With New Sanctions Legislation, British Operations Intensify Against Trump
With New Sanctions Legislation, British Operations Intensify Against Trump by Harley Schlanger – Rogue Money
August 4 — With the passage of H.R. 3364, a new bill of sanctions targeting Russia, Iran and North Korea, by an overwhelming margin in the U.S. Congress — only two votes against it in the Senate, and three in the House — it is legitimate to ask, “Why did this happen now?” In particular, what had Russia done, to be included on the list?
While members of Congress cite the charge of Russian “meddling” in the U.S. election, there has still been not a shred of evidence produced to back up the charge, which originated in London’s secret service agencies, despite multiple investigations and endless posturing by Obama’s intelligence officers and the media. With the release of the VIPS report last week (see separate article), the whole story of “Russian meddling” by “hacking” the Democratic National Committee’s emails has been discredited, by competent forensic analysis by some of the foremost intelligence professionals in the country.
The other issues cited as justification include “Russian aggression in Ukraine”, though there is nothing new there, and these charges go back to the original Russian response to the neo-Nazi coup in February 2014, run by the U.S. and NATO operatives; and Syria, where the Russians are now actually engaged in high-level cooperation with the U.S. military, following the May 7 Trump-Putin meeting in Hamburg, at the G20 summit. Further, a powerful reason to vote against the new sanctions, especially for Republicans, was that President Trump had specifically asked his fellow Republicans, who have the majority in both Houses, to oppose the bill, to allow the positive openings with Russia to advance.
The U.S.-Russian cooperation in Syria has developed to where it is possible to see the total defeat of the barbaric jihadist forces which had taken over whole sections of the country. It includes a ceasefire in two “de-escalation zones”, which has held, and a third zone north of the city of Homs was added in the last days. There are reports that Syrian refugees who fled to camps in Lebanon to escape the war are beginning to return to Syria, as a result of the ceasefire, while a Chinese delegation is expected soon, to begin mapping out reconstruction. As part of the U.S.-Russian progress, the Pentagon announced on July 27 that Trump ordered the end of the Obama policy of training and arming the “moderate” anti-Assad rebels, and some of the militias are dissolving, or even joining the Syrian army, to fight against Al Nusra and ISIS.
This provides the simple answer to the question of why push the sanctions bill now: It is precisely due to the success of the Trump-Putin summit, especially regarding progress in ending the war in Syria, and challenging not only the Blair-Bush-Obama doctrine of “regime change”, but the whole strategic orientation to an imperial divide-and-conquer policy, which has led to endless wars, that the Congress was stampeded to pass the bill. The threat posed by the prospect of a Trump-Putin-Xi collaboration, to break out of the unipolar doctrine devised by the neocons, to defend a bankrupt City of London/Wall Street global financial order, is so profound that its patrons have concluded it is preferable to risk nuclear war, rather than allow the three leaders to succeed. The ongoing efforts to remove Trump from office, which are accurately characterized as a “regime change coup” in the U.S., are central to the defense of the collapsing Trans-Atlantic system. If not halted, Lyndon LaRouche has warned, we are heading to a nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia.