LaRouche Advice to Bush Administration and Congress: Follow Up North Korea Diplomatic Gains in Persian Gulf

24 de abril de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>LaRouche Advice to Bush Administration and Congress:Follow Up North Korea Diplomatic Gains in Persian Gulf</h1><p>APRIL 24, (LPAC)--The recent progress by Christopher Hill and other Bush Administration negotiators, in working with China and the other regional powers to peacefully settle the dispute with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, offers a model for how the Bush Administration should approach other regional crises in the final 21 months in office. This was the recommendation offered on April 24, 2007 by Lyndon LaRouche. "The diplomatic pattern being set in the North Korea talks is potentially a good achievement," LaRouche observed. "It should be paradigmatic for how other situations are approached." LaRouche singled out the willingness of the Bush Administration to work closely with the Chinese in moving towards a comprehensive solution to the Korea crisis, and offered help to those in the Bush Administration who "want to do the right thing."</p><p>LaRouche's remarks came in the context of an intensification of the crisis in the Persian Gulf, where the United States has built up a large naval presence, soon to be even further expanded by the arrival of a third Naval carrier group in early May. U.S. military specialists have warned that, with such a massive buildup, "a sneeze" could trigger a shooting war between the United States and Iran--precisely the kind of "Gulf of Tonkin II" incident that Vice President Dick Cheney and his neoconservative allies would love to provoke.</p><p>Senior diplomatic sources in Washington have told <em>Executive Intelligence Review</em> that, in the past two weeks, there has been a slight reduction in the Persian Gulf war danger, in part, because of an intensification of the policy dispute within the Iranian leadership over the issue of a confrontation with the United States, and in part, because the United States and some factions within the Iranian leadership are both supporting the efforts of the Maliki government to stabilize Iraq, albeit for potentially conflicting reasons.</p><p>In addition, a number of Bush Administration officials, including the new Commander-in-Chief of the Central Command (CENTCOM), Admiral William Fallon, are adamantly opposed to any confrontation at this time with Tehran. During a visit this week to Abu Dabi, Admiral Fallon told reporters "I am not interested in planning to attack Iran. I am very interested in trying to get the Iranians to come and start engaging in a meaningful dialogue." In addition, according to a report in the <em>New York Times</em> of April 24, Admiral Fallon has ordered his military commanders to drop the use of the terms "long war" and "Islamo-fascism," as part of the effort to tone down the confrontational rhetoric. Prior to assuming the CENTCOM command, Admiral Fallon headed the Pacific Command (PACCOM) and was credited with greatly improving U.S.-Chinese military-to-military contacts. This was, according to Pentagon sources, a factor in the shift in the Bush Administration towards a willingness to allow the diplomatic approach to be taken to the North Korea crisis.</p></div></body>