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.