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Obama Is Going Down

November 20, 2015

In Europe, in the Mideast, and in Asia, the truth of Obama's murderous intentions and policies can no longer be hidden. Obama floundered in Vienna, seething inside as Putin was clearly guiding the process. He moved on to Manila for the APEC meeting, perhaps confident that his effort to restore the Philippines to neo-colonial status, occupying the nation once again with US military forces in preparation for a war on China, would restore his narcissistic grandeur. He was instead greeted by a revolt by Philippine patriots, as their Senate rejected his military occupation plans, while APEC refused to even bring up his obscene accusations of Chinese aggression for building up some islands under their control.

Perhaps Obama imagines he will do better in Malaysia this weekend at the ASEAN Summit and the East Asian Summit. But the ASEAN Defense Ministers earlier this month already rejected his effort to call China an aggressor — in fact, the ASEAN Transport Ministers declared their enthusiastic commitment to working with China on the "One Belt One Road" New Silk Road programs.

Both French and Italian media ran interviews with Syria's President Assad this week — an "in your face" to Obama clinging to his imperial right to remove a sovereign head of state. Assad named the US, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar as the creators and funders of ISIS, noting that the Russian intervention has turned the tide against the barbarians. Increasingly, European and American military and political leaders are turning against Obama's regime-change madness and demanding a united effort with Russia against ISIS.

In the US, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, to explain what he means by describing himself as a democratic socialist, evoked the policies of Franklin Roosevelt, who addressed the destruction of the population in his day by creating social programs to grant their economic rights — to employment, health care, social security, education — while taking on Wall Street's power through Glass-Steagall and other restraints on the power of the banks over the economy and the government. Sanders then described the destruction of living standards in the US today, the horrendous drug epidemic, the collapse of household income and employment, and denounced the "regime change" policies of the recent administrations, creating chaos and terrorism in their wake.

In the US Congress, a legal document is being circulated to members of Congress by EIR which demonstrates that the Supreme Court ruling which found in favor of then-Senator Mike Gravel for reading the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record in 1971, applies equally today to any Congressman with the courage to read the 28 pages of the Congressional Report on 9/11 into the record, exposing the Saudi funding of the 9/11 terrorists who attacked the US.  In fact, at any moment, under the Supreme Court ruling in the Gravel case, Congress, without consultation with the White House, can declassify the entire 28-page chapter—along with all of the other 9/11 investigative files that have been kept secret for the past 13 years.

Obama's open alliance with terrorists, and their sponsors in Riyadh, in order to achieve his criminal regime-change, can and must be exposed, and must lead to his removal from office, now.

This is a time of revolutionary change. There is no place for pragmatism or half-measures when faced with thermonuclear war and economic collapse. The solution is clear — in restoring Glass-Steagall, joining with China and the BRICS nations in global development programs, restoring real science to the center of policy making, reviving Classical music and the arts. The time is now. The restoration of Glass-Steagall, wiping out Wall Street altogether, must be accompanied by the kinds of Federal credit-generating programs that can create millions of productive jobs and start the process of reviving a genuinely productive economy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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Assad Tells RAI Interview, Three Factors Have Shifted the Situation

The Italian state television, RAI, broadcast a long interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Wednesday. Clips of the interview were broadcast in the prime time news, whereas the entire interview was broadcast on the all-news program Rainews24.

In the interview, Assad says that the Syrian people will decide whether he goes or stays, and that ISIS controls large parts of Syria, but these are mostly desert. He says that the United States, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey have created ISIS, and that with the Russian intervention the situation has changed. His meeting with Russian President Putin to discuss military strategy and the strategy from Vienna was very satisfactory.

However, even more important than the interview, itself, was the description of the meeting with Assad by RAI chairwoman Monica Maggioni, prior to the interview. Maggioni, before becoming head of RAI, was a war correspondent, then a political editor, and had interviewed Assad two years ago. Although this current interview was conducted by another journalist, it is clear that she, herself, arranged it.

Maggioni described their meeting in an article in Thursday's La Stampa under the headline, "Calm and Self-Assured, Assad Seems To Be Strong in the Saddle." Assad received her not in a bunker, but in his house in the center of Damascus, like any normal host.

"We have to make an effort to remember that we are in Damascus, in the middle of the war, talking to Bashar al-Assad."

Assad "feels that three key factors have changed a scenario which, two years ago, seemed to be approaching the total collapse of Syria: the global threat represented by ISIS; the return of Iran to international tables; and Putin's action."

"He characterizes the western policy which has destabilized the region, sometimes supported armed groups and eventually did not control its ultimate consequences, as incomprehensible. 'Al-Qaeda was created by the Americans, based on the Wahhabist ideology and on Saudi money. ISIS and al-Nusra are an emanation of al-Qaeda.' And, he says, only Putin's intervention is allowing the ability to achieve more control."

