EIR Daily Alert Service, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2019
|TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2019|
Volume 6, Number 25
EIR Daily Alert Service
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- New Strategic Architecture Requires U.S. -Russia-China Cooperation
- Tulsi Gabbard Fires Back at NBC and Russiagate Scam Operation, ‘New Knowledge’
- Green Fascist Ocasio-Cortez Used in Effort to Subvert Labour Party’s Jeremy Corbyn
- Trump Hits His Intelligence Team in CBS ‘Face the Nation’ Interview
- Democratic ‘Defections’ on Border Wall Expose Democratic Leadership
- Diplomatic Efforts Seek Backing for Venezuela’s Guaido: Mexico Holds Firm Against Regime Change
- Lyndon LaRouche Says Regime-Change Operations Are NEVER Justified
- Russian Strategic Thinker Lukyanov Believes There Will Be No More Talks on INF Treaty
Feb. 4 (EIRNS)—Heated exchanges between Russian officials and neo-con and neo-lib officials and media in the U.S. continue to exacerbate tensions between the two nuclear superpowers. Helga Zepp-LaRouche addressed these tensions today, stating that the world needs a new strategic architecture, but it cannot work unless there is a common economic and cultural mission adopted, and geopolitics rejected. If the West joins the New Silk Road paradigm, then and only then will the new strategic architecture work.
President Putin and Foreign Minister Lavrov have insisted that Russia will not engage in an arms race, but, within the existing defense budget, will respond to President Trump’s withdrawal from the INF treaty “with military-technical means.” This is how Russia responded to Bush’s withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) treaty—mobilizing the scientific and technical capacities of the nation to create weapons which could circumvent the ABM systems which the U.S. was placing around their country’s borders. Indeed, on March 1 last year Putin revealed the successful development of a nuclear sub torpedo, a hypersonic glide vehicle launched from an ICBM, and a hypersonic missile launched from a MiG 31 Interceptor, among others, all aimed at neutralizing the potential which the U.S. intended to achieve with its enhanced ABM system—i.e., to deny the U.S. a “first strike” capacity in which the ABM system would prevent a nuclear response.
We must not make the mistake of opposing the Russian development of these new technologies, nor opposing the U.S. development of the new technologies required for the new missile defense systems announced on Feb. 1 by President Donald Trump. Rather, we must encourage such expansion of human knowledge, but insist that it be done in collaboration with Russia, and also with China, and, most importantly, that the new technologies be jointly applied to civilian needs as well.
As long ago as 1977, EIR issued a document titled “From Détente to Entente—A U.S. Policy for the SALT Talks,” Reviewing the efforts of some imperial-thinking forces to adopt a Strategic Arms Limitation (SALT) agreement which restricted technological development in frontier areas of human knowledge, the EIR document concluded: “The U.S. should not embark on the futile course of attempting to banish innovation from arms development. Instead, an international agreement (or a sequence of such agreements) for nuclear energy development should prominently contain a clause providing for far-reaching scientific collaboration, exchange of information, and actual joint research and development efforts, especially in the various areas of fusion research.”
This was the seed crystal for Lyndon LaRouche’s proposal to President Ronald Reagan for a space-based anti-missile system to be developed jointly by the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.—an idea which Reagan adopted under the name Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). The basic concept is even more valid, and more urgent, today, with the added necessity that the space-based systems be made capable of diverting asteroids threatening the Earth—a proposal issued to the U.S. by Dmitry Rogozin (now head of the Russian space program, working closely with NASA chief Jim Bridenstine) in 2011 under the name Strategic Defense of Earth (SDE). With Trump now mandating a new space-based missile defense system, it is essential that this program, pushing ahead on the frontiers of scientific knowledge and capacities, be carried out internationally and applied also to the economic development of mankind as a whole.
Is this a Utopian dream? The British, whose intention is to preserve the Empire through the geopolitical division of East and West, and those in the U.K. and the U.S. frantically trying to bring down President Trump through Russiagate lies, would have us believe so. Recall what President Trump said on Feb. 1 while announcing his plan for missile defense: “We stand ready to engage with Russia on arms control negotiations that meet these criteria, and, importantly, once that is done, develop, perhaps for the first time ever, an outstanding relationship on economic, trade, political, and military levels. This would be a fantastic thing for Russia and the United States, and would also be great for the world.”
We are in a moment known as a punctum saliens, a jumping-off point, in which the leap could either be forward to a new Renaissance, or backwards into a new Dark Age. The spirit of the New Silk Road has created the context in which many nations around the world—potentially all nations—are working together towards achieving the common aims of all peoples through scientific and technological progress. This requires that President Trump be liberated from the treasonous Russiagate scam in order to realize his best intentions, to rebuild the United States and contribute to global development.
U.S. POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC
Feb. 4 (EIRNS)—Tulsi Gabbard was attacked by NBC at the same time she was announcing her candidacy for President. NBC accused her of being the beneficiary of a major Russian social media barrage of support. The NBC posting purported to show that (as one tweet put it): “Three of the top 15 URL’s shared over the past 24 hours by 800 Russian-linked disinformation accounts tracked by Disinfo2018 are about Tulsi Gabbard, the pro-Putin, pro-Assad congresswoman who just announced she’s running for POTUS in 2020.”
But “Disinfo2018” is one of the operations set up by the already-exposed scam artist “New Knowledge,” which a whistleblower caught meddling in the Alabama Senate election last November by setting up fake Russian tweets and Facebook entries to undermine Democrat Doug Jones and promote his rival, Republican Roy Moore, whom Trump was supporting, thereby “exposing” Moore as a Russian dupe, just like the President. Even the New York Times had to acknowledge the scam.
Gabbard wrote in two tweets:
“@ggreenwald [Glenn Greenwald, founder of The Intercept website] exposes that @NBC used journalistic fraud to discredit our campaign. But more important is their motive: ‘to smear any adversary of the establishment wing of the Democratic Party—whether on the left or the right—as a stooge or asset of the Kremlin,’ ” and “As commander-in-chief, I will work to end the new cold war, nuclear arms race and slide into nuclear war. That is why the neocon/neolib warmongers will do anything to stop me.”
WikiLeaks also responded to NBC News: “Except they’re not ‘experts’ NBC—they’re admitted forgers. You’re a rabble NBC. A complete rabble. Go back to school.” Of course, this was the phrase used by President Trump in his attack on the intelligence community last week.
The New York Times reported last year that the internal document leaked by the whistleblower from New Knowledge said: “We orchestrated an elaborate false flag operation that planted the idea that the Moore campaign was amplified on social media by a Russian botnet.” New Knowledge was, and still is, one of the major sources for the pervasive fraudulent campaign claiming Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and just about every other election under the Sun.
New Knowledge CEO Jonathon Morgan was once a special advisor to the Obama White House and State Department and a contractor for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). As EIRhas reported before, Morgan was a favored media source for the Obama/Clinton trope that Hillary Clinton’s loss was the product of Russian disinformation.
Feb. 4 (EIRNS)—Wacko Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the darling of the green-fascist movement which is now praised by nearly every Democrat, has intervened in the U.K. through a phone conversation with Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, appealing to Corbyn’s weakest points, clearly aimed at drawing him into a coalition with the Green New Deal insanity, which is becoming the “Little Red Book” of the new version of the Maoist Red Guard—but now a “Green Guard.”
Recall that “Green Bretton Woods” peddlers Bernie Sanders and Greek flake Yanis Varoufakis had indicated that they were appealing to Corbyn to join them—which he has not done. Corbyn’s brother is a leading scientist exposing the hoax behind the global warming movement, and Corbyn has not endorsed the extremists of that hoax.
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted after the talk with Corbyn: “It was an honor to share such a lovely and wide-reaching conversation with you, @jeremycorbyn! Also honored to share a great hope in the peace, prosperity, + justice that everyday people can create when we uplift one another across class, race, + identity both at home & abroad.”
Corbyn’s tweet read: “Great to speak to @AOC on the phone this evening and hear first hand how she’s challenging the status quo. Let’s build a movement across borders to take on the billionaires, polluters and migrant baiters, and support a happier, freer and cleaner planet.”
While the green fascist set was delighted, the anti-Corbyn operation being run by British intelligence chimed in with many tweets ranting that Ocasio-Cortez should stay away from Corbyn, because, they allege that he is an anti-Semite, which is part of a major campaign launched by Blairites against Corbyn in the U.K., using simply his defense of Palestinians against Israeli colonialist terror. A typical tweet: “I’m a huge huge fan of yours. I hope you’ll take a look at the amount [sic] of Jews trying to call attention to Corbyn’s long, documented history of anti-Semitism.”
Ocasio-Cortez fell into line, responding to one such tweet: “thank you for bringing this to me. We cannot + will not move forward without deep fellowship and leadership with the Jewish community. I’ll have my team reach out.”
Feb. 4 (EIRNS)—In his interview with CBS News host Margaret Brennan broadcast on “Face the Nation” on Sunday, President Donald Trump directly took on, with gusto, the attacks against him from the intelligence community.
Asked about the intelligence community attacks during the annual risk-assessment testimony before the Senate last week, Trump responded: “I have intel people, but that doesn’t mean I have to agree. President Bush had intel people that said Saddam Hussein in Iraq had nuclear weapons, had all sorts of weapons of mass destruction. Guess what? Those intel people didn’t know what the hell they were doing, and they got us tied up in a war that we should have never been in…. Being in Iraq—it was a big mistake to go—one of the greatest mistakes going into the Middle East that our country has ever made. One of the greatest mistakes that we’ve ever made.”
Brennan asked if he would stop the intelligence leaders from testifying before the Congress. He replied: “I’m not going to stop them from testifying. They said they were mischaracterized—maybe they were, maybe they weren’t, I don’t really know—but I can tell you this: I want them to have their own opinion, and I want them to give me their opinion.”
Feb. 4 (EIRNS)—Conservative media are today making headlines over a one-word reply by Michigan Democrat Dan Kildee, made in response to Maria Bartiromo, host of the Fox News “Sunday Morning Futures” program, as she began to grill him about the current standoff over the Border Wall, in the context of the “Trump vs the world” script.
Departing from the script, however, Kildee agreed with Bartiromo (and President Donald Trump) that walls are a necessary part of border security, for example in urban areas. Thus put off-balance, host Bartiromo could only repeat back what Kildee had just told her: “So are you saying that you would be poised to agree to a deal with your colleagues on the right to put money forth that goes toward technology, toward more border agents, toward drone technology, whatever that might be, as well as a physical barrier in certain areas where it makes sense? Is that what you’re saying?”
Kildee’s one-word response, heard around the globe: “Sure.”
Furthermore, Kildee continued, “I know that any compromise that comes out of that process, if there is one, will contain elements that I wouldn’t like, but that in the big picture, that’s what our government really is all about, coming to some kind of compromise, knowing that what seems like really hard and fast positions taken by people going into those negotiations, have to be compromised; have to somehow arrive at—we have to arrive at some common ground.
“And I wish that people on this whole issue would stop hyperventilating and just get down to the business of trying to find some middle ground.”
Rep. Dan Kildee is part of the House leadership, being Chief Deputy Whip of the Democratic majority. He sits on both the powerful House Ways and Means Committee and the Budget Committee.
Earlier, on Jan. 23, while the Federal government shutdown was still ongoing, Minnesota Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson and Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young had begun circulating a letter addressed to President Trump and Speaker Pelosi, calling for an end to the conflict among their colleagues.
The day before, Collin Peterson—15-term Democratic Congressman and chair of the Agriculture Committee—told a local radio station that Congress should “give Trump the money,” to build a wall. “Why are we fighting over this?” Peterson asked. “We’re going to build that wall anyway, at some time.”
