The Week That is Still Making History

In his most recent discussion with associates, Lyndon LaRouche has very vividly communicated his own, personal, almost century-old convictions as to what sort of human organization it is that must be shaped and that must command your total loyalty, and as to what truth is, and what reality is,– all totally foreign and incomprehensible to what the herd says and believes.

It is no coincidence that LaRouche’s views share so much in common with those of the greatest military genius of the Twentieth Century, General of the Armies Douglas MacArthur, like LaRouche, another pure American type, who was already famous for saying, and for proving as early as 1927, that “Americans never quit.”

Frazier Hunt, MacArthur’s friend and biographer, records the following in his 1954 “Untold Story of Douglas MacArthur.”

“Soon after he had taken over command [of the U.S. Army’s Department of the Philippines in 1928], the adjutant general of the Department came to him with a thick-bound volume of mimeographed sheets, and explained that the staff had gathered a collection of all the precedents that had been established by the various commanding generals, so that MacArthur would know what to do whatever the problem might be. ‘We thought you might be interested in having this,’ the officer explained proudly.”General MacArthur lifted the bulky volume. ‘It’s a tremendous job you have done,’ he said. ‘How many copies of this are there?’

“‘Exactly six, sir,’ the officer answered.

“MacArthur looked him straight in the eyes, and there was no smile showing when he said: ‘Well, you get all those six copies together and burn them–every one of them. I’ll not be bound by precedents. Any time a problem comes up, I’ll make a decision at once–immediately.'”

In the same spirit in the Italian Senate yesterday, LaRouche’s friend, Senator Giulio Tremonti, former Finance Minister of Italy, exposed the true reality of the so-called “Greek crisis,” saying, “The problem is not that Greece entered Europe, but that Europe entered Greece. The causes of the crisis are not, as some say, related to the obscure and opaque Greek government budget, an almost negligible entity. The real Greek drama came from the private financial side, and starting with the Euro.”

LaRouche rejoined, “Exactly: that’s where the private bankers pulled all the swindle. That’s what has to be said openly, because this whole thing about–Schaeuble is an asshole: he won’t tell the truth. That’s one thing he can’t be accused of: telling the truth.”

Tremonti continued,

“In a euphoric dimension starting in 2002, an enormous capital flow was loaned by European banks to Greek society, joyfully financing Olympics, swimming pools and cars (the latter not exactly made in Greece) and various illusions. For a decade, joyfulness has been bilateral, on the side of debtors, but also of creditors who were cashing huge flows of interest. Fatally, the crisis came. On the basis of market economy laws, if debtors fail, creditors fail too. In the case of Greece, the opposite occurred. And thus, aid to Greece, including that we generously gave, has helped everybody, and especially German and French creditor banks; everybody except the Greeks. After the European cure, Greek government debt has risen and Greek GDP has fallen. And yet, in a compulsive way, Europe demands from Greece more privatizations, more liberalizations; looking at the current conditions of the Greek people, not even Margaret Thatcher would ask for such kinds of measures!”

“Not even Margaret Thatcher,” said LaRouche. “That’s good. That should be quoted–frequently quoted.” Tremonti went on to compare the Eurozone to a dinosaur.

“Delightful,” said LaRouche. “That must be preserved and encouraged.”

So-called basic European values, Tremonti said, are no longer “those of our historic tradition,” but they are rather of a “pre-Christian and pagan past: I want to be clear: [Roman Emperor] Elagabalus, with his set of values and his lifestyle, would perfectly fit in the Luxemburg court.” According to historian B.G. Niebuhr, “The name Elagabalus is branded in history above all others” because of his “unspeakably disgusting life.”

“That’s perfect,” said LaRouche. “That is delightful. That is eminently quotable.”

Meanwhile, Eurozone leaders are holding a summit today, in which they are expected to prolong their economic sanctions against Russia, which would otherwise expire in July. “Sanctions: that’s really a stupid conception,” said LaRouche, “but it shows Nuland’s kind of thinking; and she smells bad anyway.”

After the summit, Greek Prime Minister Tsipras has arranged a meeting with Angela Merkel, French President Hollande, Mario Draghi of the European Central Bank, and Jeroen Dijsselbloem of Holland, chairman of the Eurozone Finance Ministers, which LaRouche characterized as two who might be reasonable, plus two others who won’t.

Merkel rightly cautioned reporters not to expect a solution tonight, but LaRouche held open the prospect that something more useful might develop from her scheduled Monday meeting with Tsipras in Berlin. Mrs. Merkel has said she expects that to be a good discussion, even if one with disagreements. “A formal meeting has some special meaning,” LaRouche explained. “Merkel, despite everything she is and is not, does have a certain responsibility for German affairs. And therefore, her opening statement on something of this nature has to be treated seriously. She has shifted her policy since a recent point; that probably has more weight than some other things.”

