This week, newspapers reported that Orange County Congressman Dana Rohrabacher was outraged because President Barack Obama's administration is allegedly jeopardizing national security by sharing sensitive satellite technology with China.
Of course, those mainstream media reports dutifully quoted Rohrabacher as an untainted crusader: "China has aggressively sought our technologies through legal and illegal methods for decades."
The Costa Mesa Republican went on to fret that this loss of technology would close the U.S. superiority gap in outer space with the communists.
But none of the articles reported Rohrabacher's glaring, self-serving hypocrisy.
On Oct. 17, 1993, he and other Republican congressmen signed a letter (eventually obtained by me) to then-Secretary of State Warren Christopher in support of the transfer of sensitive space technologies to Beijing.
He was unambiguous in his lobbying objective.
"We ask you to direct that these satellites be excluded from any list of sanctionable items [blocked from transfer to the communists in China]," Rohrabacher wrote.
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Who benefited from the action besides Beijing?
When eligible to fight for his country during the Vietnam War, the congressman remained a civilian. After he passed the draft age, he became a chicken hawk and began lecturing battle-scarred military generals on their combat strategies. Nowadays, he proudly calls himself "a patriot" at conservative political events and incredibly receives applause.
--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly