EIR Daily Alert Service, Wed. August 23, 2017
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2017
Volume 4, Number 167
EIR Daily Alert Service
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Aug. 22 (EIRNS)—America is experiencing a descent into chaos, as vulnerable youth and/or desperately poor people, of all races and of all political persuasions, are being driven to take sides in a pre-conditioned violent conflict in which there can be no winners, and all will lose. It is a classic British imperial tactic, called “Gangs and Countergangs” by British Brigadier Frank Kitson in a book by that name, a method the British have since acknowledged was used to crush opposition to their colonial rule in Kenya, in Malaysia, in Northern Ireland, and more. The concept is for an artificial conflict to be constructed which turns factions within the targetted populations against each other, with agent provocateurs running both sides, leading to many deaths, stirring bestial passions, and destroying any capacity for a united fight against the actual enemy—the British Empire.
An editor and journalist for China’s People’s Daily, the official paper of the Chinese Communist Party, wrote an article in Monday’s edition asking: “Is America engulfed in a Cultural Revolution?” The writer, Curtis Stone, describes the nightmare of China’s Cultural Revolution in the 1960s, in which enraged mobs of youth (the Red Guards) were instigated to join in mob violence against the institutions of the country, which “plunged China into chaos for years, during which many of the country’s cultural and historical artifacts were removed or destroyed.” He continues: “Recent racial tension in the U.S. has left many Chinese wondering if a country once known as the world’s ‘Melting Pot’ is undergoing its own Cultural Revolution, and perplexed over how such an eerily similar event could unfold in America. The chaos in America is deeply troubling. The American cultural revolution, as it has been termed in some Chinese media, has all the hallmarks of China’s turbulent experience…. From a Chicago pastor’s call to remove a statue of George Washington…, to U.S Congresswoman Nancy Pelosis’s call to remove Confederate statues from the Capitol immediately; and to discussion over whether it is time to blow up the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, South Dakota, there is a push to get rid of at least some of the country’s cultural and historical artifacts.”
Helga Zepp LaRouche added another deeply troubling image—the last days of the Weimar Republic in Germany, when nazis battled communists on the streets, driving the chaos that led to the collapse of legitimate government and the horror of the Nazi dictatorship.
The attempt to portray the pathetic, impotent grouplets of white supremacists and neo-nazis as somehow supported by President Trump, or to portray the black-masked antifa anarchists throwing Molotov cocktails as “non-violent protesters,” is not only insane, but ignores the fact that these groups are precisely what Brigadier Kitson described: totally controlled gangs and counter-gangs, diverting the attention of the citizenry from the economic decay of the past decade, and the financial and economic collapse rushing toward us. The fact that the controllers are the same elements of the FBI, CIA and other corrupt intelligence agencies from the Obama administration who have run the “Russiagate” fraud against the President, should remove any doubt that it is all part of the same “color revolution” launched by George Soros and Barack Obama, aimed at deposing the President, destroying any potential for the United States to join in the New Silk Road as Trump has indicated he would, and driving a military confrontation with Russia which would be the end of civilization as we know it.
President Trump’s much advertised speech on a new policy for the Afghanistan War Monday night was statesman-like, while intentionally lacking in content. While it is widely reported that he has approved a new “surge” in troops to Afghanistan, what he actually reported was that he is leaving decisions on military deployments to the generals, but that he will not pre-announce military decisions. He strongly denounced Pakistan for harboring terrorists, and called on India to take a bigger role in Afghanistan.
But Secretary of State Tillerson immediately issued a statement, and held a press conference on Tuesday, which made clear that the intention of the new Afghanistan policy is two-fold: use the military methods which have proven successful in Syria and Iraq to defeat ISIS; and facilitate negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban for a negotiated peace agreement. “Our purpose is to convince the Taliban that they can not achieve a victory on the battlefield,” Tillerson said today, adding: “we may not win a victory either.” The official State Department statement issued Monday night says: “The Taliban has a path to peace and political legitimacy through a negotiated political settlement to end the war. We stand ready to support peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban without preconditions.”
Note that under President Trump, the U.S. has worked closely, and successfully, with Russia in defeating terrorism in Syria, and, in the case of Afghanistan, the new Trump policy approach, negotiating with the Taliban toward a negotiated settlement embracing all ethnic factions in the country, is precisely what the Russians have promoted.