Neither of these Democrats comes from a district that Clinton lost in 2016, or is in any way threatened with losing his position. Their actions fully expose the useless “crisis management” approach to governing of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and her partner in crime, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
STRATEGIC WAR DANGER
Feb. 4 (EIRNS)—Diplomatic efforts are underway to ramp up international support for the self-proclaimed “interim president” of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, to effect “regime-change” in that nation. Today, representatives of 13 nations of the 14-nation Lima Group gathered in an emergency session in Ottawa, called by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to discuss how to better assist the color revolution underway in Venezuela. Mexico, which does not back Guaidó, did not attend.
Guaidó even put in a “surprise” appearance at the meeting, via video hookup, to urge attendees to “exert more pressure” to end the “usurpation” by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
“We are very close to reaching freedom,” he said, “and that is the result of the international support we have received.”
The night before the meeting, Trudeau spoke to Guaidó by phone and personally conveyed to him Canada’s support. In his opening speech, Trudeau boasted of Canada’s key leadership role, advising that “now is the time for the world to unite in support of Guaidó.” Canada, he announced, will donate $53 million to assist countries which have taken in 3 million Venezuelan refugees.
It now also appears that the European Union has hijacked a proposal originally announced on Jan. 30 by the Mexican and Uruguayan governments, in which they planned to co-sponsor a meeting Feb. 7 in Montevideo to discuss creating a mechanism for dialogue among “all sides” in the Venezuelan crisis—a proposal Guaidó rejected. Yet on Feb. 3, the agenda abruptly changed, so that now the Feb. 7 meeting’s co-sponsors are the EU and Uruguay—not Mexico—and include members of the newly-created International Contact Group on Venezuela, consisting of representatives of four Ibero-American and seven European nations. This morning several European nations officially recognized Guaidó as Venezuela’s “legitimate” president.
The new agenda includes a call to hold “free and fair” elections for Venezuela, which neither Uruguay nor Mexico had originally backed. Nonetheless, Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard announced that he will attend the meeting, even arriving a few days early, undoubtedly to do some organizing. He’ll hold bilateral meetings with Uruguayan and Caribbean government officials, and, according to his statement, hopes to create the basis for “fruitful dialogue among the international community that can contribute to a peaceful solution to existing polarization” in Venezuela.
Feb. 4 (EIRNS)—EIR’s Dennis Small responded to Iranian news agency Tasnim in a Feb. 2 interview, in which Tasnim asked him: “In 2002, the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez was ousted for two days in a U.S.-backed coup which was ultimately defeated. In 1953, the CIA led a coup against Iran’s first democratically-elected government and toppled Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh. Why does the U.S. seek regime change in sovereign nations?”
Small replied, “There is a fallacy in the way this question is posed. Mosaddegh was a nationalist leader of international stature, who was marking a valid way forward for Iran. The Chávez government was actually installed in power in 1998 with the full backing of the British government … to polarize the continent and create instability.
“I should emphasize that although EIR, and its founder Lyndon LaRouche, have been among the sharpest critics of the Hugo Chávez regime and his anointed successor, Nicolas Maduro, Mr. LaRouche repeatedly stated that in no case are regime-change operations justified, even against governments we disagree with, because that would violate the very principle of national sovereignty on which a stable world order depends.” [Emphasis in original.]
Feb. 4 (EIRNS)—Fyodor Lukyanov, Chairman of the Presidium of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy, a non-governmental public association in Moscow, journalist and major editor, and a well-known strategic thinker, expressed the kind of pessimism which Helga Zepp-LaRouche defined as a problem with the Russian view of the current crisis. Lukyanov told the Russian daily Kommersant (as reported in the TASS press review this morning) that, while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had stated that the U.S. was still ready to talk to all interested parties regarding the future of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, this call will likely fall on deaf ears.
“In the real world, no one will hold talks. Relations between Russia and the U.S. are tense, while China is totally reluctant to even discuss such a possibility, pointing out that its arsenal is incomparable to those of the U.S. and Russia,” he said. According to Lukyanov, the current developments stem from the fact that “the world order that emerged in the 1960-1980s has perished,” and all institutions established in that period, including the arms- control system, are bound to meet the same fate.
