August 21, 2010
Clinton Administration's Chickens Come Home to RoostBy Ed Timperlake
On August 16, 2010 the U.S. Department of Defense released a congressionally mandated report entitled "Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China 2010."
The release of the report created worldwide headlines and has been taken seriously by serious military analysts.
One of the best and most direct headlines was written in introducing a story by Washington Times National Security Reporter Bill Gertz, who described what the DOD Report said thus: "China targets U.S. troops with arms buildup -- Pentagon cites 'anti-access' missiles in report."
This report captures in some detail a very real clear and present danger to America and our Pacific Rim allies by the ongoing modernization of the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA). "PLA" is a term that can be accepted generically to include all PRC military forces.
However, this very dangerous PLA trend should come as no surprise because the U.S. Congress officially predicted it with great detail over a decade ago.
On January 3, 1999, a Select Committee in the House of Representatives voted out unanimously a bipartisan report from "Select Committee on U.S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the People's Republic of China."
The three-volume unclassified Report is know as the "Cox/Dicks Report" because the Chairman of the Select Committee was Congressman Chris Cox (R-CA) and the ranking Democrat was Congressman Norm Dicks (D-WA).
The three volumes identify in great detail all the military technologies stolen by the PLA that are now operational or in the very near-term PLA modernization pipeline. It is very fair to say all U.S. state-of-the-art military technology stolen in the late 20th century is now flowing into various PLA forces -- ground, sea, air, space, and cyber.
Essentially, a decade after the Clinton administration sold out national security to Chinese military intelligence agents, the U.S. is in the provable "hurt locker."
Men and woman in uniform may eventually pay a huge price for illegal campaign contributions. (The book Year of the Rat fully documents this time of betrayal.)
State-sponsored "criminality" by the PRC is just another dimension of warfare for them. It is the linkage of PRC business and the PLA with criminality. The melding of the PLA with PRC business and foreign policy objectives while cheating and bribing is a real and growing military problem, and this trend is as much a national security issue as law enforcement issue.
For example, First Lady Hillary Clinton had her Chief of Staff Maggie Williams accept a check for $50,000 in the White House from Johnny Chung. Mr. Chung, who legitimately expressed remorse as he was facing charges, fingered a Chinese General in PLA intelligence as a source of the funds for the White House check. The $50,000 was presented on behalf of known PRC citizens for their access to President Clinton's Saturday morning national radio address.
Any foreign money into the American political process is illegal. But this was an especially egregious instance, since Clinton is now Secretary of State and is rumored to be in consideration for the position of Secretary of Defense.
The "list of horribles" of American technology compromised in those days could go on and on, while concurrently, a lot of FBI/DOJ targets were busy fleeing the country. Several were Triad Gangsters, others "hustlers," and still others commissioned officers in PLA intelligence services. The net result was that while a Republican Congress focused on Monica Lewinsky, a lot of individuals got away with very bad criminal actions directed against the American political process and our national security.
Sadly, not only did America lose cutting-edge military technology, but we also lost a return on a huge financial investment. All U.S. taxpayer dollars for R&D and weapon system development costs were lost, because the just-released DOD report confirms that a very modern PLA military capability is being acquired at a much lower cost to them. We funded their growth through their successful espionage attack.
It was said during the Clinton administration that the center of knowledge for military capabilities was shifting to China. This is because not only did they steal U.S. top-secret military technology, but they were also buying for top dollar Russian weapons that ran from excellent Russian fighters to carrier-killing surface ships, submarines, and missiles. This is because the PRC is flush, thanks to U.S.-China trade imbalance that is still running into the hundreds of billions.
It was a shameful period in American history, and now, as the DOD report makes very clear, our children and grandchildren have to live with real and deadly consequences.
Ed Timperlake is co author of Year of the Rat - How Bill Clinton and Al Gore Compromised U.S. Security for Chinese Cash.