Tuesday, October 25, 2005

By “Engaging” Communist China, President Bush Risks Losing in the War on Terror

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Last week, Ramkumar Srinivasan, a writer for the Epoch Times, wrote an impassioned defense of President George W. Bush. His column was detailed and well-written; it also just happened to recommend an earlier article I wrote for my blog on the Hainan outrage and its possible effect on 9/11/01, which the Epoch Times was kind enough to reprint. Thus, it might seem odd that yours truly would decide Mr. Srinivasan is, at least in part, mistaken about the President. However, the truth, painful it may be, is this: unless the President ends “engagement” with Communist China, the War on Terror could be lost.

For nearly everyone who has opined on this President, the discussion of failure or success has centered around two countries: Iraq and Afghanistan. This myopia is understandable, but wrong. Whatever one thinks of Iraq, Afghanistan, or the larger War on Terror, they are all part of the Second Cold War, which Communist China has fought against the U.S. since at least 1989. The President, like his predecessor and his father, has refused to acknowledge, let alone fight, the Second Cold War. This failure has made the War on Terror more difficult to win, and if continued, it will make the war impossible to win.

Let us begin in Central Asia. Note that I do not say “Afghanistan,” which is, at the very least, a tactical success. Unfortunately, this Administration seems to believe that the Taliban and al Qaeda are the only enemies in this region. Nothing can be further from the truth. Communist China’s ties to al Qaeda are long, and its long-time ally Pakistan installed the Taliban and protected it for years. Pakistan’s current leader, Pervez Musharraf, knocked out an elected government in 1999, and struck a deal with Taliban-supporting elements to isolate Pakistani democrats three years later. In fact, Pakistan, to this day, still considers al Qaeda terrorists in its eastern regions to be its allies in its in the dispute with India over Kashmir (Kaushik Kapisthalam, United Press International via Washington Times), despite their links to the London terrorist attacks of this past July. Yet the Administration has said and done almost nothing on this, allowing Communist China and its Pakistan ally to continue supporting al Qaeda elements. By limiting the Central Asian theatre to Afghanistan, the president has allowed al Qaeda to survive in Pakistan. An anti-Communist foreign policy would have seen al Qaeda’s part in the larger anti-American coalition being put together by Communist China, and worked with Pakistani democrats to ensure a government friendlier to Washington and more hostile to al Qaeda and Communist China. Instead, America’s enemies are allowed to strengthen. Meanwhile, India, the largest democracy on the planet and longtime rival of Communist China, is left to wonder why only America is allowed to wage total war against al Qaeda.

As for Western Asia (again, not “Iraq,” to limit the discussion to Iraq is to completely misunderstand the situation), clearly, the Iraqi people are trying to move forward and build a post-Saddam republic with a government reliant upon popular consent. However, the effort is beset by enemies on both sides (Syria and Iran) that have in fact been allied with each other for over a quarter of a century, and have both been a recipient of military and economic aid from Communist China. However, while the Administration is starting to press Syria on this issue, Iran’s continuing efforts to undermine the will of the Iraqi people (National Review Online) have received no criticism from Washington. Even the recent reports of Iran’s involvement in attacks against British troops in Iraq (BBC) have been met by mere words (BBC). Again, as in Central Asia, the Bush Administration has made its efforts far too narrow. As such, it has largely ignored Communist China’s ties not only to Iran and Syria, but also to Saddam Hussein’s former regime. Again, an anti-Communist President would have “connected the dots,” recognized Iraq’s role in a larger battle between freedom and dictatorship in the region, and taken active steps to liberate its neighbors. Instead, Syria and Iran continue to plot against America with impunity, as its joint benefactor, Communist China watches in the background.

In East Asia, the failure is far easier to see. The recent debacle on Stalinist North Korea was the sad, but inevitable, result of a policy that refused to see Communist China for the enemy it really is. Thus, when the Communists’ de facto colony rattled its own saber on nuclear weapons, Washington foolishly looked to the Communists to help fix the problem. The result was three years wasted to useless negotiations as Pyongyang and Zhongnanhai strengthened themselves. However, this is far from the only mistake the Administration has made here. Throughout the region, neighbors of Communist China see its rise with trepidation. They are looking to the U.S. for leadership against the Communists. What they have gotten instead is more War on Terror tunnel vision.

Meanwhile, in Africa, Communist China’s policy to make the world safe for dictators has earned it more puppet regimes – among them Zimbabwe (Daily Standard) and Sudan (UPI via Washington Times) – and Communist China has become an anti-U.S. foil across the Western Hemisphere, from caudillo Hugo Chavez to Canada’s Paul Martin.

Again, the problem is not the War on Terror, as it is known, per se. The problem is the Administration’s refusal to recognize that War’s part of the larger Second Cold War. The fact that Communist China has supported all of the terrorists against whom we have fought, and their sponsors, is either ignored or dismissed. Thus, as powerful and dangerous as the terrorists and their sponsors may be, the greater danger – Communist China – is allowed to hide behind them, even as it continues to enable them to kill more Americans and Westerners. What the U.S. must recognize is that the root of the anti-American, pro-terrorist enemy it faces is not al Qaeda, Saddam Hussein, Bashar Assad, or even the Ayatollah Khameini. It is the Chinese Communist Party.

At present, most Americans are not aware of Communist China’s role as the largest supporter of terrorism on the globe. As such, the President’s contemporaries have (mostly) spared him from well-deserved criticism. History will not be so kind. I believe America will win Cold War II – and thus the subsidiary War on Terror – but victory will come at a far greater cost of blood and treasure than would have been necessary had the danger been recognized earlier. President Bush is not alone in this mistake in omission, but he must share the blame for continuing it. America will never be safe until China is free. Until President Bush, or one of his successors, recognizes this fact, neither the Second Cold War nor the War on Terror will ever be won.


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Anonymous said...

Dear DJ,

Right you are: it's Cold War II and the war on terror is secondary.

I don't think Bush hasn't seen the 'Beast' behind the axis of evils. The Left on the Hill, the media, etc. have given hell to Bush on any frivilous issues, fig. the leakgate, that he is afraid even to hint a fraction of what you have said about their god, Communist China, or he will not survive a day politically.

The Communists, and through their agents, have already corrupted every aspect in USA. As an example, the leakgate is CIA plot to undermine Bush. Wilson was sent to Africa by CIA. Why he didn't send a report to CIA which in turn was supposed to brief the White House, and INSTEAD he wrote to NY Times Op-Ed and falsely claimed that he had been sent by Cheney. This compelled the Administration to deny with 'facts' provided by CIA (Tenet?) and fell into the trap. Note that the 'leak' complaint was also iniatially filed by CIA. My gut's feeling is that Communists, through their secret agents in CIA, were involved in the plot.

To win a war, the very first thing is to know your enemy. America will never know their enemy if they don't know who the real enemy is. Thus, they will be fighting the 'wind'. Sun Tzu said "to catch thiefs, catch the leader first."

We need 10 more DJ in the mainstream media to speak to the public daily. So that America may know!


Anonymous said...

Re Left/CIA leakgate plot mentioned previously, please let me add the following by Charles Smith at Newsmax:


The increased threat of Chinese spies inside the CIA has put the U.S. intelligence agency on full alert. There is currently an agency-wide counterintelligence focus on a suspected Chinese penetration. The Chinese mole hunt has focused on CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia."