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         SVENGALI ROVE AND TRILBY BUSH: A MODERN PARADOX
 In 1894, the gothic novelist George du Maurier published a horror
 story, {Trilby}, about a half-Irish working girl in Paris who was
 hypnotized by a rogue character named Svengali, to become a great
 diva--despite the fact that she was tone deaf, when not under his
 hypnotic trance.  In discussion on Sunday, Lyn invoked this image
 to describe the current state of affairs with President George W.
 Bush.  Bush is Trilby and Karl Rove is Svengali, and we are
 getting to the concluding chapters of the novel, in which
 Svengali falls ill and everything in Trilby's life goes haywire.
 	Since the first inauguration of President Bush and Vice
 President Dick Cheney in January 2001, there have been two points
 of control over the White House.  On most substantive policy
 issues, Cheney and the people around him have been in control of
 the actual decision-making.  But key to this has been the
 ideological control over the President, exerted by the corrupt
 magician, Karl Rove.  The two factors of control largely have
 tended to complement one another, and as the result we have had
 the disasters with which we are all familiar.
 	Now, the whole Bush-Cheney White House is descending into
 chaos.  We saw it clearly on Thursday, when Attorney General and
 former White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales appeared before the
 Senate Judiciary Committee to testify about the firing of the
 eight U.S. Attorneys.  On at least 30 occasions, Gonzales was
 turned into a babbling fool, who claimed over and over again that
 he could not remember details of meeetings that he himself
 attended and often chaired.   Gonzales, too, has been abandoned
 to his own singing voice--and the sounds are not very pretty.
 	Here is the overall situation as Lyn sees it--going into the
 most critical May 1st webcast--just eight days ahead.  The system
 is disintegrating in every respect--and fast.  There are no
 simple solutions.  For example, on the matter of the collapse of
 the sub-prime and ``Alt-A'' housing markets, the immediate
 response of Congress and the Administration must be to freeze all
 foreclosures, to make sure that there are not massive evictions
 of families from their homes this year.  Were such mass evictions
 to occur, that would be the trigger for the blowout of the whole
 system.  We need a fundamental reorganization, but we immediately
 need action to prevent a catastrophic situation for tens of
 millions of Americans--this year.  And instead, the Fed and other
 regulatory agencies are scheming some new form of mega-bailout of
 the banks, under the guise of postponing forclosures, a certain
 recipe for precisely the kind of blowout that LaRouche has
 identified.
 	We are entering into a period of chaos, where the free will
 of key policy makers is a significant factor, determining what
 will happen.  Lyn emphasized that, overall, the real issues that
 must be addressed to reverse this plunge into chaos and a
 potential new dark age, are clear.  However, most policy makers
 are looking at the immediate manifestations of the collapse, or
 other purely diversionary issues, so that no one is dealing with
 the real, longterm solutions.  Instead they are focusing on
 things that may soon prove to have been totally irrelevant.
 	One of the things that we know is clear is:  Vice President
 Dick Cheney wants a war, a new war in the Persian Gulf that could
 soon spread into a head-on confrontation with Russia and China.
 While there is, according to best estimates that we have received
 in recent days, only a 10-20 percent likelihood of the U.S.
 launching a war against Iran, there is a 100 percent risk that an
 incident in the Persian Gulf could trigger a shooting incident
 that rapidly careens out of control.  The people behind Cheney
 have clearly lost some of their power.  They are no longer in a
 position to control the direction of history. But they can still
 be a hell of a screw-up factor.
 	This shift in the situation for Cheney and his masters has a
 larger implication.  We are witnessing a general breakdown of the
 performance of leading figures in finance and government.  We
 have a phenomenon of institutional bankruptcy.  This means that
 we are in a period of global revolution, very much parallel to
 the period of the last quarter of the 18th century, when we had
 both the American Revolution and the French Revolution.  The
 outcome is uncertain at this moment, but we know what we have to
 do.
 	Lyn made an observation that is illustrative of the larger
 point about the revolutionary character of this moment in
 history.  As all of you probably know, on Saturday night, Lyn
 attended the White House Correspondents Dinner and the pre-dinner
 festivities in Washington.  Lyn has attended for the past four
 years, and this year, the political IQ of the attendees was way
 down, dropping at an accelerating rate.  Lyn compared it to a
 much different situation in 2004, when he attended for the first
 time.  In 2004, there was a much more lively political mood.
 There was anticipation of the upcoming 2004 elections, when it
 was widely expected, Bush and Cheney would be voted out of
 office.  When that didn't happen, the mental slide began. By this
 year, Lyn noted that there was no commotion around ideas.  He
 observed a catastrophic intellectual collapse.  Obviously there
 were a few noteworthy and predictable exceptions, among the
 significant people Lyn got to speak with.  But they were the
 exception.  Lyn described them as the sprinkles on top of the
 cake, where the cake is rotten.
