A great debate rages on, as international
“experts” argue over whether or not the recent actions by
the Bush administration signify an easing of proposed policy
towards the People’s Republic of China.
Many argue that the United States was wrong in the
statement issued to the Chinese to secure the release of our 24
American servicemen and women, while others contend that it was
the correct posture to take.
I vehemently side with the latter.
I admit that when the initial reports
surfaced, claiming the United States said it was “very
sorry” for the incident, I was outraged.
I could not believe that President Bush would allow us to
submit to any language including that phrase.
However, upon further analysis, I contend that it was not
only the proper thing to do, but it was a strategically
brilliant move by the fledgling administration. As a result of this conflict, the Chinese government now
knows they are no longer dealing with an administration that
will bow down at any sign of adversity.
The Chinese know that Bush plays hardball.
I ask you to think back to the situation as
it stood two weeks ago. The
Chinese were demanding the United States apologize for
everything, including the collision caused by a Chinese fighter
announced that no apology would be given.
A stalemate ensued.
It appeared this conflict could play out for months, our
servicemen and women being held captive throughout the entirety
of negotiations. There
was little hope that our brave freedom fighters would be home
for Easter. All of
the major networks broadcasted little faith in the
administration’s ability to deliver our men and women to their
Then the epiphany.
The Chinese, recognizing that Bush could not be
intimidated, sought a way out of a damaging international
relations situation. When
the Bush administration offered what appeared to be an olive
branch, the Chinese gratefully grasped it and released the
hostages while claiming they achieved a fantastic victory.
The Chinese citizens and world community were not fooled.
It is clear the score is now United States 1, China 0.
To illustrate this point, just ask yourself
what exactly the Chinese government accomplished with their
misguided policy. We
got our people back, and we are continuing our surveillance
flights without delay. The only thing the Chinese achieved was an illegal capture of
a disabled aircraft and a renewed sense of American distrust in
the Chinese communist government.
They may even lose their Normal Trade Relations Status
this summer. Clearly, this was not the intention of Jiang Zemin.
Just imagine what the result might have
been if a liberal such as Bill Clinton or Al Gore were in
office. Lefty Jesse Jackson all but demanded a full U.S. apology to
get our people back. Such
an admission of guilt would have no doubt prompted another
significant weakening of foreign policy towards China.
The Chinese would have been vindicated in their ongoing
pursuit of regional domination.
The United States would have faced worldwide humiliation.
Thank God we now have a president that
supports freedom around the world and is willing to stand firm
in the face of tremendous internal and external pressure to
accomplish what is right and just.
I have no doubt that this sense of pride and liberty will
continue throughout the Bush administration.
This victory sends a message to the international
community that the United States will no longer be the
“whipping boy” of the world.
There’s a new sheriff in town, and he’s kicking ass
and taking names.
The China Threat: How the
People's Republic Targets America
by Bill Gertz
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Red Dragon Rising: Communist
China's Military Threat to America
by Edward Timperlake & William C. Triplett II
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