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Published: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2005

Volume 4, Issue Number 49

This Week You Need To Know:


Yes, Dick, You Are a Liar

by Jeffrey Steinberg

Vice President Dick Cheney spent the second half of November ranting against Administration critics who dare accuse him of lying the United States into a disastrous war with Iraq. Speaking on Nov. 21 at the American Enterprise Institute, Cheney snarled that anyone making such accusations is "reprehensible" and practically guilty of high treason. His scheduled 90-minute appearance at the primo neo-con think-tank in Washington, where his wife Lynne is a resident fellow, lasted a total of 19 minutes. Cheney came, he ranted, and he departed, without taking a single question.

The Vice President is a man with something to hide. The simple truth is: Cheney did lie, repeatedly, to bludgeon the U.S. Congress into approving an unnecessary and disastrous invasion and occupation of Iraq. According to several eyewitness accounts, Cheney personally lied to scores of members of the U.S. Senate, claiming that the White House had rock-solid proof that Saddam Hussein was close to building a nuclear bomb, and that war was the only option. No such evidence existed—and Cheney knew it.

Cheney's favorite Iraqi liar, Dr. Ahmed Chalabi of the Iraqi National Congress (INC), now a deputy prime minister, all but gloated over his and Cheney's war-by-deception scam in an infamous Feb. 19, 2004 interview with the Daily Telegraph.

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This Week in History


December 6 — 12, 1953

Eisenhower Presents Atoms for Peace Plan to the United Nations

As he stepped to the podium to address the General Assembly of the United Nations on Dec. 8, 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower knew that the world faced an extremely dangerous situation. Financial elements within the United States and its former allies in World War II, who had originally backed the fascist policies of Hitler and Mussolini, but changed position as Hitler moved west and not eastward, now were reverting to their former ideology. The leadership of the Soviet Union, knowing full well that they had been the fascist utopians' original target, and were so again, were arming to the teeth, especially with nuclear weapons.

President Eisenhower had already gotten a taste of the utopian faction's plans for endless war when he tried to end the Korean conflict. Just as the utopians had used the atomic bomb on Japan when a settlement of the war was already in progress, this time they acted to sabotage the armistice agreement in Korea. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles—whose outlook neatly coincided with the financial backers of the Nazis—and President Syngman Rhee of South Korea agreed that the war should continue, and so Rhee freed some 25,000 Korean and Chinese POWs behind the American lines and thus broke the terms of the armistice, to say nothing of endangering the American troops.

Therefore, when he was invited to address the UN General Assembly, Eisenhower took the opportunity to propose a plan that would eliminate the causes of war by using atomic energy for the peaceful purposes of development. The plan was flexible, thus allowing the Russians to gradually join in. Eisenhower opened his speech by reiterating his government's support for the United Nations, and then stated that he would not take "this great opportunity merely to recite, however hopefully, pious platitudes. I therefore decided that this occasion warranted my saying to you some of the things that have been on the minds and hearts of my legislative and executive associates, and on mine, for a great many months; thoughts I had originally planned to say primarily to the American people.

"I know that the American people share my deep belief that if a danger exists in the world, it is a danger shared by all; and equally, that if hope exists in the mind of one nation, that hope should be shared by all. Finally, if there is to be advanced any proposal designed to ease, even by the smallest measure, the tensions of today's world, what more appropriate audience could there be than the members of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

"I feel impelled to speak today in a language that, in a sense, is new, one which I, who have spent so much of my life in the military profession, would have preferred never to use. That new language is the language of atomic warfare....

"On 16 July 1945, the United States set off the world's first atomic explosion. Since that date in 1945, the United States of America has conducted 42 test explosions. Atomic bombs today are more than 25 times as powerful as the weapon with which the atomic age dawned, while the hydrogen weapons are in the ranges of millions of tons of TNT equivalent.

Today, the United States' stockpile of atomic weapons, which, of course, increases daily, exceeds by many times the total [explosive] equivalent of the total of all bombs and all shells that came from every plane, and every gun, in every theater of war, in all of the years of the World War II.

