[lit-ideas] Re: Amis Antithesis
- From: Eric Yost <eyost1132@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 16:50:23 -0400
Just a little overkill on the Clinton/China topic:
Recently President Clinton signed the US China Relations Act
of 2000. Rather than ushering in a new era, granting China
permanent normal trade status simply ratifies the status
quo. China will continue to profit from their exports
without the yearly review of embarrassing issues like trade,
human rights, or nuclear weapons proliferation. During the
Rose Garden signing ceremony Clinton remarked, "In case you
all have forgotten, this thing was hard to pass. This was a
lot of trouble."
Clinton's trouble with China began before his re-election in
1996. To defeat the Republicans, the Democratic party needed
a quick infusion of cash to pay for campaign ads. Clinton
turned to his Chinese connection, old friends Johnny Chung,
John Huang, and Charlie Trie. They headed a shadowy cast of
characters that funneled millions of dollars into democratic
Bill Clinton took contributions he knew came from China, and
played another angle as well. US companies wanted to sell
China military technology, but the sales were prohibited by
law. Economic sanctions for the Tiananmen square massacre
and restrictions on technology exports prevented these
companies from selling China the armaments they wanted.
In return for campaign contributions, the President shifted
regulation of technology exports from the State Department
to the free-wheeling Commerce department. The administration
also relaxed export controls and allowed corporations to
decide if their technology transfers were legal or not. When
easing restrictions wasn't enough, Clinton signed waivers
that simply circumvented the law. The President's waivers
allowed the export of machine tools, defense electronics,
and even a communications system for the Chinese Air Force.
Bernard Schwartz and Michael Armstrong, the CEOs of Loral
and Hughes, each donated over one million dollars to
Clinton's re-election campaign. These companies had an
interest in seeing China develop reliable missiles to loft
their satellites into orbit. Clinton arranged direct talks
between Bernard Schwartz and a Chinese general to improve
China's rocket technology. Michael Armstrong was made head
of the Export Advisory Council. Both companies were allowed
to upgrade the launching and guidance of China's missiles.
Clinton even involved the Department of Energy, caretaker of
our nuclear weapons, in his fundraising schemes. In 1994 and
'95 then Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary accompanied Johnny
Chung, John Huang, Charlie Trie, and Bernard Schwartz on
trade missions to China. Shortly afterward the DOE relaxed
security at US weapons labs. Wen Ho Lee, an ethnic Chinese
physicist assigned to Los Alamos, illegally transferred data
on nuclear warheads to his private computer files.
In June of 1995, the CIA learned that China had stolen the
crown jewels of our nuclear arsenal, including the neutron
bomb and the W-88 miniaturized warhead. Later that year
National Security Advisor Anthony Lake is briefed on the
thefts. He is replaced on the Security Council by Sandy
Berger, a former lobbyist for the Chinese government. In
June of 1996, before Bill Clinton's re-election, the FBI
opens a formal investigation into the theft of US nuclear
Proof of China's military intentions came in March of 1996,
on the eve of Taiwan's first democratic elections. China
used the threat of force to intimidate the island nation
into electing a pro-Beijing candidate. Military maneuvers
included bombing runs and launching ballistic missiles that
impacted within twenty miles of Taiwan. When the US sent an
aircraft carrier into the Taiwan Straits, a Chinese general
threatened to "rain down nukes upon Los Angeles".
In 1997, news of the campaign finance scandal reached the
press. Clinton claimed he was "appalled" to learn he had
received illegal contributions from China. As the Justice
Department began investigating, over one hundred suspects
fled the country or refused to testify. Despite FBI
recommendations and congressional protests, Janet Reno
refused to appoint an independent counsel.
Then the press learned that China had stolen nuclear weapon
designs from US research labs. The Clinton administration
downplayed and even denied reports that any nuclear secrets
were stolen, but this scandal was too big to ignore.
Congress began a formal investigation by forming the Cox
committee. The administration was forced to reveal the
extent of China's nuclear espionage, but they insisted
Clinton had no previous knowledge. Sandy Berger even swore
under oath that the President was not told about nuclear
thefts until 1998, three years after the fact.
The Cox Committee report was released early in 1999. It
confirmed that China had stolen the neutron bomb design and
the W-88 miniaturized warhead. The W-88 would allow China to
field smaller, mobile missiles and carry multiple warheads
on larger missiles. In addition, the Cox report proved that
US companies illegally transferred "missile design
information and know-how". Chief among the offenders were
Loral And Hughes.
In the summer of 1999 the pro-independence leadership of
Taiwan called for talks with China on a state-to-state
basis. The enraged Chinese demanded Taiwan enter unification
talks or face attack. A Communist Party approved newspaper
published a plan to conquer Taiwan. It involved using
neutron bombs against any Taiwanese resistance and a nuclear
standoff with the US.
On October 1st 1999, the fiftieth anniversary of China's
communist takeover, a new missile was paraded through the
streets of Beijing. The DF-31 is a modern, mobile nuclear
missile capable of hitting targets in the US. The rocket
motor and guidance system were made possible by Loral and
Hughes. The nuclear warhead is a copy of the W-88, stolen
from the US.
As for Wen Ho Lee, he was a suspected Chinese spy for three
years before being fired from his job at Los Alamos and
arrested. Lee was charged with 59 counts of mishandling
nuclear weapons data with intent to injure the United
States. Rather than face a trail where nuclear secrets would
be admitted as evidence, federal prosecutors accepted a plea
bargain. Wen Ho Lee pleaded guilty to one count of
mishandling nuclear weapons data and went home, after
serving 278 days in jail.
After China's nuclear espionage, a campaign finance scandal,
and two crises over Taiwan, Bill Clinton's China policy has
been venal at best, treasonous at worst. He is responsible
for China's rise as a militant, nuclear armed threat to the
United States. China has grown from an agrarian backwater
into the world's third largest economy on Clinton's watch.
While or yearly trade deficits with China have risen to 70
billion dollars a year, they have been the world's fastest
growing economy. China has become a colossus precisely
because of our trade deficits.
With their new wealth, China has sought military parity with
the United States. They have been aided by President Clinton
and corporate America. US companies spent over 100 million
dollars lobbying congress to pass the China Relations Act.
Most of that money went to buy congressional votes with
A few American stockholders have profited immensely from
modernizing China's armed forces. Still more US companies
have built factories in China. These factories and plenty of
cheap, docile labor earn huge profits for these investors.
Protecting these profits is Clinton's China policy.
Chasing the Dragon: Clinton's China Policy
By: A. Scott Piraino
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