EIR Daily Alert Service
TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2017
Volume 4, Number 71
EIR Daily Alert Service
P.O. Box 17390, Washington, DC 20041-0390
April 10 (EIRNS)—The President of China was literally at the side of President Donald Trump, offering partnership in a rapidly developing new paradigm of productive economic growth, scientific progress and future optimism, which the depressed American population desperately need. Instead, Trump has been duped by the British Imperial “unipolar world” illusion and the British obsession with getting America to go to war.
The shocking complete reversal by the President, within a single week, of his years-long strong opposition to the Bush-Obama disaster of regime-change wars, was brought about by British frauds. The fraudulent claims of Russian control of Trump have all originated in British intelligence “reports” and “dossiers,” and have caused him to lose control of his own National Security Council and caused his few allies in Congress to capitulate. Throughout Trump’s short Presidency, British officials have incessantly demanded “alliance” military attacks on Syria and new sanctions against Russia. With the President’s March 30 announcements that his policy was not to “regime-change” Assad in Syria, the British and American alignment, like Senators McCain and Rubio, went into a fury, and seized onto the charge of “Idlib chemical weapons bombing” in Syria. That itself may well have been a hoax, whose only source of evidence is the British intelligence-created and -funded “White Helmets” who operate in Syrian territories controlled by jihadi extremists.
EIR Founding Editor Lyndon LaRouche has warned since the day Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi was overthrown and assassinated by a British-French-Obama coup in 2011, that these regime-change wars were marching toward the target of a world war confrontation with Russia, especially, and also with China. Trump was determined to end that threat; now with his British manipulation, the danger has returned with a vengeance.
As LaRouche called for, now President Trump must hold a summit meeting with Russian President Putin to reverse this British world war march. Indeed, the Kremlin has said that Putin will not meet Secretary of State Tillerson in Moscow on Wednesday, although Tillerson has been holding out against the disastrous regime-change policy. There must be a Trump-Putin summit.
We are seeing the President duped by British imperialism—the imperialism we fought our Revolution against, and by the Anglo-American “world policeman” dogma, which President Franklin Roosevelt rejected.
The American people now have to rally against regime-change war—as they did in 2013, when they stopped Obama from bombing Syria. But more: they must rally for the idea President Trump had started to espouse, the “American System of economy” going back to Alexander Hamilton; to Clay and Lincoln; and today meaning partnership with China’s New Silk Road and carrying out LaRouche’s “Four Laws to save the nation.”
That is the purpose of the Schiller Institute’s two-day conference in New York City this Thursday and Friday; and the purpose of the nationwide mobilization of activists to throw pressure on the White House. Trump must clean his house of the British-agent advocates of war confrontation with Russia; and return to the campaign for the American System.
U.S. POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC
April 10 (EIRNS)—Events of the week prior to, and days after, the chemical weapons event in Syria’s Idlib province, show a British war coup in progress against the entire previous policy of the Donald Trump Presidency.
March 30: Both Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, in interviews, announced that President Obama’s policy of regime-change in Syria had been changed, and that forcing Bashar al-Assad out of power was not an American priority under President Trump.
March 31: Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis held a press conference in London with British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon. General Mattis praised Britain’s global role and accused Russia of threatening Europe and interfering in the U.S. election; Fallon called for new sanctions against Russia.
March 31: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who had in December called for a U.K.-U.S. military attack on Syrian government forces, acknowledged that the U.K.’s investigation of “Russian election interference” in Europe had found none.
April 3 evening: The first media reports appear of bombing attacks on Idlib province which resulted in chemical poisoning.
April 4: President Trump was briefed via the President’s Daily Brief on a chemical weapons bombing attack by Syria’s government. The evidence was photographs and video of persons, including children, ill and dying from apparent chemical poisoning. The source of the evidence was the White Helmets “civil defense organization” which operates in areas of Syria controlled by armed rebel groups including al-Qaeda affiliates. It is funded by the British Defense Ministry, the State Department USAID, and the Dutch government—and was started by a “former” British MI6 agent. The U.S. intelligence community clearly could not have analyzed evidence in the 14 hours since the event.
April 4 and 5: National Security Council meetings took place. It was later reported that CIA Director Michael Pompeo did not participate in these.
April 5: Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis twice stated publicly that the United States had to analyze all evidence and determine what had happened in Idlib, declining immediate attribution of the attack to President al-Assad.
April 5: Trump told journalists, “I’ve been watching it and seeing it [the White Helmets “evidence”], and it doesn’t get any worse than that. And I have that flexibility, and it’s very, very possible—and I will tell you, it’s already happened—that my attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much.”
