What do you do when a so-called trading partner tends to knock down your planes, aim deadly missiles at you, imprison your citizens and keep threatening to go to war with you as soon as it has the necessary military muscle to take you on?
Mr. Clinton and his cohorts in the "be kind to China and they'll give you scads of money" cabal simply sold or transferred American military technology to the Red Chinese that enabled them to take a giant leap forward and become a growing nuclear threat to the U.S.
Their greed reminds me of the sale of scrap metal from the demolished Third Avenue El in New York to the Japanese. It wasn't long before it came back to us in the form of military ordnance at Pearl Harbor, the Coral Sea and countless other bloody engagements in the Pacific in World War II.
I thought we'd learned our lesson from that debacle, but Mr. Clinton proved me wrong. The only difference between then and now is the kind of ordnance China got. Then it was just scrap iron and steel to make bombs and shells and tanks – now it's nuclear-tipped missiles aimed at our cities.
As I said, President Bush is stuck in a quandary, part of which I can best describe by mentioning the fact that the shoes I'm wearing – I call them SUFs (Suburban Utility Footwear) since they're too hi-tech to be called sneakers – the Bermuda shorts, shirt and socks I've got on all come from Red China. As I look around my office, much of the equipment also comes from there.
What would we do without Chinese products, which are generally much cheaper since they're all made by coolie labor paid wages barely enough to keep them alive and working? Where would we get our SUFs, shoes, shorts, socks and everything else that it seems only China produces these days?
Are we willing to sacrifice all that?
Should we threaten to nuke them if they don't give back our plane and its crew? Or should we further piss them off by selling Taiwan the Aegis high-tech, radar-equipped destroyers they want and that China warns will set off a war in the Taiwan Straits if we sell them to Taipei?
I suspect Mr. Bush will take a tough line, and that much of what he does will be done out of the public view. One step he might contemplate is to threaten to shut off the flow of Chinese goods into the U.S. The Chinese need our money to buy the weapons they plan to use against us, and any danger of losing the gigantic U.S. market might sober them up very quickly.
The problem here, however, is the danger that if we cut off the flow of U.S. dollars, the Red Chinese will in turn shut U.S. industry out of that enormous Chinese market it foolishly dreams of tapping into. (The fact that the Chinese tend to buy our products, copy them and then produce them on their own, cutting us out of the market anyway, doesn't seem to have occurred to our domestic moguls.)
The situation at the moment is fluid – whatever I have to say about it could become dated in hours or days. But there is something I have to get off my chest. I think we should do everything to get that plane and its crew back as quickly as possible.
I don't know exactly what happened after it became apparent that the plane was going down, but I do know it should never have landed in Chineses territory. But according to Col. David Hackworth, the pilot was ordered to land on Hainan Island – Chinese territory – by the Navy's Pacific Command.
Had they ditched in the South China Sea might not it have imperiled the crew's lives? Probably – but that's a given when they put on their uniforms and go into harm's way.
Finally, although President Bush wants to put all that Clinton era garbage behind us and move on, I think that somebody ought to do something to bring Mr. Clinton the retribution he deserves for putting us in the gunsights he supplied to a nation that flatly declares us to be the enemy and spends a lot of time telling us they plan to go to war against us the minute they have the power to do so.
None of the people on the plane appear to have been killed, but sooner or later the Chinese are going to off some of our people. And their blood will be on Clinton's hands. He needs to be held accountable.
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