The Crash of September 2008 should never have happened. Just over a year before the decision was made by the neo-liberal monetarists running the Bush Treasury Department and the U.S. Federal Reserve to allow an over-leveraged, bankrupt Lehman Brothers to go under, setting in motion a chain reaction collapse which threatened to vaporize the entire western financial system, economist Lyndon LaRouche identified the danger as "systemic", and offered a solution.
That the British Empire and its geopolitical stooges fear the prospects of Presidents Trump and Putin forging a cooperative alliance has been conclusively proven once again by events which led to the cancellation of the latest attempt of the two to meet, last weekend in Buenos Aires at the G20 summit. Despite the hysterical response in the U.S. and among America's putative allies against Trump and Putin following their summit meeting in Helsinki last July, the U.S. President repeatedly has reiterated his intention to increase his personal engagement with Putin. A planned meeting, on the sideline of the Paris commemoration of the end of the First World War on November 11, was scuttled by French President Macron, who not only insisted no meeting take place, but used his pulpit to attack "nationalism", in a direct assault on both leaders, who advocate robust national sovereignty as a precondition for successful bilateral and multi-lateral relations.
On November 21 Sputnik published a full and strategically "meaty" interview with Harley Schlanger (representing the Schiller Institute as the U.S. Vice Chairman). Headlined "U.S. Must End `Divide and Conquer' Mindset for Mankind's Benefit," the immediate subject of the interview was the U.S. National Defense Strategy Commission report issued on Nov. 13, which declares Russia and China to be aggressive adversaries and "authoritarian competitors."
The release on November 14 of a report by the National Defense Strategy Commission (NDSC) demonstrates that it is no exaggeration to say that the neoconservatives in the United States are committed to go to war with China and Russia to save their dying, imperial system. The report, "Providing for the Common Defense: Assessment and Recommendation of the National Defense Strategy Commission", was drafted by members of the NDSC who are appointed by the U.S. Congress, with a mandate to review U.S. national defense policy. The report is an evaluation of the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) document, and was produced under the direction of co-chairs Eric Edelman, a former Under Secretary of Defense appointed by President George W. Bush, and Admiral (retired) Gary Roughead, who served as Chief of Naval Operations under Bush and President Barack Obama. Other key committee members include Michael Morrell, who served as CIA Director under Obama, and Michael McCord, an Undersecretary of Defense, also under Obama. In its summary, the authors credit the late Senator John McCain, a leading proponent of regime change wars and a vehement Russophobe, as having "played a crucial role" in establishing the Commission.
After months of mindless babble from political opponents of President Donald Trump and the mainstream media about the upcoming "blue wave" of rejection of him and his policies, American voters not only failed to produce a blue wave, but handed a clear victory to the President. Compared with the historic record of midterm elections, in which the President's party traditionally suffers substantial losses in both Houses of Congress, the 2018 results increased Trump's political clout, and his freedom to act.
In the midst of the chaos unleashed in America by the British-directed effort to remove President Donald Trump from office, Trump is campaigning vigorously in the midterm elections on the strategic platform which propelled his election in 2016. Over the last days before voting, he has scheduled 11 events across the country, in which he is reiterating his desire to achieve peaceful, collaborative relationships with Russia and China, as a central feature of his presidency. As he did in 2016, when he crushed the presidential aspirations of a gaggle of war-mongering neocon Republicans and the pro-war candidacy of Hillary Clinton, with his pointed criticism of their provocative policies against Russia and China, and their support for regime change destabilizations, he is again asking voters, "What's wrong with wanting to be friends with Russia and China?"
Diplomatic initiatives launched by Donald Trump, including summits scheduled with Russia's Putin and China's Xi Jinping after the midterm election, demonstrate that he is committed to pursue improved relations, as per his campaign promises in 2016, regardless of the disruptive intent of those engaging in a regime change coup against him, and whatever the outcome of the midterm elections. He will meet with Putin on November 11 in Paris, during the centenary commemoration of the end of World War I, and with Xi in Buenos Aires, during the G20 summit. Both meetings will occur as tensions between the U.S. and Trump's would-be partners have deteriorated, in large part due to the continued attacks against him, and against Russia and China, by his British geopolitical enemies. In both cases, sources have said Trump wants the meetings in order to overcome the tensions, and to re-initiate the promising diplomatic start he had with both leaders.
With the historic midterm elections in the U.S. less than two weeks away, Donald Trump is boldly asserting his authority as President, generating an ever-higher level of hysteria among his enemies. In the last days, the White House has announced that Trump will expand the number of campaign rallies in key battleground states leading up to Election Day, amid indications that the much-hyped Democratic wave may be diminishing. He is engaging regularly with journalists, in vintage Trump style, deriding them as purveyors of Fake News, while challenging them to report on his accomplishments. Perhaps most importantly, it has been announced that, shortly after the election, Trump will meet with Russian President Putin and Chinese President Xi, on the sidelines of major events, in an effort to resolve differences which have emerged, in no small part due to the anti-Russian, anti-Chinese agenda of Trump's opponents among the London-directed neo-cons in both parties.