Obama’s Unilateral Surrender Foreign Policy

Is-the-China-Regime-Hacking-or-Just-Monitoring-their-Investment-Epoch-TimesIt’s not always necessary for a nation to wave the white flag for its enemies to know it has surrendered. Sometimes a leak from an administration official will do just fine without requiring all the logistics of a formal surrender ceremony.

The Washington Post lays the latest Obama capitulation out in detail: “Months after the discovery of a massive breach of U.S. government personnel records, the Obama administration has decided against publicly blaming China for the intrusion in part out of reluctance to reveal the evidence that American investigators have assembled…

The administration also appears to have refrained from any direct retaliation against China or attempt to use cyber-measures to corrupt or destroy the stockpile of sensitive data stolen from the Office of Personnel Management.”

Contrast that feeble hand–wringing with the nation’s last reaction to a massive attack on the homeland originating from across the Pacific. Only four months after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, the Doolittle Raid returned the favor by bombing Tokyo.

Compare that with an Obama administration that can’t even be bothered to attempt corrupting the vital information stolen during the data breach. Even the French tried to spike the guns before they ran.

The much–touted Pentagon “pivot” to Asia has turned into just another Obama foreign policy plié.

This leak offers remarkable insight into the administration, and its media enablers, mindset. The reluctance to name China because of “concern that making a public case…could require exposing details of the United States’ own espionage and cyberspace capabilities.”

This is what happens when people who have spent decades attempting to destroy the credibility of Republican administrations finally get their hands on the levers of power. Since government no longer enjoys a default assumption of legitimacy — thanks in large part to their efforts — the administration can’t simply state that China was behind the attack and expect to be believed. The naysay chorus and the media will reflexively take the opposite side in the controversy, which happens to be China’s.

Self–induced public paralysis results and government legitimacy degrades even further.

In comparison, an administration that has not lied its way into disrepute, doesn’t find it necessary to drop its drawers to prove the veracity of a statement.

Another factor contributing to Obama constipation is his viewpoint regarding the nation: A vigorous response would imply the US is right in this matter and China was the aggressor and in the wrong. Unfortunately we’re vapor–locked by administration moral equivalizers contending, “nations typically do not impose sanctions as penalties for political espionage.”

Since when is a cyber attack that vacuumed up personal records of 22 million current and past federal employees “political espionage?” With this data it’s easier for China to identify potential spying recruits, easier for China to put pressure on critical government employees and easier for Chinese counter–intelligence to identify our spies.

It’s not like Peking downloaded the Democratic National Committee’s donor files or opposition research database. That would be political espionage. This cyber attack was conducted according to von Clausewitz’ maxim: “War is the continuation of politics by other means.”

Obama’s mountain of inertia is a real morale builder for the federal employees he purports to value. During the Bush administration an over–eager and under–skilled Chinese pilot collided with one of our surveillance planes in international airspace. Our damaged EP–3 had to make an emergency landing on Hainan Island.

The dead pilot was clearly in the wrong, but China accused our crew of ramming his fighter plane. It then seized our crew and held it hostage until China extorted a statement from the US. That’s how a nation tells its employees and the rest of the world the government has their back.

Meanwhile the Obama administration is dithering over whether to offer victims of Chinese identity theft six months or a year of free LifeLock monitoring. As the Pentagon orders military recruiters to consider armed citizens who have volunteered to guard recruitment offices a “security threat.”

Yet the administration is strangely solicitous of private sector employees. When Sony Pictures’ computer network was hacked “Obama quickly blamed Pyongyang and stepped up sanctions on the regime.”

The fact is the Chinese regard Obama’s “nuanced” foreign policy as pathetic nancy–boy pleading that can be ignored without cost. That’s why China is seizing isolated coral reefs in disputed Pacific territory and building unsinkable aircraft carriers. And broadcasting a documentary showing a training exercise where the People’s Liberation Army storms a replica of the president of Taiwan’s office.

Our only hope for curbing an aggressive China rests on Princess Cruise Line. If a PLA naval vessel boards a cruise ship or otherwise impedes freedom of navigation, maybe the White House will finally be motivated to defend US interests.

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Office of Personnel Management: Leading the Way in Chinese Takeout

Whenever the nation is confronted by another failure of federal big government, the solution from the left is always more spending. Amtrak crash? Spend more on subsidies. Obamacare website disaster? Spend more on contractors. Illegal aliens streaming across the border? Spend more on social programs to make them comfortable.

There is simply no problem for which the left can’t deflect blame by demanding more spending.

But even if the more spending solution was correct — and in most instances it isn’t — the new influx of money will be spent by the same idiots and deadwood that caused the problem in the first place.

The Office of Personnel Management is a spectacular case in point.

While leadership was dozing at the top, Chinese hackers penetrated OPM’s computer systems and made off with the complete personnel files of up to 14 million past and present federal employees, including members of the military.

This is an intelligence catastrophe for the nation and an extreme provocation, unless you’re part of Obama’s pacifist administration that reserves its aggression for the TEA party.

Complete details in my Newsmax.com column:

http://www.newsmax.com/MichaelShannon/China-Emerging-Threats-Homeland-Security/2015/06/19/id/651358/

 

Federal Bureaucrats Misbehave & Taxpayers Are Punished

Thousands of federal bureaucrats are home every day during working hours. They surf the web — although presumably not this column — shop, nap, drink or look for Lois Lerner’s lost email, all while collecting their paycheck at our expense.

It’s a continuing scandal and I have details in my Newsmax column, link below.

Incidentally, my column has been moved and I think it’s harder for the casual reader to find me. So I would ask that if you like the column please post a link on your Facebook page or send a tweet or tell people it contains the cure for Ebola. Anything to boost readership.

Thanks.

http://www.newsmax.com/MichaelShannon/Federal-Workers-Paid-Leave/2014/10/23/id/602641/