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We Cave to Beijing – Again!

Thursday, 03 May 2001 12:00 AM

And the Bush administration’s ambivalent – and weak – reaction to this arrogance continues, too.

Yesterday the five Lockheed technicians arrived on Hainan Island and were taken to 'inspect' the damaged plane. Their mission is to figure out how to remove the plane and bring it to an American base. But guess what? The Red Chinese would

In other words, these five experts were allowed to fly all the way to Hainan Island to make an assessment of how to remove the plane. But they were not even allowed to get in the cockpit to start the engines to see if it could be flown out!

Undoubtedly, the Chinese have stripped the interior sections of the plane where the high-tech reconnaissance gear was stored. They probably want to 'reverse engineer' it. Maybe they're going to put some of it back before letting us remove the plane. But to not let our people into the plane sets off giant alarm bells! The arrogance of it all!

Meanwhile, back in D.C., the Bush administration, which up until now has hidden its internal squabbling, yesterday showed how truly afraid it is to do

Hard-line Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld announced yesterday afternoon that he was suspending "all military-to-military contacts with the Chinese military until further notice."

That sounded strong.

Then, last evening, the White House reversed that order!

Military-to-military contacts are

In other words, the status quo ante – the relationship as it was

But it did happen!

And the Chinese have not been punished for their arrogant, brutish, aggressive – and totally unacceptable – behavior.

It is just like it was in June 1989. Then-President Bush dispatched high-level aides to Beijing one week after the Tiananmen Square murders and butchery. Their message to Beijing: "As soon as things calm down, we will resume 'normal' relations."

The real message to Beijing then – and now: "you got away with it!"

And the thugs who run Communist China must now know that this President Bush, like his father and Clinton, can be pushed around, manipulated – even humiliated.

What a terrible message this sends to the world.

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