On April 16, three days after the coordinated missile strikes on Syrian targets by the United States, the United Kingdom and France, the Washington Post seemed to be proclaiming, in a page one story, that the regime change coup against President Trump that it has campaigned for so vigorously had finally succeeded. Headlined "Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his aides on Russia and lost," the anti-Trump scribblers asserted that, despite the President's stubborn desire to develop improved relations with Russia and President Putin, the alleged use of chemical weapons by President Assad's military against civilians in the Damascus suburb of Douma forced him to recognize that this goal was unattainable. Not only had his aides convinced him to approve the strike, but it seemed he had given up his pledge of a week earlier to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, when French President Macron boasted that he had "convinced" Trump that the U.S. must maintain a military presence in Syria. This was seconded by the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, the unabashed neocon Nikki Haley, who also told a Sunday morning news program that the administration would announce new sanctions against Russia within twenty-four hours.
Putting an end to the policy of regime change coups of the Bush and Obama administrations, and the endless wars which followed, had been a major pledge made by Trump during his 2016 campaign. Instead of more costly wars, he said he would pursue cooperation with Russia, with a special emphasis on building an alliance to defeat the jihadist ISIS forces which emerged during George W. Bush's Iraq war, and had expanded dramatically into north Africa and Syria during Obama's presidency. Unlike his opponent Hillary Clinton, whose demand for a "no-fly zone" over Syria carried with it the risk of a full-scale confrontation with Russian forces, Trump's strategy of military collaboration against terrorism with Putin allowed Russian forces to aid Assad's army in defeating ISIS and Al Qaeda jihadists in Syria.
The proponents of permanent war among the geopoliticians of the British Empire, along with their neo-con allies in the U.S. in Obama's intelligence team, which included prominent "Deep State" figures such as the CIA's Brennan, the Director of National Intelligence Clapper, and FBI Director Comey, as well as Bush Republicans and Clinton Democrats, formed a "never-Trump" alliance. It was this alliance which used the "dodgy dossier" of British MI6 operative Christopher Steele, paid for by the Clinton campaign, to attempt to defeat Trump in the November 2016 election. When that failed, they escalated the "Russiagate" campaign, with full support of the FBI and Obama's Justice Department (DOJ), to portray Trump as a blackmailed puppet of Putin, to either remove him from office, or to box him in, so he would have no choice but to accept the disastrous, confrontational turn of U.S.-Russian relations steered by Obama.
RUSSIAGATE FALTERS, BRITS ESCALATE WAR DRIVE
With the Russiagate case collapsing, as even many anti-Trumpers acknowledged that Special Counsel and legal hitman Robert Mueller had found no evidence of collusion between Putin and Trump, and with evidence emerging that the real collusion was between British intelligence operatives of MI6 and GCHQ with the Clinton campaign, the CIA and Obama's DOJ in running Russiagate, the British escalated against Trump and Putin. An attempt to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter was blamed on Russia by Prime Minister May, who demanded a united front from the U.S. and Europe against Putin. As this False Flag story began to fall apart, when the British chemical warfare lab at Porton Down contradicted May and her clownish Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, saying they could not confirm that the chemical agents used against the Skirpals originated in Russia, a second False Flag provocation was launched. The so-called White Helmet "humanitarian" group claimed that Assad had used chemical weapons against civilians in Douma, and produced "video evidence", which the British and French said proved Assad, with Russian backing, was conducting chemical warfare. Macron declared that he was prepared to launch a punitive strike against Assad, and insisted that Trump join him. The White Helmets have received millions of dollars in funding from Britain's Foreign Office, with additional aid coming from Soros' linked operations, and the U.S. neocon network, the National Endowment for Democracy.
As Trump was engaged in deliberations with military and intelligence officials over how to respond, Mueller struck again, this time using FBI agents deployed by the U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of New York, to raid the office, home, and hotel room of Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. While the raid was ostensibly about Cohen's role in an alleged payoff to a porno actress, who alleged she had an affair with Trump over a decade ago, it was on Mueller's referral that the raid took place, as he has expanded his fishing expedition into Trump's personal finances, looking for a crime. Cohen's attorney called the raid "completely inappropriate and unnecessary", adding that material seized was protected by attorney-client privilege. Prominent civil liberties attorney and former Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz called the raid a "shocking and disturbing development", a "dangerous" attack on attorney-client privilege, and an effort to pressure Cohen to "turn against his client." Dershowitz, a registered Democrat who voted for Clinton in 2016, has become a leading critic of Mueller's assault on Trump.
