EIR Daily Alert Service…Aug 24, 2017, Thursday
THURSDAY, AUGUST 24, 2017
Volume 4, Number 168
EIR Daily Alert Service
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- U.S. Situation Is Dire: The New Silk Road Is the Way Up and Out!
- Trump in Phoenix: Color Revolution Violence Fizzles, as President Again Calls for Creating Jobs
- Clapper and Assorted Hyenas Say Trump Is ‘Unfit,’ and To Remove Him
- Elected Officials Terrorized: Support Removing Confederate Statues, Condemn Trump—or You’re a Nazi
- Fusion GPS’s Simpson Testifies before Grassley, Hides Moneybags for Anti-Trump Operations
- Intense Russian, Turkish, Iranian Discussions Underway on Syria
- In Kiev, U.S. Envoy Volker Endorses Ceasefire Proposal on Donbass
- Efforts Made To Whip Up New ‘Chemical Weapons’ Hoax against Syria
- U.S. Cuts Economic and Military Aid to Egypt over ‘Human Rights’ Concerns
- CSX Rail Delays Hit Freight Shipments throughout Eastern States
- Developing Nations Want China To Train Their Astronauts
Aug. 23 (EIRNS)—The U.S. situation is extremely dire and dangerous. The coup operation is in high gear to force President Trump to do the very opposite of what he promised, and that for which he won the election: to restore the economy (specifically beginning with reinstating Glass-Steagall) and to stop the foreign policy of wars—the British Empire policy.
Trump’s rally last night in Phoenix fortunately turned out not to be the bloody battleground the color revolutionists were gunning for. As the crowd was departing, a street fracas, instigated by an attack on police by a few protesters (likely antifa), was held to a minimum. Undeterred, the coup crowd used the event as the occasion for hysterical accusations that Trump is unfit, demented, unhinged, and must be put out of office, if not by impeachment, then by the 25th Amendment.
Leading the charge was James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence (2010-2017) under Obama. Clapper, who assiduously covered up for the Saudi networks behind 9/11, appeared on CNN in the wee hours of Aug. 23, to comment on the Arizona rally, and speak against Trump remaining President! “I really question his ability to be—his fitness to be—in this office…. How much longer does the country have to—to borrow a phrase—endure this nightmare?” CNN’s host, Don Lemon, denounced Trump at length, as “unhinged.” CNN’s commentator Ana Navarro tweeted that Trump, “maybe” is displaying “early-on-set [sic] dementia.”
Obviously, the danger in all this, lies not in the future; i.e., not, “if and whether” the enemy operations will succeed in ousting Trump and taking down the national institutions of the U.S. along with him. The danger is here and now.
Look at the U.S. economy. Millions are suffering from the breakdown. But Trump is under pressure to stay in Wall Street’s grasp; especially, that there be no Glass-Steagall. In Arizona last night, Trump rightly reiterated his goal of creating jobs; he stated again that this will have a “tremendously positive impact on race relations.” But apart from a few jobs here and there, such as in West Virginia and Pennsylvania coal country, saved by exporting coal to Europe, the situation remains bleak. A dramatic reflection of the collapse is seen in the worsening performance of the entire freight rail system east of the Mississippi River. On CSX (one of the two main operators) a train run that might have taken a few days to go from Chicago to western Tennessee, which is already a long ride, recently took 18 days! The delays and jam-ups are now spreading throughout the 21,000 miles of the CSX grid.
Look at the international conflict zones. In Afghanistan, the only approach that can build up the nation and create peace, requires collaboration among all in the region: Iran, Pakistan, India, the nations of Central Asia, Russia, and China. But Trump is under pressure to pursue unilateral action, and even to give in to ploys to try to play off India against the BRICS.
The means to lift us up and out of this collapse and geopolitics is to go with the New Silk Road perspective, and in particular in the U.S., to go for emergency action on Lyndon LaRouche’s “Four Laws.” Go for mass jobs creation. As Helga Zepp-LaRouche spoke of this today, the crucial issue remains, replacing the old paradigm with the new paradigm for development and peace. Remember, as Lyndon LaRouche emphasized at the time, Donald Trump’s election victory Nov. 7, 2016, was not a “national” matter, but an international event of great and historic import.
