The latest atrocity to come out of the mouth of President Barack Obama this week—his blaming of Russian President Vladimir Putin for the “worsening civil rights climate in Russia”—should make the obvious point: The time has long since passed when the President must be removed from office if a world war is to be averted.
The idea that Obama would implicitly blame President Putin for the assassination of Boris Nemtsov—just days after his State Department witch Victoria Nuland hosted neo-Nazi Andriy Parubiy all over Washington—was just the latest straw. Clearly Obama is moving towards providing lethal aid to the Ukraine government, a step that will bring the world close to strategic confrontation, a confrontation that will likely lead to thermonuclear war.
Russian officials pounced, appropriately, on Obama’s latest insanity. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov personally commented on Obama’s accusations, observing that he was showing how “inarticulate” he can be on his own.
Interfax: How do you respond to the statement by US President Barack Obama that the killing of Boris Nemtsov is a sign of the worsening climate for civil rights in Russia?
Sergey Lavrov: Let this remain on the conscience of Mr Obama. No one was writing for him this time, and he’s inarticulate on his own.
And Foreign Ministry spokesman Lukashevich slammed the President for pushing for extension of the sanctions against Russia, despite the fact that Putin has played a pivotal role in securing a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine. He reminded the world that the Obama Administration was behind the coup d’etat in Kiev that installed the current illegal regime.
Even US intelligence sources confirmed, on Tuesday, that there is zero evidence of Putin involvement in the Nemtsov killing. Furthermore, they view Putin as the target of the attack, reporting that Putin and Nemtsov, although political adversaries, had certain working understandings, and Putin had nothing to gain, and everything to lose, from Nemtsov’s killing.
Between the insane provocations coming from Obama and his so-called arch-rival Benjamin Netanyahu, there is no stability—and no prospect of stability—in Eurasia. Netanyahu’s appearance before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday set off a Republican Party drive for confrontation with Iran, further adding to the growing chaos throughout Southeast Asia.
Lyndon LaRouche today warned that, unless a deal is reached between Iran and the P5+1 countries, the entire Eurasia region is headed for war, whether or not the Ukraine conflict is settled by a cease-fire negotiated by the Normandy Four and the Contact Group. It is urgent that the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia region are brought back to some degree of stability. The British strategy, peddled by British agents like Netanyahu and Obama, is to drench the region in blood, through a new Hundred Years’ religious war inside the Islamic world, pitting Shi’ites against Sunnis, Arabs against Persians, etc. The new Saudi Monarchy, under King Salman, is even more primed for playing the British game of a century of death and chaos.
Between the British, the Saudis, and British puppets like Obama, Nuland, and Netanyahu, we are no longer dealing with mere crooks. We are dealing with clinical insanity. How else can you account for actions that are already leading to wars, of mass genocide proportions?
There are immediate steps, that can and must be taken, to rid the world of this danger of imminent conflict. On March 17, Israeli voters must demonstrate a degree of sanity and sweep Netanyahu and his Likud bloc out of power. The new Israeli government must drop the efforts to wreck the regional stability, by seeking an alliance with Saudi Arabia to bomb Iran—regardless of the outcome of the P5+1 negotiations.
And sane, patriotic circles in the United States must move immediately to remove Obama from office on Constitutional grounds. His insane actions against Russia are but the latest in a long series of crimes against the Constitution and the American people. LaRouchePAC organizers, on Capitol Hill yesterday, directly confronted Victoria Nuland, who was testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Ukraine, demanding to know if she put out the assassination order against Nemtsov, through her neo-Nazi friends in Ukraine and Chechnya.
Both the House and the Senate today held hearings yesterday beating the drums of war, setting the stage for nuclear war in the near term. Victoria Nuland herself, the personal controller of the neo-nazis in Ukraine, including Prime Minister “Yats,” was the only witness before the House Foreign Affairs Committee (under Ed Royce and Eliot Engel, who are pushing legislation to arm Ukraine), where she lied wildly about the crisis and threatened Russia with new sanctions. Members of Congress, with few exceptions, ranted for arming Ukraine, moving more troops to the borders of Russia, and preparing our military for full-scale war.
Nuland stuck to the Administration line that it has not yet decided to provide arms to the Ukraine regime.
Mikheil Saakashvili and Garry Kasparov appearing with Damon Wilson, Stephen Blank, and Steven Pifer in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Meanwhile, in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili (now advising Ukraine President Poroshenko) and Russia’s wild-eyed opponent of Putin, Garry Kasparov, ranted that talking to Putin was a horrible mistake, that full US military force must be brought to bear immediately in Ukraine, or Europe will fall to Russian aggression and the post-war order be destroyed. The hearing room had huge photographs of Boris Nemtsov, the bridge with his body, MH17 wreckage, and more, lined up all along the front of the hearing room. Joining their war cries were leading Russia-haters from the Atlantic Council (Damon Wilson), the American Foreign Policy Council (Stephen Blank), and former Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer, now at Brookings.
Former President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, being interviewed outside a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Nuland and several members of Congress expressed “outrage” at the murder of Boris Nemtsov, only slightly stopping short of blaming Putin directly. Kasparov didn’t stop short, saying that “Putin and his elites believe that after 15 years of power there is nothing they cannot do, no line they cannot cross,” while accusing Putin of using Nazi ideology! He called for color revolution or worse: “Like a cancer, Putin and his elites must be cut out. He must be isolated and removed.”
Nuland praised the Maidan coup, the “peaceful protest by ordinary Ukrainians fed up with the rotten regime.” She insisted that new sanctions are ready to go, if, in Obama’s view, Russia doesn’t hold to Minsk II. Obama has “not decided” on arming Kiev, she said.
Only two Congressmen had the courage to counter her lies. Rep. Greg Meeks said that real leadership would not be US unilateral military action, but working together with others, pointing to European nations opposing the arming of Ukraine.
More powerfully, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher ripped into the whole imperial process, starting with the EU refusing to help Ukraine under Yanukovych, then helping the Maidan revolt which was precipitate by Yanukovych’s decision to postpone the association agreement with Europe.
“Perhaps an electoral process rather than the use of violence and non-democratic means would have been better,” he said, insisting that our goal should be peace in Ukraine, “not to defeat and humiliate Russia, again and again.” If that is the policy, he said, the killing and suffering in Ukraine will go on and on.
When Nuland “took issue” with Rohrabacher, trying to say Yanukovych should have accepted IMF help, Rohrabacher cut her off, saying the ceasefire appeared to be desired by both sides, so “we should not be trying to wreck it.”
Lyndon LaRouche’s March 3 statement denouncing the frame-up of Putin for Nemtsov’s murder was circulated widely at both of these hearings on Capitol Hill today, as EIR and LaRouchePAC representatives attended hearings intended to galvanize the population for war.
At the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, a gaggle of media were gathered to interview both the Congressmen and the members of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, which were in Washington to lobby for arming Ukraine.
Following the hearing, EIR‘s Stuart Rosenblatt approached Nuland personally, and, in the hearing of many press and others, asked: “Were you behind the assassination of Nemtsov? We know Putin didn’t do it—so was it you?” She responded, “How could you say that?” and was spirited away by staff.
In a speech in Berlin last night, Gen. Ben Hodges, commander of the U.S. armed forces in Europe, said that Western diplomacy needed a “muscle” to get the right message to Russia:
“If you don’t have something that gives muscle to the diplomacy, to the economic aspect, then it’s not going to be as effective.”
But, while going on to blast and threaten Russia, Hodges also announced, in an exclusive interview with World Bulletin March 3, that the U.S. was putting on hold its training mission to Ukraine—pre-announced to be 600 troops to work with the National Guard—to see if the Minsk accords succeeded.
Hodges said that helping Ukraine with weapons would increase pressure on President Vladimir Putin at home.
“When mothers start seeing sons come home dead, when that price goes up, then that domestic support begins to shrink.”
Hodges did not specify what weapons could be offered, but said that what Ukraine wants “is intelligence, counter-fire capability and something that can stop a Russian tank.” Russia has 12,000 soldiers and heavy weapons in eastern Ukraine, plus another 29,000 in Crimea, and is maintaining another 50,000 close to the border with Ukraine, Hodges asserted.
Although Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Natanyahu claims that he is opposed to the nuclear agreement that the P5+1 nations (Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany) are seeking with Iran, in essence, what he and the American neo-cons are indeed seeking is a regime change in Iran, Middle East Online said today. That also became evident when Netanyahu told the U.S. lawmakers in a joint session of the U.S. Congress today: “Today the Jewish people face another attempt by yet another Persian potentate to destroy us. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei spews the oldest hatred, the oldest hatred of anti-Semitism with the newest technology.”
In its coverage, “Neo-Cons Want Regime Change in Iran,” Middle East Online pointed out that Netanyahu and his followers in Congress were not looking for a better deal, they were seeking a better regime in Tehran. The article cited Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a leading neo-conservative think tank funded by billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who wrote in 2012:
“If we are going to pursue tougher international sanctions against Iran and the goal should be regime change in Iran, not stopping proliferation.”
And the article also pointed to a recent column by John Hannah, a senior fellow at Adelson’s foundation and a former national security advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney, who titled it, “It’s Time To Pursue Regime Change in Iran” which appeared in Foreign Policy.
The article said the neo-cons have also a few members in the Congress who openly admit this intent. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark) was refreshingly candid at the Heritage Foundation’s Conservative Action Summit in January, when he called “for crippling new sanctions against Iran: First, the goal of our policy must be clear: regime change in Iran,” the article noted.
Senate Republicans are shifting the focus from passing an authorization for the use of force against ISIS, to trying to sabotage a diplomatic agreement with Iran. The New York Times reports:
“With so much attention focused on Iran, it is doubtful that Congress can make much quick progress on the use of force measure, which lawmakers were struggling with even before Iran took center stage.”
Politico also reports that Republicans are planning to fast-track a bill which would allow Congress to approve or reject any agreement that the the P5+1 powers reach with Iran — even at the risk of having Democrats who otherwise support the bill, vote against it. When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on March 3 that he is planning to bring anti-Iran legislation directly to the floor without going through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee first, an “outraged” Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said he’ll vote against his own bill if he has to. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) blasted McConnell’s push as “rushed and partisan.” Politico reports that McConnell’s drive to bring the legislation quickly to the Senate floor “has two of the bill’s Democratic sponsors in full rebellion mode, potentially presaging a Democratic filibuster on the floor if the bill doesn’t go through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee first.”
As to Congress’s enthusiasm to follow Netanyahu to war against Iran, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank noted that:
“It’s a rare thing for Congress to declare war — and rarer still to do it at the request of a foreign leader.”
Another Washington Post columnist, Walter Pincus, who is generally aligned with the military-intelligence establishment, wrote a strong attack yesterday on any Congressional interference with Iran diplomacy, not only taking apart Netanyahu’s arguments, but pointing out that any Iran agreement would be hammered out not just by Obama, but by six great powers—Russia, China, Germany, and France, in addition to the U.S. and Britain—which is something Netanyahu never brings up.