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Adm. Moorer Warned Against Giveaway of Panama Canal to 'Our Enemy'

Friday, 06 February 2004 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON – Adm. Thomas Moorer, a valued member of NewsMax's Board of Advisers who spent his professional life in the service of his country, tried in vain to warn his countrymen against "walking away" from the Panama Canal.

In congressional testimony and in other public venues, the admiral, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, declared America's enemies would ultimately move in and take over this vital waterway. This, he said, would be a mistake "that will need to be rectified with the blood of brave young soldiers, sailors and Marines some day in the future."

Before the Senate Armed Services Committee in 1978, as the Senate debated President Jimmy Carter's treaty with corrupt Panamanian dictator Omar Torrijos, Moorer warned that "a vacuum will be quickly filled by proxy or directly by the Soviet Union, as is their practice in every opportunity."

Twenty-one years later, on Oct. 22, 1999, the admiral was back before the same committee saying that "not the Soviet Union, but the Chinese Communists have filled this vacuum."

The longtime respected military leader told senators that then-President Bill Clinton's treaty was handing the "Communist China surrogate

"The Soviet Union's thinking and conclusions about the canal, and its approach to gain control of this important strategic waterway, were not lost on the Chinese Communists," Moorer testified.

"They have replicated the Soviet Union's intent to the letter — quickly, silently, and successfully. Simultaneously, they are establishing bases on Tarawa and in the Spratley Islands in the Philippines, with the obvious intent of controlling another key maritime choke point, the Malacca Strait, through which much oil and other strategically important trade commodities are transported.

"The Chinese have shown repeatedly that this is a favorite tactic. Get behind their enemies' lines of supply and interrupt their access to vitally needed goods. There can be no doubt that their intent is inimical to our national interests."

Moorer wrote that same year in the New American, "I truly cannot remember a time when I have been more concerned for the security of our country."

At the time, there were those, whom the admiral described as "some foolish souls disconnected from reality," who claimed there was no problem. Hutchison Whampoa, they said, was an independent British company that presented no danger to U.S. interests.

Adm. Moorer thoroughly documented the facts clearly proving the contrary.

He showed that the Chinese penetration of Panama had been effected "primarily through an entity known as the Panama Ports Company, a front corporation for Hutchison Whampoa Limited, a Communist Chinese-controlled company owned by Hong Kong billionaire Dr. Li Ka-shing. Dr. Li's business empire has long been intertwined with the enterprises that front for the Communist military intelligence arms of the People's Republic of China. Ten percent of the Panama Ports Company is owned by China Resources, the communist arm of China's Ministry of Trade and economic cooperation."

In a magazine article, Moorer noted that in light of "Beijing's massive payoffs to Clinton-Gore and the Democratic National Committee, and President Clinton's subsequent radical changes of policy to benefit the PRC [People's Republic of China], it is fair to ask if this willful blindness to so clear a danger is another quid pro quo for Chinese cash."

In his Senate testimony in 1999, Moorer said there should be no doubt that Red China is and always has been our enemy.

"This is the same Red China that has been so heavily involved in massive espionage efforts to steal our satellite missile and nuclear weapons technology, the same totalitarian regime that massacred thousands of students in Tiananmen Square ... the same Red China that is supplying terrorist regimes such as Iran, Libya and North Korea with missiles and weapons of mass destruction, the same Beijing thugs who are threatening Taiwan, Japan and the Philippines ... and who call the United States their 'number one enemy'; the same Red China that has so thoroughly penetrated our government and our military research laboratories during the Clinton administration."

Even with the Chinagate treacheries that had come to light, Moorer believed that "the impending surrender of our Panama Canal is more serious still."

Someday America could very well pay a heavy price in the blood of our military people simply because this nation failed to heed the words of Adm. Thomas Moorer, who warned against "handing the Panama Canal over to Red China, an aggressive, brutal, expansionist totalitarian regime that has shown, by word and deed, that it is our enemy."

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