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Posted: 4/7/2001 6:14:46 PM EST
bacher and NewsMax.com Staff For the story behind the story... Saturday April 7, 2001; 10:41 p.m. EDT Hackworth: Bush Will Sell Out Taiwan in Exchange for Plane Crew The Bush administration will deny Taiwan U.S. built naval destroyers equipped with sophisticated Aegis battle management radar in exchange for Beijing's promise to return the 24-member crew of a U.S. reconnaissance plane currently being held hostage on Hainan Island, predicts military expert Col. David Hackworth. "It's a done deal," said that highly decorated combat veteran and former military consultant to CBS News and Newsweek, during an interview Saturday with Judicial Watch Radio's Larry Klayman and Tom Fitton. "What this is all about is not that plane, it's not this crew that's being detained. It's all about Taiwan," Hackworth warned. "And you wait and see, when it's all over and the smoke and darkness settles, you'll see that Taiwan will not get Aegis destroyers or a lot of high-tech gear," to defend itself. Beijing is staunchly opposed to U.S. plans to boost military aid to Taiwan and has made no secret of its own plan to "reunify" the island nation with the mainland, using force if neccessary. Hackworth said the Bush administration would "give them something to try to save face but it will be World War II stuff," in a deal designed to pacify mainland leaders. The veteran of Vietnam, Korea and World War II pointed to the Bush administration's decision Tuesday to withdraw three destroyers the Navy had dispatched to the Western Pacific in response to the crisis. "The Navy brass, when this first happened, their kneejerk reaction was , 'We'll do a wargame off of China.' You saw them send three destroyers straight-away. And George Bush said, 'End that now.'" Another example of Bush administration timidity in the face of the Chinese challenge, said Hackworth: "We haven't had one reconnaissance flight off the coast of China since this happened." Read more on this subject in related Hot Topics: China / Taiwan
Link Posted: 4/8/2001 7:22:22 AM EST
I'll believe it when I see it! Stand by....
Link Posted: 4/8/2001 9:27:15 AM EST
To me any consession to China would be bowing down to extortion commands from the Chinese. I would be very disapointed if any of this turns out to be true. Kind of like selling you rights - you just don't do it. If you have principles you have them, if you don't you don't there ain't no middle ground.
Link Posted: 4/8/2001 6:26:53 PM EST
We should adopt some of Sun Tzu's advice. I say promise them anything they want and then screw 'em later after we get our people back. Also I think a court martial or two is in order for the brass who sent an unescorted asset into harm's way. [red][size=4] P.R.K.
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