Only a country run by Morons, Idiots and Fools would off-shore the critical parts they buy for their military to a country that anyone with a lick of Common Sense would not trust to watch their dogs File
….we have Robert Johnson over at Business Insider passing along the words of Richard Clarke about the possibility that China may be intentionally sabotaging the electronics that they are selling to the Pentagon which are going into products used by the U.S. military to fight wars.
Oh, isn’t that special?
Who is Richard Clarke you say?
Richard Clarke is the former Clinton and W. Bush National Security Council Member who warned W’s national security team in early 2001 that Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden posed a grave danger to the United States of America….here is an excerpt from Wikipedia on what Richard Clarke told W. Bush officials in 2001 before the 9/11 attack:
“Clarke’s role as a counter-terrorism advisor in the months and years prior to 9/11 would lead to the central role he played in deconstructing what went wrong in the years that followed. Clarke and his communications with the Bush administration regarding bin Laden and associated terrorist plots targeting the United States were mentioned frequently in Condoleezza Rice’s public interview by the 9/11 investigatory commission on April 8, 2004. Of particular significance was a memo from January 25, 2001, that Clarke had authored and sent to Rice. Along with making an urgent request for a meeting of the National Security Council’s Principals Committee to discuss the growing al-Qaeda threat in the greater Middle East, the memo also suggests strategies for combating al-Qaeda that might be adopted by the new Bush administration.
In his memoir, “Against All Enemies”, Clarke wrote that when he first briefed Rice on Al-Qaeda, in a January 2001 meeting, “her facial expression gave me the impression she had never heard the term before.” He also stated that Rice made a decision that the position of National Coordinator for Counterterrorism should be downgraded. By demoting the office, the Administration sent a signal through the national security bureaucracy about the salience they assigned to terrorism. No longer would Clarke’s memos go to the President; instead they had to pass though a chain of command of National Security Advisor Rice and her deputy Stephen Hadley, who bounced every one of them back.
Within a week of the inauguration, I wrote to Rice and Hadley asking ‘urgently’ for a Principals, or Cabinet-level, meeting to review the imminent Al-Qaeda threat. Rice told me that the Principals Committee, which had been the first venue for terrorism policy discussions in the Clinton administration, would not address the issue until it had been ‘framed’ by the Deputies.
At the first Deputies Committee meeting on Terrorism held in April 2001, Clarke strongly suggested that the U.S. put pressure on both the Taliban and Al-Qaeda by arming the Northern Alliance and other groups in Afghanistan. Simultaneously, that they target bin Laden and his leadership by reinitiating flights of the MQ-1 Predators. To which Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz responded, “Well, I just don’t understand why we are beginning by talking about this one man bin Laden.” Clarke replied that he was talking about bin Laden and his network because it posed “an immediate and serious threat to the United States.” According to Clarke, Wolfowitz turned to him and said, “You give bin Laden too much credit. He could not do all these things like the 1993 attack on New York, not without a state sponsor.”
Oh, W. Bush Pentagon staffer Paul Wolfowitz wrong about something like the threat that Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden posed to America and the American People? Please, Paul Wolfowitz being wrong about something is like saying the Sun comes up every morning since Wolfowitz is wrong about 99 percent of the time that his mouth is open which is sadly often the case for most of the long-time foreign policy hacks in Washington DC and New York that have done NOTHING in their lives but sit on their precious asses in….Washington DC and New York!
Getting back to Robert Johnson’s piece at Business Insider on Richard Clarke’s warning about the Chinese….
Former Pentagon Official Says All Chinese Electronics In the US Could Have Built-In Trapdoors, Business Insider
“Clarke, like the rest of the world, knows China is sending compromised electronics to the U.S. by the boatload, to be used in military vehicles from submarines to fighter jets, and that many of them are poor quality, counterfeit, and worthless, but he thinks they hold another secret.
He believes the Chinese, already known for their industrial espionage, and electronic subterfuge, have built “logic bombs,” “Trojan horses,” and trapdoors into all manner of electronic components that could be activated at a moments notice, sending a digital apocalypse to the U.S. military with a few simple keystrokes.
The following excerpt from Smithsonian, and cited by John Reed over at DefenseTech, illustrates the specifics of Clarke’s concern:
“My greatest fear,” Clarke says, “is that, rather than having a cyber-Pearl Harbor event, we will instead have this death of a thousand cuts. Where we lose our competitiveness by having all of our research and development stolen by the Chinese. And we never really see the single event that makes us do something about it. That it’s always just below our pain threshold. That company after company in the United States spends millions, hundreds of millions, in some cases billions of dollars on R&D and that information goes free to China….After a while you can’t compete.”
But Clarke’s concerns reach beyond the cost of lost intellectual property. He foresees the loss of military power. Say there was another confrontation, such as the one in 1996 when President Clinton rushed two carrier battle fleets to the Taiwan Strait to warn China against an invasion of Taiwan. Clarke, who says there have been war games on precisely such a revived confrontation, now believes that we might be forced to give up playing such a role for fear that our carrier group defenses could be blinded and paralyzed by Chinese cyberintervention. (He cites a recent war game published in an influential military strategy journal called Orbis titled “How the U.S. Lost the Naval War of 2015.”)
That 1995 show of force in the Taiwan Strait was the single largest display of U.S. military power in the region since the Vietnam War .
Today, with the U.S. pivoting back to the region after a decade of war in the Middle East, it faces an incredibly wealthy China that’s spending heavily on an extensive military force.
So while it may seem like Clarke could just be trying to drum up business, the question remains why wouldn’t China do this to give itself the advantage in a face-off with the U.S. military?”
Oh, so the U.S. military could be putting hundreds of thousands of electronic parts that they buy from China into products that our military uses to fight wars and those parts could have all kinds of viruses in them that could malfunction at any time?
That’s just perfect but then when one realizes that most of these folks in Washington DC can’t add 2 + 2 the idea that the Pentagon is buying Crapola and compromised electronics from China should be no big surprise because there are plenty of people in Washington DC that also live in the Absolute Fantasyland that China is an ally of the United States of America when nothing could be farther from the TRUTH.