So, Mr. And Mrs. America, you think Bill Clinton is doing a good job running the country, huh? The economy’s chugging along, you say, so we should get off his back about all these petty scandals? Think again.
The No. 1 priority of any president is to ensure the nation is safe and secure from its enemies – at least that’s what the Constitution suggests, if anyone cares anymore.
And the fact of the matter is that Clinton is presiding over a national security nightmare. Let’s look at just a few recent developments.
If you had any doubts about whether Clinton has actually sold out his presidency to America’s greatest potential enemy for the next 50 years – China – those doubts should be put to rest by a series of reports by Bill Gertz in the Washington Times last week. He revealed the contents of a March 12 memo from National Security Council official Gary Samore titled “Elements of the China Missile Deal.”
The deal is that if China agrees to curb exports of missiles and related technology, the U.S. would support Beijing’s entry into the 29-nation Missile Technology Control Regime. In other words, in exchange for some nice words, which totalitarians are always willing to offer, the Chinese would be allowed to join the club.
Being part of the club would allow China to escape future sanctions for bad behavior (such as breaking its word on commitments of this kind), gain more prestige on the world stage and permit the U.S. to send it even more sensitive technology.
“It would make it easier for China to get technology that is of the utmost importance in missile development,” explained Henry Sokolski, a former Pentagon non-proliferation official.
And guess where those missiles would be pointed? You’ve got it – New York, Washington, Los Angeles and all points between.
Sokolski and others who understand such things say the idea of such a deal is “appalling” because we already know China is not living up to its current pledges not to export nuclear and missile technology.
Then there’s the report that Pentagon has not solved its problems with the “millennium bug.” According to one of Clinton’s own advisers on the Y2K computer problem, John Kokinen, we’re not just flirting with the collapse of financial markets on Jan. 1, 2000, we’re also facing the possibility of nuclear missiles going off on their own because computers don’t recognize the data. More likely, he says, they just won’t function. Either way, it spells big trouble and unprecedented global insecurity.
A more immediate and mundane risk, perhaps, is the United Nations-brokered deal Clinton just accepted with Iraq. It seems representatives of Sudan, cited by Washington as a “terrorist state,” will begin participation this week in the first set of inspections of Saddam Hussein’s “presidential compounds.”
Sudan’s Ambassador Saeed Saad was named by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan recently to join diplomats from France, Russia and China on the mission. All four of those nations are quite sympathetic to Iraq’s plight and the possibility that the U.S. might again resort to military action against Baghdad to force compliance of its agreement at the end of the Persian Gulf War. This development virtually guarantees Iraq will continue to work on building its arsenal of weapons of mass destruction.
Then there’s Iran. The Washington Post reported this week that Russian intelligence agents are still recruiting its many out-of-work scientists to go to Tehran to teach Iranians to build missiles that can carry nuclear payloads as far as 1,200 miles. This recruitment effort has been going on for years in Russia. And Washington knows it.
If that’s not bad enough, check out the study sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. For two days at the National Defense University in Washington, some of America’s top intelligence experts played out what they call a “loose nukes” scenario.
They pretended that criminals have stolen uranium and plutonium from a Russian nuclear weapons complex – hardly a far-out scenario. Next, they assumed terrorists used the material in a plan to attack the United States. The exercise was designed to test how U.S. intelligence specialists and scientists would work together and whether U.S. agencies monitoring the borders would detect entry of the nuclear devices.
Guess what they found?
“We were ill-prepared to cope with what would be the most devastating thing in the history of mankind: a nuclear attack on the United States,” explained Arnaud de Borchgrave, the journalist who directed the project.
Perhaps most chilling of all was an independent report on the state of the U.S. antimissile program uncovered by the Washington Post Sunday. The 76-page study submitted to the Defense Department earlier this month warned of major shortcomings in the $4-billion-a-year program to provide the United States with a minimal amount of protection from incoming nuclear missiles. Currently, there is zero protection – nada, zilch, nothing.
The report suggests it won’t get any better anytime soon. There are the usual government snags – poor planning, inadequate testing, political pressure, etc. But this is no ordinary government program. This is a matter of life and death should America ever be attacked by nuclear missiles – an eventuality some experts say is not a matter of “if,” but rather “when.”
So, Mr. And Mrs. America, enjoy your blissful ignorance while you can. The time of reckoning is near.