Trump Outflank War Party, Revives 'Singapore Spirit'

An unprecedented meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Panmunjom, in Korea's Demilitarized Zone, culminated a week of intense "Presidential diplomacy," which enabled President Trump to overcome efforts to sabotage his initiative for a peaceful resolution to the dangerous, long-simmering crisis on the Korean peninsula. Preceding the summit were numerous bilateral and multilateral meetings between the leaders of the United States, Russia, China, Japan, and the two Koreas. These meetings laid the basis for creating the possibility for "an entire Asian security architecture which could solve the North Korea situation," according to Helga Zepp LaRouche, the founder and President of the Schiller Institute, speaking during her weekly webcast on July 1.

Zepp LaRouche stated that the dramatic meeting between Trump and Kim, during which Trump became the first sitting U.S. President to cross the border into North Korea at the DMZ, revived the "Singapore Spirit", referring to their first meeting on June 12, 2018. This could only happen, she explained, because "policy is [now] being made on the level of the presidents," outside the control of officials and institutions run by special interests under the direction of the British Empire and the British-U.S. "Military-Industrial Complex." Of note, the infamous chickenhawk, John Bolton, was not present in Panmunjom—he had been sent instead on a mission to Mongolia! It was Bolton who sabotaged the second meeting between Trump and Kim in Hanoi on February 27-8, 2018, through his insistence on full, immediate denuclearization of North Korea before the U.S. would consider the lifting of any sanctions.

The success in the DMZ also reflects the leverage Trump now has, given the collapse of the fake narrative of Russiagate, which smeared him as a pawn of Russian President Putin, asserting that he owed his 2016 election victory to Putin's meddling, and implying that he was subject to blackmail by Putin. This narrative was made in London, pushed by intelligence officials of GCHQ and MI6, who used "ex"-MI6 operative Christopher Steele to disseminate a fraudulent dossier, which provided a fake justification for CIA-FBI officials from the Obama administration, together with neocon Republicans and most Democrats, to run an attempted regime change coup against Trump. The networks involved in promoting Russiagate are the same as those attempting to sabotage Trump's diplomatic initiatives.

She added, "When President Trump has the freedom to act, he tends to do very important things."

"PRESIDENTIAL DIPLOMACY"

Trump's desire to establish a new, peaceful cooperative relationship with Russia and China was the target of the anti-Trumpers, from the beginning of Russiagate. The success of the first Trump-Kim summit in Singapore in June 2018 grew out of collaborative action with Russia and China, as well as with Japan and South Korea. Prior to the Singapore meeting, Kim was in Beijing, from March 25-8, 2018 for meetings with China's President Xi. On April 27, Kim met with South Korea's President Moon Jae-In. Both Moon and Japan's Prime Minister Abe were in close contact with Trump leading up to the Singapore breakthrough. A major part of the discussion of the leaders revolved around economic incentives to Kim to give up his nuclear ambitions, in particular, the prospects for North Korea to take part in China's global infrastructure project, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The stage for this cooperation had been set in motion in summits between Trump and Xi in Mar-a-Lago, Florida in April 2017, and later that year in Beijing; and with Putin in July 2017 at the G20 meeting in Hamburg, and again in Helsinki in July 2018. However, his efforts to build on these meetings were sabotaged by a series of provocations, "False Flags" run by British and allied intelligence operations. The intent of these provocations was to pit Trump against Putin and Xi, and to destabilize him to the point that he would bring in Bolton and other neocons, to make it appear that he was not being manipulated by America's "adversaries."

Since the release of the report on Russiagate by special counsel/legal hitman Robert Mueller, which exonerated Trump of the charge of "collusion" with Putin, and presented no convincing evidence that he "obstructed justice", he has been reinvigorated in his original intent, of making a complete break with the geopolitical designs of his predecessors, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. The meetings which took place around the G20 summit last week in Osaka were prepared by substantive phone calls between Trump and Putin, and Trump and Xi, .