April 4: House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) recused himself from his committee’s investigation of leaked classified intercepts about Trump’s and his team’s alleged “links to Russia.” This was a major blow to prospects of exposing the crimes involved in leaking NSA surveillance of the President; or exposing the British “Trump dossier” by MI6 agent Christopher Steele. Recall Trump was furious at Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself (Sessions cited the period he was in the Senate). Nunes’ recusal was caused by a complaint against him to the House Ethics Committee by CREW (Committee for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington), whose funding sources are British and include George Soros.
April 5: Stephen Bannon’s removal from the National Security Council Principals Committee was announced.
April 5: Senators Marco Rubio and John McCain both publicly held Tillerson responsible for the alleged chemical bombing attack by Syria.
April 5: Hillary Clinton said the United States “should take out his [Assad’s] airfields and prevent him from being able to bomb innocent people.”
April 6: CNN promoted a story of a feud between Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and Stephen Bannon, and Trump’s anger at it.
April 6: The decision was made, during Trump’s summit with China’s President Xi Jinping, to launch an attack on the Shairat airbase in Syria. Late that night Eastern Time the Tomahawk missiles are launched.
April 7: Michael Fallon bragged about constant communication with General Mattis, briefings and discussions both before and after the strikes.
April 8: National Security Advisor Gen. H.W. McMaster removed K.T. McFarland as Deputy National Security Advisor. McFarland had been involved in North Korea/Asia policy decisions and had been on the Principals Committee.
April 9: Tillerson presented a “three-point plan” on Syria in an interview with ABC News; he opposed regime change in general, citing the Libya disaster, and in specific on Syria.
April 9: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson cancelled a trip to Moscow, saying that after G7 Foreign Ministers meetings in Lucca, Italy, April 10-11, Tillerson would go to Moscow and represent the British position. Johnson said Britain demands new “Syria sanctions” on Russia, until Russia removes all its military forces from Syria and abandons support for Assad.
April 10 (EIRNS)—Over the weekend, a number of Democrats have had the courage to challenge the line that President Donald Trump was right to adopt the neo-con “Assad must go” attitude toward Syria. Most assertive in this regard is Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI).
In an interview April 8 with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, during which he showed a clip of Rex Tillerson saying he had a “high degree of confidence” on the nature of the alleged Syrian chemical attack (based on information we now know was falsified), Gabbard responded that she was “skeptical.” She said to her incredulous host: “Wolf, I remind you about what happened before we launched an invasion and occupation of Iraq. Then, Colin Powell and many others within the administration came to Congress and came to the UN claiming they had the evidence proving that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. We launched a completely destructive, counter-productive war based on that intelligence, which, now, years later, has proven to be wrong.
“So, yes, I’m skeptical, because we have to take at a premium the cost of these wars, not only on the Syrian people and the people of the Middle East, but the cost of these wars here, in the United States….”
April 10 (EIRNS)—As reported in The Hill Monday morning, “a handful” of Republican Congress members want now former National Security Advisor Susan Rice to be investigated, for her repeated “unmasking” of Trump transition team members—including Trump’s first National Security Advisor, Gen. Michael Flynn (ret.)—whose identities were later leaked to the media.
Georgian Representatives Barry Loudermilk and. Doug Collins are reportedly among a small group of Republicans who would like to see the House Intelligence Committee follow through on its responsibilities on this matter. Rice has been identified as the person—representing the Obama Administration—who sought the unmasking of the identities of dozens of members of the Trump transition team, all victims of “incidental” contact during NSA surveillance. The full extent of Rice’s activities has yet to be discovered.
April 10 (EIRNS)—Two of Donald Trump’s most effective advisors and supporters during his election campaign are now exposing attempts to induce Trump to go to war against Russia: Infowars radio host Alex Jones; and Roger Stone, a political advisor of former President Ronald Reagan, have criticized President Trump’s current moves against Russia. Radio host Michael Savage is on a parallel track.
On April 7, Alex Jones interviewed Roger Stone, who suggested that the chemical weapons attack in Syria, which Trump used to justify the military action there, might have been staged as part of a conspiracy to draw President Trump into war in the Middle East. Stone said, “What’s interesting to me, is this push by the Generals—which I believe is aided by the President’s son-in-law [Kushner] to essentially shed the non-interventionist position that he [Trump] stuck to very closely in the campaign, and become George W. Bush. The people, if they wanted a neo-con, they would have elected Jeb Bush.”
Jones also blamed “President Kushner” for the torrent of media leaks from the White House, which Jones described as a “jihad” to go after “hard-core conservative patriots” like Steve Bannon for opposing the airstrike.
April 10 (EIRNS)—A fifth Senator, New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, backed the “21st Century Glass-Steagall Act,” S.881, the day after it was introduced by the bipartisan combination of Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), John McCain (R-AZ), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Angus King (I-ME).
At the same time the Credit Union Times, the leading publication of some 7,700 credit unions around the country, with 100 million members and 7% of American deposits, on April 7 published coverage under the headline “New Glass-Steagall Bill Pushed by Senators Warren, McCain.” The long article basically tracks the sponsors’ press release of April 6 at length, including the quotations from all four Senators.
The City of London’s Financial Times on April 10 published an “Inside Business” column by Patrick Jenkins, headlined “The Tangled Web of Goldman Sachs, Gary Cohn and Glass-Steagall.” The column includes a very long wind-up about the “surprise” of Trump National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn’s favorable comment on Glass-Steagall; the immediately following Senate introduction of the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act; and the possible motivations of Goldman Sachs—of which Cohn was president—in supporting Glass-Steagall’s restoration.
But it concludes that rather than imitating Britain’s “ring-fencing” bank regulation, the U.S. legislation might push Britain to move to Glass-Steagall. “Mr. Trump would find a way to ensure the likes of Barclays and Deutsche Bank were not advantaged. Some believe that new U.S. legislation could in fact embolden policymakers elsewhere in the world to follow suit. Who knows? Britain’s ring-fencing rules, which put a safety barrier around mainstream high-street banking activity and must be implemented by January 2019, could just be a prelude to a full-blown U.K. version of Glass-Steagall.”
STRATEGIC WAR DANGER
April 10 (EIRNS)—Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, President Trump’s National Security Advisor, appeared on Fox News Sunday yesterday, to launch a diatribe against not only Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but also Russia for supporting Syrian sovereignty. McMaster called for “a political solution to that very complex problem,” that doesn’t include Assad, exactly as U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley had the day before, declaring that the onus is on Moscow to conform to the U.S. position.
McMaster confirmed that the administration is “prepared to do more,” obviously meaning more military action. McMaster characterized Russia as “part of the problem,” because of its “sponsorship” of the Assad government. “And if we would want to appeal rationally to Russia, this is a great opportunity for the Russian leadership to reevaluate what they’re doing. Why they are supporting a regime that is committing mass murder against its own people. And so, Russia could be part of the solution. Right now, I think everyone in the world sees Russia as part of the problem.” When interviewer Chris Wallace asked him if Russia was involved in the (alleged) gas attack of April 5, McMaster said: “Well, I think what we should do is ask Russia—how could it be, if you have advisors at that airfield, that you didn’t know that the Syrian air force was preparing and executing a mass murder attack with chemical weapons?”
The Russians have already responded to this. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said on Saturday that the U.S. has presented no evidence that there were ever any chemical munitions at the Shairat airbase, the base that was the target of the U.S. cruise missile strike.
April 10 (EIRNS)—Former chief UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter demonstrates how President Trump was manipulated to blame and bomb President Assad’s Syria for the alleged gas attack in Khan Sheikhoun, in an April 9 article in Huffington Post, “Wag the Dog—How al-Qaeda Played Donald Trump and the American Media.”
On April 4, horrific images began to be sent out of Idlib province in Syria by anti-government activists, showing children and others gassed by Syrian forces bombing of what was in fact was a gas storage depot.
The horrific images caused President Trump to dramatically change his attitude. Ritter points out chemical attacks had been occurring inside Syria on a regular basis.
Ritter does not raise the issue, but what was ignored by Trump’s National Security team raises real issues about their competence.
Ritter writes that the site of the attack, Khan Sheikhoun, is “ground zero for the Islamic jihadists who have been at the center of the anti-Assad movement in Syria since 2011. Up until February 2017, Khan Sheikhoun was occupied by a pro-ISIS group known as Liwa al-Aqsa” that was in competition with al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria. Ritter continues, “The Russian Ministry of Defense has claimed that Liwa al-Aqsa was using facilities in … that area” to manufacture chemical shells and land mines for ISIS. “In Aleppo, Russians discovered laboratories that filled mortar shells and land mines with a mix of chlorine gas and white phosphorus.”
Ritter says al-Nusra used a chlorine/white phosphorous blend in its attack on Aleppo in 2016. If the Russians are correct, says Ritter, the building bombed in Khan Sheikhoun on April 4 was producing or storing chemical weapons.
