Saturday, March 29, 2003

Perle Already Starts Lobbying For US Arch Enemy China

By Jim Lobe, Asia Times, 3-29-03, WASHINGTON -- "Is civil war about to break out among the neo-conservatives who have championed the imperial trajectory of the Bush administration's foreign policy? It's still too early to tell, but analysts are raising eyebrows over news that Richard Perle, the single most powerful hawk outside the administration, has been retained by Global Crossing to help ensure that Hutchison Whampoa, widely regarded by his fellow hawks as a front for China's People's Liberation Army, can buy a majority share in the bankrupt telecommunications company ... Both the Defense Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have raised some "national security" problems with the deal because it would put Global Crossing's global fiber- optics network, which is used by the Pentagon itself, under Hutchison Whampoa's control ... What is particularly remarkable - not to say mind-boggling - is that one of Perle's closest neo-conservatives proteges, soulmates and veteran collaborators, Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy (CSP), has been screaming about the dangers posed by the Hong Kong-based company to US national security ever since Panama awarded it a 25-year renewable contract to lease and operate the ports at both ends of the Panama Canal Zone in 1997... "

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