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Enabling Missile Technology To Go To China – Again
One of the reasons Democrats are pounded on their seeming lack of interest in National Security are things like this:
President Obama recently shifted authority for approving sales to China of missile and space technology from the White House to the Commerce Department — a move critics say will loosen export controls and potentially benefit Chinese missile development.
The president issued a little-noticed “presidential determination” Sept. 29 that delegated authority for determining whether missile and space exports should be approved for China to Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.
Now the folks at Commerce say, hey, don’t worry, we’ll make sure they don’t get the good stuff:
Commerce officials say the shift will not cause controls to be loosened in regards to the export of missile and space technology.
Eugene Cottilli, a spokesman for Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security, said under new policy the U.S. government will rigorously monitor all sensitive exports to China.
Except this is exactly the same set up which, under the Clinton administration, enabled China’s missile and rocket program to make its own “great leap forward”.
Let’s summarize – previous setup under Commerce: rocket and missile technology manages to find its way to China. Setup is changed to where the entity charged with national security must approve such sales: technology transfer stops.
So why, then, would you abandon something that works and re-erect the setup that didn’t?
Well, one could logically conclude, among other things, that you’re not real serious about national security – that’s why.