Paul Craig Roberts: "The Obama Puppet"

December 2, 2009
The World's Least Powerful Man
The Obama Puppet


It didn’t take the Israel Lobby very long to bring President Obama to heel regarding his prohibition against further illegal Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land. Obama discovered that a mere American president is powerless when confronted by the Israel Lobby and that the United States simply is not allowed a Middle East policy separate from Israel’s.

Obama also found out that he cannot change anything else either, if he ever intended to do so.

The military/security lobby has war and a domestic police state on its agenda, and a mere American president can’t do anything about it.

President Obama can order the Guantanamo torture chamber closed and kidnapping and rendition and torture to be halted, but no one carries out the order.

Essentially, Obama is irrelevant.

President Obama can promise that he is going to bring the troops home, and the military lobby says, “No, you are going to send them to Afghanistan, and in the meantime start a war in Pakistan and maneuver Iran into a position that will provide an excuse for a war there, too. Wars are too profitable for us to let you stop them.”

And the mere president has to say, “Yes, Sir!”

Obama can promise health care to 50 million uninsured Americans, but he can’t override the veto of the war lobby and the insurance lobby. The war lobby says its war profits are more important than health care and that the country can’t afford both the “war on terror” and “socialized medicine.”

The insurance lobby says health care has to be provided by private health insurance; otherwise, we can’t afford it.

The war and insurance lobbies rattled their campaign contribution pocketbooks and quickly convinced Congress and the White House that the real purpose of the health care bill is to save money by cutting Medicare and Medicaid benefits, thereby “getting entitlements under control.”

Entitlements is a right-wing word used to cast aspersion on the few things that the government did, in the distant past, for citizens. Social Security and Medicare, for example, are denigrated as “entitlements.” The right-wing goes on endlessly about Social Security and Medicare as if they were welfare give-aways to shiftless people who refuse to look after themselves, whereas in actual fact citizens are vastly overcharged for the meager benefits with a 15% tax on their wages and salaries.

Indeed, for decades now the federal government has been funding its wars and military budgets with the surplus revenues collected by the Social Security tax on labor.

To claim, as the right-wing does, that we can’t afford the only thing in the entire budget that has consistently produced a revenue surplus indicates that the real agenda is to drive the mere citizen into the ground.

The real entitlements are never mentioned. The “defense” budget is an entitlement for the military/security complex about which President Eisenhower warned us 50 years ago. A person has to be crazy to believe that the United States, “the world’s only superpower,” protected by oceans on its East and West and by puppet states on its North and South, needs a “defense” budget larger than the military spending of the rest of the world combined.

The military budget is nothing but an entitlement for the military/security complex. To hide this fact, the entitlement is disguised as protection against “enemies” and passed through the Pentagon.

I say cut out the middleman and simply allocate a percentage of the federal budget to the military/security complex. This way we won’t have to concoct reasons for invading other countries and go to war in order for the military/security complex to get its entitlement. It would be a lot cheaper just to give them the money outright, and it would save a lot of lives and grief at home and abroad.

The US invasion of Iraq had nothing whatsoever to do with American national interests. It had to do with armaments profits and with eliminating an obstacle to Israeli territorial expansion. The cost of the war, aside from the $3 trillion, was over 4,000 dead Americans, over 30,000 wounded and maimed Americans, tens of thousands of broken American marriages and lost careers, one million dead Iraqis, four million displaced Iraqis, and a destroyed country.

All of this was done for the profits of the military/security complex and to make paranoid Israel, armed with 200 nuclear weapons, feel “secure.”

My proposal would make the military/security complex even more wealthy as the companies would get the money without having to produce the weapons. Instead, all the money could go for multi-million dollar bonuses and dividend payouts to shareholders. No one, at home or abroad, would have to be killed, and the taxpayer would be better off.

No American national interest is served by the war in Afghanistan. As the former UK Ambassador Craig Murray disclosed, the purpose of the war is to protect Unocal’s interest in the Trans-Afghanistan pipeline. The cost of the war is many times greater than Unocal’s investment in the pipeline. The obvious solution is to buy out Unocal and give the pipeline to the Afghans as partial compensation for the destruction we have inflicted on that country and its population, and bring the troops home.

