With delighted squeals of approval from the mainstream media, and cheers from the anti-Trump neo-con/neo-lib imperial faction, special counsel Robert Mueller took a series of highly-publicized steps last week, intended to buttress the "Russiagate" case against President Donald Trump. He has done this before, as with his ludicrous indictment of twelve Russian GRU officials, the day before the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki last July, allegedly for "hacking" Democratic Party emails. His maneuver then did not deter the President from meeting with President Putin in Helsinki, though it set the stage for hysterical reactions from anti-Trumpers after the summit, who accused the President of "treason" for not publicly denouncing Putin for "meddling."
Harley just competed an excellent interview with the anti-Wall Street organization, "Crush The Street." Their coverage of the interview starts,
"A confluence of shocks to the stock market are converging as 2018 fights its way through its final month: technical chart levels being broken, the yield curve flattening and on the verge of inverting, the continuation of trade tensions… Investors are on the edge and seeking some sage guidance in these troubling times."
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.