Humes, a longtime GOP presidential speechwriter (Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Bush) was travelling with Ed Nixon, the late president’s sole remaining sibling. Mr. Nixon is an engineer living near Seattle.
In China former president Nixon is a revered figure. The Chinese know that it was Nixon’s foresight that opened relations between our two countries – and made it politically popular in the United States to work with Beijing.
Therefore, the Chinese government was eager to host the president’s brother and travelling party.
One night during this weeklong visit, high-ranking Chinese governmental authorities hosted a dinner ‘banquet’ for the Ed Nixon party. After the meal, the men repaired to another room and smoked cigars. It was during this stage of the evening that an
Humes told this man, "The House will impeach. The Senate is a different story. But, either way, Clinton’s power and influence will forever be greatly reduced."
The Chinese official sipped his drink and paused. "It is a shame," he muttered. "We have made a huge investment in him."
Humes immediately recognized the political
Now, after all this time has passed, it is worth pondering whether Beijing confined itself to "investing" only in Bill Clinton.
Or did Beijing see that American politicians – just like their Asian counterparts – can be "bought."
And so they set off on a "buying spree" – in both parties. No wonder the Reno Justice Department – and the mainstream media - pooh-poohed the charges made before Senator Fred Thompson’s Senate committee. No wonder Reno herself did not want to hear FBI Director Louis Freeh’s report that wiretaps and other intercepts indicated a Chinese campaign to spread dirty money all around American politics.
Thus we had Charlie Tree, James Riady, Maria Hsia, and the entertaining and revealing Johnny Chung all acting as ‘cut-outs’ for the expressed purpose of funneling money to federal and local American politicians.
And guess what? All got away with it with
In other words, neither political party wants to open that can of worms.
For fear that Beijing’s corrupt money reaches farther than any of us can even imagine.
And for fear that the Chinese official at the Ed Nixon dinner spoke in bigger terms when he said, "We have made a huge investment in him."
Perhaps he could have said that of
And perhaps that will explain Washington’s all-bluster-no-action behavior toward China now that the 24-person crew has safely returned.
Maybe Beijing’s long-term ‘investment plan’ has paid off.
Maybe they ‘own’ enough influential American lawmakers and media figures that they can get away with just about anything.
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