Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Is Clinton Back As President??!?!

From the International Herald Tribune:
Six months ago, the U.S. government quietly eased some restrictions on the export of sensitive technologies to China. The new approach was intended to help U.S. companies increase sales of high-technology equipment to China despite tight curbs on sharing technology that might have military applications.

But now the administration is facing questions from weapons experts about whether some equipment - newly authorized for export to Chinese companies deemed trustworthy by Washington - could instead end up helping China modernize its military. Equally worrisome, the weapons experts say, is the possibility that China could share the technology with Iran or Syria.
Isn't that what the Republicans lambasted the Clinton administration for years ago? For giving China technology that ultimately allowed them to launch rockets and ICBMs? And now China is shooting for the moon with aspirations of taking it over.

Well, you may say that the technology is not like that which was shared by the Clinton administration. I say you are wrong. Dead wrong.
The technologies include advanced aircraft engine parts, navigation systems, telecommunications equipment and sophisticated composite materials.
Why in the hell are we even doing business with China in a military fashion? I can understand allowing them to send us cheap-ass products, but to freely give them highly sophisticated equipment and materials that our own people could not get??? This is treasonous. This undermines the security of our nation in the most outlandish way: out in the open.

But you say, are there not licensing controls to make sure the right Chinese people get these things. Nay I say. Again, why are we even contemplating the transfer of high technological and militarily sensitive material to China?!!?!?!
But while imposing license requirements for the transfer of these technologies, the administration is also validating certain Chinese companies so that they can import these technologies without licenses. Five such companies were designated in October, but as many as a dozen others are in the pipeline for possible future designation.
This just makes me sick. Makes me really, really sick. We have more enemies within our own administration and legislature than exist outside our borders.
Mario Mancuso, the under secretary of commerce for security and industry, said the new system was resulting in more effective protections.

"We believe that the system we have set up ensures that we are protecting our national security consistent with our goal of promoting legitimate exports for civilian use," he said during an interview. "We have adopted a consistent, broad-based approach to hedging against helping China's military modernization."

cough, BULLCRAP, cough. "We have made the valley safer by making the cracks in the massive dam smoother. This way the cracks do not lead to further cracks. The increased flow of water out of the dam ensures that we are protecting our natural valley." cough, BULLCRAP, cough.

But the Wisconsin Project report, made available to The New York Times, asserts that two nonmilitary Chinese companies designated as trustworthy are in fact high risk because of links to the Chinese government, the Peoples Liberation Army and other Chinese entities accused in the past of ties to Syria and Iran.

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