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FTR #647 Reflections on the Coming Election

MP3: 30-Minute Segment
REALAUDIO NB: This RealAudio stream contains FTRs 646 and 647 in sequence. Each is a 30 minute segment.

Introduction: Recorded in late August, just before the Democratic convention in Denver, the program examines a number of against the background of the 2008 presidential race. The McCain campaign gained considerable momentum from the Georgian war, with rhetorical flourishes aimed at both Russia–the “New Evil Empire”–and Barack Obama, diminished by the GOP and Citizen McCain as weak on foreign and national security policy. Departing sharply from the prevailing journalistic wisdom on the Georgian war, the program sets forth the analysis presented by the U.S. ambassador to Russia, John Beyrle. Beyrle swam against the diplomatic tide and publicly opined that the initial Russian military response in Georgia was justified, a far cry from the position taken by the GOP and “The McCain Mutiny,” which projected the conflict as bestial, Russian imperial instinct made manifest.

Although Russian excesses are not to be excused anywhere or anytime, that nation’s actions must be examined against the background of American diplomatic and national security policy taken in the post-Cold War period. Exemplifying and embodying that policy is the presence in the U.S.-backed Ukrainian government of the former Katherine Chumachenko, now married to Ukrainian head of state Victor Yuschenko. In a previous political incarnation, the former Ms. Chumachenko was the point element for a Ukrainian emigre fascist movement that collaborated with the Third Reich (the SS in particular), German intelligence and the CIA. Despite the end of the Cold War, the U.S. has continued to pursue a policy of territorial and political confrontation and competition with Russia, continuing the longtime U.S. adoption of “Rollback” or “Liberation Theory.”

Adopted by dominant elements of the intelligence community and the GOP, this former Third Reich political and military strategy entailed the dissolution of the former Soviet Union into its ethnic republics. With the ascension of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and William Casey (all deeply involved with the Nazi emigre milieu that allied with the GOP), the dominance of the Third Reich alumni within the Republican Party became institutionalized and [almost] formal. U.S.–and McCain–policy in Georgia must be seen against the background of this ongoing political and psychological warfare dynamic. Mrs. Yuschenko–the former Ms. Chumachenko–was the Deputy Director of Presidential Liaison under Ronald Reagan.

Another of the Nazi appointees within the Reagan administration was Bob Whitaker, a neo-Nazi who held the position of ” . . . Special Assistant to the Director of the Office of Personnel Management, in charge of security clearances, staffing, and that sort of thing. . . .” Yet another of the Reagan appointees with Nazi traces was John Koehler, the successor to Pat Buchanan as White House Communications Director. Koehler had to resign when his membership in a Nazi youth organization became public. As the election season unfolds, this Nazi element within the Republican Party is something to bear in mind. The conclusion of the program turns to events unfolding as the Democratic convention approached. After noting the assassination of the head of the Arkansas Democratic Party, the program sets forth the alleged suicide of a Somali native and Canadian citizen, found dead in his hotel room in Denver with a pound of cyanide.

Program Highlights Include: The presence on the board of the Diebold election software company of Tim Timken, the Bush administration’s ambassador to Germany; analysis of the significance for this election of the GOP/Muslim Brotherhood connection.

1. The U.S. ambassador to Russia has broken diplomatic ranks to opine that the [initial] Russian military response was justified.

“The US ambassador to Moscow, endorsing Russia’s initial moves in Georgia, described the Kremlin’s first military response as legitimate after Russian troops came under attack.

This was the first positive statement by an American official about Moscow’s first response to the Georgian invasion of South Ossetia, after a string of condemnations from the heads of the Bush administration. It came from US ambassador John Beyrle, who arrived in Moscow last month, in an interview published by the Russian daily Kommersant Friday, Aug. 22.

DEBKA-Net-Weekly disclosed Friday in its lead article that Washington and Moscow are working quietly and intensively to set up a summit between President George W. Bush and Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin to bring crisis-ridden US-Russian relations back on an even keel. (Both Powers Push for a Bush-Putin Summit.)

Ambassador Beyrle’s words were the first public departure by a US official from the critical remarks of Moscow’s conduct heard uniformly from Bush, Condoleezza Rice and Robert Gates. . . .”

“US Concedes Kremlin’s First Military Response in Georgia Was ‘Legitimate’”; Debka Net Weekly; 8/22/2008.

2. Noting a fundamental element of U.S. policy toward Russia in the post-Cold War era, the broadcast notes that Ukrainian head of state Victor Yuschenko is married to a prominent member of the Ukrainian fascist emigre milieu. Note also that Mrs. Yuschenko–the former Katherine Chumachenko–served as the Deputy Director for Public Lisaison at the Reagan White House. (The text excerpt is from FTR 529.) Having successfully implemented “rollback” or “liberation” theory vis a vis the former Soviet Union, the U.S. has continued to empower and back political fascist elements in some of the former republics of the U.S.S.R.

“ . . . On July 20, 1988, George Bush reaffirmed the ties between the Republican Party and the ABN by making a campaign stop at Fedorak’s Ukrainian Cultural Center in Warren, Michigan. Bush delivered a hard-line foreign policy speech to those attending the annual Captive Nations banquet sponsored jointly by the Captive Natins Committee and the ABN. Sharing the dais with Fedorak and Bush was Katherine Chumachenko, formerly the director of the UCCA’s Captive Nations Committee and currently the Deputy Director for Public Liaison at the White House. [Emphasis added.] Ignatius M. Billinsky, President of UCCA, had already been named Honorary Chair of Ukrainians for Bush, and Bohdan Fedorak named National vice-chair of Ukrainians for Bush. . . .”

(Old Nazis, The New Right, and the Republican Party; by Russ Bellant; South End Press [HC]; Copyright 1988, 1989, 1991 by Russ Bellant; ISBN 0-89608-419-1; pp. 76-77.

3. Noting the legacy of the Helene Von Damm/Otto von Bolschwing axis within the GOP, the program highlights the fact that American neo-Nazi Bob Whitaker held a sensitive position within the Reagan White House. A protege of Otto von Bolschwing–one of Hitler’s primary architects of Nazi policy against the Jews–Helen Von Damm selected the lists of personnel from which Reagan made his presidential appointments. Available evidence suggests very strongly that Von Damm served as a functionary of the Underground Reich. Notice the position of Bob Whitaker within the Reagan administration: ” . . . Special Assistant to the Director of the Office of Personnel Management, in charge of security clearances, staffing, and that sort of thing. . . .”

” . . . KAS: When we introduced you for the first time to our readers in National Vanguard, we gave a capsule biography of you as follows:

“Mr. Whitaker was born and raised in South Carolina, and attended the University of South Carolina and the University of Virginia Graduate School. He has been a college professor, an international aviation negotiator, a Capitol Hill senior staffer, a Reagan Administration appointee, and a writer for the Voice of America.”

So you’re a Reagan administration appointee — what’s the story behind that?

BW: I was Special Assistant to the Director of the Office of Personnel Management, in charge of security clearances, staffing, and that sort of thing.

KAS: Why is someone with such excellent establishment credentials defending the White race, as you do in your work, without apology or regret? Isn’t that something that simply “isn’t done” these days by anyone who wants to retain his position in private or public life?

BW: Well, I did it. And they cleared me at the highest possible levels, so if you do it right, you can do it. And I’m good at it. . . .”

“A White Future is Coming: an Interview with Bob Whitaker” by Kevin Alfred Strom; American Dissident Voices; 7/3/2004.

4. Another piece of the Von Damm/Von Bolschwing legacy concerns Pat Buchanan’s designated successor as White House Communications Director. John O. Koehler has served in a Nazi youth organization during his boyhood days in Germany.

