Washington, Nov. 17 (CNA) The United States faces the possibility of a nuclear "Pearl Harbor" after President Bill Clinton okayed the ceding of US control over the Panama Canal and with seemingly growing Chinese influence there, warned Thomas H. Moorer, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Wednesday.
Pointing to the fact that Panama has signed a 50-year lease for two ports at each end of the Canal with Hong Kong's Hutchison Whampoa company, run by Li Ka-shing, who is closely associated with the Beijing regime, Moore said this "gives China's Communist Party de facto control over the most strategic waterway in the West."
Moorer, illustrating a scenario where the US Navy is blocked from moving through the Panama Canal and Communist Chinese missiles and J-11 attack jets are poised to launch from Panama, said that Beijing could intimidate the US into surrendering Taiwan, Panama and other strategic concerns without a shot being fired.
The retired admiral wrote in an analysis titled "America Risks a Nuclear Pearl Harbor" that just a few months ago, the official Communist Chinese newspaper warned the United States that Beijing was willing to use nuclear bombs against American aircraft carriers if they interfered in Communist Chinese plans to invade Taiwan.
When Taiwan conducts its national elections next spring, less than six months from now, Communist China could make good on its threat of war against the United States, he said.
"The notion that a US president and Congress could allow the Panama Canal to fall under the control of our avowed enemies, the Red Chinese -- without a shot being fired -- is incredible. Yet we are just days away from that nightmare," wrote the admiral, who served under six US presidents and completed two terms as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Moorer stressed that unless the American people raise a terrific outcry, Communist China will take control of the strategic waterway on December 31 and begin to occupy US military facilities which are now being abandoned by American troops.
The Clinton administration has been quick to dispatch American troops all over the world, to places like Kosovo, Haiti and East Timor which are not vital to American interests. Yet the administration won't allow any continued American military presence in Panama even though the Panama Canal is vital to US national security, said the admiral.
Fortunately, the admiral said, a few in Congress like Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) have finally begun protesting the seemingly imminent Communist Chinese takeover of the Panama Canal. He called on the American people to do everything they could to encourage the government to hold congressional hearings and stop the giveaway. (By Nelson Chung)
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