"A single air group, whether afloat or land-based, can now deliver to any reachable target a destructive cargo exceeding in power all the bombs that fell on Britain in all of World War II. In size and variety, the development of atomic weapons has been no less remarkable. The development has been such that atomic weapons have virtually achieved conventional status within our armed services. In the United States, the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, and the Marine Corps are all capable of putting this weapon to military use. But the dread secret and engines of atomic might are not ours alone.

"In the first place, the secret is possessed by our friends and allies, Great Britain and Canada, whose scientific genius made a tremendous contribution to our original discoveries and the designs of atomic bombs. The secret is also known by the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union has informed us that, over the recent years, it has devoted extensive resources to atomic weapons. During this period, the Soviet Union has exploded a series of atomic devices, including at least one involving thermonuclear reactions.

"If, at one time, the United States possessed what might have been called a monopoly of atomic power, that monopoly ceased to exist several years ago.

"Therefore, although our earlier start has permitted us to accumulate what is today a great quantitative advantage, the atomic realities of today comprehend two facts of even greater significance. First, the knowledge now possessed by several nations will eventually be shared by others, possibly all others.

"Second, even a vast superiority in numbers of weapons, and a consequent capability of devastating retaliation, is not preventive, of itself, against the fearful material damage and toll of human lives that would be inflicted by surprise aggression....

"Should such an atomic attack be launched against the United States, our reactions would be swift and resolute. But for me to say that the defense capabilities of the United States are such that they could inflict terrible losses upon an aggressor, for me to say that the retaliation capabilities of the United States are so great that such an aggressor's land would be laid waste, all this, while fact, is not the true expression of the purpose and the hope of the United States.

"To pause there would be to confirm the hopeless finality of a belief that two atomic colossi are doomed malevolently to eye each other indefinitely across a trembling world. To stop there would be to accept helplessly the probability of civilization destroyed, the annihilation of the irreplaceable heritage of mankind handed down to us generation from generation, and the condemnation of mankind to begin all over again the age-old struggle upward from savagery towards decency, and right, and justice. Surely no sane member of the human race could discovery victory in such desolation.

"Could anyone wish his name to be coupled by history with such human degradation and destruction? Occasional pages of history do record the faces of the 'great destroyers,' but the whole book of history reveals mankind's never-ending quest for peace and mankind's God-given capacity to build.

"It is with the book of history, and not with isolated pages, that the United States will ever wish to be identified. My country wants to be constructive, not destructive. It wants agreements, not wars, among nations. It wants itself to live in freedom and in the confidence that the people of every other nation enjoy equally the right of choosing their own way of life....

"In this quest, I know that we must not lack patience. I know that in a world divided, such as ours today, salvation cannot be attained by one dramatic act. I know that many steps will have to be taken over many months before the world can look at itself one day and truly realize that a new climate of mutually peaceful confidence is abroad in the world. But I know, above all else, that we must start to take these steps—now....

"The United States would seek more than the mere reduction or elimination of atomic materials for military purposes. It is not enough to take this weapon out of the hands of the soldiers. It must be put into the hands of those who will know how to strip its military casing and adapt it to the arts of peace....

"To hasten the day when fear of the atom will begin to disappear from the minds of people and the governments of the East and West, there are certain steps that can be taken now. I therefore make the following proposal.

"The governments principally involved, to the extent permitted by elementary prudence, begin now and continue to make joint contributions from their stockpiles of normal uranium and fissionable materials to an international atomic energy agency. We would expect that such an agency would be set up under the aegis of the United Nations....

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Feature:

Yes, Dick, You Are a Liar
by Jeffrey Steinberg

Vice President Dick Cheney spent the second half of November ranting against Administration critics who dared accuse him of lying the United States into a disastrous war with Iraq. Speaking on Nov. 21 at the American Enterprise Institute, Cheney snarled that anyone making such accusations is 'reprehensible' and practically guilty of high treason. His scheduled 90-minute appearance at the primo neo-con think-tank in Washington, where his wife Lynne is a resident fellow, lasted a total of 19 minutes. Cheney came, he ranted, and he departed, without taking a single question.