” . . . Baker swiftly disposed of one inherited personnel problem. He dismissed John O. Koehler, who had replaced Communications Director Pat Buchanan last month. Koehler’s membership in a Nazi youth organization at the age of ten had embarrassed the Administration, but what sealed his fate was his arrogance, illustrated by a refusal to move out of Buchanan’s office to make way for Cannon. . . .”

“Baker Breaks the Fever” by Ed Magnuson; Time; 3/16/1987.

5. Turning to Bush supporter Tim Timken, the program notes his position as a director of Diebold.

” . . . But Mr. Timken wears another hat: He’s a longtime board member of the Diebold Corporation, another Canton-based company that is one of the largest vendors of electronic voting equipment in the country.

Like the Timken Company, Diebold has a history of generosity to the Republican Party. The company and its executives have given more than $400,000 to various campaigns, state committees and the national party since 2001, according to electionline.org, a nonpartisan group that tracks news on election reform. Last summer, Diebold’s chief executive, Walden (Wally) O’Dell-himself a Bush-Cheney Pioneer, with more than $100,000 in contributions collected-caused a stir by sending out an invitation to a fund-raising event in which he said he was “committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes” to Bush in the November presidential election. . . .”

“Meet Tim Timken, Election-Reform Case-Study” by Alison T. Hoffman; The New York Observer; 9/5/2004.

6. Timken is also the Bush administration’s ambassador to Germany.

“Washington’s choice for future US ambassador to Germany has all the makings of a political bombshell. For years, a company owned by the multimillionaire and newly-appointed diplomat William Timken, Jr. has been profiting from anticompetitive tariffs — at the direct expense of German companies. . . .”

“How Bush’s Berlin Ambassador Pick Profited from Protective Tariffs against German Companies” by Georg Mascolo and Juergen Dahlkamp; SpiegelOnline; 1/8/2005.

7. As the Democrats prepared for their convention in Denver, the chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party was shot to death. Dismissed as the work of a lone nut, the event must be critically evaluated against this country’s sad history of dismissing political assassinations as the work of isolated individuals.

“A man barged into the Arkansas Democratic headquarters and opened fire Wednesday, fatally shooting the state party chairman before speeding off in his pickup. Police later shot and killed the suspect after a 30-mile chase.

Police said they don’t know the motive of the suspect, who they described as about 50 years old but whose name has not been released. . . .”

“Arkansas Democratic Party Chair Shot, Killed” by Andrew DeMillo [AP]; The San Francisco Chronicle; 8/14/2008; p. A5.

8. A Somali native was found dead of cyanide poisoning in Denver shortly before the convention. Note in the context of his death that Somalia has experienced rule by the Muslim Brotherhood and elements associated with and/or inspired by al-Qaeda.

ay had been in contact with a female relative in the Colorado city in the days before his death, according to the director of a U.S.-based Somali activist group who is now assisting the man’s family. . . .”

“Information Sparse on Cyanide Death” by Andrew Seymour; Ottawa Citizen; 8/14/2008.

9. The suspect was in possession of a pound of cyanide, suggesting that the deceased individual was more than just a casual, tragic deviant.

“Authorities in Denver say they have found about a pound of highly toxic sodium cyanide in a hotel room where a man’s body was discovered.

Police say foul play is not suspected and FBI spokeswoman Kathy Wright said Wednesday there was no apparent connection to terrorism. . . .”

“Pound of Cyanide Found in Room Where Man Died”; Associated Press; 8/14/2008.

10. Authorities are dismissing any possible link between the cyanide procurer, terrorism and the Democratic convention. This denial should be viewed against the background of both the endemic denial of political conspiratorial process by the mainstream journalistic and academic establishments in this country, as well as the GOP’s hard connections to the Muslim Brotherhood and Bank al-Taqwa milieux.

” . . . The Democratic National Convention opens in Denver this month, but The Burnsley is not on the list of hotels where delegates are staying.

Five rooms on the fourth floor were occupied, and those guests were moved to other floors. . . .”

“Denver Police Suspect Cyanide Death at Hotel” AP; WKBT.com; 8/11/2008.


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