Jewish World Review May 13, 1999 /27 Iyar, 5759
Other high crimes
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AS YOU WATCH those "spontaneous" outbursts of anti-American fury in China,
see the rocks and lighted torches fly over the gates into our embassy and
consulates, and absorb the slogan "Americans Must Die" -- you might want to
reflect that Bill Clinton has consciously permitted Beijing to have access
to nearly all of our most sensitive nuclear weapons technology and a lot
The nation the president once described as our "strategic partner" is doing
its level best to gin up the sort of hatred toward us that Slobodan
Milosevic so successfully incited among the Serbs toward the Kosovars.
China's state-controlled media have presented the bombing of its embassy in
Belgrade not as a mistake but as a war crime, and they have helpfully
provided bus transportation to American sites for protesters.
Regarding that accident, one cannot avoid the conclusion that Democrats
have been incompetent at fighting wars for 25 years. Lyndon Johnson's
"escalation" kept us trapped in Vietnam; Jimmy Carter's rescue mission of
the Tehran hostages crashed and burned in the desert; and Bill Clinton's now
47-day-old bombing campaign in Yugoslavia has achieved none of its
objectives but has resulted in totally avoidable damage to our interests.
War is a fateful business. There has scarcely ever been a war whose full
ramifications were anticipated beforehand. Some things are worth the risk,
but we rely on our leaders not to commit war thoughtlessly.
Russia, her political future quite uncertain and her arsenal still
bristling with thousands of inter-continental ballistic missiles, is now
more hostile to the United States than at any time since 1989. The paranoid
elements in the Duma who have warned darkly about NATO's eastward expansion
can now argue with a bit more credibility than before that NATO's claim to
be a defensive alliance is a lie.
Serbia, Greece and Bulgaria (also bombed accidentally) are now implacably
antagonistic. And China, well, how do you mistake an embassy anyway?
Our Apache helicopters, which were supposed to intimidate Serb military and
police in Kosovo, have been grounded after two training accidents. We are
running out of cruise missiles. And now, having committed the prestige of
the U.S. armed forces to a war in which our goals were unclear from the
start, the fate of Kosovo will be decided, it appears, by Slobodan Milosevic
and Boris Yeltsin.
At the start of this administration, when one colossal screw-up followed
another, observers were invited to conclude that the Clinton White House was
either incompetent or venal. That choice, we now see, was false. It is both.
The war in Kosovo is evidence of unforgivable incompetence. The loss of our
most closely guarded military secrets is evidence of venality.
Each day's New York Times brings fresh news of simply jaw-dropping breaches
of national security. The so-called "legacy codes" for our nuclear missiles,
which permit reverse engineering, are now in the hands of the Chinese. So is
the radar technology that protects our submarines. When Clinton came into
office, China possessed about 20 unreliable ICBMs capable of hitting the
United States. As Newsweek described it: "When the CIA showed the (stolen)
material to a team of top nuclear weapons experts, they 'practically
fainted.' ... 'The Chinese penetration is total,' says an official close to
How did the Clinton administration respond to this catastrophic loss of key
weapons technology? First, of course, by lying blatantly. Two months ago,
Bill Clinton said at a news conference that no breach of security during his
tenure had been brought to his attention -- a lie.
Despite evidence of potentially grievous security breaches, the Clinton
administration continued to press for cooperation with the Chinese,
dismissed evidence of spying, refused to prosecute or even remove a key
suspect, Wen Ho Lee, and helped a Democratic Party donor obtain an export
license for the sale of sensitive missile technology to China. Bill Clinton
also personally appointed John Huang to a sensitive Commerce Department
post, where, Congress alleges, he committed economic espionage.
The amount of money the Democratic Party and the Clinton campaign received
from the Chinese is still in dispute. But as shocking as it is to say it, a
now critical mass of evidence suggests that Clinton committed treason to get
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