While little of note was accomplished at the formal G20 summit in Osaka, a dizzying pace of bilateral meetings showed that Trump has been liberated from the constraints of Russiagate, and that collaboration with his "partners" has intensified. Prior to the G20, he met in Tokyo in May with Prime Minister Abe, who hosted the G20. Also before the Oaska meetings, President Xi made a trip to Pyongyang, for a meeting with Kim. Then Xi and Putin held meetings in Moscow and St. Petersburg, during which both praised the close collaboration which has developed between them and their two nations. On the sidelines of the G20, Trump met with Putin on June 28, in which the two held talks taking up an array of strategic issues, including North Korea, but also about resolving issues on Ukraine, Iran, Syria and Venezuela. Putin invited Trump to come to Moscow next May, to celebrate the end of World War II in Europe, and Trump agreed to attend the celebration. Then, on June 29, Trump met with Xi, in which reviving trade talks was the main subject, but it is highly likely that Korea was a topic. There was also a dinner meeting between Trump and Xi.

On the next day, Trump arrived in South Korea, holding a brief meeting with both Kim and Moon, before he walked across the border with Kim, and then met with him for an unannounced fifty minute discussion.

WARHAWKS GO CRAZY

Not surprisingly, those committed to removing Trump from office greeted the diplomatic flurry with unrelenting bitterness, in part coming from reflecting that they had been outflanked. Many Democrats, including Senate Minority leader Schumer, denounced him for embracing the "authoritarian dictator" Kim. Among his potential opponents in the November 2020 elections, most had a similar line. Perhaps most extreme was Rep. Tim Ryan, who compared the meeting to the Neville Chamberlain meeting with Hitler, as one of appeasement of a brutal dictator. Bernie Sanders, while acknowledging that it is better to talk than to go to war, added that Trump's good relationship with Kim is typical of his alleged preference for "dictators and autocratic regimes." Typical of the media coverage was the pro-regime change {Washington Post}, which characterized the Trump-Kim meeting as a "striking acknowledgement by Trump of the authoritarian Kim's legitimacy over a nation with an abysmal human rights record."

It is not just the Trump-Kim summit that was the subject of lunatic attacks. The whole range of meetings between national leaders, which Zepp LaRouche described as an example of decisive diplomacy "on the level of Presidents", came under fire, from those fearful that the era of unilateral dictates for regime change and war from British imperial geopoliticians potentially is coming to a well-deserved end. For example, Trump was attacked for his response to a question from the press about whether he told Putin not to interfere with the upcoming elections. According to {Time} magazine, which typified the coverage of this, Trump responded "with a smirk and a finger point", saying to Putin, "Don't meddle with the election," which drew a chuckle from the Russian President. Coverage of the Trump-Xi summit was filled with derisive remarks about how the trade deals under discussion will fail, and a full-scale trade war is still likely. And reporting on the Trump-Kim summit speculated that Trump engaged in "reality tv", a "show with no substance", and that denuclearization is unlikely to occur. In response to this attack, Trump said, "...we're not looking for speed. We're looking to get it right."

There is still a serious danger that the progress from the presidential diplomacy around the Osaka G20 summit could be derailed by provocations in many parts of the world, as the defenders of the Old Paradigm based on British imperial geopolitics are desperately attempting to save their bankrupt system. This was addressed most succinctly by Zepp LaRouche in her closing comments in the July 1 webcast. She said, "And now with talks again between the U.S. and China and Russia, there is actually hope, but that is just the first baby step. And we need the full New Paradigm, a new system of international relations, and especially a new economic system based on the physical principles developed by Lyndon LaRouche." The roadmap to achieve this was presented by Mr. LaRouche, in his proposal for the establishment of a New Bretton Woods financial/economic system, initiated by Four Powers—the United States, Russia, China and India.

The events following the "Presidential diplomacy" at Osaka show that such a possibility is now within reach.

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