Putin and Erdogan Change the Situation: Obama and Hillary Are Isolated

August 10, 2016
Purin and Erdogan on the way to extended Russian-Turkish talks. August 9, 2016 [photo -]

Today's summit meeting in Moscow between Russian President Putin and Turkey's President Erdogan pointed to agreements on trade and mutual infrastructure construction; on the "Turkish Steam" pipeline for Russian gas; and critically, on combating terrorism in Syria. There, "Russia has the most fundamental role," the Turkish President said; and if necessary, just Russia and Turkey, working jointly, could resolve the war in Syria, in Erdogan's stated view.

Clearly Turkish policy has changed; Turkey can play a pivotal role in construction of the North-South trade and economic corridor from India to Europe, being developed by India, Iran, Russia, China, and central Asian countries.

But much more has changed. Putin has made history. The immediately expressed reaction of EIR Founding Editor Lyndon LaRouche was that this development — on the heels of Putin's summit with Ajerbaijan and Iran yesterday — creates a major change in the entire political geometry of the region. It fundamentally weakens the positions of both Obama, and war candidate Hillary Clinton.

"A new alignment of Eurasia is now moving forward, and whatever efforts Obama and NATO might make to stop it are now too little, too late," LaRouche commented.

A much larger Eurasian bloc of nations will be motivated by China's continent-spanning "New Silk Road" credit and infrastructure building policy. This program can extend even into a new Marshall Plan across the Mideast and North Africa, until now being destroyed by the wars of Bush, Obama, and Clinton.

Germany will be under great pressure to change its policies from those of Chancellor Merkel and Finance Minister Schaeuble, which are manifestly failing. Western Europe really has no choice now that Putin has shifted the geometry of Southwest Asia, in the manner that LaRouche forecast he would back on Sept. 30 of last year, when the Russian military presence in Syria first appeared.

Obama must answer to the American people. He is supporting a virtually 100% al-Qaeda terrorist force in northern Syria as the "preferred platform" to replace the Assad government; killed Libya's president and then supported a hastily renamed al-Qaeda affiliate in Libya which participated in killing Americans in Benghazi; is supporting Saudi Arabia in bombing and destroying Yemen after the Saudis have been exposed as involved in the 9/11 attacks killing 3,000 Americans.

This regime-change war policy is what can be swept aside, finally, by what Putin's diplomacy and actions are bringing about. Would-be war president Hillary Clinton cannot be tolerated for four more years of Obama's discredited war policy, no matter how many Cheneyacs and neo-Cons endorse her.

In fact, nothing is fixed in the U.S. Presidential election; the two major candidates are a disaster to their own parties' voters. The Wall Street-London financial system and economies of the trans-Atlantic countries are crashing, and the answer to that is not provoking war with Russia and/or China.

A "new Presidency" is needed committed to a new paradigm. It must restore productivity and productive employment to the U.S. economy, and cooperate with China and Russia in scientific progress, in space, and in peace.



Erdogan Speaks to TASS on Eve of St. Petersburg Meeting with Putin

In an interview with TASS broadcast on Russian TV the day before the meeting with President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made perfectly clear that his government was fully committed not only to improving relations with Russia, but to also seeking real strategic and economic cooperation. Erdogan warmly referred to Putin as "my dear friend" or the "honorable President Putin."

The most important points in this very lengthy interview dealt with economic and strategic cooperation, especially ending the war in Syria.

On resolving how to deal with those responsible for shooting down the Russian war plane last November and killing of one of the pilots who had safely ejected, Erdogan characterized the incident as a "great misfortune to us and it deeply upset us," referring to his letter to Putin. He said, the fighter pilots who had shot down the Su-24 bomber have already been arrested, the investigation is continuing, and the man who murdered the Russian pilot is now in custody and is standing trial. "I would like to emphasize that" he said.

Commenting on Putin's timely telephone call of support within hours after the attempted coup was crushed, Erdogan said, "I recall his high-principled position with gratitude, and I thank him on behalf of myself and the Turkish people. All world leaders must resist treason, government coup attempts, and attacks on their own people. Mr. Putin acted quickly and practically without delay. Once again, I express my gratitude to him."

On their cooperation to end the war in Syria, Erdogan said, "I'll tell you in a frank and straightforward manner. Basically, Russia is fundamentally the key and most important player in establishing peace in Syria. I believe it is necessary to solve this crisis with the help of mutual action by Russia and Turkey. If the talk is about widening the circle of participants, then I already told my dear friend Vladimir [putin] earlier: if necessary, we'll also involve Iran in the effort. We can invite Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and America. In this regard, we can form a wide circle of participants. If not, then the Russian Federation and Turkey, given our common 950-km border with Syria, can take some steps, without violating Syria's sovereignty."

Erdogan reiterated his position that Syrian President Bashar Assad has no future in a settlement, but qualified, "Let the Syrian people themselves elect an individual they want to see in power...."

Erdogan attacked the idea of "good terrorists and bad terrorists." He said that the al-Nusra Front, because it claims to have separated from Al-Qaeda and is supposedly fighting IS, is now called "good terrorists," and the same is true for the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party. "This is an incorrect approach."

Most interesting were Erdogan's remarks regarding economic cooperation. He said the completion of the Akkuyu nuclear power station was on the top of his agenda, because it "is the most important agreement clinched with the Russian Federation, as it deals with nuclear power," and all time lost should be regained by restarting the project. As for the proposed Turkish Stream gas pipeline and other projects, "There are no obstacles whatsoever before us."