It is this policy—working together with Russia and China to create a new paradigm, based on the common aims of mankind for peace through development, ending Empire once and for all—that the British and their assets in the U.S. can not tolerate, and are willing to conduct a coup and provoke a nuclear war to prevent. This is a moment of great danger, but even greater opportunity. The President must be defended, and the new paradigm brought into being.
U.S. POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC
Aug. 22 (EIRNS)—A very revealing, if disgusting, attack on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was published Monday in the Foreign Policy journal by Daniel Baer, who was an Obama diplomat and deputy assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights, and labor. Titled “Condoleezza Rice and Bob Gates Should Apologize for Endorsing Rex Tillerson,” Baer rants about all the horrible things Tillerson represents. “It’s time to acknowledge that Tillerson is an abject failure,” writes Baer. “Tillerson made early and revealing gaffes on human rights and geopolitics suggesting that he thought a robust American foreign policy could put values as an afterthought, showing that he failed to see that it is in large part America’s role as an (imperfect but genuine) force for universal values that makes our foreign policy robust.” This is of course precisely the Obama policy of using human rights to impose dictates on target nations, including several cases of military obliteration and regime change—which Tillerson and Trump are trying to end.
“Tillerson also asked, apparently sincerely, why Americans should care about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, thereby demonstrating a gap in his understanding of how the United States benefits from a rules-based order and how American interests are damaged when an authoritarian like Tillerson’s old business associate, Russian President Vladimir Putin, violently disregards the rules.” This, of course again, was Obama’s effort to justify his support for a nazi-led coup in Ukraine and to orchestrate a war on Russia. Under Trump and Tillerson, that British imperial game is over.
Tillerson has “proven to be an incompetent manager who is inflicting long-term damage on the State Department,” Baer raves. Dumping the imperial minded garbage from State has been one of his major accomplishments. Tillerson has also “failed to defend department employees against the president’s callous insult when he thanked Putin for helping the United States cut payroll, and failed to convey a vision of foreign policy able to engage the thousands of patriots he leads.” Need I repeat the “of course?”
“Too many of my former colleagues are demoralized,” Baer whines. He throws in that Tillerson’s problem “stems from the broader dysfunction projected throughout the administration by incompetence in the White House.” So much for the Obama riff-raff.
Aug. 22 (EIRNS)—The “authoritative” theory that it was a Russian “hack” of the Democratic National Committee’s email server which revealed the DNC’s election-rigging for Hillary Clinton, is now losing ground to the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) Memorandum, which conclusively proves the DNC’s data was leaked, not hacked, Dan Boylan reports in the Aug. 21 Washington Times. The story’s title is: “DNC hack theories considered extreme and fringe now entering mainstream.”
Boylan writes, “Theories once considered fringe… have begun entering the mainstream,” and the VIPS claims are also strengthened by “reexamining statements made by former players in the drama, including former President Obama…”.
The VIPS memo also conflicts with the U.S. intelligence community’s January 2017 claim that it was Russian operatives who orchestrated the cyberattack on the DNC computers, and point blank states that the intelligence agencies “made up” the existence of a “Guccifer 2.0” who had supposedly hacked the DNC network for Russia. Boylan writes, “The FBI, CIA, and NSA never actually performed any cyberforensic analysis of the documents they claimed were hacked by Guccifer, and [which documents] offered clear evidence that the Russian cyrillic imprint had been superimposed, to pin the ‘hack’ on Russia.”
Boylan points out that none of the investigators have been able to “get their hands on the DNC’s computer network,” for which “CrowdStrike” supposedly created a defense. VIPS leader Ray McGovern says that CrowdStrike could have been complicit in generating the “Russian hack” narrative, and that would explain why neither the FBI, CIA, NSA, nor any other major U.S. intelligence or law enforcement outfit has ever fully examined the DNC hack. McGovern points out, that “[Fired FBI Director] Jim Comey could have gotten authority to access the DNC server, but he never wanted to.”
Aug. 22 (EIRNS)—Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin today announced the implementation of sanctions against Chinese and Russian companies and individuals who do legitimate, legal business with North Korea, essentially declaring that any such business—such as selling food or oil to the country to feed and provide energy to its people, is supporting their nuclear weapons program, and thus the U.S. has the right to punish them. Not under international law, of course, but under U.S. laws as the world’s only superpower. “The sanctions will disrupt the ability of 10 third-country companies and six individuals to skirt United Nations sanctions,” the Treasury Department declared.