  • The Fat Lady Sings
    Out of the blue, six days after Thanksgiving, Lynne Cheney, the wife of the Vice President, launched into a bitter, last-ditch defense of her puppet-husband and his lies and crimes. How desperate they must be, to bring her out now. As a guest on National Public Radio's 'Diane Rehm Show' Nov. 30, Mrs. Cheney said that her politics had come to resemble her husband's in the same way that people come to look like their pets. Or has pet Dick come to resemble her? In any case, resemblance there is: He lies, she lies. She told host Rehm that neither Cheney nor Bush had ever said that there were links between Iraq and alQaeda.
  • CIA Director Tenet: No Saddam Link to Atta
    This is the July 1, 2004 response of Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet to Sen. Carl Levin's question at the March 9, 2004 Armed Services Committee Hearing.
  • Documentation
    Murtha: 'Because They Say It, Doesn't Make It So'

    National Public Radio aired an interview with Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) on Dec. 1. The following is the transcript.

Economics:

LAROUCHE OPEN LETTER TO BILL FORD
Reorganizing the U.S. Auto Industry

The following is Lyndon LaRouche's Nov. 23 public letter to Ford Motor Company Chairman and CEO Bill Ford.
RE: Reorganizing the Auto Industry Dear Chairman Ford: I not only wish to express my hearty agreement with the statement of Nov. 22, 2005, which you delivered to the National Press Club, but to indicate the emergency measures which are both feasible and necessary. These are measures which our government must undertake as essential measures of assistance, to prevent a looming catastrophe for the economic future of a U.S.A. which remains, despite everything, still today, the pivot and hope of a general economic recovery for a crisis-wracked world at large.

  • Follow-Up on Ford Letter
    Auto and World Economic Revival
    by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.

    Nov. 24, 2005
    On the subject of my letter to Chairman Bill Ford, there is clearly much more to the matter than I stated there. What I stated is valid as far as the subject there goes, but the continuing success of what I propose depends upon the assumption that certain other measures, of broader implications, are taken in support of what I outline in that letter. I identify several among the crucial such points here.
  • Documentation
    What Bill Ford Said, And EIR's Analysis

    We excerpt here the remarks made Nov. 22, 2005 by Ford Motor Co. chairman and CEO Bill Ford at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Interspersed with Ford's remarks (printed here as prepared for delivery) are comments by the staff of EIR, which appear in italics.
  • Critical Auto Capacity To Be Saved: GM Capacity Shutdowns 2005-2008
    'Third World' Economy?
  • The U.S. Auto Industry Never Just Produced Cars
    by Marsha Freeman

    There is a widespread misconception that the automobile industry in the United States is now in the throes of collapse because there is too much manufacturing capacity for the number of cars people can buy, and that there is nothing else that can be done with the auto industry's factories and machine-tool shops. Nothing could be further from the auto industry's own history.

Hedge Fund Looting Is Fueling Hyperinflation
by Mike Billington

Over the past few years, hedge funds and private equity groups have taken an increasingly dominant equity position in a large number of major corporations, especially in the United States and Europe. Recent reports demonstrate that the holders of virtually unregulated masses of speculative capital are using their increased corporate power to loot these corporations, extracting short-term payoffs for their clientele (who, by law, come only from the super-rich) at the expense of corporate investment in real production, while also loading up these corporations with unneccesary future debt. This is indeed the nature of the beast, or, as Trevor Prichard, a director at Standard and Poor's, admitted to the Financial Times on Nov. 27, 'Private equity groups are doing what they are designed to do—make money for their investors.'