Feb. 4 (EIRNS)—Pope Francis became the first pope to set foot in the Arabian Peninsula, yesterday, when he landed in Abu Dhabi for a visit to the U.A.E. Before he left Rome, he denounced the war in Yemen to a crowd in St. Peter’s Square, reported Reuters. During his regular Sunday address in Vatican City, he said he was following the humanitarian crisis in Yemen with great concern, and encouraged all sides to implement a fragile peace deal and help deliver aid to millions of hungry people.
“The cry of these children and their parents rises up to God,” he told tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square. “Let us pray strongly, because they are children who are hungry, who are thirsty, they don’t have medicine, and they are in danger of death,” he said.
Officially, the U.A.E. welcomed the Pope’s message on Yemen, according to Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash, “Let us assure [the agreement’s] implementation and make 2019 the year of peace in Yemen,” he said after the Pope had arrived in Abu Dhabi.
The U.A.E. has been a close partner of the Saudi monarchy in the genocidal war in Yemen.
Feb. 4 (EIRNS)—Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has arrived in Kyrgyzstan, the first stop in his three-country trip to Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, as the United States continues with its talks with the Taliban for a possible troop exit from Afghanistan. During his press conference at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, following talks with Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Chingiz Aidarbekov today, Lavrov expressed his concerns about Afghanistan, and said “there is a need to search for a political solution apart from resolving security issues. Russia has been calling for intra-Afghan dialogue, which would involve the government and the Taliban movement,” TASS quoted him as saying. “Everyone agrees that dialogue between the government and the Taliban is inevitable. But some countries, namely the United States, seek to take control of this dialogue and conduct talks in secrecy…. Thus the countries of the region that care about what will become of Afghanistan are left in the dark as far as our American partners’ plans are concerned.”
Kyrgyz Ambassador to Russia Alikbek Dzhekshenkulov, a former Foreign Minister, gave an interview to TASS prior to Lavrov’s departure for Bishkek, in which he said, “We’re worried about the situation in Afghanistan, where tensions are rising and clashes are continuing. There are reports of ISIS fighters in northern Afghanistan and the likelihood they will enter Tajikistan and then get into our territory is rising, unfortunately.”
Both Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, along with Russia, belong to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). The third country that Lavrov will visit, Turkmenistan, which also borders Afghanistan, does not. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had said last April that Russia would take steps to reinforce military defenses in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to prevent infiltration of terrorists and drugs from northern Afghanistan. Russia has a military air base in Kyrgyzstan and there are reports that Kyrgyzstan may ask Russia to set up another military base. In Tajikistan, some 7,500 Russian troops are stationed.
THE NEW GLOBAL ECONOMIC ORDER
Feb. 4 (EIRNS)—Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang was asked at the regular press briefing, on Jan. 31, about U.S. Sen. Mark Warner’s remarks alleging China’s “theft” of U.S. technology, and Sen. Chuck Schumer’s comments that China wants to replace the United States as the number-one technological power.
“I have noted relevant reports,” Geng responded. “In science and technology, the U.S. is second to none. This is a fact we recognize. But we also hope that the U.S. can accommodate other countries’ technological development and progress with an open and inclusive attitude. There is no justification at all for the U.S. to applaud its own progress in science and technology and have little tolerance for the development of others. Willful denigration, criticism, and suppression of other countries’ progress is simply unreasonable.
“I want to stress that China has not achieved its technological development through theft or robbery. Instead, it is with the wisdom and hard work of all the Chinese people, including Chinese scientists.
“Competition is one of the basic features of market economy. You cannot have market economy without having competition. The U.S. talks about market economy all the time and demands other countries to observe the rules of market economy. Therefore, there are more reasons for the U.S. to view and approach the subject of competition in an objective and correct way.
“It is absolutely normal for China and the U.S. to have competition in the technological field. As long as such competition is legitimate, fair and rules-based, it will boost the technological development of not only the two countries, but also all mankind. China stands ready to strengthen exchange and cooperation in science and technology with the U.S. to better serve the two peoples and people around the world. On this front, China’s attitude is always open and inclusive.”
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