Trump responded angrily, reiterating that the Mueller investigation is a "witch hunt", tweeting that, with this action, "Attorney-client privilege is dead." The usual anonymous "sources" leaked to reporters that, while taking briefings on options to respond to the Syrian chemical warfare allegations, Trump was fuming over the Cohen raid. At the same time, pre-release excerpts from James Comey's memoir were being featured in all major media, with an emphasis on Comey's personal attacks on Trump. In addition to ridiculing Trump's personal appearance, Comey refers to him as a "liar, dumb and rude," and compares him to a mafia boss, writing that he is unqualified to be president, and represents a danger to the nation.
In a piece published on April 15, on the decision-making process which led to the missile attacks on April 13, the Washington Post reported that Trump "was increasingly agitated over the past week as legal and personal crises converged around him," with anonymous sources describing him as "obsessed" with these latest attacks. They reported he was closely "following the New York court proceedings" involving Cohen, and "was fixated on media coverage of...Comey's new memoir." Faced with demands from the French and British, and by neocons within his administration, that he act to "punish" Russia and Syria for the alleged use of chemical weapons, and reeling from the escalated psychological warfare attack on him, Trump authorized the joint strike in Syria, which prompted the Washington Post's declaration of victory on April 16.
But the Post's euphoria was short-lived. Later that day, the White House made clear that the President still intended to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, and that he was furious with Haley for her announcement of new sanctions against Russia. He attacked the media, saying that no matter what he did to confront Russia—a reference to U.S. participation in the strike against Assad—"it's never tough enough," he said. He then reaffirmed his desire for a summit with Putin, which he had raised in a March 20 phone conversation with the Russian leader. CNN, a collaborator with the Post in promoting regime change in Washington, acknowledged grudgingly that Trump still believes that talking directly with Putin could clear up "small differences and might lead to more substantive talks."
BRITISH LIES EXPOSED
It is not, however, simply a matter of Trump's "stubborn" refusal to drop his intention to break with the geopolitical confrontation doctrine of his predecessors which is shaping developments, and fueling the hysteria of those trying to remove him. The whole fabric of lies, from Russiagate to the allegations of chemical weapon attacks in the Skripal affair and in Douma, Syria, is unravelling, and it is not just the Russians who have been pulling the threads. The focus of those exposing the lies is to identify the source of the lies, demonstrating that they are coming from the highest levels of the May government and British intelligence agencies, thereby shining a spotlight on the usually protected, hidden role of the "secret services" involved. Further, significantly, some of the most devastating attacks have come from within British military and diplomatic networks.
Commenting on the importance of these exposures, Helga Zepp LaRouche of the Schiller Institute said that the lies are now backfiring. "Spooks like to operate in the dark," she said. "But the limelight is now on the spooks." The LaRouche movement has been at the forefront in exposing the British, as it has been for many years. A statement released on April 16 by LaRouchePAC, "Clearing the Fog of War: Lies, Damn Lies, Damn British Lies," is circulating at the U.N., in the U.S. Congress, on the streets of America and through social media.
Others in the U.S. are hitting the liars hard. U.S. political operative Roger Stone, one of the architects of Trump's election victory, penned a devastating attack on the neocons around Trump on April 16, titled "The President's Syrian Mistake: The War Hungry Neocon Crowd Just Keeps Repeating the Same Discredited Dirty Trick," in which he identifies Trump's desire to break the neocons "vise grip on American foreign policy" as the reason for the push for war. Calling the neocons an "aberrant sect," Stone said their goal is to impose "their messianic international designs and risky interventionist schemes...to use American military might as the tool of their dubious globalist objectives." Among other prominent American voices exposing the lies and skewering the liars are Col. Pat Lang, whose blog "Sic Semper Tyrannis" goes after the British as the source of the lies, and FOX News host Tucker Carlson, who has run a series of effective pieces challenging the official narrative. On one of these, Carlson interviewed the former British Ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford, who has been outspoken in his opposition to war against Syria. He told Carlson that the chemical attack in Douma "never happened," and that President Trump's advisers "have served him extremely badly," by not informing him that the White Helmets are part of the terrorist operation, and are funded by British and U.S. intelligence services. Carlson, along with many others, expressed incredulity that those pushing the lies think it is credible that Assad, whose forces have nearly defeated the terrorists, would now resort to using chemical weapons.
Russian officials have been very direct in their attacks on British networks. Aleksander Shulgin, the Russian Ambassador to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) declared that "we have irrefutable proof that there was no chemical attack" in Douma. He called the incident a "pre-planned false flag attack by the British security services, which could have also been aided by their allies in Washington," and accused "pseudo-humanitarian NGOs", including the White Helmets, of staging the attacks. Video evidence which backs up Shulgin's claim has been presented to the OPCW. Russian Ambassador to the U.N. Nebenzia will bring videos into the U.N., which show that the attacks were faked, and include interviews with doctors who examined those supposedly gassed, who say there was no evidence of a gas attack. The Russians and Syrians have insisted that the OPCW visit the site in Douma, adding that their investigation should have taken place before the allegations were accepted and missile strikes launched.
