Friday, October 16, 2009

Quote of the Day

At a time when the Obama Administration should be actively pressuring Iran to allow inspectors into its nuclear facilities, it has reportedly decided to allow Russia to inspect OUR nuclear sites. The plan was agreed to when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday. According to Fox News, this would “constitute the most intrusive weapons inspection program the U.S. has ever accepted.”

Not only will the Russians be able to inspect our missile sites, but Obama has also decided to shift from the White House to the Commerce Department the authority for approving sensitive technology sales to China. Late last month, Obama changed the policy enacted in 1999 under the Defense Authorization Act that required the president to inform Congress of the sale of certain technologies with dual uses that could allow the communist Chinese to strengthen their missile programs.

The law was passed after a major Clinton scandal involving two U.S. companies, Space Systems/Loral and Hughes Electronics. Both of these companies shared technology with China that enabled the Chinese to bolster their missile systems dramatically. The CEO’s of both companies were large Democrat donors, and they used their access to win favors from political appointees in the Commerce Department. The authority to regulate the sale and transfer of sensitive technology should rest with those responsible for our national security, such as the Department of Defense, rather than the Commerce Department, whose sole interest is the promotion of trade and commerce.

Russians in our nuclear silos and technology transfers to China. These stories highlight Barack Obama’s naïveté, and it is sad to see him repeat the mistakes of the past when it comes to appeasement and weakness – two traits that do not bode well for peace."

Gary Bauer
Campaign for Working Families