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Why is Obama Wooing China? And Why the Grand Tour? by The Elephant's Child

The lack of concern for existing law by the Obama Administration is beyond puzzling.  Is this something they teach at Harvard Law? Or do the current occupants of the White House simply assume that they know better?  Investor Business Daily, in an editorial today, notes that :

In violation of U.S. law, the administration plans to give China’s top military leaders a tour of our most sensitive military installations and projects.  The knowledge gained will aid their military buildup.

Who needs spy satellites when the Obama administration is willing to give guided tours of our military secrets to a China that is involved in a military buildup beyond its legitimate defense needs and is neither a friend nor ally?

General Chen Bingde, China’s military chief of staff, has arrived in Washington on Monday for a high level military exchange, the first since China cut off military ties early last year to protest U.S. arms sales to a genuine ally, Taiwan.

A little history.  In a similar visit in the late 1990s, a visiting Chinese official learned of a key vulnerability of U.S. aircraft carriers, which led them to purchase carrier-killing guided torpedoes from Russia.  This was based on intelligence learned on the trip. That mistake led to the passage of restrictions in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2000, which banned “inappropriate exposure” for military visitors from China in a dozen key areas, which included force projection, nuclear operations, advance joint warfare, surveillance and reconnaissance and military space operations. Hello?

Where is the Obama administration taking General Chen Bingde and his entourage and staff? Why it’s one to fulfill any spy’s dreams. On Thursday the visitors will tour our naval base at Norfolk, Virginia and board a Navy destroyer and see a Navy air wing before continuing with a visit to Fort Stewart, Georgia to see the activities of the Army’s Third Infantry Division.

On Friday the Chinese delegation will visit Nellis Air Force Base in the Nevada desert to see our latest aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles. Nellis, of course, is our center for space defense activities, cyberwarfare training and the place where we conduct combat exercises against potential cyberwarfare.

The Chinese have announced their military budget will rise 12.7% in 2011, resuming a long series of double-digit increases. The Chinese, on the other hand are quite protective of their military secrets, harassing our surveillance aircraft or ships in international waters. I wonder if they asked the Chinese what they would like to see on their visit?

China is testing advanced anti-satellite weapons, deploying land-based carrier-killing ballistic missiles, building a blue-water navy to project power, and conducting test flights of a stealth fighter that some experts will rival our F-22 Raptor,  but Obama has shut down the production of that.  If we keep helping them, will they love and appreciate us? I wonder whose carriers China plans to kill with their missiles?

We understand that Obama is amazingly naive about national security and international relations. Remember when he claimed to be our most experienced candidate in foreign relations because he had grown up for five or six years in Indonesia, and visited Africa and Pakistan? Uh huh.  That didn’t work out too well. When his naivety leads him to ignore the law, that’s cause for more worry.

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