions.”

 Of course, the general’s unquestionable expertise had no bearing on the outcome. One reason is that his and other expert voices were drowned out by media pumping the official story. Another reason is that public beliefs in a democracy run counter to suspicion of government as a terrorist agent. Professor Laurie Manwell of the University of Guelph says that “false flag” operations have the advantage over truth: “research shows that people are far less willing to examine information that disputes, rather than confirms, their beliefs.” Professor Steven Hoffman agrees: “Our data shows substantial support for a cognitive theory known as ‘motivated reasoning,’ which suggests that rather than search rationally for information that either confirms or disconfirms a particular belief, people actually seek out information that confirms what they already believe. In fact, for the most part people completely ignore contrary information.” Even when hard evidence turns up, it can be discredited as a “conspiracy theory.”

 All that is necessary for success of “false flag” or “black ops” events is for the government to have its story ready and to have a reliable and compliant media. Once an official story is in place, thought and investigation are precluded. Any formal inquiry that is convened serves to buttress the already provided explanation.

 An explanation ready-at-hand is almost a give-away that an incident is a “black ops” event. Notice how quickly the U.S. government, allegedly so totally deceived by al Qaida, provided the explanation for 9/11. When President Kennedy was assassinated, the government produced the culprit immediately. The alleged culprit was conveniently shot inside a jail by a civilian before he could be questioned. But the official story was ready, and it held.

 Professors Manwell and Hoffman’s research resonates with me. I remember reading in my graduate studies that the Czarist secret police set off bombs in order to create excuses to arrest their targets. My inclination was to dismiss the accounts as anti-Czarist propaganda by pro-communist historians. It was only later when Robert Conquest confirmed to me that this was indeed the practice of the Czarist secret police that the scales fell from my eyes.

 Former CIA official Philip Giraldi in his article, “The Rogue Nation,” makes it clear that the U.S. government has a hegemonic agenda that it is pursuing without congressional or public awareness. The agenda unfolds piecemeal as a response to “terrorism,” and the big picture is not understood by the public or by most in Congress. Giraldi protests that the agenda is illegal under both U.S. and international law, but that the illegality of the agenda does not serve as a barrier. Only a naif could believe that such a government would not employ “false flag” operations that advance the agenda.

 The U.S. population, it seems, is comprised of naifs whose lack of comprehension is bringing ruin to other lands.

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  1. Jaker  April 26, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Amadinejad isn’t alone at being mad…the Author of this “Claptrap” is as bad!

  2. Jaker  April 26, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Amadinejad isn’t alonne at being mad…the Author of this “Claptrap” is as bad!

  3. LoneWolf  April 3, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Operation Gambit is scheduled for Easter Sunday 4/4/10 …

  4. StructuralEngineer  March 22, 2010 at 11:51 am

    And i bet you just LOVE to have your warm and cozy feeling about “our” great big government protector too, dont you?…get a clue pal…this hasnt been “our” govt for decades…try to think back to a piece of legislation that hasnt gone horribly wrong for the people of the U.S. thinking about that one, even a little bit?… lol, id bet the farm you just sit there and watch the main stream media lie to U.S. and you have NEVER once bothered to check out a single story……nope, you’d never do that, you’re just too warm and cozy sitting there in official fantasy land, arent you?…well, i hope someday you’ll be like me and millions of others who KNOW we should be afraid of this govt we are suffering. A govt that lies to U.S. and murders U.S. at will… maybe you’ll start thinking about what it could do to U.S. next. Isn’t it about time we all take a turn doing some of that?

  5. Haj Ahmar  March 22, 2010 at 6:53 am

    The American governmet and Iran are fully cooperating in both Iraq and Afganistan. look beyong the retoric and study what is going on on the ground:

    In Iraq, Iran was part of the preparation for the invasion of iraq. Its militias were responsible for securing the mostly shiite south. The iranian Sistani gave a fatwa prohibiting his followers from fighting the american army. After 2006, when the US Army was in deep trouble in Iraq, Iran’s militias (together with the sahwas) efectively saved it by commiting huge masssacres in Baghdad and other iraqui cities against what they perceived as anti-occupation iraquis. Iran was also the first country to recognize Bremmers Constitution and the resulting governments (Ahmedi Najad was the first non-american president to visit iraq after the invasion. He stayed in the American controled Green Zone during his stay). etc

    In Afghanistan, it was the Iranian intelligence that identified the proper targets for the Americans to hit: during the first 24 hours of bombardment, the American were hitting targets based on old intelligence that resulted in little damage to the Taleban. The Iranian Intelligence (through its alliance with the Afgani northern Alliance and as conveyed by the Iranian Ambassedor to the UN) pointed the right target to the Americans. Lately, Ahmedi Najad was visiting Kabul (under american protection) calling offcourse (as he always does) for foriegn troops to leave Afghanistan at the same time he is being hosted by an American created government and protected by the Americans (again look at the actions and not the retoric).

    The US has been threatning Iran with an Attack since the so called islamic revolution in 1979. Nothing happend since then and the threats will continue and nothing will happen in the near future (some have been prefdicting an imminent attack since the last days of the Bush Administration, but nothing happened so far).

    What is going on between the Americans and the Iranians and Israilis now is negotiations to determine each country’s share in the spoils of the area. Israel wants to be the only american dog (or the other way around sometimes) in the area and Iran is showing the Americans that it could also be a useful dog in return for a recognition of a regional role. That role is being negotioted among the three parties.

  6. Urod  March 21, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Rod : If I dress as a Vietnamese , driving a painted boat that also looks Vietnames all the credible and honest witnesses will declare me as a Vietnames , in other words another False Flag easilly done .
    I invite you to Ponder at the Wisdom of Ho Chi Min in allowing an act of Provocation against the Massive USA … QED .

  7. Urod  March 21, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Thank you Gordon !
    Correction for my typo , I meant ” … searching IRAQ for unexploded Iranian ammunition …” .
    BTW , the fact that Diego Garcia received the bunker-busting is decent proof that the False Flag was already designed and just waiting for action . Further more , it directs to an Unilateral USA attack , not helped by Israel ( Nathanyahu plays Theatricals tomorrow by asking for those and most likely will be turned down to complete the Deceit ). Thank you for allowing my posting .

  8. Gordon Duff  March 21, 2010 at 5:38 pm


    Totally correct.


  9. Urod  March 21, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    A False Flag pointing at Iran :
    1) Obama assasinated by someone screaming ” Long Live Iran free ! ” . Chances : very good , CIA can find hypnosis prone subjects .
    2) dirty bomb . Chances : poor , radioactive materials can be traced to the ore and country of origin .
    3) regular bomb . Chances very good , explosives can be traced to the factory/country , all CIA has to do is to collect enough Iranian bullets/shells ( by searching Iran for unexploded Iranian munition from the previous war and/or sinking an Iranian naval boat in the Gulf – even to look like an accidental colision ).

    See Real solution at , solutions for the world , Future Shocking !

  10. Michael Leon  March 19, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Some facts and sources:

    – The War Within: America’s Battle Over Vietnam
    – The “Uncensored War”

    And from

    Rather than being on a routine patrol Aug. 2, the U.S. destroyer Maddox was actually engaged in aggressive intelligence-gathering maneuvers — in sync with coordinated attacks on North Vietnam by the South Vietnamese navy and the Laotian air force.

    “The day before, two attacks on North Vietnam…had taken place,” writes scholar Daniel C. Hallin. Those assaults were “part of a campaign of increasing military pressure on the North that the United States had been pursuing since early 1964.”

    On the night of Aug. 4, the Pentagon proclaimed that a second attack by North Vietnamese PT boats had occurred earlier that day in the Tonkin Gulf — a report cited by President Johnson as he went on national TV that evening to announce a momentous escalation in the war: air strikes against North Vietnam.

    But Johnson ordered U.S. bombers to “retaliate” for a North Vietnamese torpedo attack that never happened.

    Prior to the U.S. air strikes, top officials in Washington had reason to doubt that any Aug. 4 attack by North Vietnam had occurred. Cables from the U.S. task force commander in the Tonkin Gulf, Captain John J. Herrick, referred to “freak weather effects,” “almost total darkness” and an “overeager sonarman” who “was hearing ship’s own propeller beat.”

    One of the Navy pilots flying overhead that night was squadron commander James Stockdale, who gained fame later as a POW and then Ross Perot’s vice presidential candidate. “I had the best seat in the house to watch that event,” recalled Stockdale a few years ago, “and our destroyers were just shooting at phantom targets — there were no PT boats there…. There was nothing there but black water and American fire power.”

    In 1965, Lyndon Johnson commented: “For all I know, our Navy was shooting at whales out there.”

    But Johnson’s deceitful speech of Aug. 4, 1964, won accolades from editorial writers. The president, proclaimed the New York Times, “went to the American people last night with the somber facts.” The Los Angeles Times urged Americans to “face the fact that the Communists, by their attack on American vessels in international waters, have themselves escalated the hostilities.”

    An exhaustive new book, The War Within: America’s Battle Over Vietnam, begins with a dramatic account of the Tonkin Gulf incidents. In an interview, author Tom Wells told us that American media “described the air strikes that Johnson launched in response as merely `tit for tat’ — when in reality they reflected plans the administration had already drawn up for gradually increasing its overt military pressure against the North.”

    Why such inaccurate news coverage? Wells points to the media’s “almost exclusive reliance on U.S. government officials as sources of information” — as well as “reluctance to question official pronouncements on ‘national security issues.'”

    Daniel Hallin’s classic book The “Uncensored War” observes that journalists had “a great deal of information available which contradicted the official account [of Tonkin Gulf events]; it simply wasn’t used. The day before the first incident, Hanoi had protested the attacks on its territory by Laotian aircraft and South Vietnamese gunboats.”

    What’s more, “It was generally known…that `covert’ operations against North Vietnam, carried out by South Vietnamese forces with U.S. support and direction, had been going on for some time.”

    In the absence of independent journalism, the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution — the closest thing there ever was to a declaration of war against North Vietnam — sailed through Congress on Aug. 7. (Two courageous senators, Wayne Morse of Oregon and Ernest Gruening of Alaska, provided the only “no” votes.) The resolution authorized the president “to take all necessary measures to repel any armed attack against the forces of the United States and to prevent further aggression.”

    The rest is tragic history.

  11. Rod  March 19, 2010 at 2:32 pm


    Please clarify, you wrote “…Gulf of Tonkin Resolution based on false claims of President Johnson and Pentagon chief McNamara that North Vietnam attacked a U.S. naval vessel…”.

    Are you insinuating that the first attack on August 2, 1964 against USS Maddox did not exist?

    There is a preponderance of material by creditable researchers, historians and authors who have interviewed participants on both sides, officials on the right and left and researched archival information, especially released in the last several years that indicate the attack on August 2 did occur. Please read Ed Moise, Matthew Aid and even John Prados. Even Prados agrees that the first attack did occur.

    Now, the events on August 4, 1964 may be different.

    I think at least you have obfuscated historical fact by stating an incomplete truth!

    Too bad the average reader is not as clever as you.

  12. Brian  March 19, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    There probably will be a false flag by the Mossad and blamed on Iran. Is this one of the main, real reasons the USA and Israel wants to attack Iran?:

    From the article:

    Within the Middle East, Iran is the undisputed top holder of gas reserves. Its South Pars gas field is the world’s largest. If converted to barrel-of-oil equivalents, Iran’s South Pars would dwarf the reserves of Saudi Arabia’s giant Ghawar oilfield. The latter is the world’s largest oilfield and since it came into operation in 1948, Ghawar has effectively been the world’s beating heart for raw energy supply. In the soon-to-come era of natural gas dominance over oil, Iran will oust Saudi Arabia as the world’s beating heart for energy.

    In this context of a major realignment in the world’s energy economy – one where there will be a continuing diminished role for the US – Washington’s blustering rhetoric about democracy and peace and war on terror or alleged Iranian nuclear weapons can be seen as a desperate attempt to conceal its fear that it stands to be a big loser. Encircling Iran with wars and threatening gas supplies to possibly the world’s top future gas customer – China – is the real deal. US actions are more accurately seen as putting a knife to the energy arteries of a world economy that it will no longer be able to dominate.

    I encourage people to read the whole, very interesting article.

  13. Gordon Duff  March 19, 2010 at 10:02 am

    McVeigh was listed as an informant by the FBI. What this means, I do not know.


  14. Shea Brown  March 19, 2010 at 9:38 am

    I imagine some folks just love to reel in the glee of conspiratorial rhetoric, just like some people like to dance to bluegrass music,, or just like some love to float around in their religious high, and just like some love to read science fiction.
    Explosives planted inside the building,, and McVeigh used as a dupe?

    “For example, General Benton K. Partin, who was in charge of U.S. Air Force munitions design and testing, produced a thick report on the Murrah building bombing which concluded that the building blew up from the inside out.” Where is the general these days? Would love to see the medications he is on to try to get him reconnected to reality. wonder when the last time was that someone asked for his “expert” opinions?

