You just have to wonder at what point in time do the Clintons feel any compunction to put the country above themselves? Short answer: never.
A recent report in the Daily Caller reminds us how the Clintons will put their own wealth above the security of the United States. “Former President Bill Clinton approved the sale of sensitive U.S. missile technology to China following donations from a key missile manufacturer to his campaign, in a move prescient of the Clinton Foundation’s “pay-to-play” activities.
Bernard Schwartz donated about $1.5 million to the Democratic Party and Clinton’s 1996 campaign for reelection between 1994 and 1998. Schwartz, who was at the time chairman of Loral Space & Communication Ltd., seems to have used his influence to persuade the Clinton administration to switch the licensing authority for missile exports from the Department of State to the Department of Commerce, as the latter was more vulnerable to political influence.
The Commerce Department subsequently approved Loral’s application for the licenses, prompting the Clinton administration to officially approve the sale of the missile tech to China on May 10, 1999. Clinton pledged in a letter that the export would neither harm national security, nor significantly boost China’s space capabilities.
“Approval was recommended by the Departments of Commerce, State and Defense and is consistent with our policy of supporting the launch of U.S. communications satellites by China subject to strong safeguards being in place,” said National Security Council spokesman David Leavy, according to The New York Times.”
Now you might say — as the Clintons often do — this is old news. A-ha! But it has relevance to a new development in China.
As reported by Popular Military, “The Chinese are set to schedule public flights of their new Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter- and a few features look awfully similar to American fifth-generation fighters. While the Chinese vehemently deny the claim that the J-20 is anything but an original piece of work, previous reports point to the theory that the fighter is the result of stolen information and technology that was developed by the United States.
The Chinese stealing technology from western nations (in an attempt to reverse-engineer and compete) is nothing new- earlier in the year, a Chinese national pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to hack data on the F-22 on behalf of the Chinese government. In addition, Chinese hackers have been stealing secrets from US Government contractors for some time.
That said, the J-20 is nothing new. While public flights are only now becoming an authorized event, the aircraft has been seen -and studied- in flight by defense analysts, who weren’t always so impressed. As far back as 2011, defense and aerospace experts noted that the J-20’s design resembled the abandoned Russian Mig 1.42/44 prototype, which was designed in the early 1980s and cancelled after only a handful of flights in 2000. Other “selling point” aspects of the fighter now date back over 30-years.
“I’m not sure that it’s even much of an impressive airframe,” said Richard Aboulafia told the Telegraph in 2011. “It looks like something that might have been designed in 1985.” Another Chinese “fifth-generation” fighter, the Shenyang J-31, has been carefully analyzed and noted to be an aesthetic copy of an F-35 without many of the performance perks.
In the United States, the F-35 has its own problems as well: despite gradual progress in the wake of issues surrounding the expensive program, the fighter’s production and shipment has slipped from 12 to 10 units in the third quarter this year, two-less than the third quarter of 2015 and missing the 2016 target. Next Big Future reports that Lockheed-Martin cited lower-tier supplier issues surrounding “out-of-spec” deliveries of (coolant) insulation tubes, which affected several aircraft. A single F-35 ranges in cost from $98 million (for the F-35A) to over $116 million (for the F-35C), with costs expected to drop once full production begins in 2018.”
Of course, a side-by-side visual comparison certainly does cause one concern when you see an almost exact design. However, we must believe — or hope — that the actual weapons and systems technologies are not equal.
But this should tip us off that China is dedicated to stealing as much of our weapon systems technology — or acquire it by way of corporate cronyism by way of political favoritism.
“The Chinese maintain their stance that the J-20 is all one could want in a fifth-generation fighter, with Chinese state aerospace company AVIC president Tan Ruisong saying that the world superpower is now on the leading edge of aerospace technology.
According to the Daily Mail, AVIC president Tan said that the state-run company (whose export sales exceed $11.8 billion a year) would ‘persistently struggle’ to realize the dream of a great Chinese air force and a strong military- carrying out “the strategic plan of the Communist party, the government and the People’s Liberation Army.”
Compare that statement to the current state of our own U.S. Air Force, the smallest and oldest combat fleet of aircraft since we created the modern U.S. Air Force. We’ve shared here the reports of our aviation maintenance crews searching out museums and aviation bone yards in order to maintain our current fixed wing combat aviation fleet. And yes, we know the F-35 has been plagued with issues, within the last two months seeing many of the fleet grounded. This is why we need a serious examination and analysis of our weapon system procurement and acquisition process.
We have to first secure our technology and then reduce the time from concept development to fielding. Peace comes through strength, and a highly capable military that can be a deterrent force – that’s what’s at stake.
I fully trust our young men and women, the best combat aviators in the world, but we have to equip them with the best systems. Now, that does mean assessing where we can implement SLEP (service life enhancement programs), such as with the A-10 Warthog close air support platform. So many want to gut our military, but that only sends a very clear message to our enemies and state actors such as China and Russia, that we’re letting our guard down.
Like it or not, we’re in a race. And just the same as the world sat back and watched Nazi Germany build an impeccable war machine — and test out those weapons and new tactics in the Spanish Civil War — history is repeating itself.
Yes, Russia (and perhaps soon China) is implementing its new systems in Syria. Where will China seek to test out the J-20? Maybe this is a reason why Philippines President Duterte made his very disturbing comments in public about “separating” from the United States. Indeed, those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
This, our faithful readers, is a bit of history we REALLY do not need to repeat.