Assad "says that in these years, he has too often seen the entire debate on Syria concentrate exclusively around his name, without thinking that since the first months of war, some areas such as Dara, Zindane and Homs, had been infiltrated and dominated by radical groups coming from abroad."

Many people in rural areas of Syria joined ISIS either for money or to control the territory, and the government is making deals with such people. Maggioni says that this is a shift, "as two years ago he said that he would never negotiate with those who chose the armed struggle."

Assad "does not remind [one] at all, in anything, [of] the great contemporary losers. He is not the spirited Qaddafi who spoke about final victory when he was defeated, he is not the Iraqi information minister who says 'The Americans will never reach Baghdad' when the Fifth Corps tanks are running in the background. It is a different matter, difficult to understand and full of contradictions. Surely, however, from this house in the center of Damascus goes through one of the possibilities to manage one of the most complex phases of history in which we are living."

An English translation of the full interview can be read here.


Virgina Senator Richard Black Releases Nov. 14th Letter to Syrian President Bashar al Assad

Senator Black (Republican, 13th District Virginia) has twice entered resolutions in support of the restoration of Glass-Steagall into the Virginia State Senate. In November, he won re-election to the Senate against a well-funded Democratic opponent. The issue of Senator Black's previous letter thanking the Syrian military for their defense of Syria's Christian minority against the terrorists was raised during the election.

The Nov 14th 2015 letter follows:

Bashar al Assad President of Syria, Damascus, Syria.

Dear Mr. President:

I was pleased by the Russians' intervention against the armies invading Syria. With their support, the Syrian army has made dramatic strides against the terrorists.

I was delighted by Syria's resounding victory over ISIS at the Kuwairis Airfield. My compliments to those who heroically rescued 1,000 brave Syrian soldiers from certain death. I am convinced that many such victories lie ahead.

The Syrian War was not caused by domestic unrest. It was an unlawful war of aggression by foreign powers determined to force a puppet regime on Syria. General Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe, revealed that by 2001, Western powers had developed plans to overthrow Syria. Yet after fifteen years of military subversion, NATO, Saudi Arabia and Qatar still cannot identify a single rebel leader who enjoys popular support among the Syrian people.

Foreign powers have no right to overturn legitimate elections and impose their will on the Syrian people. Syrians alone must determine their destiny, free of foreign intervention. I am disappointed that the UN has turned a blind eye to the unlawful interference in Syria's internal affairs.

Before the war began, Syrians had the greatest religious freedom and women's equality of any Arab people. Many Americans are surprised to learn that the Syrian Constitution provides for free elections, religious freedom, women's rights, and the Rule of Law. Before criticizing Syria, the U.S. might first insist that our allies Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Kuwait grant similar freedoms to their own people.

I am disappointed that the U.S. has countered Russian assistance to Syria by forwarding shipments of TOW anti-tank missiles to the terrorists. This will only prolong bloodshed in Syria. And supplying weapons to "good terrorists" while denying them to "bad terrorists" is a fools game. The reckless dissemination of TOW missiles threatens worldwide civil aviation. Long-range anti-tank weapons can easily be targeted to destroy passenger jets taxiing for takeoff. As a Virginia Senator, I am concerned that such missiles might find their way to remote areas adjacent to Reagan National Airport, Dulles International Airport and others. I have corresponded with the United States President about these concerns.

Today, the Army of Conquest receives extensive U.S. military support. The Army of Conquest is formed around al Nusra, which has sworn allegiance to al Qaeda. This means that the U.S. supplies weapons to the same terrorists who murdered 3,000 Americans on 9-11. This is an obscene betrayal of the victims of 9-11.

People have begun realizing that the Syrian terrorists are militarily supported by our allies, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. Indeed, ISIS has no more loyal backer than Turkey, which serves as its main conduit for jihadists, weapons, medical support and trade. Although Turkey is included in the Coalition against ISIS, it has contributed nothing of significance toward the Coalition's lackluster performance.

It is apparent that the objective of the Turks and Saudis is to impose a murderous theocratic dictatorship on the Syrian people. If they succeed, Christians and other minorities will be slaughtered or sold into slavery. Many good-hearted Sunni and Shia Muslims will also be burned, drowned, crucified and beheaded.

But world opinion is turning against the terrorists and their supporters. The cruel mistreatment of captured Syrian soldiers by terrorists groups is appalling. Many Americans find the behavior of these so-called "moderates" morally abhorrent.

I bled, fighting to defend this nation's honor. I will oppose American support for terrorists, like the Army of Conquest and ISIS that threaten Syria. Many Virginians join in praying that the Syrian Arab Army and its allies will triumph over the forces of evil, and that peace will soon return to Syria

Thank you for protecting the lives of Christians and of all good people of Syria.

Sincerely, Richard H. Black Senator of Virginia, 13th District.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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