Thursday, January 21, 2010

Obama administration softens intelligence ops against China, despite Internet espionage snafu


On Wednesday, Jan. 20, The Washington Times reported that the Obama administration’s intelligence operations have downgraded China as a mark for intelligence gathering, with the link for the story (web url) here. This sounds very curious, since China (that is, China’s autocratic government) seems to have behind the hacking of many major American high tech companies, causing companies like Google (and many others) to consider pulling out or reducing operations in China.

Perhaps the measure is motivated by the idea that China holds so much American debt, especially in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis and mortgage meltdown, and could have the power to “pull the plug”, although not without a Chricton “three minutes to self-destruct”.

Curiously, in another story, the Washington Times reports that the Obama administration plays to deploy some missiles near Russian territory, despite the provisions of the 1991 START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty).

The Times, perhaps to its credit, has a pretty long memory of what the 50s to 80s Cold War was really like, especially for those of us who grew up in it. (The conservative newspaper, which recently downsized and restructured to focus more just on global issues, was not founded until 1982).

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