The new sanctions will freeze the assets of the new entities and will prohibit U.S. persons from dealing with them. “Treasury will continue to increase pressure on North Korea by targeting those who support the advancement of nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and isolating them from the American financial system,” Mnuchin said in a statement. “It is unacceptable for individuals and companies in China, Russia, and elsewhere to enable North Korea to generate income used to develop weapons of mass destruction and destabilize the region,” he Said. Mnuchen is using an Obama-era executive order that allows assets of “nuclear weapons proliferators and their supporters” to be frozen.
Among the so-called crimes of these companies is “selling North Korean natural resources abroad,” or “providing oil to North Korea,” absurdly arguing that any income to the country is linked to the missiles program.
STRATEGIC WAR DANGER
Aug. 22 (EIRNS)—The collision between the guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain and a merchant vessel in the Strait of Mallacca on Aug. 20, with ten sailors dead or missing, was the fourth major mishap to be suffered by the U.S. 7th Fleet this year. The other incidents include the June 17 collision between the destroyer USS Fitzgerald and the Philippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX Crystal, which resulted in major damage to the ship and the deaths of seven sailors. On January 31, the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Antietam ran aground in Tokyo Bay after being tossed from its anchorage by wind and tides, dumping oil in the Bay. And on May 9, the Ticonderoga-class USS Lake Champlain sustained minor damage after a South Korean fishing boat ran into the cruiser’s port side. Not included in this list is the crash of a Marine Corps Osprey off the coast of Australia, last week, killing three of the 26 Marines on board.
All of this has caused Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson to order a review of 7th Fleet operations. He said that the string of accidents “gives great cause for concern that there is something out there that we’re not getting at.” Therefore, “We are taking a much more aggressive stance at this point to get to that level of understanding.”
In the view of the Chinese, the increased pace of operations of the US Navy in Asia—which includes freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea, which both the Fitzgerald and the McCain participated in—has itself become a threat to maritime navigation. The Global Times, in an Aug. 21 editorial, suggests that the rash of accidents shows that the U.S. Navy is operating in Asian waters incompetently. “U.S warships patrol too frequently in the Asia-Pacific,” Global Times writes. “A large number of merchant vessels, of many types and flagged from many nations, use Asian sea lanes. If the U.S. Navy wants to keep its frequent presence in the waters, it needs to get familiar and interact with these merchant ships, which requires huge expenditure.”
A spokeswoman for China’s Foreign Ministry on Monday (Aug. 21) flagged Beijing’s concerns about “the threat and hidden danger posed by the relevant incident to the safety of navigation in the South China Sea and relevant waters.” The China Daily noted that while the investigation into this latest incident will take time, “there is no denying the fact that the increased activities by U.S. warships in Asia-Pacific since Washington initiated its rebalancing to the region are making them a growing risk to commercial shipping.” While the U.S. Navy is thus becoming a “dangerous obstacle” in Asian waters, “China has been making joint efforts with the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to draw up a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea and it has boosted navigational safety by constructing five lighthouses on its islands.”
Aug. 22 (EIRNS)—In a press conference at the U.S. air base in Osan, South Korea, Adm. Harry Harris, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command, said that the diplomatic approach is the “stronger and more powerful” means to resolve the standoff with North Korea, adding such efforts should be backed by credible military capability. “The most important starting point is that diplomatic starting point. We hope and work for a diplomatic solution to the challenge presented by (North Korean leader) Kim Jong-un, because credible combat power should be in support of diplomacy and not the other way around,” he said.
Secretary of State Tillerson today in a press conference on Afghanistan, interjected that the U.S. is taking note of the fact that North Korea has not conducted any missile or nuclear tests since the unanimous UN Security Council vote on new sanctions, and that this gives hope that there would soon be a basis for talks.
In Korea, Harris was joined at the press conference by Gen. John Hyten. Commander of U.S. Strategic Command, Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves, director of the Missile Defense Agency, and Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea. “The unusual joint press conference of top U.S. military officers in South Korea was seen as an effort to reassure U.S. commitment to defending South Korea amid concerns in Seoul over a possible unilateral military action by tough-talking U.S. President Donald Trump,” reported the Korea Herald. Brooks called Kim Jong-un’s statement that he would be delaying the planned Guam demonstration a success for diplomacy. “Having a pause in provocations is always a good thing. That means there would be some success for diplomatic efforts. Key decisions should be left up to Kim Jong-un. In the meantime, we are going to exercise because we need to be ready,” Brooks told reporters.
