Whatever the decision, it is clear President Bush and his national security hardliners, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, do not view the Chinese as our "strategic partner."
Bush himself has used the term "strategic competitor" to refer to China – a far more realistic view than the Clinton administration term.
The Bush perspective comes after a period when Red China basically owned the White House.
An honest historical account of the Clinton years written 100 years hence will detail the sellout by Bill Clinton to China.
The Washington Post reported that the FBI believed as much as $10 million flowed from China to Democratic Party coffers for Bill Clinton's 1996 run for president.
Remember when Clinton adviser Dick Morris told Bill that if he wanted to win he needed to raise and spend $250 million in TV ads?
The Clintons sold everything, from the Lincoln bedroom to the country's most-guarded nuclear and ballistic missile secrets, to accomplish their goals.
Because of that sellout, America is much weaker. The recent hostage crisis in China underscores how much stronger the Chinese think they are.
We know quite a bit about Clinton's sellout to China, but not everything.
Take, for example, some startling information I learned from a CIA officer who retired toward the end of the Clinton years.
An avid NewsMax.com reader while working as a spy in a foreign country, he found our site refreshing and more honest than the "mainstream" media.
This former CIA official contacted me and we have met several times.
One of things he revealed was stunning.
During the Clinton years the CIA set new rules for CIA officers trying to recruit Chinese nationals as American spies.
The Clinton CIA created a special rule for dealing with Chinese officials – CIA officers could try to recruit only "the second secretary and above" in any given Chinese Embassy worldwide.
As it was explained to me, the CIA targets embassy officials, many times at the lowest levels, such as office secretaries, couriers and translators. These individuals oftentimes come across or hear very valuable information.
It is in fact more difficult to recruit as spies an ambassador or the people directly under him, including deputy chief of mission, a counselor, or the first and second secretaries in the embassy.
Lesser embassy officials often become long-term assets as they are promoted, and many continue to feed information to the CIA for years after they return to their home countries.
By flipping small fish, sometimes they end up getting big fish.
With China, getting big fish became impossible during the Clinton years.
The former CIA officer reports that "it was the mantra" in the CIA's Directorate of Operations not to recruit Chinese officials below the second secretary in any given embassy.
By focusing on only high embassy officials, the job of spy recruitment became "almost impossible," my source says.
Higher officials are much more tied into the system and have much more to lose by turning against their government. In China, the penalty for spying is death.
The Clinton administration was so clever.
When Jimmy Carter had his CIA director, Adm. Turner, fire almost the entire network of CIA case officers, it created a backlash. Later Reagan brought in Bill Casey, and the agency's spy network was greatly increased.
The Clintons weren't as flamboyant as Carter.
They simply changed the ground rules for recruiting spies from their Most Favored Nation, thus making it almost impossible to recruit such spies. America is weaker because of their actions.
And no one even noticed, until now.
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