EIR Daily Alert Service, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2018

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2018

Volume 5, Number 192

EIR Daily Alert Service

P.O. Box 17390, Washington, DC 20041-0390

EDITORIAL

Trump at the UN—The Institutions Have Failed, We Must Make All Nations Great Again

Sept. 25 (EIRNS)—President Donald Trump, speaking at the UN General Assembly today, after taking credit for the accomplishments of his first two years—especially the expansion of production and job creation in the U.S.—then expanded his “Make America Great Again” slogan, emphasizing repeatedly the crucial importance of the culture and values of each and every nation in bringing about peace and development internationally. As he said in regard to the horror of the drug gangs and human traffickers in Ibero-America: “Ultimately, the only long-term solution to the migration crisis is to help people build more hopeful futures in their home countries. Make their countries great again!”

For over 50 years, Lyndon LaRouche has identified the crisis facing mankind in the 20th Century, and still today, as the existence of the legacy imperial institutions, set up and run by (and for the benefit of) the British Empire and its financial institutions. This includes the wretched WTO, enforcing “free trade” policies which function to keep the former colonized nation in perpetual poverty, never achieving industrialization. It includes such imperial courts as the International Criminal Court (ICC), used exclusively to punish African and other developing nation leaders who refuse to follow the dictates of their former colonial lords. It includes many of the agencies of the UN itself, parading as “human rights” enforcers, but actually used to justify economic and military interventions against sovereign states, under the imperial “responsibility to protect” doctrine of Tony Blair.

After 16 years of Bush and Obama subservience to London, there is finally a President who has the courage to take on those institutions, and to insist that mankind can do better. Just as President Trump has stuck to his insistence that the U.S. should be friends with Russia, so also his open rejection of the British “globalization” hoax, designed to sustain the Empire, has enraged the British and their assets in the U.S. who are running the British coup attempt against the President. Their panic is clear, as the overt role of the British in that coup attempt, identified by LaRouche and EIR from the beginning, can no longer be hidden. George Papadopoulos, one of Mueller’s targets, just last week blew the whistle on the British and their “Five Eyes” control over the set-up of Trump. On Monday, former U.S. Attorney for Washington, D.C., Joseph diGenova, said on WMAL radio that “the U.K. is at the center of the conspiracy to frame Donald Trump and Carter Page and George Papadopoulos,” pointing to both MI6 and GCHQ, which he identified as “the head intelligence operation out of the U.K.”

Trump has pointedly rejected the free trade pacts, the “global warming” hoax, the ICC, the “human rights” mafia, and the “East versus West” imperial divide—all created by the Empire to impose the dictates of the City of London and Wall Street over the rights of sovereign nation states. Defending these rights, which were the fruit of the Peace of Westphalia and the European Renaissance, requires the final end to Empire, and to the geopolitical thinking behind it.

The LaRouche Political Action Committee today held a rally at the UN, welcoming delegates from around the world with a beautiful poster reading, “Blessed Are the Peace Makers,” with pictures of Trump shaking hands with Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and Kim Jong-Un. In his speech, Trump denounced Iran, claiming that they were sponsors of terror and were suppressing their own people. It should be recalled that in his speech last year at the same UN event, Trump railed at “Rocket Man” Kim Jong-Un as a threat to humanity. This is Trump’s style. In a tweet today, he said that Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani had not accepted his invitation to meet, but that, “Maybe someday in the future—I am sure he is an absolutely lovely man.” President Rouhani, on his side, said in his speech that dialogue is possible and necessary, while also denouncing Trump’s rejection of the JCPOA. Such a dialogue is necessary if the festering crisis across the so-called Mideast is to be resolved—not piece by piece, but comprehensively, with the Syrian crisis and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict included. This would deprive the British of their primary “cockpit for war,” just as the Korean peace process has foiled imperial efforts to force Asian nations, and others, to “take sides,” rather than to join together in the Spirit of the New Silk Road.

The LaRouchePAC rally also distributed the petition: “The Leaders of the United States, Russia, China and India Must Create a New Bretton Woods!” The petition identifies the pending explosion of the financial bubble in the West, as well as the growing panic in Europe as the EU itself is falling apart. Trump continues to conflate the stock market with the real economy, which will come back to haunt him, especially if the stock market bubble explodes before the crucial midterm elections—a danger that the British might decide to provoke for exactly that reason. It could be resolved if Trump were to act now, with the other nations of the “Four Powers” and others that choose to participate, to convene a New Bretton Woods conference, to implement the necessary international reorganization of the financial system along Hamiltonian lines, as presented in LaRouche’s proposed Four Laws.

U.S. POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC

Excerpts of President Donald Trump’s Speech to the UN General Assembly, Sept. 25, 2018

Sept. 25 (EIRNS)—President Trump began be reviewing the economic developments in the U.S. during his two years in office—jobs, 4% growth rate, tax reform, military budget increases, and (unfortunately) the booming stock market. He concluded that the U.S. is stronger, safer and richer than two years ago.

Then he introduced the theme of sovereignty. “This is great news for our citizens and for peace-loving people everywhere. We believe that when nations respect the rights of their neighbors, and defend the interests of their people, they can better work together to secure the blessings of safety, prosperity, and peace. Each of us here today is the emissary of a distinct culture, a rich history, and a people bound together by ties of memory, tradition, and the values that make our homelands like nowhere else on Earth. That is why America will always choose independence and cooperation over global governance, control, and domination. I honor the right of every nation in this room to pursue its own customs, beliefs, and traditions. The United States will not tell you how to live or work or worship. We only ask that you honor our sovereignty in return.”

He then reviewed the historic breakthrough in Korea: “I would like to thank Chairman Kim for his courage and for the steps he has taken, though much work remains to be done. The sanctions will stay in place until denuclearization occurs. I also want to thank the many member states who helped us reach this moment a moment that is actually far greater than people would understand; far greater—but for also their support and the critical support that we will all need going forward. A special thanks to President Moon of South Korea, Prime Minister Abe of Japan, and President Xi of China.”

He said he has the same approach to the Middle East. ISIS has been “driven out from the territory they once held in Iraq and Syria.” He did not mention Russia’s role, but neither did he attack Russia once in the speech.

On Syria, he said it Was “heartbreaking,” and said there must be a “political solution that honors the will of the Syrian people.” He did not attack Assad, but said that if the Assad government uses chemical weapons, he will respond.

He spent a long time denouncing Iran for every dastardly deed under the Sun (but recall that he did the same on North Korea last year).

He said that his decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, “in recognition of [the right of] every sovereign state to determine its own capital.” He went on: “The United States is committed to a future of peace and stability in the region, including peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. That aim is advanced, not harmed, by acknowledging the obvious facts. America’s policy of principled realism means we will not be held hostage to old dogmas, discredited ideologies, and so-called experts who have been proven wrong over the years, time and time again.” This message of previous failures is unquestionably true.

He said the same holds true for “matters of prosperity. We believe that trade must be fair and reciprocal. The United States will not be taken advantage of any longer.” He said the Chinese and others had taken advantage of the fact that the U.S. had few protective barriers, leading to the huge trade deficit. “The world trade system is in dire need of reform.” Therefore, “we are systematically renegotiating broken and bad trade deals. Last month, we announced a groundbreaking U.S.-Mexico trade agreement. And just yesterday, I stood with President Moon to announce the successful completion of the brand new U.S.-Korea trade deal. And this is just the beginning.”

He directly attacked the UN Human Rights Council and the International Criminal Court, which he said has “no jurisdiction, no legitimacy, and no authority. The ICC claims near-universal jurisdiction over the citizens of every country, violating all principles of justice, fairness, and due process. We will never surrender America’s sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable, global bureaucracy.” He did not mention Russia in the speech, other than to say that “Germany will become totally dependent on Russian energy if it does not immediately change course.”

On Latin America, he said that the “criminal networks, ruthless gangs, and the flow of deadly drugs” had caused the illegal migration to the U.S. “Ultimately, the only long-term solution to the migration crisis is to help people build more hopeful futures in their home countries. Make their countries great again.” He said this last sentence with emphasis, clearly marking his intention that America First means sovereignty, which all nations should defend.

He announced new sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his team, stating that Venezuela had been reduced from a rich nation to abject poverty, blaming “socialism,” without mention of imperial economic policies.

He said: “It is the question of what kind of world will we leave for our children and what kind of nations they will inherit. The dreams that fill this hall today are as diverse as the people who have stood at this podium, and as varied as the countries represented right here in this body are…. Many countries are pursuing their own unique visions, building their own hopeful futures, and chasing their own wonderful dreams of destiny, of legacy, and of a home. The whole world is richer, humanity is better, because of this beautiful constellation of nations, each very special, each very unique, and each shining brightly in its part of the world. In each one, we see awesome promise of a people bound together by a shared past and working toward a common future.”

He concluded: “In America, we believe in the majesty of freedom and the dignity of the individual. We believe in self-government and the rule of law. And we prize the culture that sustains our liberty—a culture built on strong families, deep faith, and fierce independence. We celebrate our heroes, we treasure our traditions, and above all, we love our country. Inside everyone in this great chamber today, and everyone listening all around the globe, there is the heart of a patriot that feels the same powerful love for your nation, the same intense loyalty to your homeland. The passion that burns in the hearts of patriots and the souls of nations has inspired reform and revolution, sacrifice and selflessness, scientific breakthroughs, and magnificent works of art.

“Our task is not to erase it, but to embrace it. To build with it. To draw on its ancient wisdom. And to find within it the will to make our nations greater, our regions safer, and the world better.

“To unleash this incredible potential in our people, we must defend the foundations that make it all possible. Sovereign and independent nations are the only vehicle where freedom has ever survived, democracy has ever endured, or peace has ever prospered. And so we must protect our sovereignty and our cherished independence above all.

“When we do, we will find new avenues for cooperation unfolding before us. We will find new passion for peacemaking rising within us. We will find new purpose, new resolve, and new spirit flourishing all around us, and making this a more beautiful world in which to live.

“So together, let us choose a future of patriotism, prosperity, and pride. Let us choose peace and freedom over domination and defeat. And let us come here to this place to stand for our people and their nations, forever strong, forever sovereign, forever just, and forever thankful for the grace and the goodness and the glory of God.

“Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the nations of the world.”

Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein at Center of British Failing Coup

Sept. 25 (EIRNS)—There are several overlapping dynamics at work here:

1. It is clear that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein attended a meeting of top FBI and Justice Department officials in March 2017 in which invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Donald Trump from office, and wearing wires to set the President up was discussed.  The Sept. 21 New York Times story asserts that Rosenstein advocated this course of action. Rosenstein denies this.  His denial, however, really does not matter because he never reported these treasonous conversations, acting instead, in the wake of the firing of FBI Director James Comey by Donald Trump, to appoint Robert Mueller to conduct an unprecedented and ultra vires counterintelligence investigation of the President of the United States.  As Alan Dershowitz has repeatedly pointed out in the last 24 hours, invoking the 25th Amendment in these circumstances amounts to declaring a coup d’état in the United States.  Nothing less is implicated by the New York Times story. According to several reports, Rosenstein concluded after the New York Times story came out, that he could not testify to Congress about these meetings and keep his job, offering his resignation on Friday. There is now a widespread recognition that there is an ongoing coup against the President which threatens the governability of the United States itself. Senator Lindsey Graham, speaking on multiple media channels Sunday, Sept. 23, called it a bureaucratic coup d’état.  Many Republican stalwarts and the President’s attorneys also recognize that Robert Mueller is a legal assassin, not the embodiment of legal rectitude as portrayed by Washington, D.C.’s best PR shops.

2. The British are screaming about Trump’s Sept. 17th declassification order regarding several foundational documents central to the coup and exposing the British hand in the matter. Trump’s declassification order came in the week when George Papadopoulos began talking about the CIA and British efforts to entrap him and fabricate evidence against the Trump campaign, efforts which provided the pretext for the FBI’s unprecedented and completely unfounded counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign.

Rosenstein went to the White House on Friday of last week to urge the President to hold off from immediate declassification based on objections from Britain and Australia. The President agreed to have Michael Horowitz, the Department of Justice Inspector General, review the documents, but stated that he expected that review to be expedited and that speed was very important to him.  In an interview on WMAL radio Monday morning, Sept. 24, former Washington, D.C., U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova said, “The U.K. is at the center of a conspiracy to frame Donald Trump and Carter Page, and George Papadopoulos. This is all about Mifsud, and protecting Halper, and Alexander Downer.  Downer is a big fish. And all of the work that all of them did with GCHQ…. This is a huge, huge problem for the U.K. They may ultimately say, ‘Look, you can talk about Steele, but please don’t talk about Alexander Downer.’ They are very worried about the role that Downer played in this.”

Pat Buchanan noted yesterday that the integrity of the American republic is far more important than the embarrassment of the British in this affair.  Buchanan cited a Wall Street Journal piece to the same effect.

3. There is a sitting grand jury in Washington, D.C., which has begun to hear evidence about the crimes implicit in the coup against Donald Trump.  The initial focus is on former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who is under investigation for lying about media leaks.  McCabe’s memos are the source of the New York Times leak about Rosenstein’s perfidies.  It is clear that McCabe is intent on bringing down his co-conspirators and those he thinks hung him out to dry in order to save himself.

As Alan Dershowitz has said, the remedies lie in getting everyone who was involved in the March 2017 meetings involving Rosenstein, under oath about what happened there, and doing so, in whatever forum, urgently and quickly.  The American public needs to know this now, and urgently. The President is right. This needs to be completely transparent.  In addition, the documents the President ordered released on Sept. 17th must be released now and the British government should be forced to detail its role in the coup and the reasons for its extraordinary actions, and everyone involved in them.  That is the only basis for assessing any relationship the British will have in the future with the United States.

