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Naive Foreign Policy of Clinton administration revisited in Indiana
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, May 01, 2008

Keith at A Second Hand Conjecture originally brought this story to my attention a few days ago, but, unfortunately, I wasn't able to give it any attention at the time.

But it seems as though there is another story that Hillary probably won't continue to use on the campaign trail anymore in Indiana. No, not snipers in Indianapolis. Apparently her memory is a little hazy about a certain factory that ended up being sold to the Chinese which she is certain was a result of that nasty old Bush administration:
Hillary Clinton loves to tell the story about how the Chinese government bought a good American company in Indiana, laid off all its workers and moved its critical defense technology work to China.

It’s a story with a dramatic, political ending. Republican President George W. Bush could have stopped it, but he didn’t.

If she were president, Clinton says, she’d fight to protect those jobs. It’s just the kind of talk that’s helping her win support from working-class Democrats worried about their jobs and paychecks, not to mention their country’s security.

What Clinton never includes in the oft-repeated tale is the role that prominent Democrats played in selling the company and its technology to the Chinese. She never mentions that big-time Democratic contributor George Soros helped put together the deal to sell the company or that the sale was approved by her husband's administration.

In response, the Clinton campaign said that Bill Clinton's administration had gotten assurances at the time it approved the deal that production would remain inside the United States, and that the shift of jobs to China didn't occur until under the Bush administration.

“Hillary Clinton must have been hoping we Hoosiers have short memories,” Ed Dixon of Valparaiso said in a letter to a local newspaper after a recent Clinton visit. “Her husband was president at the time and allowed this to happen.”

“They would have us believe Bush was behind this sale,” added Fred Sliger of Valparaiso in another letter, “when in fact the Clinton administration rubber-stamped this along with the sale of numerous other high-tech secrets to the Chinese. …Let's get the facts straight.”
Says the Clinton campaign:
The Clinton campaign said she doesn't mention the role her husband played in the sale because it wasn’t relevant.

“In 1995, when this group bought Magnequench, there were assurances made that production would stay in the United States,” said Clinton campaign spokesman Jonathan Swain.
The same administration that was given assurances by North Korea it wouldn't try to use a reactor to make nuclear weapons.

I'm not sure, given the propensity of Hillary Clinton to identify herself closely with her husband's administration (it's her only claim to experience) I'd be reminding voters of how naive the Clinton administration was in matters of foreign affairs if I was her.
 
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Don’t feel bad, Instapundit didn’t run it till yesterday either, after it hit the Drudge Report. I probably should have wrote a more serious investigative report on it, but that’s not my style at all. The story also made it to the Special Report w/ Brit Hume on Fox News.

What I found most interesting the past few days was that it was liberal sites like Daily Kos and the Huffington report carried it. I’m just glad it got enough interest to make it towards the mainstream media. If it gains more steam I think enough Indiana Democrats will sit out the primary.

And additional irony about this sin of omission is that Sen. Bayh was governor when this company was sold to Chinese interests.

And their excuse is, "they promised not to move the jobs out of the country." THEY PROMISED. Sad, sad, excuse for such an important foreign/economic policy. And note, they don’t care that the technology got sold to foreign interests, only that the jobs moved.

Why, with that sort of trust, they ought to let oil companies drill anywhere. I’m sure they can get a promise from CEO’s that they’ll be environmentally friendly.
 
Written By: Keith_Indy
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The other interesting angle here is that this is one more in a long list of bad policy decisions made by Bill Clinton that favored the Chinese government.
 
Written By: Aldo
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If they were serious about keeping the production in the US, they would have put it in the contract. No one does business on personal assurances. Of course, these assurances probably never took place.
 
Written By: Is
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Was looking what coverage this is receiving...

ABC and MSNBC have it. Huffington Post has an update which states:
McClatchy today quotes Clinton spokesman Jonathan Swain claiming that “In 1995, when this group bought Magnequench, there were assurances made that production would stay in the United States.” But as ABC recounts, the Congressional Research Service reports that the state-owned Chinese company that Clinton allowed to purchase Magnequench “promised to keep those Anderson, Ind., jobs in the U.S. only until 2005.”
 
Written By: Keith_Indy
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Also in Slate now....
Hillary’s chutzpah in flagging this issue is compounded by her criticism of the sale on national-security grounds (“They’re building up their military. They want to compete with us every step of the way. And we’re basically helping them.”) In the late 1990s, Republicans in Congress decided that U.S.-approved technology transfers to China under Clinton were creating a disastrous national-security breach, and conservatives tried to stir anxieties about imminent U.S. surrender to the Middle Kingdom to defeat presidential candidate Al Gore in 2000. Now, to win Indiana, Hillary Clinton seems to be saying that the wingers were right all along about that no-good husband of hers.
 
Written By: Keith_Indy
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...the state-owned Chinese company that Clinton allowed to purchase Magnequench “promised to keep those Anderson, Ind., jobs in the U.S. only until 2005.”
So, the Clintonites were completely honest, in that narrow, legalistic, "Depends on what the definition of is, is," kind of way. Mr. Ultra would love it.
 
Written By: Aldo
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Since he’s not posting for a while, apparently...

{channels Scott Erb}
"You fools, the Clinton Administration’s Foreign Policy was so brilliant it completely escaped you, you foolish pleebians. If it weren’t for Jimmy Carter, Clinton’s foreign policy would have been the best ever."
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Interestingly, the Indianapolis Star covered it on the 17th, but it didn’t receive much attention nationally until now...

Wonder if it was the email to the Obama campaign that got the ball rolling???
 
Written By: Keith_Indy
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I think Erb may be upset with a quote I used a few days ago when he refused to listen to my side of an argument about the Vietnam War. I quoted an old commander who used to say, "Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time, and it annoys the pig."

Seems like an OpEd in today’s WSJ entitled The Killing Fields supports my side of discussion.

 
Written By: Arch
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{channels Scott Erb}
"You fools, the Clinton Administration’s Foreign Policy was so brilliant it completely escaped you, you foolish pleebians. If it weren’t for Jimmy Carter, Clinton’s foreign policy would have been the best ever."
No, Erb would say that the problem with Clinton forign policy is that they didn’t follow Carter’s ideas closely enough.

 
Written By: Don
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Arch, my grandpa always said, "There’s no point in getting in the mud and wrestling with a pig. You’ll only get filthy and the pig enjoys it."
 
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