Meanwhile, Obama is being rightly humiliated worldwide because of his petulant and futile fight to stop the Asian Infrastructure Development Bank (AIIB), which Britain, Germany, Italy and France have just joined against his instructions. “All these statements against Obama ought to be quoted, cited and presented repeatedly. You’ve got to humiliate this son-of-a-bitch, because that will help to get some people come to their senses,” LaRouche said.

At the same time, there is a massive austerity push against Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, including Disability, in Washington. More cuts to hospitals and graduate medical education are being planned. LaRouche said we’ve got to publish these planned austerity measures: the point is to take it out of Wall Street.

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Tremonti Compares Brussels to Roman Emperor Elagabulus’ Court

Former Italian Finance Minister and current Senator Giulio Tremonti took to the Senate floor Martch 18th, after a report by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, and rebuked the EU policy towards Greece. Looking at the current sufferings of the Greek population, not even Margaret Thatcher would dare to push for the EU reforms, he said, and compared Brussels to the court of Roman Emperor Elagabalus, one of the most degenerate of Roman emperors (r. 218-222 AD).

“The problem is not that Greece entered Europe, but that Europe entered Greece. The causes of the crisis are not, as someone says, related to the obscure and opaque Greek government budget, an almost negligible entity. The real Greek tragedy came from the private financial side, and starting with the euro. In a euphoric dimension starting in 2002, an enormous flow of capital was lent by European banks to Greek society, joyfully financing the Olympics, swimming pools and cars (the latter not exactly ‘Made in Greece’) and various illusions.For a decade, merriment was bilateral, both among the debtors, and also the creditors, who were cashing huge flows of receivable interest. Fatally, the crisis came. See, on the basis of the law of market economy, if debtors fail, creditors fail, too. In the case of Greece, the opposite occurred. And thus, aid to Greece, including what we generously made, helped everybody and especially German and French creditor banks — everybody except the Greeks. After the European cure, Greek government debt rose and Greek GDP fell. And yet, in a compulsive way, Europe demands from Greece more privatization, more liberalization.

Looking at the current conditions of the Greek people, not even Margaret Thatcher would ask for such measures!”

Basic European values, Tremonti said, are no longer “those of our historic tradition,” but they are rather those of a “pre-Christian and pagan past…I want to be clear: Elagabalus, with his set of values and his lifestyle, would perfectly fit in the Luxembourg court.”

According to historian B.G. Niebuhr, “The name Elagabalus is branded in history above all others” because of his “unspeakably disgusting life.”

‘Obama Humiliated’ on AIIB

From left, right, and center, the Obama Administration is getting slammed for opposing the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), and for seeking to dissuade nations from joining. As of today, there are 32 nations either confirmed to be AIIB founding members, or in the process of doing the paperwork. The United States is the odd man out.

A selection from the latest batch of attacks:

“Diplomatic Disaster: Obama Humiliated by Allies’ Rush to Join China’s New Bank.” In the Washington Times March 18, David R. Sands writes that, “The battle of wills between Beijing and Washington over a China-sponsored development bank for Asia is turning into a rout, and the Obama Administration has found itself isolated and embarrassed….”

U.S. Allies, Lured by China’s Bank The New York Times conveys the sense of failure from the Obama administration, in this piece from March 20th.

The Obama administration, to its embarrassment, has been spurned by Western allies flocking to a China-led Asian development bank, defying White House pleas to stand back…In significant ways, this is a problem of America’s own making…it seems to have no coherent plan for dealing with the new bank.

“An Influential Voice Slams U.S. Handling of New China-Led Infrastructure Bank.” In a ChinaRealTime posting run by the Wall Street Journal, March 19, writer Ying Ma features the criticisms of Robert Zoellick, former World Bank president, and U.S. Trade Representative and Deputy Secretary of State in the George W. Bush administration.

Obama’s approach is “mistaken both on policy and on execution.” Zoellick means that the U.S. should have seen the AIIB as an “opportunity” to push on China, U.S. objections such as anti-corruption, and governance issues. “If I had been at the World Bank, I would have tried to embrace the AIIB as a partner,” Zoellick said. On Obama’s failure of “execution” of policy, author Ying Ma wrote that no alternative to shunning the AIIB was proffered by the U.S. to nations. Zoellick said, “After the Obama administration pressured allies and partners not to join, it seemed to drop the ball….”

“China Takes a Jab at U.S. as Europeans Back Asian Bank.” In the Washington Post March 19, Simon Denyer reports on “the significant diplomatic setback for the United States…[with]…the European decision to break ranks with Washington,” over the AIIB. Specific criticisms by three individuals are reported.

David Sedney, former State Department official: “The Administration has made a major mistake. Not just our refusal to take part in the bank, but the pressure on our allies not to take part, was very short-sighted…. And it is clearly going to go ahead whether we like it or not….”

Thomas Wright, at the Brookings Institution, wrote that the U.S. policy on the AIIB has been “confused and contradictory.”

Paul Haenle, Director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center in Beijing, said the Obama Administration has “played it very badly…. We are going to come out looking insecure and weak…”

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