STRATEGIC WAR DANGER

British Empire Announces White Helmets Will Resettle in the U.K.

Sept. 25 (EIRNS)—In a statement published yesterday on its website, the U.K. government announced that the White Helmets, a British intelligence, pro-terrorist operation, accused, among other things, of complicity with false flag chemical attacks in Syria, will resettle in Britain, under the “well-established practices of the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme.” Home Secretary Sajid Javid called them “brave individuals” who “saved the lives of thousands of innocent civilians.” Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt called them modern-day heroes and recalled that they have been previously nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. “I am proud that the U.K. has led the way in their evacuation and resettlement.”

Sputnik quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as having said Sept. 14: “We provide on a daily basis the facts proving that another provocation, which is likely to be carried out by the so-called White Helmets, is being prepared,” referring to the threat of a false-flag chemical attack to be the pretext for U.S.-U.K.-France bombing of Syria. Earlier this year, Russia had provided testimony of a Syrian boy whom the White Helmets had paid with food, to use as a chemical weapons “victim,” which non-existent chemical attack was the pretext for last April’s Franco-Anglo-American bombing of Syria.

Both Trump and Rouhani Open the Door, Slightly, for Dialogue

Sept. 25 (EIRNS)—In his address to the United Nations General Assembly today, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani built on yesterday’s reaffirmation of the authority and intent of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to invite President Donald Trump to renew dialogue on that basis.  After focusing on his disagreements with the Trump Administration, Rouhani said, “We concur that at the end of the day, there is no better way but dialogue.  However, dialogue is two ways.  It should be based on equality, justice, and human integrity and honor and coordinated in accordance with the rules and norms of international law.

“The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution 2231 [on which the JCPOA is based] is not a ‘piece of paper,’ ” he continued.  “We invite you to return to that Council resolution. We invite you to walk back to the negotiating table you left…. Do not engage in imposing sanctions.  Sanctions and extremism are two sides of the same coin.  Extremism involves negating the thinking of others and sanctions negates the life and property of people…. Dialogue can resume in this assembly from the same point and by the same person who left the table and walked away from the accord.

“Beginning the dialogue starts with ending threats and unjust sanctions….  Our proposal is clear.  Commitment for commitment, violation for violation, threat for threat, and step for step instead of talk for talk…. No war, no sanctions, no threats, no bullying.  Just acting according to the law and the fulfillment of obligations.  We support peace and democracy in the entire Middle East.  We consider nuclear knowledge an imperative and nuclear weapons prohibited.

“As victims of terrorism in the past and today we have always been and will always remain in the forefront of genuine confrontation with terrorism. Today, we mourn the martyrdom of tens of innocent people, who were recently murdered in cold blood by terrorists who shamelessly accepted responsibility from a number of Western capitals for their heinous crime in interviews with some Western-based broadcasting outfits that are financed by petrodollars.”

He then concluded his address with a discussion of the conflicts in Syria, Yemen, and between Israel and Palestine and the need that they all be resolved on the same principled basis, and stated: “The world will not have a better friend than Iran, if peace is what you seek.”

Meanwhile, Trump tweeted: “Despite requests, I have no plans to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Maybe someday in the future. I am sure he is an absolutely lovely man!”

ECONOMY

Cabinet Reshuffle in Argentina, Amidst Anti-IMF General Strike

Sept. 25 (EIRNS)—The head of Argentina’s Central Bank Luis Caputo resigned unexpectedly this morning, while President Mauricio Macri and his economics team were in New York, courting investment bankers in hopes of securing new funds and dispelling fears of a debt default.

The backdrop to this is today’s anti-IMF general strike called by the CGT and CTA labor federations, which has effectively shut down the country. Trade union leaders are threatening that should there be no change in current austerity policy, labor strikes and protests will continue indefinitely.

Caputo, a former JPMorgan Chase and Deutsche Bank investment banker, had reportedly intended to leave over disagreements with the IMF and Finance Minister Nicolas Dujovne on monetary policy, and on how to deal with the run on the peso and exchange rate. But his announcement at 10 a.m. this morning was said to be an unpleasant surprise to Macri and his New York team. According to Página 12 economist Alfredo Zaiat, Caputo’s resignation is a victory for the IMF, which will now be dictating monetary policy directly through Finance Minister Dujovne.

