Dana Rohrabacher Takes Hypocritical Stance on Space Technology Transfers To China

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OC Congressman: Please pay no attention to my hypocrisy
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.
 
Christopher complied.

Who benefited from the action besides Beijing?

Answer: Private U.S. defense corporations that stuff Rohrabacher's campaign coffers with contributions.

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

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Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

He seems to follow the republican strategy book by the numbers. Anything President Obama does is bad. The president could announce a 25% tax cut for millionaires, and the abolition of the EPA, FDA, & FTC as well as totally eliminating any funding for PBS and he would still receive boos from republicans. I bet he would be denied one republican vote if he was to make a presidential order to outlaw abortion or birth control! LOL

Gturner
Gturner

You could write a book on the hypocrisy and ridiculous ideas proposed by Rohrabacher over the years. Why can't the Republicans find somebody who has a triple digit IQ instead of Dana's Double Digit IQ, to run in that district. He is an embarrassment to the citizens of Orange County. 

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