The reason my sensible solutions cannot be effected is that the lobbies think that their entitlements would not survive if they were made obvious. They think that if the American people knew that the wars were being fought to enrich the armaments and oil industries, the people would put a halt to the wars.

In actual fact, the American people have no say about what “their” government does. Polls of the public show that half or more of the American people do not support the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan and do not support President Obama’s escalation of the war in Afghanistan. Yet, the occupations and wars continue. According to General Stanley McChrystal, the additional 40,000 troops are enough to stalemate the war, that is, to keep it going forever, the ideal situation for the armaments lobby.

The people want health care, but the government does not listen.

The people want jobs, but Wall Street wants higher priced stocks and forces American firms to offshore the jobs to countries where labor is cheaper.

The American people have no effect on anything. They can affect nothing. They have become irrelevant like Obama. And they will remain irrelevant as long as organized interest groups can purchase the US government.

The inability of the American democracy to produce any results that the voters want is a demonstrated fact. The total unresponsiveness of government to the people is conservatism’s contribution to American democracy. Some years ago there was an effort to put government back into the hands of the people by constraining the ability of organized interest groups to pour enormous amounts of money into political campaigns and, thus, obligate the elected official to those whose money elected him. Conservatives said that any restraints would be a violation of the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech.

The same “protectors” of “free speech” had no objection to the Israel Lobby’s passage of the “hate speech” bill, which has criminalized criticism of Israel’s genocidal treatment of the Palestinians and continuing theft of their lands.

In less than one year, President Obama has betrayed all of his supporters and broken all of his promises. He is the total captive of the oligarchy of the ruling interest groups.

Obama seems destined to be a one-term president. Indeed, the collapsing economy will doom him.

The Republicans are grooming Palin. Our first female president, following our first black president, will complete the transition to an American police state by arresting critics and protesters of Washington’s immoral foreign and domestic policies, and she will complete the destruction of America’s reputation abroad.

Russia’s Putin has already compared the US to Nazi Germany, and the Chinese premier has likened the US to an irresponsible, profligate debtor.

Increasingly the rest of the world sees the US as the sole source of all of its problems. Germany has lost the chief of its armed forces and its defense minister, because the US convinced or pressured, by hook or crook, the German government to violate its Constitution and to send troops to fight for Unocal’s interest in Afghanistan. The Germans had pretended that their troops were not really fighting, but were were engaged in a “peace-keeping operation.” This more or less worked until the Germans called in an air strike that murdered 100 women and children lined up for a fuel allotment.

The British are investigating their leading criminal, former prime minister Tony Blair, and his deception of his own cabinet in order to do Bush’s bidding and provide some cover for Bush’s illegal invasion of Iraq. The UK investigators have been denied the ability to bring criminal charges, but the issue of war based entirely on orchestrated deception and lies is getting a hearing. It will reverberate throughout the world, and the world will note that there is no corresponding investigation in the US, the country that originated the False War.

Meanwhile, the US investment banks, which have wrecked the financial stability of many governments, including that of the US, continue to control, as they have done since the Clinton administration, US economic and financial policy. The world has suffered terribly from the Wall Street gangsters, and now looks upon America with a
critical eye.

The United States no longer commands the respect it enjoyed under President Ronald Reagan or President George Herbert Walker Bush. World polls show that the US and its puppet master are regarded as the two greatest threats to peace. Washington and Israel outrank on the most dangerous list the crazy regime in North Korea.

The world is beginning to see America as a country that needs to go away. When the dollar is over-inflated by a Washington unable to pay its bills, will the world be motivated by greed and try to save us in order to save its investments, or will it say, thank God, good riddance.

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions. His new book, How the Economy was Lost, will be published in January by AK Press / CounterPunch. He can be reached at:

Amen to most of this: however

"The United States no longer commands the respect it enjoyed under President Ronald Reagan or President George Herbert Walker Bush." should have left these sleeping dogs alone! While the statement may be true there was no direct correlation. Regan's free market nonsense turned into unregulated slave markets for the wall street robber barons described above, And Bush I ? Not enough time or space to outline the criminal aspects associated with that regime.

Paul Craig Roberts is Both Right AND


I have to respectfully disagree with him on this critical point.

It is not just the Israeli Lobby that is controlling the American Presidency, NATO and the Pentagon.

It is the Global Military Industrial Complex AS A WHOLE.

An Integrated Sophisticated Monstrosity.

