The Gathering Threat

Cal Thomas, Washington Times, June 8

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In a brilliant new book by the late Constantine Menges, titled, “China: The Gathering Threat,” the former special assistant for national security affairs to President Reagan and CIA national intelligence officer soberly outlines the threat China already has become and persuasively argues how America can use its economic and moral weapons to stop the world’s biggest nation without firing a shot.

Mr. Menges writes that China has defined America as its “main enemy” and can launch nuclear weapons at the U.S. capable of killing 100 million of us. China’s effective espionage operation in the United States has managed to steal the designs of nearly all nuclear warheads and other military secrets, he says.

China has threatened to destroy entire American cities if the U.S. helps Taiwan defend itself against a military assault or invasion, Mr. Menges writes. China also buys Russian weapons designed to sink U.S. aircraft carriers. It controls more than $200 billion in U.S. debt and sells more than 40 percent of its exports to America, using the profits to strengthen its economy and advanced weapons systems aimed at the U.S.

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As anyone who has bought anything can attest, the United States is conversely fulfilling one of V.I. Lenin’s doctrines by purchasing the rope with which the communists plan to hang us. Too many things sold in America are made in China and too many corporations have moved their plants and operations to China, undermining the U.S. domestic economy and helping a nation that seeks to destroy us.

One of many countermeasures recommended by Mr. Menges is expelling all companies that function as fronts for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army or other military or intelligence-related entities in China, Russia or any other nonallied state. Investigative reporter Kenneth R. Timmerman estimates there are hundreds of such companies in Southern California alone.

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