    Funny one this,,,look at the pictures of the building,, and compare the damage of the truck used, and imagine that this retired General knew more than the investigators,,use some common sense.

    “The official investigation, known as “OKBOMB,” was the largest criminal investigation case in American history; FBI agents conducted 28,000 interviews, amassing 3.5 short tons (3.2 t) of evidence, and collecting nearly one billion pieces of information.”(Wikpedia)
    Guess all these investigators were just complete idiots. Yeah,, sure.

    Actually read what the investigation concluded? No,, most of you conspiracy buffs will never consider the possibility that it was not some type of government conspiracy. Not just two nutballs,, but two nutballs and twelve insiders smuggling explosives into the building,, again and again,, never being seen,, nothing ever being found,, and none of them bothered in the least by taking the lives of innocents. Yeah sure.

    Just like Robert’s assertion that a plane did not hit the Pentagon. Sheer and utter idiocy.

    About the only piece of information in this article that makes any sense is this;

    “Professor Laurie Manwell of the University of Guelph says that “false flag” operations have the advantage over truth: “research shows that people are far less willing to examine information that disputes, rather than confirms, their beliefs.”

    To this I say exactly. To those of you who look towards Paul Craig Roberts as any sort of a talented sincere investigator,, I would simply say this,,,” “research shows that people are far less willing to examine information that disputes, rather than confirms, their beliefs.”

    Come on man,, does this junk really need to be posted here? This is an insult,, and diminishes the credibility of some of the decent information that gets discussed on these pages of Veterans Today.
    Yes,, there is a conspiracy,, and it is going on right now. It is the conspiracy of the revolving door of the Pentagon,, the conspiracy of every federal employee taking his or her salary home while knowing their work makes little sense or has little true purpose,, and the conspiracy of a dumbed down American public who turn to their television evangelists for truth. It is little more than the conspiracy of greed coupled with ignorance.
    Of course every federal employee is not like this,, there are a few of them willing to blow the whistle and stand up for common sense and truth once in a while,, but sadly, they are the minority. That nice new BMW and that Alexandria townhouse are expensive, are they not?
    Our American government has become its own corporation. The average salary of a federal employee now is $70,000 compared to the average private sector salary of $40,000 !
    It has the IRS to guarantee eternal funding under the very real threat of imprisonment,, it has the Pentagon now fully funded to advertise for a continuous stream of young naive employees,,, it has a sham of dimwitted elected officials who love to hold committee meetings where each representative has about five minutes to ask a question and get a response. Trying to make sense or get at the truth ? Well,, you have about five minutes before that little buzzer rings.
    I usually try to read Veterans Today because so many of your articles make good sense,, but not today with this one by Roberts. This one is a true disappointment. It is not so very difficult to find “an expert” these days. Defense attorneys have been pulling that one off for years.
    I knew we were in real intellectual poo poo when O.J. got off free.
    Gee,, I wish Roberts had written a book about the O.J. trial. I guess he might have suggested that the murder was pulled off by some whacked out FBI dude .Need I say anymore about the state of American critical thinking ? Scary really,, if it weren’t for my cigarettes and coffee I would probably be a nervous wreck.
    Get ready to send your hard earned money to Washington again,,, so this tragic comedy will get another few years of play. And when you do that,, continue to blame someone else for what your government is doing,, or not doing. Perhaps one day only federal employees will have enough money left over to pay federal taxes,, then the self fulfilling circle will be complete. Government for government, paid for by government. Isn’t it what we almost have now???

  15. Rex Carlson  March 19, 2010 at 2:27 am

    “Former CIA official Philip Giraldi in his article, “The Rogue Nation,” makes it clear that the U.S. government has a hegemonic agenda that it is pursuing without congressional or public awareness.”

    I think Congress is fully aware of what’s going on. They’re either in on it, profiting from it and/or have been pressured, threatened, corrupted, and/or compromised — among a whole host of other things, none of which are good.

  16. Lese Majeste  March 18, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    An article about the [Army School of Advanced Military Studies] report appears in the Washington Times on September 10, 2001. The report refers to Israel’s armed forces as a “500-pound gorilla in Israel” that is “well armed and trained” and is “known to disregard international law to accomplish mission.” Of the Mossad, the report says: “Wildcard. Ruthless and cunning. Has capability to target US forces and make it look like a Palestinian/Arab act.

