“Would Turkey Act Without US Permission?”

“One question is would [Turkish President] Erdogan do this without US permission, without US support,” said Daniel McAdams, executive director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, in an interview today with Sputnik International. McAdams, a long-time aide to Ron Paul in Congress, accused Turkey of criminal activity in helping ISIS:

“This is very serious…Turkey has allowed itself to become a super-hotbed for ISIS and other jihadists to go back and forth from Syria into Turkey…if you want criminal activity, Turkey is an accomplice to the crime at the very least.”…Just this week, the US was considering inviting al-Qaeda’s affiliate Ahrar ash-Sham to attend the talks [on Syria], as well. So, 14 years after al-Qaeda attacked the US on 9/11, the US is talking about bringing an al-Qaeda affiliate in as a moderate opposition in Syria.”

Obama’s role is also raised by Pepe Escobar: “Let’s cut to the chase. The notion that Turkey’s downing of a Russian Su-24 by a made-in-USA F-16 was carried out without either a green light or at least pre-arranged ‘support’ from Washington” is almost impossible to believe. Escobar then gives a synopsis of Turkey’s dirty role under “Sultan Erdogan” in helping ISIS, and trafficking in oil stolen by ISIS from Syria and Iraq.  He also documents that “Bilal Erdogan, the sultan’s son, is a major profiteer” in this trade, which Putin, he notes, exposed at the G-20 meeting in Antalya, Turkey, last week.

There are also serious warnings of the danger of nuclear war. Republican Presidential candidate Rand Paul said yesterday, reported The Hill, “The shooting down of a Russian fighter jet illustrates precisely why we need open lines” to Russia. He also smashed other candidates’ demands for a no-fly-zone, saying, “Shooting down other countries’ fighter jets will be the result and a war between nuclear superpowers a possibility.”  The editor of antiwar.com, Justin Raimondo, says that “the Americans want another Cuban missile crisis … Are you ready for World War III?”

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Lavrov: Did US Approve Turkey’s Action Beforehand?

Secretary of State John Kerry offered US condolences to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in a phone call, today, according to a statement posted by the State Department. Prior to the phone call, Lavrov told reporters in Moscow that Russia knows the US always demands from its coalition members in Syria to coordinate use of US combat planes. Thus, reports Tass, he pointed to the possibility of the Turkish authorities discussing with the United States their decision to order its warplanes in the air to shoot down the Russian plane.

Lavrov said:

“Some members of the coalition, including those providing their combat planes for strikes against Iraq and Syria have confided to us the planes involved were of US manufacture and the Americans normally request US permission for such operations…As far as I understand, our plane was downed by a US-made F-16.It remains to be seen whether the US requirement is applicable to Turkey, and if it is, I would like to know if Turkey had asked the United States for permission to send its planes on a combat mission and to shoot down a plane, albeit probably an identified one, over Syrian territory.”

Lavrov reminded Kerry that, under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding for deconfliction, the United States took direct responsibility for the actions of all the so-called Coalition partners, and that includes Turkey. Also, Lavrov noted that, independent of the MOU, Turkey and Russia established a hot line phone, but there was no effort by any Turkish official to use that hot line to avert the shoot-down.

Lavrov also spoke to his Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Cavusoglu, earlier in the day. Lavrov said that Russia has no plans to go to war against Turkey, but neither will the planned diplomatic visits of Russians to Turkey or vice versa go ahead. Lavrov said that his Turkish counterpart expressed regret over the Sukhoi-24M incident, but at the same time tried to present excuses for the action taken by the Turkish Air Force.

Lavrov said:

“What should Turkey do to normalize the situation?…It is necessary to draw the conclusions, after all, that attacks like yesterday’s incident are absolutely unacceptable. I have heard condolences from [Turkish Foreign] Minister Cavusoglu, but all the other statements were aimed at justifying the Turkish position.”

Lavrov also noted that the attack on Russia’s Su-24M plane looks like a planned provocation. “We have serious doubts that it was unintentional; it looks like a planned provocation,” Lavrov said, adding that some Russian partners call the downing incident “an obvious ambush.”

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Russia’s IMF Director: Next Crisis Will Find Us Unprepared

An event held at the Russian Embassy titled “BRICS 2.0—A Metamorphosis of Globalization,” sponsored by Russia Direct, a monthly magazine with news on Russia, brought together some pro-BRICS intellectuals to counter much of the recent slander about the alleged imminent break-up of the BRICS. While much of what they said was of some interest, most of the presentations were narrowly focused on particular items of the BRICS agenda, without really getting to the heart of the matter.

Most interesting, however, was the presentation by Aleksei Mozhin, the Executive Director of the IMF for Russia.  He noted that the BRICS configuration came out of the aftermath of the G20 Pittsburgh summit in 2009.

“It was not accidental that it occurred at that time in the midst of the global financial crisis,” which was characterized by “a loss of trust in the financial institutions and in the advice of the ‘financial experts.'”  He said the present system dated back to August 1971, with Nixon’s decision to leave the gold standard, and this led to floating exchange rates.  “Nobody is happy with the international system,” Mozhin said.  “The distribution of the voting power in the IMF is totally absurd.”

In the Q&A, the first question was asked by EIR‘s Bill Jones.  Referring positively to what Mozhin had said, Jones continued, “That crisis is still ongoing and getting worse.  One too-big-to-fail bank today would set off an unequaled systemic crisis.  Total debt, including derivatives and other exotic instruments, is estimated at $2 quadrillion.  This can never be paid, no matter how much austerity is imposed on the world’s population.  The establishment of the BRICS and AIIB, as well as the Silk Road Economic Belt, represents a new trajectory, away from the insanity of a bankrupt speculative financial system, toward a system based on credit for infrastructure.  While Europe and the U.S. still feel that they are stakeholders in this failed system, the reality of the economic collapse will force them to revise that judgment.  And anyone who looks at the total collapse of infrastructure in the United States will understand the mood-swings. This trajectory, of BRICS, the AIIB, and the Silk Road, is the only possible trajectory for humanity today, because continuing on the other path will lead to total devastation.”

Almost all of the speakers nodded agreement as Jones spoke.

Mozhin responded,

“I agree with everything you have said. There is a massive debt overhang.  Japan is at the top of the list.  And this includes both public and private debt.  It is a very fragile situation, and the next financial crisis will find us unprepared to deal with it.  The attempt to maintain a zero interest-rate means we will not have the tools we had during the last crisis, and it has created many distortions.  96% of incremental income has been going to 1% of the population.  And there is a very high level of public indebtedness.”
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Kerry: No Binding Agreement at COP 21; Hollande Throws a Fit

US Secretary of State John Kerry told the Financial Times on Wednesday in regard to the COP 21 Global Warming Conference in Paris: “It’s definitively not going to be a treaty… They’re not going to be legally binding reduction targets like Kyoto or something.”

French President Hollande went berzerk. “If the agreement is not legally binding, there will be no agreement,” he told the international press in Malta on the sidelines of the EU-Africa migration conference. “I know how difficult it is,” Hollande said, in reference to the opposition to a binding agreement in the US Congress. “But we must give the Paris agreement, if there is one, a binding character in the sense that the commitments that are made must be kept and respected.”

The Guardian reported that a global poll last week found that residents of China and the US were among the least concerned about climate change.

The spokesman for the EU Climate Commission, Miquel Arias Canete, said in response to Kerry’s comment, “The Paris agreement must be an international legally binding agreement.” French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius had said it was obvious that any agreement in Paris would contain legally binding elements, and suggested that Kerry was “confused” about the point.

It is not just the US Congress, of course, but India and China, which will not submit to binding suicide in Paris, as they refused to do in Copenhagen in 2009.

There is no comment as yet from the White House.

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Dump Obama or Face Thermonuclear War of Extinction


British agent Barack Obama was behind the Turkish shoot-down of the Russian Su-24 over Syrian airspace on Tuesday, Nov. 24, and the Russian government has made clear that it is fully aware of the Obama complicity. In a phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pointed out that, under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding on deconfliction that the U.S. and Russia recently signed, the U.S. took responsibility for the actions of all of the so-called Coalition partners. More to the point, Lavrov pointed out that the attack on the Russian plane was carried out by a U.S. manufactured F-16, and there are binding understandings that offensive operations using U.S. made planes must be pre-cleared.

In the immediate aftermath of the shooting down of the Russian jet, President Obama made a point of getting on the phone with Turkish President Erdogan, and assuring him that the U.S. fully supported his “sovereign” actions. In his disgusting press conference with visiting French President Hollande on Tuesday afternoon, Obama launched into a megalomaniacal attack on Putin and Russia, calling them “the outliers” and “offering” Russia one last chance to join the U.S. led “Coalition” doing the real fighting against ISIS.

Obama was doing what he does best—lying, pathologically, on behalf of his British masters. For the longest time, the British Crown strategy has been to provoke war between the United States and Russia, and to fuel a permanent population war within the Muslim world, between Sunni and Shia, using their Saudi junior partners as the chief provocateurs. Now, Turkey, under the corrupt Erdogan regime, has been brought into the mix, to stir up the conditions for world war. Obama has been the principle asset of this British war strategy ever since he came into office, and kicked off his first term by visiting Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles in London three months after his inauguration.

A growing number of analysts have joined Lyndon LaRouche in calling the shot on Obama’s complicity in the Turkish actions of Tuesday. John Helmer in Moscow, Justin Raimondo, Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Peace Institute, and Pepe Escobar have all come out in the last 24 hours, saying that Erdogan would have never launched the action against the Russian jet without prior approval from Obama.

In response to the Turkish attack, President Putin has announced a number of immediate military counter-measures, including the deployment of the most advanced S-400 air defense systems to the Russian air base in Latakia Province in Syria, the stationing of a surface-to-air missile ship off the Syrian coast, and the beefing up of intercept escorts for all future Russian bombing runs against ISIS targets in Syria. The Russian government made clear that they have evidence, including the heat trail from the Su-24, showing that it never entered Turkish airspace. An unnamed US official told Reuters and other news agencies that the Russian plane was shot down over Syrian airspace, after a very brief passage through Turkish airspace, that could not have lasted more than a few seconds. The attack was pre-planned, pre-meditated, and aimed at wrecking the post-Paris attacks climate, in which a potential for a settlement of the five-year Syrian war and a concentrated campaign to destroy ISIS and Nusra was in the making.

Putin will respond with a flanking attack, in line with his September deployment of Russian forces into Syria, that fundamentally altered the direction of the conflict.

If there was any doubt that this is a global British/Obama- led war drive against Russia, just look at Ukraine, where the Right Sector has been bombing power lines into Crimea, and where Victoria Nuland’s pet, Yatsenyuk, just announced he was barring Russian planes from any access to Ukrainian air space. That is tantamount to a threat to shoot down a Russian plane at any moment.

The biggest vulnerability of the British in this war drive is Barack Obama. He has committed crimes against humanity, and so many impeachable crimes that he only remains in office due to the cowardice and opportunism of most members of Congress and the American people, who tolerate his existence at the risk of their own survival.



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Live Emergency Q&A Discussion with Lyndon LaRouche, November 25, 2015


Join LaRouche in a discussion to stop compromising with Obama and throw him out of office, now. LaRouche declared today, “There can be no more excusing Obama, if mankind is to survive. The way out of WW3 is for honest Americans at every level to denounce the president at every opportunity.”

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Obama Gives His Public Blessing to Turkey’s Act of War Against Russia; So Does NATO

At a joint press conference with French President Francois Hollande following their meeting in the White House today, President Barack Obama fully defended Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian Su-24 bomber, pronouncing that “Turkey, like every country, has a right to defend its territory and its airspace.” Obama then tried to blame the Russian government for the incident, saying that

“this points to an ongoing problem with the Russian operations. They are operating very close to a Turkish border, and they are going after moderate opposition that are supported not only by Turkey, but a wide range of countries.”

He then sanctimoniously urged all sides to show “restraint,” lest the crisis escalate.

After an emergency NATO meeting called today by member Turkey, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also gave full backing to Turkey:

“As we have repeatedly made clear, we stand in solidarity with Turkey and support the territorial integrity of our NATO ally, Turkey. I look forward to further contacts between Ankara and Moscow, and call for calm and de-escalation. Diplomacy and de-escalation are important to resolve this situation,” he said.

In Ankara, a glib Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told Al Jazeera,

“Everyone must know that it is our international right and national duty to take any measure against whoever violates our air or land borders. The Turkish armed forces are clearly instructed. Even if it is a flying bird it will be intercepted.”

Retired U.S. Army Col. Patrick Lang, in his Sic Semper Tyrannis blog, wrote today, “Perhaps the time has come to suspend Turkish membership in NATO before Erdogan drags us all into a war with Russia.”

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