Its tentacles reach from the major financial capitals of Asia to a number of key Arab States in the Mid-East - Saudi's, the Arab Emirates, Kuwait etc AND of course the Israelis. Let us not forget the involvement of various "partners" in Europe.

From the City of London, the Paris Club to Germany and to the far corners of what was once the Kremlin - now the Russian Republic.........

The list is to long to name here. One just has to do some research and contact the people in the know who understand how this dangerous game is really being played to get a chilling idea of the depth of the treachery involved in creating a Single Global Dictatorship.

The Israelis / Zioni$t$- so called -are just the front -end patsies, if i may use that term, to take the heat and be blamed for everything bad that is going on.

They are no doubt not without blame and guilt for their nefarious activities. However they are far from the only players or culprits.

In fact a major strategic part of the overall plan is to throw the Israelis into the fire once her use is up.

My contacts with certain people at high-levels in the Mid-East are very aware of this fact and are disgusted and deeply concerned by the level of betrayal of their various "National Leaders" in serving the Global Military Industrial Complex.

President Obama is one of many many puppet leaders.

Tel-Aviv, Riyadh, Dubai, Kuwait, Cairo... the list goes on.

Its just Business and Profits for them. War is good business for mass murderers.

If we want to stop them we have to be prepared to deal with Entire Integrated Monster as a single unified threat toi Global Peace, Freedom and Justice.

Pointing fingers at Tel-Aviv alone is only going to solve a small part of the problem.

We have to deal with the GLOBAL Military Industrial Complex Lobby as a WHOLE.

Not just one arm of it in Tel-Aviv & Washington D.C.

"Russia’s Putin has already compared the US to Nazi Germany, and the Chinese premier has likened the US to an irresponsible, profligate debtor."

This is a KEY PART of the Plan. To demonise the American Nation and the Israelis by making them commit blatant war atrocities. Part of the next phase of consolidation of power.

The American Military is Strategically being destroyed by prolonged conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa and covert operations in South America - Columbia for eg.

The days of the American Republic are numbered unless there is a great awakening by her people.

Israel also faces major threats - demographic collapse, economic disaster, military losses etc once the American Economy is TERMINATED by Design by the Global Elite. A conflict with Iran will be very costly.

A Pyrrhic Victory at best.

Don't think the Russians and Chinese players aren't also pulling the puppet strings.

The Indian Government's complicity in the Mumbai false-flag is also another key indicator of how far this Lobby really goes.

It is indeed a sad state of affairs.

Nevertheless great article by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts.

The CONSTITUTION is NOT going to "collapse" into pulverized dust no matter how much thermate/explosives or planes they throw at it

Paul Craig Roberts...

Seems to have a bug up his ass regarding Israel because a lot of his articles talk specifically about Israel in a deragatory light. I understand that there is reason to oppose the Israeli Government, etc... but I don't think they are our "puppet master." It is a combination of different lobbies that hold that title. I believe that politicians in the United States use Israel as a means to gain support from the religious fanatics of this country (which unfortunately there are a lot of), and I think Israel uses the United States for both money, weapons, and protection. Both benefit from the "anti-semitic" label as a means to silence dissent against Israel.

Do these people deserve to know how and why their loved ones were murdered? The facts speak for themselves.

"I believe that politicians

"I believe that politicians in the United States use Israel as a means to gain support from the religious fanatics of this country (which unfortunately there are a lot of), and I think Israel uses the United States for both money, weapons, and protection"

You hit it right on the nail.

Meanwhile - while the Christians, Jews and Muslims end up killing each other in the Mid-East and elsewhere.......

.... the Money Masters hiding in their palaces in the far corners of this planet are laughing all the way to the Bank. Literally.

As it was in the 2nd World War.... as it is now.....

The Milner Group is one strategic player amongst several others... in shaping this "New World Order"

Its a shame that people overlook the real monsters hiding in the shadows.

Novus Ordo Seclorum-"New Order of the Ages". That is their cry.

One man's "New Order" is another man's Global Dictatorship.

We are born Free, We WILL live Free.

With Truth, Justice Fairness for All.

There are people in Israel, Saudi Arabia, China , Russia etc who feel the same way and want a better more righteous world to live in. We just need to network with them and start making changes in society..

The CONSTITUTION is NOT going to "collapse" into pulverized dust no matter how much thermate/explosives or planes they throw at it


Very well said, Jon. IMO US/Israeli relations are a very complex dynamic manipulated on both sides to advance common agendas. And it is dangerous to try and simplify any of it. But I also think Roberts makes some very succinct points about the pipeline and the real motivation for US presence in Afghanistan.

Then why...

Is it getting voted down? ;)

Do these people deserve to know how and why their loved ones were murdered? The facts speak for themselves.


Some questions are better left unasked. Whatever you're thinking is probably true....and then some.

been going on a long time...

Seems like nations and peoples and religions are just toys in some bizarre real world board game played by all powerful demonic six year olds.
Happened in the first two world wars and is happening now.
Sickening and disheartening. I don't see a mass awakening happening any time soon. But that's not why I stay at it and keep talking about what I see. Truth is something I support for its own sake.
But don't see it as highly popular anyt ime in the near future....
Before I die I would really like to know WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE that you speak of? What are they getting out of so much death and misery?

You have asked THE central spiritual question

"Before I die I would really like to know WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE that you speak of? What are they getting out of so much death and misery?"

According to many "spiritual masters" and "enlightened beings" - THESE PEOPLE are emanations of your own consciousness.

I can't take this any further because I am not a spiritual master, or an enlightened being.

Who are these people?

Try going to and searching for the word "darkworker". His ideas really resonated with me. Your mileage may vary.

He doesn't single out Israel Lobby

He seems to mention that lobby in conjunction with several others (security, health care, etc.).

The overall thesis seems to be expressed here: "The American people have no effect on anything. They can affect nothing. They have become irrelevant like Obama. And they will remain irrelevant as long as organized interest groups can purchase the US government."

"Organized interest groups" is a reference to more than just the Israel Lobby.

For those who think otherwise, please re-read the text.

"The American people have no

"The American people have no effect on anything. They can affect nothing. They have become irrelevant like Obama. And they will remain irrelevant as long as organized interest groups can purchase the US government."

Perhaps he is referring to other players as well. Maybe the GMIC (Global Military Industrial Complex).

It would be nice if he would be more specific.

Well as long as the investments are flowing from the Iron Triange, the coffers of Lockheed-Martin etc and International "Friends" are overflowing, the Blackwaters, DynCorps of this world will still be smiling ear to ear. Laughing all the way to the Bank.

Or is it Banks?

Som of which we have paid to keep afloat.

darkbeforedawn Pls see:

War is a Racket.

The CONSTITUTION is NOT going to "collapse" into pulverized dust no matter how much thermate/explosives or planes they throw at it

I am looking at these now


Stop defending Israel.

The regime is as corrupt as our own as ruthless as the US, both have created misery, suffering, and death to innocents. The Mossad and the CIA have long histories of manipulation and fostering injustices resulting in the exploitation of humanity. Obama like every other US president with a slight exception for Carter has sold out the Palestinian people. Some folks on this site who have no trouble rightfully criticizing the US and it's corrupt leaders start to panic at the first mention of Israel.

Is it just me...

or has anyone else noticed that as time goes by, Obama sounds more and moe like Bush. This time next year you won't be able to tell the difference.

Jon Stewart

made an analysis to this effect last night.

Is it Bush Lite or

Bush dark- sorry no racial offense intended. Obama is just the newest Salesman for the US territory representing the Global Elite, like the man says above "we the people" are irrelevant. I actually feel sorry for people who identified with Obama and had such high hopes for change. The wars continue, the LIES continue, the torture continues, wall street rules main street, human rights are denied, the richest will get richer, it's business as usual.

Withdrawal is off the table.
Closing the torture bases are off the table.
Getting firm with Israel about illegal settlements is off the table.
Single payer health care is off the table.
Civil liberties are off the table.
America first is off the table.
Change is off the table.


A quote from a comment on this site earlier is appropriate: "it goes over most American's heads because accepting that [...] is true means accepting that we are all being raped and abused."

ZOMBIE President

Paul Craig Roberts, Chris Hedges, Derrick Jensen, Dennis Kucinich, Ralph Nader, James Howard Kunstler, more, right talk but where's the action? The peace movement is virtually dead because they can't absorb the wars toxic premises which are based on the official lies of 9-11. Everyone is bogged down in dealing with the effects of the shattered economy. No one pays attention to street protesters anymore. We had millions in the streets during the Iraq invasion and it did absolutely nothing.

