The Coastal Post - September 2000

Bush Lashes Out At China Reality

By Karen Nakamura

While the rest of the family was trying to break up the fight between the Israelis and the Palestinians, "Stop already, you're waking the kids!", we all did a heads up with the obscene reaction to Senator Joseph Lieberman being nominated for Vice President on the Democrat ticket . "He's an Orthodox Jew!" As Senator Barbara Boxer ( D-Cal) said, and I paraphrase here, on Larry King the night of the announcement. "Why are we concentrating on his being Jewish when he has so much going for him besides that." Reality popped up its ugly head. European-American racism-elitism is alive and well.

In keeping with that sober awakening for us all, let's look at what George W. Bush's military stance is.

His most definitive statement came in a speech given to 400 guests, including Nancy Reagan and George Shultz, on November 11, 1999, at the Ronald Reagan Library in the Simi Valley. George W. explained how he sees the world and his role in it if he becomes President.

Calling China a competitor not a strategic partner, Bush called for a get-tough policy on its "conduct" which he said was "alarming abroad and appalling at home...we must deal with China without ill will, but without illusions." He declared a theater missile defense system in the region was needed to deter aggression by China. "It [China] will be unthreatened but not unchecked." Presumably, Bush feels that surrounding China with missile won't be seen as threatening by the Chinese.

To deploy this system, he called for enhancing (whatever that might mean) America's role in the area among democratically elected governments including Korea, Japan, Indonesian, the Philippines and Australia. He failed to recognize that some of those countries may not want missiles on their soil. Concerning an over-all US missile defense system, Bush said, "If I am Commander-in-Chief, we will develop and deploy them."

He showed his lack of respect for this country's long-standing policy of One China and a peaceful resolution to the Taiwan conflict. "We will help Taiwan defend itself." As the United States already has numerous resolutions and laws regarding the defense of Taiwan in case of an attack by China, this was nothing new but when considered with other declarations in the same speech, it's not far short of re-igniting the Cold War.

His stance towards Russia echoed his Cold War theme. He would withdraw from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, which bans missile defense systems, unless Russia agrees to an amendment to allow the US to build one. Not only is this a threat to Russia, it could easily alienate China and our European allies. He's also against signing the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Referring to Ronald Reagan's insupportable position, he called the ban unenforceable or verifiable. That's even though seismic equipment can detect any explosion over one kiloton, which by their very nature all nuclear tests are, anywhere in the world. He's stated elsewhere that he would end IMF loans to Russia, in effect cutting off aid to Russians until the end of its military involvement in Chechnya.

Bush also favors an increase in defense spending with $4 billion going into research and development. That's even though it was his father who began military downsizing at the end of the Cold War with the support of American citizens.

In the meantime, there's that little business of then Republican National Committee Chairman Haley Barber receiving a $2 million loan from Taiwanese businessman Ambrose Young in 1994 which allowed Republicans to sweep Congress. It seems to never have been fully paid back. If not, it would amount to a blatant attempt to buy support from government officials by a foreign national to feather his own pocket. Young is involved in aircraft carrier sales to the Chinese and others in the region.

Since then, there's been the right-wing's determination to escalate the division between Taiwan and China in the US. Congress. While George W. might appear to be repressing right-wing hot-heads in his party, believing as they do about China as the new Evil Empire and needing their support to enact legislation during his possible tenure, it doesn't seem likely he would pull in their reins after elected.

As recently as August 14, the opening of the Democrat convention, right-wing hatchet-man, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach, in the forefront of the China bashing game, met with Taiwan's new President and independence advocate, Chen Shui-bian, not far from Democrat Convention Headquarters in Los Angeles and despite a State Department bar on any official contacts.

"Let me stress," Rohrabacher stated before and after the meeting, "that it was a personal meeting between friends... It is a pretty sad day when we have a democratically elected president in town, ...who has been cut off from talking to elected officials...in order to prevent gangsters in a dictatorship from getting mad at us."

In regards to George W's attitude of returning to a Cold War mentality and possibly setting up a little war whenever his popularity is down, a quote by Gordon S. Clark, executive director of Peace Action, in an article by Marc Sandalow published January 27, 2000 in the San Francisco Chronicle, is insightful.

"Governor Bush says isolationism is a monster, yet his fundamental policies on nukes are exactly that... he runs the serious risk of restarting a new nuclear arms race yet doesn't even seem aware of it or of the international criticism his ideas have already received."

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