Although scholars of the history of the NY Times Op-Ed pages may be able to find a more vile Op-Ed, I dare them.

From Paul Kane, a suggestion that the United States sell-out Taiwan to China in exchange for forgiveness of $1.14 trillion in debt, To Save Our Economy, Ditch Taiwan:

WITH a single bold act, President Obama could correct the country’s course, help assure his re-election, and preserve our children’s future….

He should enter into closed-door negotiations with Chinese leaders to write off the $1.14 trillion of American debt currently held by China in exchange for a deal to end American military assistance and arms sales to Taiwan and terminate the current United States-Taiwan defense arrangement by 2015.

This would be a most precious prize to the cautious men in Beijing, one they would give dearly to achieve. After all, our relationship with Taiwan, as revised in 1979, is a vestige of the cold war.

Mr. Kane identifies himself as “Paul V. Kane, a former international security fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, is a Marine who served in Iraq.”  Nice way to try cover your immoral sales pitch with your Iraq service record.

Kane’s proposal evoked this animation from the folks at the Taiwan-based NMA-TV.  My favorite line:

To be sure Washington, despite its rhetoric, could give a rat’s ass about the moral implications of abandoning the only democratic country in the Chinese-speaking world.

See, that’s the problem with translation.  Shouldn’t it be “could not give a rat’s ass …”?  In any event, we get the point, and it is correct.

It’s the same argument the people who scream “Israel Lobby” and “Israel Firsters” make as to why we should sell out Israel, and we will fight it with every political breath we have.