Anti-Trump Coup Plotters Respond to Defeats with Frenzied Push for War

The combined effect of the release of the Mueller report on March 22, which exonerated President Donald Trump of impeachable crimes, and the ninety-minute phone conversation he had with Russian President Putin on May 3, has unleashed a frenzied drive for impeachment and war, as his enemies from the British Empire's camp are wildly lashing out, to defend their failed global paradigm.  Freed from the attempted blackmail of the "Russiagate" investigation, Trump's wide-ranging discussion with Putin showed that he now believes that he can proceed with plans for broad strategic cooperation with Russia, which could include joint collaboration with China on dealing with crisis spots, and matters of trade and arms control.  It is fear that this has been Trump's intent all along, to break with the post-war unilateralist paradigm of the geopoliticians, which provoked the British-directed Russiagate operation to defeat him in the 2016 election, and subsequent efforts to remove him from office in a coup after he won.

The anti-Trump efforts are spearheaded by Congressional Democrats who refuse to accept the conclusions of the Mueller report, that there was "no collusion" and "no obstruction of justice", and are pushing harassing investigations of the President on multiple fronts; and by members of Trump's administration, led by National Security Adviser Bolton and Secretary of State Pompeo, who are issuing threats of military action on a daily basis.  These war threats have backing from both the Congressional Democrats and from neocons in Trump's Republican Party, such as the deranged Senator from Florida, Marco Rubio, and are driven by fear that the days of the Empire are numbered, unless they can tie his hands with continuing investigations and war provocations, which threaten his presidency.  

THE "TROIKA OF TYRANNY"

While Bolton and Pompeo have focused especially on Iran, Venezuela and North Korea as potential targets of U.S. military action—nations which Bolton refers to as the "troika of tyranny"—both have warned Russia and China that they must not stand in the way of U.S. actions.  Bolton, who was a fanatic supporter of George W. Bush's disastrous Iraq war, ratcheted the pressure up against Iran with his announcement on May 5 that the USS Abraham Lincoln  aircraft carrier strike group would head to the Persian Gulf, and that B-52 warplanes would be deployed to the U.S. air base in Qatar.  The planes began arriving on May 9.

In making the announcement, Bolton said the purpose is "to send an unmistakable message" to Iran, that any attack on U.S. or allied interests "will be met with unrelenting force."  He added that while the U.S. is not seeking war, "we are fully prepared to respond to any attack."  Pompeo chipped in that this "is something we have been working on for a little while," citing "escalatory action from the Iranians", while accusing Iran of bearing responsibility for the "ongoing violence" in the Middle East.  A month earlier, the two succeeded in getting Iran's Revolutionary Guard designated as a "terrorist organization", declaring there is evidence of imminent attacks on U.S. interests.  Even the usually pro-war New York Times reported that defense and intelligence officials opposed the designation, and that they are unaware of any threats from Iran.

The Iranians have announced counter-measures, including possibly restoring their nuclear program, which was ended under the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in June 2015.  The U.S. withdrew from the agreement in May 2018, citing Iranian violations, despite affirmation from the other five parties and international agencies that there had been no violations.  Bolton and Pompeo also announced that new sanctions against Iran will be forthcoming.  While Trump has maintained a hardline against Iran, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told CBS News on May 5, "We don't believe that President Trump wants confrontation.  But, we know that there are people who are pushing for one."

The deployments to the Persian Gulf occurred just days after the failure of a coup in Venezuela by neocon stooge Juan Guaido, which had been given a public blessing by both Pompeo and Bolton.  There were grumblings from both that the failure was due to Russian interference.  Pompeo refused to rule out a U.S.-backed military intervention, stating "Military action is possible," despite warnings from anonymous U.S. military officials that a U.S. sponsored regime change uprising there could be a bigger disaster than the failed CIA-directed Bay of Pigs fiasco against Cuba in 1961. 

Pompeo pushed for support of regime change in Venezuela when touring the region in early April.  While visiting Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Colombia, he attacked Russia and China for refusing to accept the anti-Maduro coup.  He accused China of "financial interventions [which] helped destroy the country", and warned against participation in China's Belt and Road Initiative, which he accused of using "predatory lending practices" to ensnare nations in a "debt trap", and of unidentified "malign and nefarious practices" used by China, allegedly to build a new empire. 

POMPEO EMBRACES THE BRITISH EMPIRE

That Russia and China are the ultimate targets was clear in Pompeo's diatribe against the two nations at the Arctic Council Forum in Helsinki this week, where he lectured the member states that their historic approach to joint, peaceful development of the region must end.  He demanded instead that they must join the US in denouncing imagined Chinese and Russian "aggression,"  going so far as to compare China to Nazi Germany!

