May 22, 1998
In permitting US satellites to be launched in China:
Mr. Clinton, Youre No Ronald Reagan
The Clinton Administration is trying to defend its irresponsible transfers of missile
technology to China by claiming that Presidents Reagan and Bush permitted US satellites to
be launched from China. Here are the facts:
Neither Reagan nor Bush approved the transfer
of advanced technology to China that would endanger US national security.
President Reagan did allow China to launch two
communications satellites in 1988. He and, later, President Bush -- were compelled
to grant licenses because of the enormous backlog of launches forced by the Challenger
disaster (no shuttles were launched for almost 3 years after Challenger), a series of
Titan launch failures at Vandenberg, and French problems with launches from French Guyana.
Clinton, however, turned a closely supervised short-term remedy into reckless permanent
Unlike Clinton, Bush imposed a strict,
national security regime.
Bush permitted launches only after a rigorous, multi-agency review process involving the
Pentagon, the State Department and the CIA, and a strict, 9-point procedure to ensure that
only non-military, non-sensitive technology was involved.
Clinton not Reagan or Bush -- overruled
the Pentagon and the Secretary of State to dismantle the national security regimens and
allow satellite licenses to be granted by the Commerce Department.
the Reagan-Bush strict
national security regimen, moving satellite licensing to the Commerce Department,
overriding an Advisory Council composed of State, Defense and the CIA. A memo from
Secretary of State Warren Christopher expressed the concern that embedded in the
satellites were technological secrets that could jeopardize "significant military and
Clinton not Reagan and Bush -- extended
an additional satellite license to Loral despite Pentagon and Justice Department
opposition. Clinton quietly signed
an additional license to Loral over the objections of the Justice Department, which
was conducting an investigation into allegations that Loral had provided China with a
review of its rocket and missile capabilities that the Pentagon concluded had harmed
American national security and advanced Chinese guidance capabilities.
There are no parallels between what Clinton did and what Bush, Reagan or
any other President has ever done.
Under Reagan and Bush,
China did not have accurate and reliable nuclear missiles
targeted on Americas Cities.
Now they do, and its Bill Clintons fault.
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