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LaRouche Slams Obama and Romney
at the National Press Club

Nov. 2, 2012 (EIRNS)—This release was issued today by the Lyndon LaRouche Political Action Committee.

Lyndon LaRouche today returned to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., for the first time since 1986, to deliver a powerful repudiation of both of the two major party presidential candidates, and warn that the world is facing the gravest crisis in modern times, centered on the immediate danger of thermonuclear war and a trans-Atlantic hyperinflationary breakdown. LaRouche was joined in the press conference by Jeffrey Steinberg, a senior editor of LaRouche's flagship publication, Executive Intelligence Review.

The conference was attended by diplomats from Western Europe and Africa and by media from the United States, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and South America. The entire event was recorded by three TV networks, including LaRouche PAC TV, which has posted LaRouche's opening statement, and the opening statement of Steinberg. The full video of the press conference, along with a transcript, will be posted later.

LaRouche began the press conference by spelling out the strategic crisis and the fact that neither Obama nor Romney was qualified to deal with the crisis. Obama's re-election, LaRouche warned, would be tantamount to guaranteeing thermonuclear confrontation between the United States, Russia, and China—with the triggers already set in the unfolding Syria crisis.

LaRouche forcefully warned the audience,

"From my standpoint, we are in the worst crisis that the United States and other nations related to it, have ever experienced. And the election itself, or the results of the nominal election, if it can actually be settled, is really of secondary importance. The real news is going to be evident after the election proceedings have nominally closed. That's when the fun will occur. Not now, before the election, but once the election day has been completed, all hell will bust loose internationally...

"The crucial issue, the most crucial issue, is the threat of thermonuclear war. That is the pregnant issue going on here.

"Now, the incumbent President is for a military confrontation, which, in fact, if it's executed, will be thermonuclear. And as most of you who are experienced know, thermonuclear war would begin, perhaps, launched by Mr. Obama, on behalf of the United States, and within minutes after Mr. Obama had launched World War III, or 5, or 6, or whatever it's going to be, you would have then a reaction from certain European nations, which would be called into play under their agreements. You'll have Russia, China, and probably India as the principal leaders of the opposite side.

"If thermonuclear war were to occur, under expected terms today, it be completed, essentially, within the range of an hour and a half. Because that's thermonuclear war. And when you measure thermonuclear war against the capacity of the submarine fleet of the United States, in launching these kinds of weapons, after an hour and a half of warfare, among these contenders, and those associated with this contention, there won't be much left on the planet...

"And therefore, the key issue here is not the election. The key issue here is: Will this crisis, this economic crisis, which is worldwide, with hyperinflation accelerating every hour in Europe; with hyperinflation coming in the United States— Look at the situation in the Manhattan/New York area, New Jersey, and so forth. And look at the budgets coming up. You're already seeing, in Staten Island and elsewhere, and in the Manhattan region, New Jersey region, you're already seeing a horror show."

Dodging the Crucial Issues

LaRouche sharply denounced the failure of both candidates to address any of the crucial issues during their final debate in Boca Raton, Florida, and warned that the economic policies of both Obama and Romney will make it impossible for the U.S. East Coast to recover from the devastation brought by Hurricane Sandy. He warned that people are already dying as the result of the murderous economic policies of Obama and that Romney offered no genuine alternative. The fact that Romney failed to attack President Obama for the coverup of the 9/11 attack in Benghazi, LaRouche warned, was the clearest indication that he will not fight for the truth.

With that, LaRouche turned the microphone over to Steinberg, who presented the evidence, drawn entirely from declassified U.S. government documents, that President Obama failed to protect the diplomats in Libya, when he had ample warning, months in advance, that the country was being overrun by Al Qaeda and related Jihadi terrorists. Steinberg produced blow-ups of 12 documents, released to the public by the State Department and the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, showing the depth of intelligence that had been passed to the Obama Administration about the growing security threat in the Benghazi area.

The documents included three email transmissions from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, as the attack on the Benghazi consulate was taking place. Those emails showed that top officials in the Obama Administration, including in the White House Situation Room, knew that there was no large demonstration at the consulate — just a heavily armed attack by 20 or so terrorists. Yet, Steinberg reminded the audience, UN Ambassador Susan Rice and President Obama, himself, repeatedly went on national television and lied to the American people about the Benghazi attack — to cover up the fact that Al Qaeda and allied Jihadi groups were not crushed, as Obama had repeatedly claimed in campaign appearances around the country.

A lively question-and-answer period followed, in which LaRouche repeatedly focused on the imminent danger of thermonuclear war and the extermination of much of humanity. He and Steinberg were asked to explain how the Libya invasion in 2011 was related to the ongoing danger of thermonuclear war. LaRouche developed the concept of empire, showing a continuity of imperial policy going all the way back to the Trojan Wars. He and Steinberg both developed the role of the Anglo-Saudi alliance in the original Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and the second 9/11 attack in Benghazi. LaRouche reviewed his own January 2001 warnings about a major terrorist attack in the United States, aimed at providing the Bush-Cheney administration with the pretext to go for outright dictatorship and war. Obama has been a continuity of the Bush-Cheney drive for dictatorship, and his continuation in office will all but guarantee thermonuclear war. LaRouche and Steinberg both reviewed the crucial role of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, along with the Russian and Chinese governments, in stopping the outbreak of general war up until now.

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