Pompeo followed his belligerent performance in Helsinki with an unannounced stop in Iraq, where he warned the Iraqi government against any collaboration with Iran, which he accused of plans to attack U.S. military positions in Iraq.  Iran has collaborated with Iraq to defeat the terrorist ISIS-Al Qaeda terrorists there, and the Iraqi President stated after Pompeo left that they would not accept attacks on any forces there, including those aligned with Iran.  Pompeo next went to Great Britain, where he proclaimed that "the special relationship [between the U.S. and Britain] does not simply endure, it is thriving."  Nevertheless, he issued pointed warnings that the U.K. must back his posturing regarding Iran, Venezuela and China.  After meeting with Prime Minister May and Foreign Secretary Hunt, he delivered the "Margaret Thatcher Lecture", in which conjured up the ghost of Thatcher, asking "would the Iron Lady [Thatcher] be silent when China violates the sovereignty of nations through corruption or coercion?"

THE TRUMP-PUTIN PHONE CALL

These provocative ravings from Pompeo and Bolton are explicit rejections of the commitments made by President Trump after his discussion with Putin.  Trump said they discussed joint efforts for peaceful resolution of hotspots, including Iran, Venezuela, North Korea and Ukraine, and elevating the discussion of new arms agreements, to include China, to avoid a new global arms race.  Trump reiterated in impromptu press discussions afterwards that he wants peaceful relations with Russia and China, and expressed renewed optimism that this is feasible.

The groundwork for this talk may have been arranged through meetings in mid-April in Moscow, as both Fiona Hill, the National Security Council Director for Russian Affairs, and Stephen Beigun, the envoy for North Korea met with their counterparts.  And before Pompeo launched his rant against Russia and China in Helsinki, he met with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, a meeting which both described as productive.  When asked about Pompeo's attacks on Russia, Lavrov brushed the question aside, saying it is not useful to comment on public pronouncements, which are made for political reasons.  It was  announced on May 9 that Pompeo will be headed to Moscow on May 13, to meet again with Lavrov, and possibly with Putin.

Thus, while it is clear why Trump's enemies in the Congress continue to threaten national security with their rage-filled drive for impeachment, the seemingly schizophrenic behavior of his foreign policy team represents a different, more dangerous threat.  This was summarized by the Schiller Institute's Helga Zepp LaRouche, in her weekly webcast on May 9.  She said that "this is the kind of behavior which makes it very difficult, and I think Trump is not well-advised to keep these neo-cons around him, because... he almost says it every day in some tweet, he wants to have good relations with Russia and China, and then the entire intelligence community, which just was caught red-handed in a coup attempt against his administration, they're coming out with this absolutely violent, anti-China line, and that the neo-cons in his administration, namely Bolton, Pompeo, Pence to a certain extent, they're doing everything possible to heat up these crisis spots so that any kind of serious policy for Trump is impossible."

She continued, "This is an untenable situation, because either Trump succeeds in improving the relationship with Russia and China, and then every other crisis can be settled, or these neo-cons have the upper hand, and then the Trump Presidency will not succeed in what it set out to do."

In this context, it is necessary to ask why declarations of eternal adherence to the "special relationship", such as the fawning remarks by Pompeo in London, are tolerated.  As he was kissing the behinds of the Queen's "Five Eyes" intelligence operatives, President Trump has been blasting them, in a series of tweets targeting the British role in launching Russiagate.  Referring to the bombshell which came out from a release of documents on May 8, obtained from an FOIA request, which showed that top State Department officials were aware that "ex" MI6 operative Christopher Steele was acting with the Clinton campaign to smear then-candidate Trump a month before the 2016 election, and days before the fraudulent filing to the FISA Court requesting surveillance of the Trump campaign, the President tweeted,  "This British spy, Christopher Steele, tried so hard to get this (the Fake Dossier) out before the election. Why?"

The answer to this is obvious: the British Empire opposed then, and still opposes, Trump's efforts to break with the geopolitical doctrine which is driving the U.S. toward a catastrophic confrontation with Russia and China.  In his 2016 campaign, and since his election, he has repeatedly denounced the policies of endless wars and regime change.  With the hot spots around the world getting hotter, it is crucial that dialogue between the U.S., Russia and China proceed on an urgent basis.

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  • rex willard
    commented 2019-05-13 20:20:48 -0400
    as usual mr schlanger’s editorial is excellent. if you want to know the facts and the truth about what is happening in geopolitics just read his work. thank you
  • Harley Schlanger
    published this page in Articles & Interviews 2019-05-13 14:56:48 -0400