“ The counter-narrative offered by the Russians and Syrians, however, has been minimized, mocked and ignored by both the American media and the Trump administration. So, too, has the very illogic of the premise being put forward to answer the question of why President Assad would risk everything by using chemical weapons against a target of zero military value, at a time when the strategic balance of power had shifted strongly in his favor,” Ritter argues. Likewise, Ritter asks, “why would Russia, which had invested considerable political capital in the disarmament of Syria’s chemical weapons capability after 2013, stand by idly while the Syrian air force carried out such an attack, especially when there was such a heavy Russian military presence at the base in question at the time of the attack?…
“To sustain this illogic, the American public and decision-makers make use of a sophisticated propaganda campaign” proffered by forces opposed to Assad, including the ‘White Helmets,’ the Syrian-American Medical Society, the Aleppo Media Center, “which have a history of providing slanted information designed to promote an anti-Assad message.” Many of these activists including the White Helmets “were trained and equipped in social media manipulation tactics using money provided by the United States,” says Ritter.
But sophisticated training aside, factual inconsistencies emerged. Anti-Assad forces called chemical a sarin nerve agent attack, and a physician affiliated with al-Qaeda sent out images of symptoms on social media such as dilated pupils, that he diagnosed as exposure to a sarin nerve agent. However, says Ritter, sarin is an odorless, colorless material, dispersed as either a liquid or a vapor, whereas “eyewitnesses speak of a ‘pungent odor’ and ‘blue-yellow’ clouds, more indicative of chlorine gas….
“Mainstream American media outlets have willingly and openly embraced a narrative provided by al-Qaeda affiliates whose record of using chemical weapons in Syria, and distorting and manufacturing ‘evidence’ to promote anti-Assad policies in the West, including regime change, is well documented. … These [media] actions do not seem to shock the conscience of the American public,” stresses Ritter.
ISIS is also a winner by this blind eye toward reality, says Ritter, because it took advantage of the U.S. strike against Shairat airbase to launch a major offensive against Syrian government forces around the city of Palmyra.
April 10 (EIRNS)—The Global Times, the government’s major English-language daily, which reflects Chinese government policy, warns against a U.S. strike against North Korea, as well as warning North Korea against creating a new provocation, in an editorial titled “After Syria Strikes, Will North Korea Be Next?”
Citing the advance of the aircraft-carrier strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson heading toward the Korean Peninsula, they write: “Launching a missile strike at an airbase in Syria demonstrates that U.S. President Donald Trump is bolder to resort to force than his predecessor Barack Obama. Whether Washington will take similar actions toward Pyongyang has become suspenseful. Pyongyang reacted strongly to the U.S. attack on Syria, saying it is ‘not frightened.’
Writing that Trump seems to be reverting to the policy of the Obama Administration, they continue, “Nearly three months after taking office, he no longer behaves like a diplomatic revolutionary. The U.S. military this time launched a salvo of approximately 60 cruise missiles from destroyers, without dispatching fighter planes. The strike has a limited effect. It is more like a warning against the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government.
“Such attacks, if launched on North Korea, will have even more limited effects while causing greater risks. In view of Pyongyang’s several thousand artillery pieces and a large number of short-range missiles aimed at Seoul, a symbolic strike against North Korea by the U.S. would bring a disaster to the people in Seoul.
April 10 (EIRNS)—Alex Salmand, the Scottish National Party’s foreign policy spokesman has come out strongly against any intervention by the West in Syria. This presents a big problem to the British war faction. Scotland is the base where all British nuclear submarines dock and are serviced. In 2014, a national referendum on Scottish independence from Britain won 45% of the vote.
The Scottish National Party is the largest political party in Scotland, and the third-largest political party by membership in the United Kingdom, as well as by overall representation in the House of Commons, behind the Labour Party and the Conservative Party. It is a social-democratic party that fights for Scottish independence.
April 10 (EIRNS)—The former NATO Military Committee Chairman Gen. Harald Kujat (Bundeswehr, ret.), an outspoken critic of regime-change war, said that the story of a Syrian government chemical weapon attack used as justification for the U.S. missile attack on Syria is ominous, because it is unproven, and yet asserted as a pretext for action, which is in massive violation of international law. It is not within the framework of the United Nations. The air strike was driven by emotions—also no basis for interventions. An independent commission of experts must first investigate the facts and determine who is to blame for what happened in Idlib, Kujat insisted.
Kujat, who was chief of the German General Staff (2000-2002) before his NATO posting (2002-2005), still has some hope that the danger of all-out war, can be averted. He refers to a “constructive three-point plan” which he says U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson still has in his pocket for the talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow April 12: 1) fight ISIS; 2) stabilization of Syria through talks with the participation of the government there; 3) ceasefire and peace consolidation. Going for any scheme without an agreement by Russia and the United States is an illusion, Kujat warned.
