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Moorer's Fight for the Panama Canal

Friday, 06 February 2004 12:00 AM

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 the vital waterway. This, he said, would be a mistake “that will need to be rectified with the blood of brave young [American] 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 the corrupt then-dictator of Panama Omar Torrijos, Admiral Moorer warned that “a vacuum will be quickly filled by proxy or directly by the Soviet Union, as is their practice in every opportunity.”

21 years later, on October 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 President Clinton’s treaty was handing the “Communist China surrogate Hutchison-Whampoa [Company]” control of the pilots, “without which a ship cannot transit the Panama Canal.”

“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.”

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

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.

Admiral Moorer thoroughly documented the facts clearly proving the contrary.

He showed 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, Admiral Moorer noted that in light of “Beijing’s massive payoffs to Clinton-Gore and the Democratic Naitonal Committee, and President Clinton’s subsequent radical changes of policy to benefit the PRC, 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 ’99, Admiral Moorer said let there 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 Tiennanmen 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 Phillipines ... 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, Admiral Moorer viwed “the impending surrender of of our Panama Canal is more serious still.

Someday America may very well pay the heavy price in the blood of its military people simply because this nation failed to heed the words of Admiral 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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