Replacing Maastricht Depends on Germany
by Rainer Apel

The first 'State of Germany' address delivered on Nov. 30 by the new German Chancellor, Christian Democrat Angela Merkel, lacked any substantive reference to the reality of the global economic depression and related political aspects. It did reflect, however, the increasing crisis of the European Union, which has erupted over the non-decision of the member governments on theEUcommon budget. That adds a third deep crisis to the other two crises that keep Europe paralyzed: the growing resistance to the defunct Maastricht budgeting control system, and the failure of the European Constitution project. The latter also has to do with the building resentments against the Maastricht-related effects of budget cuts on the broader population.

  • Interview: Horst Seehofer
    Not the Austerity Coalition That Financiers Had Planned

    Germany's new Minister of Consumer Protection, Food, and Agriculture, Horst Seehofer, is a member of the Bavariabased Christian Social Union, and a deputy regional chairmanof the party. Hewas Minister of Health in the government of Chancellor Helmut Kohl, and has criticized Chancellor Angela Merkel's plans for radically reforming the health service. He was interviewed at the Tutzing Evangelical Academy Political Club meeting in Bavaria, on Nov. 12, by Elisabeth Hellenbroich and Hartmut Cramer. He came to the Bavaria meeting just after the successfully concluded negotiations on the Grand Coalition in Berlin.

International:

Kirchner Positions Himself To Do Battle With the IMF
by Cynthia R. Rush

Argentine President Néstor Kirchner stunned world financial centers on Nov. 28, when he took the bold step of asking his Finance Minister, Roberto Lavagna, to resign. Rumors of a possible Lavagna departure had intensified after the Oct. 23 midterm elections, in which Kirchner's Victory Front coalition won a resounding national showing. But few believed that Kirchner would actually replace Lavagna, the 'respected' economist who was supposedly the 'mastermind' of the country's economic recovery.

LaRouche to Chinese Daily:
Humanity Depends on Eurasian Development

On Nov. 22, one day after President Bush concluded his visit to China, the government-controlled People's Daily published on its English-language website an interview with U.S. economist and statesman Lyndon LaRouche, published under eight subtopics. While LaRouche is by no means unknown to the readers of People's Daily (his economic and political comments are referred to regularly in its columns), this was perhaps the most sweeping expose´ of his thinking and his activity yet to appear in a mainland Chinese publication. People's Daily has not currently translated the interview into Chinese, but others have translated excerpts.

LaRouche on Iranian TV
Free the United States From the Grip Of Imperialism and British Economics

Lyndon LaRouche gave this interview on Nov. 22, to Saeed Behbahani from a Vienna, Virginia-based Iranian TV station, 'Rang-A-Rang TV.' Mr. Behbahani estimates that the interview, translated into Farsi, will have more than 1 million viewers. (See www.rangarangtv.com for satellite frequencies and coverage.)

Interview: Dr. Imad Moustapha
What Is Behind the Neo-Con Offensive Against Syria?

Dr. Moustapha, Ph.D., is the Ambassador of Syria to the United States. Jeffrey Steinberg interviewed him in Washington on Nov. 17.
EIR: How do you assess the Bush Administration's policy toward your country at this time? Moustapha: The more problems they get here on the internal, domestic front, the more they want to divert attention to an 'external' enemy. They are becoming almost obsessed by Syria. Hardly a day passes, without one of the top Bush Administration officials making a statement about Syria. And I think this is an indication of how desperate they are to divert attention to an external crisis. And it's becoming sometimes extraordinary and amazing!

The Big Holes In the Mehlis Report
by Muriel Mirak-Weissbach

The principal tool, in the ongoing campaign against Syria, is the so-called Mehlis Report, which was drafted by Detlev Mehlis, head of the UN commission mandated to investigate the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. Its first report was released on Oct. 19, and a second is expected on Dec. 15.

