Interview with Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, former assistant secretary to US Treasury, Panama City.
While revolts in Tunisia and Egypt caught the US by surprise there is speculation that they are behind revolts in Libya and Syria. Russia and China are also see observing these developments.
Press TV talks with Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, former assistant secretary to US Treasury in Panama City who concisely provides insight as to the larger scope of American hegemonic strategy that seriously risks Russian and Chinese interests.
Press TV: There is talk about Washington being advised to arm the revolutionaries in Libya. Do you think this is a good idea?
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts: They are already arming them. That is what’s unique about the Libyan revolt. It’s not a peaceful revolt; it’s not taking place in the capital; it’s an armed revolt from the eastern part of the country. And we know that the CIA is involved on the ground and so they are already armed.
Press TV: How do you compare this military intervention to the one in Bahrain?
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts: We don’t want to overthrow the government in Bahrain or in Saudi Arabia where both governments are using violence against protesters because they’re our puppets and we have a large naval base in Bahrain.
We want to overthrow Gaddafi and Assad in Syria because we want to clear China and Russia out of the Mediterranean. China has massive energy investments in eastern Libya and is relying on Libya along with Angola and Nigeria for energy needs. This is an American effort to deny resources to China just as Washington and London denied resources to the Japanese in the 1930s.
The interest in the Syria protests, which Wikileaks shows the Americans are behind — we are interested in that because the Russians have a large naval base in Syria and it gives them a presence in the Mediterranean. So you see that Washington is all for invading against Libya and is putting more and more pressure to intervene in Syria because we want to get rid of the Russians and the Chinese.
We don’t have anything to say about the Saudis — how they treat protesters or anything to say about the violence used against protesters in Bahrain.