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“I think that if anybody did in fact commit espionage, it is a bad
thing, and we should take appropriate action.”
That’s what Clinton said last Friday about the Chinese nuclear spy
scandal in one of his rare press conferences. In his mind, it’s still a
question of “if” nuclear secrets were stolen. He’s not even convinced
the spying occurred.
To underline the point, the next questioner asked: “Mr. President, if
I could follow up on this issue of alleged Chinese spying? You just
said, according to your latest briefing, you are not fully resolved —
the issue of whether the Chinese actually spied on the United States.
Are you meaning to suggest that you are not certain at this hour whether
there was in fact Chinese spying?”
Clinton reiterated: “I can tell you that I have — what I said about
the espionage was, that it is my understanding that the investigation
has not yet determined for sure that espionage occurred.”
Clinton also stated emphatically that “no one has reported to me that
they suspect” any espionage in the nuclear labs since his presidency
Of course, he didn’t mention that his Commerce Department did
everything in its power to assure that it would be unnecessary for the
Chinese to steal nuclear or other technological secrets from the U.S. —
that those secrets were for sale.
He was, however, blindsided a few moments later by a follow-up
question from Fox News.
“Mr. President, you said just a short while ago that no one has
reported to you they suspect Chinese espionage at U.S. nuclear labs
during your administration, sir. But sources tell Fox News, and we are
reporting this evening that China stole the technology for
electromagnetic pulse weapons from several nuclear labs during your
first term in office, sir, and that the Chinese have successfully tested
these weapons in China. And the sources also say that the administration
at least was aware of this. Can you tell us, sir, were you not
personally aware? Are you concerned about this? And what will be your
administration’s response to the report?”
Now watch carefully Clinton’s response: “Well, you didn’t say what
the source of what they sold was.”
Did you catch that? What they “sold”! Whether it was a Freudian slip
or a simple gaffe, Clinton’s assumption was that EMP weapons were sold!
He quickly corrected himself, sort of.
“You say they ‘stole’ — is that the word you used?” He went on to
say he knew nothing about the report, but would look into it.
Much of the press conference was spent by Clinton defending his China
“I think if we hadn’t been working with China, China would not have
signed the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, the Chemical Weapons
Convention; they would very likely not have refrained from transferring
dangerous technology and weaponry to countries that we don’t believe
should get it,” he said.
That’s true. China would not have refrained from transferring
technology to rogue nations if the U.S. “hadn’t been working with”
Beijing. We can be certain of that because China did not refrain from
transferring those secrets even after Clinton’s cozy relationship. So,
in exchange for all those technological goodies transferred to China,
the U.S. got some worthless signatures on treaties.
And here’s the key question of the press conference on the subject of
China: “Does our relationship with China now reflect your values?”
“I believe our policy toward China does,” he said. “Our relationship
is not perfect, but I think it is the correct course. First of all, I
believe that the principal problem — human rights problem in China is
the absence of political rights and the civil rights associated with
them. There are some examples of religious — denial of religious
freedom. There is also a lot of religious expression there. You remember
I went to church in China, to a church that has regular services every
week, whether, you know, we’re there or not. … I think the question
is: What is the best way for the United States to maximize the chances
that China will become more open in terms of political and civil rights,
that any vestiges of religious oppression will be dropped. …”
Is this really Clinton’s perception of conditions in China today?
Could he really believe this? Or is he willingly passing on Chinese
disinformation to the American public? It’s just too bad no one in the
White House press corps followed this one up.
Clinton suggests that because the government approves of some
churches holding services in China that there is some freedom. The truth
is that as long as some churches are not permitted to meet freely, there
is no freedom. The Chinese people are not dealing with the “vestiges” of
religious oppression. They are dealing with official religious
oppression among the very worst in the world today.
Is there any question that this man is bought and paid for? Is there
any question about who paid the bill?