Tired of all the Obama talk around here lately? How about we discuss Bill Clinton a bit? Not penny ante stuff like playing bag man to Joe Sestak, big time stuff like crippling America’s military superiority and locking away forever a trillion dollars worth of clean-burning coal for suitcases full of campaign loot. What’s got the ol’ Baron digging up the sins of the past, you ask? Well, Slick Willy and his bag man Al Gore were the first thing that popped into my head when I saw this story on Chinese supercomputing capability:
Chinese Supercomputer Is Ranked World’s Second-Fastest, Challenging U.S. Dominance
By JOHN MARKOFF
Published: May 31, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO — A Chinese supercomputer has been ranked as the world’s second-fastest machine, surpassing European and Japanese systems and underscoring China’s aggressive commitment to science and technology.
The Dawning Nebulae, based at the National Supercomputing Center in Shenzhen, China, has achieved a sustained computing speed of 1.27 petaflops — the equivalent of one thousand trillion mathematical operations a second — in the latest semiannual ranking of the world’s fastest 500 computers.
The newest ranking was made public on Monday at the International Supercomputer Conference in Hamburg, Germany. Supercomputers are used for scientific and engineering problems as diverse as climate simulation and automotive design.You know what else supercomputers are used for? Building nuclear guidance systems. And fourth generation fighter jets. Now I know what you’re thinking, what the hell does that have to do with Clinton? Well, not many people remember that it was Bill Clinton who loosened export controls to allow the People’s Republic of China to purchase supercomputing technology.
A 1995 General Accounting Office, or GAO, report ordered by the Pentagon and State Department and critical of exports to China portrays the United States as being a blind trading partner of China. The unclassified report shows that the United States approved 67 export licenses to China for military-industrial products between 1990 and 1993, including $530 million of missile-related technology. “The Department of Justice is concerned the Department of Commerce might not be identifying or seeking interagency concurrence on all potential missile technology export-license applications,” the report de-clares.
According to William Triplett II, former chief Republican counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the British and French were furious when Clinton dismantled the Coordinating Committee for Multilateral Export Controls, or COCOM — an international arrangement to prevent export of military high-tech. That decision, he says, secured the export to Russia and China this year of supercomputers capable of building sophisticated nuclear-guidance systems. California-based Silicon Graphics, now under federal investigation for illegal exporting, sold the supercomputers to the China Academy of Sciences and to a Russian nuclear-weapons lab, claiming the sales were based on an understanding that the technology would be used for environmental purposes. The company says it now feels terrible about these sales.Follow the link and read the whole thing if you’re in the mood to vomit with rage. There is no doubt the supercomputing technology PRC is developing today was reverse-engineered from the previously export controlled systems they bought under Bill Clinton. A few more choice nuggets:
The FBI learned of a major Chinese espionage plot to influence the elections last year and launched an investigation. The ex-Russian agent says China’s political leaders initiated the operation after meeting to discuss how best to penetrate the U.S. government. “It was a political group decision,” the source observes.
The ex-Russian intelligence agent’s allegation of Chinese penetration has been confirmed by Randolph Quon, a former Hong Kong investment banker for two decades. Quon is close to several of the Chinese princelings–the sons and nephews of China’s ruling leaders who head the major Red Chinese trading companies. He says China had a “guan-xi,” or connection to get access, for its U.S. political operation. “Li Peng was told the Lippo Group had a back channel to the White House, to Bill Clinton,” Quon says, through “dealmaker” John Huang, the former Commerce official and ex-vice president of the Indonesia-based Lippo Group, which had extensive joint ventures with Chinese power companies. All utility companies in China are operated by the People’s Liberation Army, or PLA, say defense-intelligence specialists.
Senior U.S. intelligence officials say the Chinese waited patiently for an opportunity to strike and found vulnerability in a White House that seemed more concerned with filling a depleted Democratic National Committee war chest than with national security. Clinton denies security has suffered under his tenure, and Vice President Al Gore says he did nothing wrong in granting access to big-buck donors, but claims he won’t “do it again.”
He is not alone. Bipartisan former intelligence officials, who asked not to be identified, trace this national-security breakdown to Clinton’s out-of-control fund-raising campaign. They cite the selling of White House access to drug dealers and heads of Chinese gun-smuggling companies as well as presidential one-on-ones with sons and daughters of the highest commanders in the PLA. They note that security clearances were overlooked and access to the president and high administration policy wonks was granted without so much as a FBI background check even for White House coffee-klatsch guests.
Like I said, go read it all. If the name James Huang and the Lippo Group sound familiar they were also central players in Clinton’s decision to block access to the world’s largest deposit of clean-burning coal by designating 1.7 million acres in Utah as a National Monument:
The documents indicate that Lippo business partner Mission Energy (now named Edison Mission Energy) received strong Clinton administration support for a $2.6 billion power-plant project in Indonesia. One 1994 document sings the praises of the Indonesian government-backed project — “with its state-of-the-art emissions-control technology and by using low-sulfur Indonesian coal, the project will be on the cleanest, most efficient coal-fired facilities in the world.” As the Lippo conglomerate is a key supplier of low-sulfur Indonesian coal, Clinton’s Lippo Group donors — the Riady family, Huang and Arief and Soraya Wiriadinata — had much to gain from official government support of this Lippo homeland project.
The official mention of “low-sulfur Indonesian coal” also is interesting in light of Clinton’s creation of the 1.7 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, placing off-limits the world’s largest deposit of low-sulfur coal and thereby increasing the value of Lippo’s investments in clean-burning coal deposits in Indonesia. The documents prove the administration was very much aware of the Lippo coal interests that later benefited from Clinton’s decision.
Frankly, playing a little Chicago-style election hokey-pokey is the best we could possibly hope for out of Bill Clinton. He deliberately sold out our national security and energy futures for foreign campaign cash. Remember him well when PRC launches its cyber attack against the United States.