You have to know your pocket is being picked when the public-opinion polls tell stories like:
“Public Faith in Congress Falls Again, Hits Historic Low: Of major U.S. institutions, Americans most confident in the military”
Yesterday, The New York Times published an op-ed by General Wesley K. Clark. You might remember the Supreme Commander from:
“There’s No Fool Like a . . . Fool” — August 14, 2013
and the very next day:
“No Fool Like a [continued] Fool” — August 15, 2013
Both can be found in my compendium — FFC #774 and FFC #775 — and are included, for your renewed vigilance, and disgust, near the bottom of this page.
Rarely do I come across anything so characterless, with such palpable contempt for its readers. Enjoy. The New York Times and The Supreme Commander have grown too confident, perhaps, about their paragraphs in Chinese history.
“Getting Real About China”
- If we are to retain our global leadership, and be a constructive, countervailing force as China rises, America needs a long-term strategic vision of our own: a strong, growing economy built on a foundation of energy independence; a vibrant, effective democracy; assertive, patient diplomacy backed by supportive allies; and a military capable of standing toe to toe with China in a crisis.
As I’ve said so many times:
“The purpose of education is happiness, which is largely determined by our ability to know when we’re being lied to.”
Scroll down, please.
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There’s No Fool Like a . . . Fool
August 14, 2013
“Wesley Clark Shauna Mei”
It would appear the four-star-rhodes-scholar-supreme-commander has this time shifted positions on his country and his spouse of 46 years.
- Is 68.
- Joined Blackstone (yes, Peter G. Peterson’s Blackstone, the one with all the Chinese funding) in June as “senior advisor.”
- Has lots of information and contacts.
Shauna Mei, the young girlfriend:
- Is 30.
- Is from China.
- Has an engineering degree from MIT.
- Worked as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs.
- Is currently a fashion entrepreneur.
Am I being too suspicious?
You might appreciate this reminder:
Robert Rubin, Alan Greenspan, and Larry Summers have all done very well for themselves—in terms of loot—since February 15, 1999.
Time magazine is still keeping us informed, still shaping public opinion.
OK, I’m a little suspicious. . . .
No Fool Like a [continued] Fool
August 15, 2013
More on Gen. Wesley Clark, 68, reportedly dating a 30-year-old Chinese woman suspected—not by the media—of being a “Chinese spy.”
“China Fraud Accusations: Wesley Clark’s Ex-Firm Faces Questions”
- One of the firms that pushed most aggressively for investment in Chinese companies was Rodman & Renshaw.
- Retired four-star general Wesley Clark became Chairman of the Board and Head of the Advisory Board just as the New York investment bank was emerging as a central player in the China investment wave.
- Now the China deals Clark helped promote at lavish parties are among those . . . which some officials believe represent collectively one of the largest financial scams since Bernie Madoff.
- In the case of one small investor interviewed by ABC News, truck stop manager Al Smith of Boise Idaho, $60,000 of his retirement evaporated overnight.
- Gen. Clark: “Our firm was a leader in bringing small and medium-size Chinese companies to the U.S. capital markets. No one is more disappointed than the bankers at the firm that some of these companies—despite receiving consistently clean bills of health from well-respected lawyers and auditors—apparently concealed improper business practices.”
“Investors in Chinese firms left in the lurch”
- The late-night entertainment shone: Diana Ross, Janet Jackson, En Vogue.
- During the day, the New York City investment bank’s conference speakers included such VIPs as former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and Colin Powell, former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan (interviewed by former CBS News anchor Dan Rather), former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, and former Sen. Chris Dodd.
- Presiding over it all was board Chairman Wesley K. Clark, a retired four-star Army general who joined Rodman & Renshaw in 2006. Later, the company began its mission to take fledgling Chinese firms and infuse them with Western cash.
“The United States and China need to overcome mutual misunderstandings”
- Washington Post op-ed by retired 4-star general, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, West Point valedictorian, and Rhodes Scholar Wesley Clark.
Now I’m wondering if the young-enough-to-be-his-granddaughter girlfriend is the only Chinese spy in this war hero’s story.
Oh well, I’m sure that if it’s important, I’ll hear about it in the news.