Jewish World Review March 16, 1999 /28 Adar 5759
Americans get bull while China shops
JUST ONCE IT WOULD BE REFRESHING to hear a word of truth from the Clinton White House.
Energy Secretary Bill Richardson wants the public to believe the administration has
been on top of the leaks that have allowed the Communist Chinese to get their hands
on who knows how many of our secrets. Asked by George Will on ABC's "This
Week'' whether the administration has found a way to monitor the e-mail from such
important sites as the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, Richardson
dodged the question. Later on the same show, Rep. Chris Cox (R-Calif.), whose
House committee has concluded an investigation on security breaches with China, said
the e-mailing of secrets continues to be a problem not only at Los Alamos, but also at
other research sites.
Only the morally obtuse and those with something to lose if the truth were known
continue to believe that the administration remains pure in its China dealings. Can
anyone now say with a straight face that Clinton's people did not exchange secrets
with the Beijing regime for campaign cash? If all the Friends of Bill who fled to China
were brought to Washington and told what they know, does anybody still exist who
thinks their testimony would not provide evidence implicating people at the highest
levels of our government in an espionage scandal?
Why have Chinese arms and drug dealers and members of the People's Liberation
Army enjoyed regular access to the White House, the Pentagon and top research
facilities (which they continue to have) unless a deal was struck between desperate
politicians eager to hold on to power and desperate Chinese Communists eager to
know how to build more efficient weapons of mass destruction and acquire the missile
technology and guidance systems to deliver them?
China's prime minister, Zhu Rongji, is scheduled to visit Washington next month. In any
deals arranged at this meeting, President Clinton will be bargaining from a position of
weakness because the Chinese know the depth of his compromises with them. They
have the records and the people to prove how much he may have jeopardized
America's national security just to keep himself in office. He cannot afford to get tough
with Beijing because of what the Chinese know about him. They are to him what J.
Edgar Hoover and his files were to John Kennedy.
In considering China, the left exhibits the same foolishness it did with the Soviet Union:
a belief in "moral equivalency.'' Many believe our approach to China ought to be one
of "understanding.'' If we treat them right, they'll treat us right, the thinking goes. But
the Chinese are smarter than the Soviets ever were. They know better than the Soviets
how to use such flawed notions against us. China is unlikely to change its view of the
West, of capitalism, of democracy and of free speech simply because we play nice
Cox hints that his bipartisan report will show how many of our top secrets are now in
the hands of a major adversary. The administration should not be allowed to escape
full accountability and a thorough investigation of what happened on its watch. Excuses
concerning when the security breach started are irrelevant. This administration has
known about it for at least six years and apparently did little or nothing until
Richardson fired the Los Alamos scientist suspected of being a major conduit for U.S.
secrets. His explanation for waiting so long lacks credibility and ranks up there with Al
Gore's claim to Internet paternity.
Let the investigation resume, this time without timetables and stonewalling by the
Democrats who risk their own political future if they allow politics to trump national
security while the world becomes increasingly dangerous, thanks in large part to what
China is doing with American defense secrets they steal and American computers they
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