Uninterested in the UN General Assembly, Macri has been spending his time in New York in a number of high-profile interviews and meetings with Wall Street financial sharks, flirting openly with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, whom, he claimed, “he loves.” The revised terms of a $50 billion IMF standby package are still being negotiated, but Ambito Financiero and other media report that the hoped-for $15-$20 billion in additional payments, beyond the $50 billion, may now only be $5 billion. Macri nonetheless promised Bloomberg TV that “there is not a chance” that Argentina will default.

THE NEW GLOBAL ECONOMIC ORDER

Parliamentary Coup Further Weakens the Merkel Government

Sept. 25 (EIRNS)—In what German television called “a small revolution” and a “surprise,” Merkel’s lieutenant Volker Kauder was voted out as head of the CDU/CSU party faction in the Bundestag and was replaced by his deputy Ralph Brinkhaus. This is not only a signal of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s political sunset, but also of a policy shift.

Brinkhaus has been in charge for Finances, Budget and Municipal policy for the CDU/CSU parliamentary faction. In the past he has often criticized the ECB monetary policy, including QE and zero-interest policy. Last spring, he also opposed plans to conclude negotiations for the EU Banking Union, taking position against the government.

Last March, when Merkel announced that she and French President Emmanuel Macron wanted the EU summit in June to approve the “European IMF” scheme, Brinkhaus openly criticized the decision. He said he could not understand the rush to get results before the European elections in 2019 and it would be better to have the next EU Commission to conclude the deal, rather than having “a rotten compromise.”

Brinkhaus’s election is a political blow to the Merkel government, which was shaken by the scandal around Hans-Georg Maaßen, former director of Germany’s domestic intelligence, the BfV, and is expected to be hit hard again in the next weeks by state election results in Hessen and Bavaria. It is also a potential roadblock for the Banking Union.

On Oct. 1, the Eurogroup of euro area Finance Ministers is supposed to move ahead with discussions on the “European IMF” scheme. According to the scheme, the European Stabilization Mechanism (ESM) shall function as safety net for both EU member states and for banks. It has a capital of €80 billion, but on paper it can draw up to €700 billion from guarantees.

China Completed the Longest Rail Tunnel in East Africa

Sept. 25 (EIRNS)—China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) has drilled the longest railway tunnel in East Africa, the company said Sept. 24 reported Xinhua, accompanied by photos. The tunnel is part of phase 2A of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) that runs from the Kenyan capital city of Nairobi to Naivasha town, extending the Mombasa to Nairobi line already in operation. The line will eventually extend into Uganda, then on to Congo and across the continent.

An Aijun, general manager of project, said: “With a total length of 4.5 km, the Ngong tunnel is currently the longest tunnel in East Africa and the dominant work in SGR Phase 2A.”

The Phase 2A extends for about 120 km. It is set to be completed in 2019. “Together with all our Kenyan partners, and building on what has been achieved at the FOCAC (Forum on China-Africa Cooperation) Summit in Beijing, we shall construct a time-honored railway that will stand the test of time and operations, achieving greater success in a new era between our two nations,” he said.

SCIENCE AND INFRASTRUCTURE

U.S., Russian Space Leaders Have ‘Strong Relationship,’ Says NASA Administrator Bridenstine

Sept. 25 (EIRNS)—Astronauts and cosmonauts have been making clear that whatever tension there is in their two nations’ political relationship on the ground, it has not affected their working relationship in space. But what about the leaders of the two respective space agencies? Roscosmos General Director Dmitry Rogozin has had some very strong words for U.S. actions.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told SpaceNews yesterday during a Washington Business Round table luncheon that his interactions with Roscosmos’ Rogozin have been positive and that politics does not enter into their relationship.

“At this point we’ve had one conversation on the telephone, and it was very positive,” Bridenstine said. On the hole found in the Soyuz docked at the International Space Station, he said, “NASA is getting a lot of that information and [is] participating very heavily in the investigation.”

With regard to anti-American comments Rogozin has made in the past, Bridenstine attributed this to politics, and said “He comes from the Russian Duma, and I, of course, come from the U.S. Congress. We had a good chat about that and our common backgrounds. Representing constituents in a legislative body is very different from leading a space agency…. Some of his language has historically been aggressive about the United States. Some of my language has been aggressive about activities of Russia.

“We’ve been able to make sure that space has been set apart from all of these terrestrial challenges that we have with our international partners, especially in this case, Russia. It’s my intent to keep that relationship strong. It’s his intent as well.”

The two space leaders have not yet met face to face. They will have that opportunity next week in Bremen, Germany, at the annual International Astronautical Congress. Later in October Bridenstine will travel to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to view a Soyuz launch, and the two men are scheduled to meet then.

 

 

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