Cairo Meeting for Iraq Reconciliation
by Muriel Mirak-Weissbach

The Arab League, which represents 22 Arab nations, sponsored a meeting in Cairo Nov. 20-23, which brought together 21 groups from Iraq, representing different political, ethnic, and religious-sectarian factions. Among the political leaders present (aside from the Iraqi government officials), were President Hosni Mubarak, Syrian Foreign Minister al-Shara'a, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, and Algerian Foreign Minister Dr. Mohammed Bedajoui, as a representative of President Bouteflika. Iran was also invited, and was represented by Foreign Minister Mottaki. In addition to the Arab League, which sponsored the event, there was support from the Organization of Islamic Conference, the European Union, and the United Nations.

Conference Report
An 'Axis for Peace' Against the Neo-Cons
by Christine Bierre

About 150 diplomats, politicians, military figures, journalists, and artists, coming from 37 countries, notably the Arab world, the United States, Ibero-America, and Eurasia, assembled at a conference organized in Brussels on Nov. 17-18 by Réseau Voltaire (the Voltaire Network), under the title of 'Axis for Peace.' The conference was called to denounce what its organizers called the 'war outlook which is gradually imposing itself in international relations,' with the 'unilateral rearming of the United States,' the unjustified attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq, and 'open threats against Syria and Iran.'

Peru's Fujimori Could Upset the Apple Cart
by Sara Madueño

The unexpected arrival of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori in Chile on Nov. 6, announcing his intention to run in Peru's April 2006 Presidential elections after five years of exile in Japan, immediately overturned Peruvian politics, and could have far-reaching repercussions on politics throughout South America, should Fujimori center his campaign on not only his successful battle against narco-terrorism in the 1990s, but also his Aug. 31, 2000 call for a highly industrialized United States of South America, at long last without poverty.


National:

DeLay's Filthy Congressional Machine Is Under Legal Attack
by EIR Staff

The Justice Department is reportedly investigating three Congressmen, a Senator, and at least 17 current and former Congressional aides in its probe of Jack Abramoff, the currently indicted professional lobbyist who served as the moneybags for the political machine known as DeLay, Inc. Thus reports the Nov. 25 Wall Street Journal, citing lawyers as its source. With DeLay's former spokesman, Michael Scanlon, now cooperating, under a plea agreement with Federal prosecutors, Reps. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), Robert Ney (R-Ohio), and John Doolittle (R-Calif), and Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.), and apparently many other Copngressmen, are now under investigation.

It Didn't Start With Joe McCarthy
by Edward Spannaus

Lyndon LaRouche has often characterized the Truman Presidency as a turning-point in U.S. history, a right-wing shift following the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in which the synarchist bankers set out to dismantle Roosevelt's achievements and his vision. The witch-hunt launched by Wisconsin Rep. Joe McCarthy in 1950, with his 'I have a list' speech, actually began under Truman.

Interview: Erika Herbrig
Revive the Spirit of FDR's Foreign Policy

Erika Herbrig worked for many years at the Potsdam Treaty Museum in Cecilienhof Palace, in Potsdam, Germany. Birgitta Gründler, Thomas Rottmair, and Robin Högl of the LaRouche Youth Movement interviewed her for Neue Solidarität, the weekly of the Civil Rights Movement Solidarity party (Bu¨So), published on Nov. 16. It has been translated from German. Here are excerpts.

Editorial:

Bill Ford's Message on Auto
If we allow the U.S. auto-manufacturing industry to be destroyed, the U.S.A. becomes a virtual 'Third World' nation overnight.
1. The nation's machine-tool-design capability, most of which is tied up in the U.S. auto-manufacturing firms, is lost.
2. The loss of employment of that machine-tool design segment of that part of the labor-force, means many times that number of employees out of jobs, with no other place to go.
3. The loss of auto plants means an economic disaster, approaching ghost-town proportions, for what are already highly vulnerable entire towns, counties, and cities, even states of the union throughout many parts of the country. This could set off a chain-reaction collapse much, much worse than President Herbert Hoover's foolish reaction to the 1929 crash, a Hoover program which cut the U.S. economy in half over the 1930 - March 1933 interval....

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