The few ways left to flush this hideous mess called American Pseudo-Democracy down the drain are to work tirelessly for 9-11 Truth to expose the criminally insane liars thereby bringing the putrid house of cards crashing down, and joining a labor union, because without organizing the workforce, I guarantee you that absolutely nothing will ever get changed. Because labor is what really makes the world function, not investing, not parasitical feeding off the fruits of labor.

The Obama presidency is turning into a zombie presidency, feeding on the inactivity, ignorance and stupor of the American public.

We are vital, committed and right on the money with the way change will manifest. I love the 9-11 Truth Movement.

What's your beef with Kucinich, Nader?

Not only are they both very smart, but each has tried and helped to make significant changes. If either one could get real press perhaps they could have been elected president- and REAL CHANGE would be happening NOW.

Well said John.

The most practical suggestion I have seen here for a while.

The furthest that most people get here, is to call for 'a new investigation'.

-Yeah right, as if that wont be stitched up also, and the criminal oligarchy (responsible for the deception and bloodshed of a century under the guise of pseudo democracy) are just going to suddenly roll over and say "fair cop guv, I did it , lock me up, and BTW take all my wealth and power away and redistribute it fairly whilst you're at it!"

The republicrats will never provide a solution. The only possibility is people power. Third party candidates ( those you mentioned would be good) backed by ground up community based organizations of the people, through charities, Unions, homeless centers, local government & the politicization and involvement of massive numbers of the public with mass demonstrations and significant non violent civil unrest.

We will not get a fair reinvestigation of 911 UNTIL this has happened.

Meantime 911 will rapidly become tomorrows JFK assassination.

I believe as you do that 911 could hold the key to this change happening, but looking at the efforts of some here, I despair that they follow every media or administration story trying to suggest (Without any proof yet) that Muslims were implicated in 911 , and call for an investigation to tell us if the OT is wrong, and pretend that common sense cannot understand or recognize pyroclastic explosion or impossible collapses etc.

We know enough already, we also know the media and government are part of our opposition and are not to be trusted. We can also assume that the KSM trial will be as fake as 911 OT, and that it is the big hope and plan of the perps to put this whole movement to bed.

i noticed the same thing

i noticed the same thing that obama is using the same talking points as w. bush did.

The United States no longer

The United States no longer commands the respect it enjoyed under President Ronald Reagan or President George Herbert Walker Bush.

WHHAAAT! surely you remember that under Raygun Iranian passenger jets were shot out of the sky over the Straits of Hormuz,that Colonel Ghaddaffi,s baby daughter was killed by an American missile,that the Contra terrorist scum of Nicaragua were funded and trained by Americans,that arms were sold to all and sundry to pay for it all,that drugs were being shipped into Mena airport to fund covert activities,that lots of people like Oliver North,Caspar Weinberger,Elliot Abrams,Macfarlane and Claridge were all found guilty of deceiving the American public only to get pardoned by GHW Bush.That the world court ordered America to pay reparations to Nicaragua for the clearest case of state sponsored terrorism in modern history.Oh and don,t ever forget that GHW Bush ordered the invasion of the world military powerhouse of Panama another flagrant violation of International law.NO! i can tell you as a non American that you were not respected by the outside world.

America did not turn rotten in 2001 it turned rotten in 1963,if you want I can give you the exact second but I suspect you know already.The state that you are in has nothing to do with lobbies,or Jews,or Arabs or Muslims.It is very ,very simple,

"When you live under a regime that has its foreign policy influenced by the Military Industrial Complex and big Corporations then you are living under a FASCIST regime." Mussolini described Fascism as Corporatism.

YES! Obama is owned by the MIC and corporate America,all of your presidents since 1963 were owned and they all knew what would happen if they stepped outside of the box.The same group of people that effected the fascist coup of 1963 are still in power and they are getting more and more totalitarian by the day.

Just looking at Obama,s cabinet it was obvious that he was always going to be a continuation of government,a continuation of foreign policy and a continuation of America,s moral,spritual and Fascist decline.Obama kept on Iran Contra Gates for crying out loud.Don,t look at Obama,look at his handlers,his script writers and the real power brokers that own him.

Obama is not the Messiah he,s just a very naughty boy.