 	Another indication of this process of institutional erosion
 is the obscene obsession with Al Gore.  You will read below that
 some of Gore's historical backers are trying to put together a
 Gore Presidential team that could spring into action in the event
 that Hillary Clinton falters.  Lyn emphasized that this Gore
 maneuver should come as no surprise.  Gore has targeted the
 Clinton family since no later than the day Fat Albert was sworn
 in as Vice President in January 1993.  This targeting of the
 Clintons became far more pronounced in 1998, in the events
 leading directly into the Clinton impeachment drive.  Gore was
 also instrumental in promoting genocide in Africa behind the
 President's back, and particularly when Bill Clinton was fully
 consumed by the impeachment assault on the Presidency.  Lyn
 observed that Gore cultivates the persona of ``goofy the dog,''
 but underneath it, he is a mean, sneaky, duplicitous bastard.
 Gore has hated the Clintons all along.  He viewed Bill Clinton as
 a traitor to the Old South.  Also, Gore hates anyone who can
 actually think creatively, as Bill Clinton can.  So since he
 cannot out-think someone like Clinton, Gore resorts to dirty
 tricks to outwit.  He is truly his father's son-of-a-bitch!
 	Lyn is working on the much larger document, ``Ask the Man
 Who Owns One,'' which document's prelude was published in the
 briefing and is posted on the LPAC site already.  This larger
 document will define, clearly, the mission of LPAC in the
 immediate context of the vital 2008 Presidential election.  Both
 the prelude and the observations from Lyn in this briefing lead
 should also give you a pretty good clue about the major issues
 that Lyn intends to bring up on May 1st at the webcast.

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 FAT HENRY SWALLOWS HIS PRIDE AND GREETS LAROUCHE. Will wonders
 never cease! This year's White House Correspondents Dinner again
 found Lyndon LaRouche in attendance for the pre-dinner receptions
 sans the dinner's "rubber chicken delights," to discuss the world
 situation with those individuals who might be able to break with
 the artificial levity induced on these occasions to focus for a
 minute on reality. While this year's dinner seemed to lack much
 of the political establishment to the advantage of the Hollywood
 hangers-on, there were a number of useful encounters. Some
 exchanges that Lyn had were with the likes of CFR President
 Richard Haas, Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, Henry Waxman, New York
 City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Bernard Schwartz, and Donna Brazile,
 as well as media figures such as Charlie Rose, John McLaughlin,
 and Larry King. Many of these were old acquaintances, while some
 were meeting Lyn face-to-face for the first time.
 	One of these was none other than Dr. Henry Kissinger, an old
 adversary who has felt the barbs of LaRouche's well-targeted
 arrows on more that one occasion during Dr. K's less-than-
 illustrious career. Kissinger had refused on one occasion to even
 greet LaRouche, commenting, after some thought on the matter,
 ``No, no. He went too far!'' As Dr. Kissinger was waddling out of
 a Newsweek party, he was encountered by your intrepid EIR
 reporter, who greeted him, saying that there was someone he
 wanted him to meet. Kissinger agreed, albeit somewhat warily. As
 he stood a few yards from Lyn, the reporter pointed to Lyn and
 asked if Kissinger knew who he was. Kissinger shook his head, and
 said, ``No.'' ``Why, that's Lyndon LaRouche, would you like to
 meet him?'' this reporter asked, not quite knowing what reaction
 he would get. But Kissinger congenially put out his hand and
 greeted Lyn. ``We should meet and talk,'' Lyn said graciously,
 ``you know, we're the same generation.'' Kissinger looked up
 somewhat surprised. ``Talk? You and me?'' Kissinger asked, with a
 bit of a chuckle, shaking his head, a bit baffled. As he
 continued on his way, your intrepid reporter remarked to
 Kissinger that there were perhaps fewer differences on the issues
 between the two of them at the present conjuncture than at any
 time previous time. Kissinger simply grumbled, ``He ought to tone
 down that magazine,'' and then proceeded on his way.
 	Lyn also had the occasion for some lengthier exchanges with
 an official from the Saudi Embassy, who remembered well those
 half-hour television broadcasts by Lyn in the 1980 presidential
 campaign. Lyn found a good deal of agreement with one fellow from
 the African-American BET channel. A number of photographers came
 up to take Lyn's picture, including one who remembered
 photographing him back in the 1970s. There were also a number of
 people who declined to speak to Lyn, including Newt Gingrich.
 [WCJ]

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