Those who do not understand history are doomed to repeat it …
|The Bill Clinton saga …
In 1996, President Bill Clinton personally signed an executive order transferring control of satellite technology to the Department of Commerce; thus releasing restraints on a wide variety of sophisticated space and missile technology which were then exported to China.
Not to bore you with the reported scandals involving democrat fundraising and Chinese interests, the mysterious death of Commerce Secretary Ron Brown or the scandal involving the Loral Corporation’s alleged illegal transfer of technology under the direction of its CEO who was a prominent democrat fundraiser, suffice it to say that some of that guidance and control system technology wound up aboard the Chinese DF-31 missile.
Also to be noted, the Chinese are not our friends and consistently export arms and missiles to those who do not wish America well.
Déjà vu all over again (apologies to Yogi Berra)
Once again, top-notch investigative reporter Bill Gertz ferrets out the truth.
The Washington Times is reporting …
“EXCLUSIVE: Obama loosens missile technology controls to China”
“ President Obama recently shifted authority for approving sales to China of missile and space technology from the White House to the Commerce Department -- a move critics say will loosen export controls and potentially benefit Chinese missile development.”
“The president issued a little-noticed ‘presidential determination’ Sept. 29 that delegated authority for determining whether missile and space exports should be approved for China to Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.”
“Commerce officials say the shift will not cause controls to be loosened in regards to the export of missile and space technology.”
Obama: a clear and present danger to a free America?
“The presidential notice alters a key provision of the 1999 Defense Authorization Act that required that the president notify Congress whether a transfer of missile and space technology to China would harm the U.S. space-launch industry or help China's missile programs.”
“The law was passed after a late-1990s scandal involving the U.S. companies Space Systems/Loral and Hughes Electronics Corp.”
“Both companies improperly shared technology with China and were fined $20 million and $32 million, respectively, by the State Department after a U.S. government investigation concluded that their know-how was used to improve China's long-range nuclear missiles.”
“Section 1512 of the 1999 law requires the president to certify to Congress in advance of any missile equipment or technology exports to China that the export will not harm the U.S. space-launch industry and that ‘missile equipment or technology, including any indirect technical benefit that could be derived from such export, will not measurably improve the missile or space launch capabilities of the People's Republic of China.’"
“Henry Sokolski, director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, said restoring Commerce Department control over the sensitive experts is a ‘step backward.’"
"’It's as though Commerce's mishandling of missile-tech transfers to China in the 1990s never happened,’ said Mr. Sokolski, a former Pentagon proliferation specialist. ‘But it did. As a result, we are now facing much more accurate, reliable missiles from China.’"
“Mr. Sokolski said he expects the U.S. government under the new policy to again boost Chinese military modernization through ‘whatever renewed 'benign' missile technology’ is approved.”
"’It was foolish for us to do this in the 1990s and is even more dangerous for us to do now,"’he said.
Bottom line …
The democrats, being run by far-left activists with a decidedly anti-America, pro-International Community outlook, cannot and should not be trusted with matters involving national defense.
The mere appointment of self-avowed Communists and Marxists to high positions within the Obama Administration underscores the point that America must now take action to protect herself from our enemies, both foreign and domestic. Especially those who domestically are attempting to use our own environmental laws to weaken our military and tank our economy.
Never before have we faced such an evil confluence of corrupt ideologues who want to secure and maintain their political power at all costs. American and her citizens be damned. Never before have we seen a toxic confluence of venal, corrupt and incompetent people in what amounts to a one-party rule over America – without the traditional checks and balances.
I for one would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge that Bill Gertz is one of the members of the mainstream media who has not compromised his journalistic ethics in favor of promoting a candidate or party which seems to run counter to all that is America. A candidate who was elected primarily because the citizens of the United States were exposed to a continuing drumbeat of negativity about the country and its duly elected officials. He ran successfully as the anti-Bush, supported by Blacks and guilt-ridden white liberals who actually believed that a corrupt politician with a sketchy personal history and dubious associations could bring about hope and change.
Well we have seen hope greatly diminish and the change seems to be pointing America towards European-style socialism. And if the trend continues, America will be virtually unrecognizable in the near future. Governed by those who think, not of improving America, but it is their time to loot and plunder America.