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The White House is declining to comment on a forecast from a Russian diplomat that the U.S. will break into six parts over the economic collapse of the credit market and the resulting waves of financial troubles fora multitude of industries.

Dana Perino, President Bush’s spokeswoman, responded to a question from Les Kinsolving, WND’s correspondent at the White House, today.

“Bloomberg reports that Professor Igor Panarin of Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has forecast that because of the financial crisis, the United States will break into six parts. What is the White House reaction to this?” Kinsolving asked.

“(Bloomberg reporter) Ed Chen is as puzzled as I am, so I think I’ll have to decline to comment,” Perino responded.

According to the story from Bloomberg’s Robin Stringer, Panarin forecast that the U.S. will break into six parts over the financial crisis.

“The dollar isn’t secured by anything,” Panarin said in an interview transcribed by Russian newspaper Izvestia. “The country’s foreign debt has grown like an avalanche; this is a pyramid, which has to collapse.”

He said the financial situation in the U.S. will get worse, unemployment will skyrocket and savings will be wiped out.

“When the spring comes, it will be clear that there are no miracles,” he said in the report.

Panarin forecast there will be six new entities in place of the U.S.: the Pacific Coast with its growing Chinese population; the South’s Hispanics; Texas where independence movements already are developing; the Atlantic Coast with its distinct identity; five of the central states with their Native American populations; and the northern states along the Canadian border.

“We could claim Alaska,” he said. “It was only granted on lease, after all.”

“Now we will see a change to the regulatory system on a global financial scale: America will cease to be the world’s regulator,” he said.

In a second question, Kinsolving asked: “Two hundred of Israel’s rabbis and other Israeli leaders, including generals, petitioned the president concerning the very serious health condition, in his 23rd year in prison, of Jonathan Pollard. And they asked the president to give him clemency. I’m wondering, does the president – he is aware of this, and what is the reaction?”

“The president is well aware of the request to pardon – or commute the sentence of Jonathan Pollard, but as I said to Kathleen, I’m not able to comment on where those things stand. I just – it’s a private matter for the president and if and when there would be an action that the president would take, then we would let you know,” Perino said.

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