The most powerful attack on the British came from a thorough briefing from Russia's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Maria Zakharova, in which she detailed the history of genocidal attacks by the British Empire, including the Opium Wars against China, massacres in India, Australia, and Africa, and cited racist quotes from numerous imperial officials, including Winston Churchill. As Helga Zepp LaRouche has identified the supposed fictional story of the exploits of the secret agent James Bond, and his boss "M", as an example of the mind-set of those behind the False Flag attacks, so Zakharova stated that James Bond films are "not fictional", and that British spies do have "a license to kill." The British response to the Russians has been "everyone knows Russia did it" (referring to the Skripal affair and "covering up" for Assad) and to move to shut down RT in Britain, attacking it as a propaganda agency of the Russian government!
The Chinese have also targeted the British propaganda machine. Prominent CGTN television anchor Yang Rui compared the lies against the Assad government to Nazi propaganda which was used to justify wartime atrocities. He called on "good journalists" to expose the role of the White Helmets—why has Russia been denied participation in independent investigations of these events, he asked. "Is this a return of the Cold War? What is the driving force? Are we living in a post-truth world where rumors are ideologically motivated...What is the role of the formidable military-industrial complex?"
One such "good journalist", Robert Fisk, reported in the Independent on April 16 of a doctor in Douma, who in treating those allegedly gassed, found that people were suffering from hypoxia, that is, oxygen loss, from breathing in dust from bombing, but not from gas poisoning. Fisk's reporting was backed by reporter Pearson Sharp, of One America News network, whose on-the-ground investigation in Douma, during which he interviewed doctors, residents, police and soldiers, found that "no one saw a single shred of evidence of any chemical attack."
In addition to former Ambassador Peter Ford, other British officials have been speaking out. Lord West, the former First Sea Lord, Admiral and Chief of British Defense Intelligence, told BBC that it is absurd to think Assad would use chemical weapons, as it only would serve the terrorists' interests. Another former military official who ridiculed the idea that Assad had used chemical weapons is Major General Jonathan Shaw. He told the Daily Mail "That's not just my opinion," Shaw said, "it is shared by senior commanders in the U.S. military. There is no rationale behind Assad's involvement whatsoever. He's convinced the rebels to leave occupied areas in buses. He's gained their territory. So why would he be bothering gassing them? The jihadists and the various opposition groups who've been fighting against Assad have much greater motivation to launch a chemical weapons attack, and make it look like Assad was responsible. Their motivation being that they want to keep the Americans involved in the war—following Trump saying the US was going to leave Syria for other people to sort out."
THE BRITISH EMPIRE STILL LIVES—FOR NOW!
As the lies are exposed, a still-deeper truth is emerging, which is that the British Empire still exists, and is the force behind the accelerated war push, as its financial system is reaching a point of collapse, and the specter of a New Paradigm, emerging from China and Eurasia, is the worse nightmare for those who cut their teeth on classic imperial geopolitics. Theresa May herself proclaimed this, in her speech to the Lord Mayor's Banquet on November 13, 2017. May spoke of a new role for "Global Britain", an obvious euphemism for the British Empire. "We are the fifth biggest economy in the world," she gloated, "...have the second largest defense budget in NATO...the thought leadership of our outstanding universities, the global finance of this great City of London."
She continued: "...the task for Global Britain is clear....To defend the rules-based international order against irresponsible states that seek to erode it." The chief among those today is, "of course, Russia", which she accused of illegally annexing Crimea, fomenting conflict in eastern Ukraine, aggressive military threats against European nations, cyber-espionage, weaponization of intelligence, etc. "So I have a very simple message for Russia, we know what you are doing. And you will not succeed, because you underestimate the resilience of our democracies, and the commitment of Western nations to the alliances that bind us."
She concluded with an appeal to the financial establishment of the City, which remains the basis for Britain's global empire: "You are the bearers of a certain idea of economic order upon which the last century of growth has been based: expertise...legal services...accountancy and finance, in which this great City of London leads the world. So, Lord Mayor, these are challenging times. But I am confident that a global Britain has the ability and, indeed, the responsibility to rise to the moment."
Perhaps the confidence that May claims to have in "Global Britain" is being eroded by the hits her government has taken in the last weeks. It would be premature to claim victory over the empire, as it remains committed to self-preservation at all costs, including the possibility that its survival may require it to launch a new world war. However, events of this last period point to the possibility of the sun finally setting on the British Empire, a result that, as Mrs. LaRouche commented, would allow the human race "to breathe again, and create a new society."