National security impact of last Clinton White House raises concerns about couple’s return

by WorldTribune Staff, November 7, 2016

Can U.S. national security survive another dose of Clinton governance?

Bill Clinton said of his wife during the 1992 campaign for the White House that he was offering “two for the price of one.” The same likely applies to Hillary Clinton who would return a former president to the White House.

Edward Timperlake: 'The consequences of their blind corruption are truly frightening.' /AP
Edward Timperlake: ‘The consequences of their blind corruption are truly frightening.’ /AP

Edward Timperlake, a former Pentagon official and House staff member who took part in the impeachment investigation of Bill Clinton and other Clinton-era scandals, said his administration was characterized by “historic greed that triggered a catastrophic loss, across the board, of our state-of-the art defense technology.”

“Bill and Hillary’s avarice not only enabled the unprecedented PLA rapid military modernization but there is a continuing double bounce out of China to Pakistan, Iran, and North Korea,” Timperlake said.

“The consequences of their blind corruption are truly frightening, from reliable PLA strategic ICBMs with many accurate warheads, to world class advances in super-computers, to advances in stealth and radar systems.”

An investigation found hundreds of thousands of dollars of Chinese government money was funneled into Democratic Party coffers in 1996, according to a report on Nov. 7 by the Washington Free Beacon. In one case, Democratic Party fundraiser Johnny Chung was paid $300,000 by PLA Gen. Ji Shengde.

“Johnny Chung testified under oath that the Clintons took hundreds of thousands of dollars from Chinese military intelligence,” said Bill Triplett, a former professional staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who extensively studied the Clinton administration. “That has never been refuted.”

In his 1999 book, Betrayal: How the Clinton Administration Undermined American Security, and a year later in The China Threat: How the People’s Republic Targets America, author and security correspondent Bill Gertz said the resulting damage from the Clinton administration was extensive and included the following:

  • By loosening U.S. export controls on high-technology American goods, the Clinton administration assisted the transfer of strategic missile technology to China. Two U.S. companies, Loral Space & Communications Ltd, and Hughes Electronics took part in an investigation of a Chinese rocket launch failure and as a result transferred extremely valuable technology to China that resulted in improving the reliability of Chinese nuclear missiles aimed at American cities.
  • Some of the technology transfers to China took place after Loral’s chairman, Bernard Schwartz, provided an estimated $1.3 million to President Clinton between 1992 and 1998. Schwartz, who describes himself as a “progressive public policy advocate,” has continued to fund Hillary Clinton’s campaigns.
  • The high-tech company Motorola sold a multiple satellite launcher to China under Clinton administration policies that gave the Chinese the same technology used in launching multiple warheads on missile stages. China over the past few years has begun replacing its single warhead missiles with new multiple warhead systems.
  • Under a misguided policy of international exchanges between U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories and Chinese laboratories, China obtained design information on the W-88 nuclear warhead, along with other U.S. nuclear warheads. In August 2006, the U.S. government declassified its assessment stating, “the People’s Republic of China obtained some Restricted Data information on the W88 warhead and perhaps the complete W88 design.”
  • The Clinton administration sought to restrict the development of U.S. missile defenses during negotiations with the Russians in a bid to preserve the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty that Clinton regarded as the cornerstone of strategic stability. In the talks, the Clinton administration sought to lock in speed limits on U.S. missile interceptors. The U.S. military rejected the limits as undermining the ability of the American missile defenses.
  • On North Korea, the Clinton administration, with great fanfare, concluded the Agreed Framework agreement with the rogue regime in 1994. “Our diplomacy backed with force persuaded North Korea to freeze its nuclear program,” Bill Clinton declared in 1996. The agreement would turn out to be a ruse by Pyongyang, which then proceeded in secret to build a nuclear arsenal and today possesses an estimated 20 nuclear weapons and an array of medium- and long-range missiles.
  • Under Clinton administration policies toward China, Beijing’s nuclear proliferation resulted in Beijing’s supplying Pakistan with complete nuclear warhead design and development information, despite alarms set off by U.S. intelligence agencies about the secret cooperation. The failure to halt the nuclear cooperation would be made worse by the Pakistani supplier network led by A.Q. Khan that transferred stolen American nuclear warhead secrets to Iran, North Korea, and Libya.
  • The Clinton administration failed to prevent Russia from supplying strategic nuclear technology to Iran, despite detailed Israeli intelligence reports showing the covert nuclear cooperation. The Clinton administration did nothing to dissuade the cooperation and the result is Iran is less than a decade from being capable of building nuclear weapons.
  • Bill Clinton ordered the “detargeting” of U.S. nuclear missiles on Russia at the same time the CIA determined that Moscow had not done the same with its missiles.
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