As of late Jan. 8, the U.S. delegation to Turkey had departed Ankara, and intense diplomacy is underway throughout the entire region, in support of the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria. This is as it should be, given the historic action taken by President Donald Trump in December, to order the pull out of the U.S. military, and thus, to dramatically break with the "endless wars" policy of the dying British Empire, used by it for ages, to attempt to dominate the world. Trump's action at the same time, broke the "special relationship" Britain has for so long induced the U.S. to accept. The "Great Game" is up.
The Pentagon reiterated yesterday, that the U.S. troop pull-out from Syria would take place in a "strong, deliberate and coordinated manner..." Leaders in Russia, Turkey and Iran are now in motion to confer on seeing this through. The Iranian special envoy for Syria is in Moscow today and Thursday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to meet President Vladimir Putin soon. Russian Deputy Foreign Secretary Sergy Ryabkov said today that there are frequent consultations between the U.S. and Russia over Syria; this is not "extraordinary," he said. "It is not always announced."
In the course of furthering the implementation of Trump's decision, consultation is strengthening on the part of the Great Powers—the U.S., Russia, China, India and others, towards going the whole way for a new quality of foreign relations, favoring development and peace. No wonder the British filthy tricks networks are churning out new waves of anti-Trump lines, e.g. that "the Trump Administration is in chaos." This is everywhere in media headlines this week regarding both Syria and U.S. border security.
Further, there is significant peace momentum in other historic geopolitical conflict zones. In East Asia this week, President Xi Jinping hosted DPRK Chairman Kim Jong-un and his wife for a 27-hour packed agenda in Beijing. Unofficially, the purpose includes the two leaders conferring on another Trump-Kim "Singapore Miracle" meeting some time in the New Year.
Even in the urgent situation of Yemen, there is positive motion, though limited. Today the U.N. Security Council took up the request from Secretary General Antonio Guterres, for supplying the logistics for a six month deployment of U.N. ceasefire monitoring forces in Hodeidah and two other Yemeni ports. The UNSC took testimony from UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths, about his progress discussing ceasefire with the various parties.
In all these cases, what is needed as the guarantee for success, is the shift in the United States in favor of deliberate economic development—domestically and internationally. This in turn requires the LaRouche "Four Laws," and collaboration in the New Silk Road process of reconstruction and building for the future—in Southwest Asia, East Asia, Africa, and in the Americas—including Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico. It is this perspective that uplifts the vision of what can be done for U.S. "border security" from fixating on "the wall" (either for or against), to the reality of what must be done throughout the Hemisphere, to eliminate the causes of displacement and misery.
President Trump is in the process of conducting a number of actions on border security this week. Today he hosted a White House meeting of Congressional leaders, but ended up walking out on it. Thursday he will visit the border area in McAllen, Texas; on Jan. 8, he gave his first Oval Office National Address, titled, "The Humanitarian and National Security Crisis on Our Southern Border."
Thus he is supplying motion towards resolution of a policy conflict, including restoring the government, currently in shutdown due to the budget impasse. But content is lacking. This is the task of collaborators with the LaRouchePAC drive, in particular through its current weekly economics class series, as well as the program of the "LaRouche Four Laws;" and with the February Schiller Institute conference, "Let Us Shape a New, More Human Epoch of Mankind!"
We take note of a beautiful cultural expression of a new epoch, in an event in Egypt on Jan. 6 (Coptic Christmas Eve,) at the New Administrative Capital (45 miles east of Cairo). On that day, President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi inaugurated two new, beautiful, big houses of worship, the Coptic Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ, and the Muslim Al-Fattah Al-Aleem Mosque. President Trump tweeted his greetings, "Excited to see our friends in Egypt opening the biggest Cathedral in the Middle East!..."