COLLAPSING WESTERN FINANCIAL SYSTEM
Aug. 22 (EIRNS)—A nearly $900 million Federal grant for the Purple Line (part of the DC metro system) transit project in Maryland has reportedly been approved by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, the first funding of a transportation project by the Trump Administration.
The funding is significant—aside from the fact that Maryland Governor Hogan is a public Republican opponent of President Trump—in that Congressional Republican leadership has wanted Federal support to local transportation projects to be eliminated. The Purple Line is a “light rail” or transit line which will connect all Washington Metro lines which run into Maryland, and also connect to the Amtrak Northeast Corridor and to the Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) trains which run into the nation’s capital.
Since the funding has not yet been announced, it is not clear whether it involves a loan (TIFIA, Transportation Infrastructure Financing Innovation Act) or a grant. What is clear, however, is that the Purple Line is a PPP, the loan or grant will support a private consortium which will build, own and operate the line. With a projected total cost of $5.6 billion, Maryland will also have to provide considerable state funds to the consortium, which is led by the global “infrastructure company” Meridium and Fluor Enterprises.
THE NEW GLOBAL ECONOMIC ORDER
Aug. 22 (EIRNS)—South Korea and Egypt have announced a joint project to build a $10 billion “agricultural city” in the Qattara Depression in Egypt. This huge project will include 50,000 greenhouses and seawater desalination plants. The reports do not indicate if they are planning a canal from the Mediterranean to bring sea water into the depression, but that must be the case.
This was a major part of the Oasis Plan devised by Lyndon LaRouche in 1990 as the necessary infrastructure development across the region, focused on water and transportation, to address the Arab-Israeli conflicts through development. The Qattara Depression, the second lowest area in Africa, would become a lake, with nuclear powered desalination providing water for irrigating the region. (see http://www.larouchepub.com/eiw/ public/2003/eirv30n19-20030516/eirv30n19-20030516_053-larouches_ 25_year_oasis_plan_cam.pdf )
GCR reported Aug. 21 that work on the 311,400 acre development is due to be completed in a mere six months—an incredible target reminiscent of President al-Sisi’s famous declaration that the second Suez canal would be completed in one year – a target that was met by a national mobilization.
The project was agreed between the Egyptian governments General Authority for Reconstruction Projects and Agricultural Development and the Korea-Arab Society, which was represented by the Korean Arab Company for Economic and Cultural Consultancy. Korean experts will oversee building work, reports GCR, using the latest technologies.
SCIENCE AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Aug. 22 (EIRNS)—The first two European Space Agency (ESA) astronauts have completed 17 days of sea survival training in China, along with 16 Chinese astronauts. ESA head Jacques Dordain announced two years ago that European astronauts were learning Chinese, and that ESA would start a training program for future missions to the Chinese space station, which will begin operations in 2022.
Samantha Cristoforetti of Italy, Matthias Mauer of Germany, and their Chinese colleagues donned space suits, and entered a mock Shenzhou manned capsule, which a crane placed into the water from a ship. Then they took off the suits and put on a rubber suit to protect them from the cold, and which increased their buoyancy. They exited the capsule and entered inflatable boats, and then practiced rescue procedures with a ship and also with a helicopter. The training exercise is to prepare them to survive an emergency water landing in case of a failed rocket liftoff, and a water-landing capsule reentry. It was the first time Chinese rescue training took place at sea, rather than in a pool or reservoir.
“The training was well-organized,” Mauer said, “with a high level of quality and safety, and we are well protected. It is important to nurture mutual trust so that in the future we can work together in space,” China Daily reports today. “We feel that we are like a family,” he continued. “We share our experiences and other information. Samantha and I have learned how the Chinese perform their training… we understand that China’s training standards are very high,” which will be the “foundation for future cooperation.”
Pal Hvisteridahl of ESA said that the objective of the training and cooperation is “to fly a European astronaut on the Chinese space station.”
Maybe it is time to rethink the prohibition against NASA’s cooperation with the Chinese space program.