News coming out of Beijing Wednesday detailing the
failure of Sino-American meetings should come as little surprise
to any levelheaded conservative.
Chinese obstinacy concerning the issue of “fault” in
the crisis involving our surveillance EP-3’s mid-air collision
with a F-8 Chinese fighter, is a forgone conclusion. Having been outfoxed (I was skeptical of the “apology”
initially) by President George W. Bush and his advisors into
handing over our 24 servicemen in exchange for what amounts to a
Hallmark Card expressing contrived sympathy, the defiant Chinese
are smarting over their loss of leverage in the crisis.
And in true Chinese fashion, their communist leadership
remains oblivious to the reality of the situation.
Those commies need to recall a few facts; they need to
have it hammered into their collective cranium that the American
mission was compliant with international law in all aspects.
More than that, Wang Wei precipitated his own tragic
demise when he made it a habit of shadowing American
reconnaissance aircraft at a distance of five to ten feet.
In an air show with the Blue Angels, this kind of daring
is applauded and even encouraged. But in international airspace, bullying a defenseless
surveillance plane belonging to the world’s only superpower is
not healthy and amounts to an act of war.
In Wang Wei’s case, such aggressive aerial maneuvers
were decidedly deadly.
eyewitness accounts as well as video footage chronicling several
month’s worth of Wang’s Red Baron style, mid-air
enterprising, a team of eight American diplomats visited the
proverbial “mother ship” of Chinese communism in Beijing to
discuss the matter with their Chinese counterparts.
Led by Deputy
Undersecretary of Defense Peter F. Verga (Who’s he?), the
American team had strict instructions to hold the line on
President Bush’s insistence that the EP-3 be promptly
any Chinese demand that the U.S. suspend our reconnaissance
flights off the Chinese coast were to be met with earnest
The commies come to the table wanting, amazingly,
just the opposite. General
Secretary Jemin and his minions remain staunch in their belief
that the United States caused the collision, and that
consequently we should serve up an apology to an offended people
(Even the Chinese leadership is admitting that what they
received last week wasn’t heartfelt). Stateside, Senate pinkos
reason that if only the U.S. granted the PRC this wish, then the
benevolent Jiang would give us our plane back.
Rrrrrrright…even though the PRC still believes that the
equipment aboard the aircraft contains a wealth of top-secret
information that would prove quite useful in undermining U.S.
And when all things are considered, it’s obvious that
THESE TALKS ARE DOOMED TO FAILURE!!!
China wants what we won’t give, and we want what the Middle Kingdom
refuses to return. Both
sides’ demands and their willingness to give any concessions
are highly conditional, as well.
Now ordinarily, this scenario of American diplomats
potentially kow-towing to commies in a “spirit of
compromise” would be cause for concern; judging by the U.S.’
recent history of foreign policy blunders and capitulation to
rogue Maoists and insolent Moscow mafia types, naďve American
diplomats will certainly give away the farm, unless…
Unless, of course, they are acted on by a persuasive outside force, like
a patriotic President of the United States. And if we know George W. at all, we know he has the
intestinal fortitude to maintain all of his demands even in the
face of leftist hyperbole, Diane Feinstein’s red sympathies
and China’s strident aversion to the facts of this crisis.
Certainly, the President knows that these talks haven’t
a snowball’s chance in Hades of producing an outcome favorable
to the United States. If
he felt these meetings were destined to achieve anything of
merit, he no doubt would have sent a cabinet official like
Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld or Colin Powell or Condoleeza Rice
or even the vice president to mediate a solid agreement.
Indeed, the presence of one of these heavyweights might
be enough to induce a palatable agreement!
Instead, he sends a few Pentagon underlings and State
Department politicians to deal with the Chi-Coms.
No offense meant towards those all-important underlings.
I think this decision is brilliant.
By dispatching a handful of third tier American
military/government officials, the situation looks highly
innocuous, much less of the showdown the PRC’s leaders
desired, ostensibly to win back a measure of pride (assuming the
negotiation’s outcome was slanted toward the Middle Kingdom)
in the hearts and minds of the Chinese masses; the meeting’s
grandeur is invariably lessened without America’s top guns.
Instead, the communists are forced to deal with the
“surrogates” of American foreign policy makers.
In the process, President Bush is succeeding in
marginalizing the Chinese by relegating these talks to the
backburner, which only adds insult to Chinese injury.
If these talks were so essential to getting our plane
back, the Pentagon’s top brass or those under-funded State
Department chiefs would have had a place at the meeting table.
As it stands they don’t and China will have a hard time
Admittedly, the PRC still holds a card, that being that
they have our plane. But
Bush’s more aggressive rhetoric immediately after those 24
crew members touched down in Hawaii, leads me to believe that
its recovery is not absolutely essential (Whether you like it or
not, it appears that the White House’s primary goal was to get
our hostages back before worrying about the plane).
The American threat of ending the meetings immediately
unless the Chinese deal objectively, proves just how negligible
the aircraft’s not yet-destroyed gadgetry is; we certainly
wouldn’t threaten to abandon Beijing after a mere two hours if
getting this plane back was a top priority.
Had the plane landed and been confiscated without the
crew having destroyed the vast majority of the plane’s
contents, then I think we’d see a more conciliatory posture
from the United States. Once
those crewmembers were returned, the threat of the Chinese
learning any real national security secrets was effectively
thwarted. At least
the words and actions of American diplomacy makers in recent
days indicate to me that they’ve determined the equipment on
board was sufficiently destroyed.
Interestingly enough, the Chinese can obtain the secrets and
techniques pertaining to “American Surveillance Gathering and
How to Frustrate it” from the Russians.
The cash strapped Muscovites are willing to sell any
technology provided the Maoist buyer has a briefcase full of
yen. And there’s
always the 15 years worth of information, some of it no doubt
peculiar to American spying, tyrannically spilled from the lips
of that bastard Robert Hansen.
So don’t expect anything newsworthy to come from the
talks. We have our people back while the Chinese think they have a
highly prized American reconnaissance prop plane in their
possession. I think
we have what we want.
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