The Beijing Pilgrimage
The President has been roundly criticized by various members of the press, punditry and Congress for this peculiarly planned junket. The excursion was originally scheduled to take place later in the year but was moved up for unknown reasons.
The timing of the China trip has justifiably been called into question due to the scandal surplus that currently affects Sino-American relations. Congress is looking into whether President Clinton's decision to allow Loral Space & Communications to launch a satellite on a Chinese rocket was unduly influenced by campaign donations given by Loral's chairman. Allegations have also surfaced that a top Chinese aerospace executive, whose father was Beijing's top military official, illegally funneled money to the Democratic Party in 1996.
The latest revelation comes from former F.O.B., Johnny Chung.
Chung has told Justice Department investigators that top Democratic
National Committee officials solicited and accepted improper
donations from him with knowledge. And Mr. Chung is naming names.
The Democrats and the compliant press ridiculed the idea that China would attempt to use cash to influence U.S. elections. When evidence of the Chinese origins of Democratic contributions came to light, the Democrats indignantly pointed to the lack of substantiation that their officials had any knowledge of the illegal nature of these foreign contributions. The new acknowledgements by Johnny Chung constitute a first step that could lead to criminality at the upper levels of the DNC and the Clinton-Gore campaign.
Chung has also told Justice Department investigators that
DNC and Clinton-Gore officials were aware that he was bringing
foreign guests to a Los Angeles fund-raising dinner in 1995 when
he arrived with 20 people.
Now President Clinton not only insists on visiting China,
the primary focal point of the current controversies, but he
plans to attend a welcoming ceremony at the edge of Beijing's
Tiananmen Square. Not a single U.S. president has been to Beijing
since the appalling mass slaughter of pro-democracy demonstrators
occurred at that ignominious site in1989.
Well, it is possible that he is simply fulfilling a promise that he made to the Chinese. Then again he does not have a stellar track record when it comes to keeping promises. Or it could have a little something to do with the scores of witnesses who are now firmly under China's control, witnesses who could potentially corroborate Johnny Chung's statements or perhaps add even more damaging testimony to the already tarnished images of the DNC and the Clinton-Gore Campaign.
With musings of this type, we must hope and pray that such
possibilities regarding our elected officials will ultimately
be proven wrong. If not, we may soon find ourselves living in
what amounts to a province of a foreign government while listening
to our marionette leaders rationalize about policy that was bought
and paid for by those holding the strings.