Look at today’s affairs in the long arc of human history. The danger of a Maidan II in the United States is akin to the danger in the U.S. and Europe at the time of the Weimar Republic. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt got the United States out of the Depression with his New Deal. But Europe sank, and saw the rise of fascism. People must learn from history.
In discussing this today, Lyndon LaRouche issued a call to action: “I am deeply concerned about the situation we’re discussing here…. But the point is, we have to take responsibility for backing up what I’ve been talking about, and what my associates are doing. If we don’t do it, we will be destroyed by what [the enemy] is doing…. We have to win this … the existence of the U.S. depends on doing that job. It’s not making suggestions, but getting a victory over the things that are destroying the U.S. from doing its mission.
U.S. POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC
Aug. 23 (EIRNS)—The rally by President Donald Trump in Arizona last evening, brought thousands out to the Phoenix Convention Center, and some hundreds of protesters outside into the streets, under relative calm, until afterward, when a few protesters—likely antifa—attacked police. Even then, most protesters dispersed, under police use of pepper spray, at first, and then tear gas.
Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams gave a press conference later Tuesday night. She said, “A very small number of individuals chose criminal conduct.” She emphasized that these individuals broke a fence, and, “at one point dispersed gas into and at the police officers. They had their own gas, they threw at police, not our gas.”
As of today, a total of five arrests were made, with one of those on an unrelated warrant. Two arrests are for assaulting policemen. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
Thus, the potential scenarios were averted for a bloody brawl—the hallmark of “gang-countergang” operations to orchestrate a clash.
Trump spoke for over an hour, frequently striking the theme that it is “time to rebuild our country.” The opening, and longest segment of his speech was an excoriation of the media and fake news. Trump then touched on many topics, from immigration, to health care, to veterans’ welfare. He ended with his campaign signature expressions: “We dug the Panama Canal; we put a man on the Moon; we defeated communism; we can do anything…We can make American great again.”
Aug. 23 (EIRNS)—Among the pack of hyenas shrieking that President Trump is “unfit” to serve, and demanding his impeachment or removal under the 25th Amendment, former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper’s remarks last night, following Trump’s Phoenix speech, reflect an intensifying level of hysteria.
Interviewed on CNN’s “Tonight” show, where he was egged on by the virulently anti-Trump anchor Don Lemon, who accused the President of “trying to ignite a civil war in this country,” Clapper asserted that in all of his years in government service, he had never heard a speech as “scary and disturbing” as Trump’s.
“I really question his ability to be—his fitness to be—in this office,” he told Lemon, and that “I also am beginning to wonder about his motivation for it—maybe he is looking for a way out.” Attacking Trump’s “behavior and divisiveness and complete intellectual, moral and ethical void,” Clapper then pointedly asked, “How much longer does the country have to, to borrow a phrase, endure this nightmare?” Prodded by Lemon, “Do you question his fitness?” Clapper replied that the Phoenix speech was “the real Trump,” just like the “unglued, impromptu speech” at the Trump Tower press conference a few weeks ago.
Asked about Trump’s ties to Russia, Clapper had to admit that, as DNI, he never saw any evidence of collusion, but said “Maybe there is some.” Then, “I don’t understand [Trump’s] fascination with Putin and Russia … unless he’s a kindred soul.” Is Trump “a national security threat?” Lemon suggested. Clapper replied, “He certainly could be.” As for Lemon’s question about “What do we do?” Clapper said that the key is where Trump stands “with Republicans…. Will the Republicans reach the point that enough is enough?”
Before the Phoenix speech, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) insisted that it’s time to speak up about Trump’s being unfit for office. “We have to quit whispering on Trump,” but rather speak up! “The Emperor has no clothes.” She admitted that the House votes for impeachment “aren’t there,” and therefore the 25th Amendment will have to be invoked. House Resolution 496, introduced by New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler, demanding that Trump be formally “condemned and censured” now has 78 sponsors.
Aug. 23 (EIRNS)—Reflecting the insanity and terror campaign orchestrated by the coup-mongers, Democratic gubernatorial and other candidates are being told that the only agenda items they need address looking toward the 2018 midterm elections are President Trump’s “behavior,” and the need to remove Confederate statues and symbols around the country. The explicit threat is that anyone who doesn’tembrace this agenda, is a white supremacist, a Nazi, or worse.
An Aug. 22 Politico feature claims that many Democratic gubernatorial candidates now have a “rare opportunity” to mobilize the party’s base—around what? Not jobs, or the economy, or healthcare, but around removing Confederate statues! Several candidates around the country are said to be mobilized on this, undoubtedly driven by the fear of the consequences if they don’t.
This is worrying some Democratic strategists, however, who fear that focusing on this issue could alienate some voters. Former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove introduces some reality. “I wish we could be talking about investing in education and healthcare that helps white working-class people who feel like opportunity is slipping through their fingers. When you end up talking about things like [statues], you’re diverting away from those real issues that concern people every day.”
Those who don’t “take a stand” become targets, as with Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, who is accused of “ducking” the statue issue, and “estranging” African-Americans. Politico quotes former Mississippi Gov. Ray Mabus, who warns “If you don’t say anything, that’s taking a stand.”
Aug. 23 (EIRNS)—Glenn Simpson, cofounder of the Fusion GPS company and collaborator of former MI6 agent Christopher Steele in preparing the dodgy dossier against President-elect Donald Trump that was released in January, testified for ten hours yesterday before the Senate Judiciary committee, chaired by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA). According to ABC News, Simpson did not reveal the names of the individuals who paid his company for its “research” into Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.
Simpson’s lawyer Josh Levy told reporters that in yesterday’s session, Simpson “told Congress the truth and cleared the record….” He said that Fusion GPS is very proud of its work, which Christopher Steele used in his 35-page dossier, filled with salacious and uncorroborated allegations about Trump.
As if to prove the usefulness of the dossier to those trying to bring down the President, Levy argued that since there are multiple ongoing investigations into the “issues” it raised, including that run by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, this constitutes proof that the firm’s work “made a significant impact.” As EIR Daily Alert readers can see, lies can have a big impact.
Turning the truth upside down, Levy argued that while there have been desperate attempts by the Trump camp to smear Simpson and Fusion GPS, Fusion GPS “stands by its work.” Simpson did not name the financiers of his research, but reportedly handed over 40,000 documents related to it. Media also report that Steele has handed over his sources for the dossier to the FBI.
STRATEGIC WAR DANGER
Aug. 23 (EIRNS)—There are significant differences in policy objectives between the three countries, but nonetheless Russia, Iran, and Turkey are in intense discussions to find common ground not only in Syria, where the three countries are the guarantor powers for ceasefire efforts there, but on the Kurdish issue, as well. Chief of the General Staff and First Deputy Defense Minister Gen. Valery Gerasimov will be in Ankara later this week, following on the heels of U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who was there today, and Iranian Chief of General Staff Mohammad Baqeri, who was there last week. Voice of America reports that Ankara is expected to press Gerasimov for cooperation in a military operation against the YPG (People’s Protection Unit), based in the Syrian enclave of Afrin, which borders Turkey. The YPG is part of the Syrian Democratic Forces which are backed by the U.S. against ISIS in Syria. Russia has deployed military police in Afrin as part of its effort to reduce the overall level of violence in the country.
Meanwhile, Iran’s FARS News Agency reported yesterday that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps has denied that there are plans for joint Iranian-Turkish operations against the PKK/PJAK. The wording of the statement, however, clearly does not exclude coordinated efforts on both sides of the two countries’ common border or other forms of cooperation.
With respect to Syria, Iranian Chief of General Staff Mohammad Baqeri said on Aug. 21 that Turkey and Iran have reached an agreement to make sure the government of Bashar al-Assad reasserts control over northern Syria in the areas where the Syrian Kurdish PYD (Democratic Union Party) has declared autonomy.
On the Syria ceasefire effort, Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov told reporters on Aug. 22 that the next Astana meeting could be held sometime in mid-September. “According to the