COLLAPSING WESTERN FINANCIAL SYSTEM
April 10 (EIRNS)—In a strong demonstration that China’s Belt and Road Initiative (“New Silk Road”) is a huge source of constructive credit for many nations, China’s four largest state banks have reported their lending for 2016 as a whole. According to analysis in the April 10 Wall Street Journal, three of the four reported much larger increases in loans issued outside China than within—although their domestic loans were also rising substantially. This was “helped by state-backed ambitions to build infrastructure around the world,” the Journal reported.
Bank of China, for example, the fourth-largest but most international lender, increased its overseas credit issuance by $30 billion. Its domestic business loans rose by about $15 billion. “One of President Xi Jinping’s showpiece initiatives—known as ‘One Belt One Road’—[involves] loans to finance hundreds of projects along ancient trade routes,” wrote the Journal.
Industrial & Commercial bank of China Ltd. and China Construction Bank Corp. each reported increases of about $20 billion from 2015 to 2016 in lending along the Belt and Road and in Africa and Ibero-America. Thus overseas project lending jumped by about $70 billion—by more than 30% in the year for those three banks, while they also strongly increased domestic lending. The fourth big state bank, Agricultural Bank of China, remained focused on the domestic economy.
By contrast, the Journal also reported on Friday, April 7, that there had been no growth in commercial and industrial loans by the U.S. banking system from last Sept. 7 to the week ended March 31. It was the first period of six months or more of zero or negative lending growth, since the 2008-2011 collapse period after the crash.
This commercial/industrial zero growth came as part of the sharp drop in the overall rate of lending growth—including lending for securities purposes, etc.—from about 5% to 2% annual rate. It is part of a debt crisis developing in the U.S. economy, where the debt of non-financial companies has gone through a spectacular five-year 60% rise, with declining profits and now declining credit available to the housing, commercial real estate, auto and oil/gas bubbles.
THE NEW GLOBAL ECONOMIC ORDER
April 10 (EIRNS)—A 140,000-ton crude oil tanker, Suezmax, began offloading crude oil at Made Island oil port in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state today, after the signing of a China-Myanmar crude oil pipeline transmission agreement in Beijing earlier in the day, Xinhua reports. Myanmar President Htin Kyaw was finishing a state visit to Beijing, where he met with President Xi Jinping and others.
The China-Myanmar crude oil pipeline extends 771 km to China’s Yunnan Province, passing through Myanmar’s Rakhine state, Magway and Mandalay regions, and Shan state.
The pipeline has been completed for nearly two years, but its first use was held up over disagreements between China and Myanmar.
SCIENCE AND INFRASTRUCTURE
April 10 (EIRNS)—Russia is in discussions with Japan to build nuclear power stations in third countries. Alexey Likhachev, CEO of Russia’s state nuclear power company, Rosatom, has just returned from Japan, where he had talks on cooperation in peaceful uses of nuclear energy. On Dec. 16, 2016, in Tokyo, Likhachev, Japan’s Minister of Economy Hiroshige Seko and Minister of Education Hirokazu Matsuno signed a memorandum of cooperation in peaceful uses of atomic energy, in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
“An important subject that was in focus of talks is possible consolidation of our assets and competences with companies enjoying authority in the nuclear sphere not only in Japan but also abroad. It is possible that we reach agreement on joint projects in third countries,” said Likhachev in an interview today with the Rossiya-24 television channel. “Both the Japanese and we develop nuclear medicine, nuclear technologies in the agricultural sector. I hope very much our partners will be interested in these formats of cooperation. We already have certain progress in this area.”
Russia’s assistance in the clean-up after Japan’s Fukushima nuclear reactor was hit by a tsunami in March 2011, was a key issue of discussion. World Nuclear News reports that Likhachev had said that the Mitsubishi Research Institute last month had selected Rosatom subsidiaries, RosRAO and Tenex, to conduct a feasibility study on the creation of an integrated, high-sensitivity neutron-detector that would assist in the most accurate “search [for] and identification” of nuclear fuel fragments at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
He also said that Russia and Japan could conduct joint development work in the area of fast neutron reactors, in which Rosatom is considered the world leader. Russia’s Beloyarsk nuclear power plant has the only industrial-scale fast neutron reactors in operation, he said. The 789-MW Beloyarsk 4, the BN-800 fast neutron reactor, which started commercial operation in November, is fuelled by a mix of uranium and plutonium oxides (MOX) arranged to produce new fuel material as it burns.