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Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 21:51:29 -0700
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From: Paul Andrew Mitchell [address in tool bar]
Subject: SLS: Solomon Calls for Impeachment (fwd)

>>          In the House of Representatives, July 22, 1997
>> Mr. Speaker, those who think the investigation into the  scandals
>> surrounding  the  Clinton  White House are sadly mistaken if they
>> dismiss it as a merely partisan attack.
>> The New York Times has never been known as a mouthpiece  for  the
>> Republican  Party, and could not be accused of aiding or abetting
>> such partisanship. All the more significant, then, is the Tuesday
>> column by A.M. Rosenthal, entitled 'The Connecting Line.'
>> The  'connecting'  is  done  to  the  bewildering  and  seemingly
>> unconnected scandals, and establishes a common theme.
>> That common theme, Mr. Speaker, is the manipulation of the United
>> States by the People's Republic of China, and the extent to which
>> the actions of the Clinton administration made that  manipulation
>> possible.  The column is a must-read for anyone who still thinks,
>> and dares to claim, that this  scandal  is  only  about  campaign
>> finance reform.
>> Mr. Speaker, there is no reason why  preparation  should  not  be
>> made  for  the  consideration  of impeachment of the President, a
>> suggestion I do not make lightly.
>> I place the Rosenthal column in today's Record.
>> In just one day last week three stories were reported  that  told
>> of  the  stunning successes the Chinese Politburo has achieved in
>> manipulating America and diminishing it as a  credible  political
>> player in the Far East.
>> Americans can find similar stories  almost  every  day  in  their
>> press.  But  American  journalism,  like  American  diplomacy and
>> politics, has failed to show the clear  line  that  connects  the
>> stories.  And  historically--meaning  from tomorrow deep into the
>> next century--that failure can be the Politburo's biggest triumph
>> of all.
>> One story dealt with  China's  plan  to  influence  the  American
>> Presidential  race  and  how  President Clinton insisted that the
>> agent of Beijing's chief overseas economic commercial partner  be
>> given a role in the campaign.
>> This agent, John Huang, received regular C.I.A. briefings. If the
>> White  House  does  not  understand that anything interesting the
>> C.I.A. told him found its way through his Indonesian  masters  to
>> their   Beijing  partners,  it  would  be  obscene  self-delusion
>> amounting to dereliction of duty.
>> Another story was about the growing worry in Congress  that  U.S.
>> intelligence  has  not  kept  track  of  how  China's  increasing
>> military and political power affect America. The house has called
>> for  a  report  within a year. It appropriated $5 million to hire
>> academics   to   help   our   multi-billion-dollar   intelligence
>> machinery.
>> The third story told of  how  the  dissident  movement  has  been
>> crushed in China. The Communists got a free hand when the Clinton
>> Administration dropped human rights as  a  goal  of  its  foreign
>> policy.  The  Communist  then had no worry about economic penalty
>> for the torture and murder of Chinese guilt of trying to  express
>> themselves. So they set to work.
>> Just another human rights story. But the  connecting  line  among
>> all  the successes of China is human rights. The line begins with
>> President Clinton's decision in 1994 to renege on promises he had
>> made  to  use  economic  pressure  to help imprisoned Chinese and
>> Tibetan dissidents.
>> Human rights for Chinese--the right to speak, write  and  worship
>> as  they  choose--should be important in themselves to Americans.
>> They should make us cherish and protect our own,  inspire  us  to
>> give a hand to those who have none.
>> The apologists  for  China  sneer  at  all  that.  What  are  we,
>> missionaries?  They  say Americans supporting human rights thirst
>> for enemies after the Soviet breakup and  select  China  for  the
>> role.
>> This is a knowing falsehood. The opposite  is  true.  Like  other
>> police-state  rulers,  Chinese  Communists  live in fear of their
>> people's desire for liberties. They see American democracy as the
>> danger  to the Communist Party, the inevitable enemy. They search
>> out other dictatorships for help in damaging America.
>> That is why China sells nuclear technology to the likes of  Iran.
>> To  weaken  America--that  is  the  connecting  line in Politburo
>> policy.
>> For Mr. Clinton, the decision to betray Chinese human rights  was
>> the  beginning  of  the  line  to  the  other  accommodations and
>> appeasements that flowed from it. Could he have brought into  his
>> campaign  a  man  useful  only  because  of his links with China,
>> direct or indirect, if he were still  standing  up  to  what  the
>> Communists were doing to dissidents?
>> The President's men, and women,  walk  the  line  with  him.  For
>> career  reasons,  they  pretended  to believe his cynical fantasy
>> that deserting human rights would  somehow  make  the  Communists
>> improve human rights. They said straight-faced that it would also
>> persuade  the   Politburo   to   safeguard   America's   security
>> interests--no   more   sales   of  cruise  missiles  and  nuclear
>> technology to the Irans of the world.
>> So  when  American  intelligence  did  report  those  sales,  the
>> Administration  whined  a  bit  but  accepted Beijing's insulting
>> answer that it  knew  nothing  about  the  sales.  They  expected
>> Americans  to  believe  even pistols could be exported from China
>> without Beijing's approval.
>> Only one thing prevents Beijing from fully relishing  its  double
>> victory  over  Chinese  human  rights  and  American's  claims to
>> international moral leadership.
>> Beijing has not yet stamped out one  human  rights  struggle--the
>> passion  for  freedom  of  worship.   Yesterday  the  U.S.  again
>> acknowledged the persecution of Christians  in  China.  America's
>> Government will try to remain detached. Amerca's people may not.
>>   Published in the Jul. 28, 1997 issue of The Washington Weekly
>>   Copyright 1997 The Washington Weekly (http://www.federal.com)
>>           Reposting permitted with this message intact

Paul Andrew Mitchell                 : Counselor at Law, federal witness
B.A., Political Science, UCLA;  M.S., Public Administration, U.C. Irvine

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