PaulCraigRobertsDr. Paul Craig Roberts

  • In addition to having held numerous senior academic positions in universities, Dr. Roberts was an associate editor and columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and was appointed by President Reagan as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy during Reagan's first term in office, following which he served as a consultant to both the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

  • Dr. Roberts is now the Chairman of the The Institute for Political Economy. (



Since the publication of this interview a listener has kindly pointed out to me that I was mistaken in saying that the White Helmets "no doubt do some good" (or something close). On reflection I have to agree. There are indeed good reasons to doubt that they perform a humanitarian role. Please see the testimony of the independent journalist , who has spent time in Aleppo researching the situation.


Items mentioned in / relevant to the interview

  • Paul Craig Roberts, "Finally The Russians Have Caught On That Negotiation With Washington Is Pointless", (22 September 2016)
  • _______________, "He Who Hesitates Is Lost And Russia Hesitated", (24 September 2016)
  • Seymour Hersh, "Collective Intelligence", The New Yorker (12 May 2003) [JC: Regarding neoconservatives, Leo Strauss and "noble lies"]

  • Finian Cunningham, "Why US Had to Kill the Syrian Ceasefire", Strategic Culture Foundation (20 September 2016)

  • Craig Murray, "The Barrel Bomb Conundrum", (18 September 2016)

    • "It is a fascinating example of a propaganda meme. Barrel bombs are being used by Syrian government forces, though on a pretty small scale. They are an improvised weapon made by packing conventional explosive into a beer barrel... If a bomb were to drop near me, I would much prefer it to be a barrel bomb as it would be less likely to kill me than the UK and US manufactured professional variety. If however my guts were to be eviscerated by flying hunks of white hot metal, I would not particularly care what kind of bomb it was."—Craig Murray



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