    April 1950: Anti-Jewish Bombings in Iraq Are Attributed to Israelis

    A series of bombings targets Jews in Iraq. These attacks are later attributed to Israeli agents to allegedly panic Jews into emigrating to Israel, starting a long-standing controversy that continues unresolved. [HA’ARETZ, 6/4/2006]

    July 1954: Israel Commits Bombing Attacks in Egypt, Tries to Blame Muslim Brotherhood

    Bombs explode in British and American cultural centers and libraries, and in post offices in Alexandria and Cairo. The campaign ends when a bomb explodes prematurely in the pocket of an Israeli agent who is about to plant it in a British-owned cinema. The plan is to damage the relations between Egypt and the US and Britain by placing the blame for the bombings on the Muslim Brotherhood, an Egyptian Islamic militant group. An initial inquiry places blame on the Minister of Defense, Pinhas Lavon, but a subsequent inquiry authorized by Sharett finds that Lavon was set up using forged documents, and that the true author of the false-flag attack was none other than David Ben Gurion, the “father of the Israeli State. (see March 2005)” [NEW YORK TIMES, 12/11/1954; NEW YORK TIMES, 3/30/1975; HIRST, 2003, PP. 290-296] These events, which later become known as the Lavon Affair, will be documented in the diaries of Israeli Prime Minister Moshe Sharett, who did not learn of the plot until after it was completed. [ROKACH, 1986]

    1984-1989: Israeli Intelligence Officer Supplies Arms to Iran; Some Profits Allegedly Used to Fund False Flag Attacks

    By his own account, Israeli intelligence officer Ari Ben-Menashe runs a covert Israeli arms network, primarily supplying weapons to the Islamic fundamentalist regime in Iran for use in the Iran-Iraq War. Huge profits are made. “At various times the fund reached peaks of more than $1 billion,” he later explains in his book, Profits of War. “At its height it stood at $1.8 billion.… Between 1984 and 1989 no less than $160 million was funneled to [Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak] Shamir’s [Likud] faction.” He also says that the money helped finance the intelligence community’s “black” operations including “Israeli-controlled ‘Palestinian terrorists’ who would commit crimes in the name of the Palestinian revolution but were actually pulling them off, usually unwittingly, as part of the Israeli propaganda machine.” The Israeli government will later deny that Menashe had any association with their intelligence services. But faced with evidence, the government will change its story, alleging that he was only a low-level translator who had taken to freelancing arms deals. However, Ben-Menashe is able to produce strong evidence to support his version of events and his 1991 trial in New York will culminate in his acquittal on the grounds that the jury disbelieves the Israeli government’s denials. [BEN-MENASHE, 1992, PP. 120; CONSORTIUM NEWS, 1997;

    All of these Israeli terrorist ops and false-flags are available at History Commons

    Operation Entebbe

    According to a UK government file on the crisis, an unnamed contact within the Euro-Arab Parliamentary Association attempted to convince a British diplomat in Paris, shortly after the hijacking, that the Israeli Secret Services and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), had acted together to seize the plane. According to this version, the Shin Bet helped design the operation to undermine the PLO’s standing in France and its rapprochement with the USA.

    The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy By John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt

    Finally, we should not forget that the Zionists used terrorism when they were in a similarly weak position and trying to obtain their own state. Between 1944 and 1947, several Zionist organizations used terrorist bombings to drive the British from Palestine, and took the lives of many innocent civilians along the way. Israeli terrorists also murdered U.N. mediator Count Folke Bernadotte in 1948, because they opposed his proposal to internationalize Jerusalem. Nor were the perpetrators of these acts isolated extremists: the leaders of the murder plot were eventually granted amnesty by the Israeli government and one of them was elected to the Knesset. Another terrorist leader, who approved the murder but was not tried, was future Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir. Indeed, Shamir openly argued that “neither Jewish ethics nor Jewish tradition can disqualify terrorism as a means of combat.” Rather, terrorism had “a great part to play … in our war against the occupier [Britain].” If the Palestinians’ use of terrorism is morally reprehensible today, so was Israel’s reliance upon it in the past, and thus one cannot justify U.S. support for Israel on the grounds that its past conduct was morally superior. Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy By John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt.htm

    Anyone who says Israel would commit a false-flag to get the USA to “Shock and Awe” Iran into oblivion is just a raving anti-semite.’ Right?


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