Communist Dissonance (Part One):'Huawei and CFIUS'

The psychological disorder termed “cognitive dissonance” occurs when individuals refuse to acknowledge facts that contradict their existing views.  In the realm of national security, the equivalent of cognitive dissonance is properly termed “communist dissonance.”  This occurs when the global sophisticates inhabiting America’s business and political elites refuse to recognize facts contradicting their belief communist China is our friend.   

A current case of communist dissonance is the attempt of Bain Capital and communist China’s Huawei Technologies to acquire a significant stake in the 3Com Corporation.  The deal is to be reviewed — per Bain Capital’s request — by The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).  Given the callow paucity of concern on the part of the Bush Administration and Congress, let us examine the deal for ourselves.

The 3Com Corporation is a world leader in intrusion prevention technologies designed to protect secure computer networks from hacker infiltration.  The United States Department of Defense (DoD) extensively utilizes 3Com Corporation’s intrusion prevention technologies.  Despite these technologies, in June the communist Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) committed its most successful cyber warfare attack upon our DoD’s military’s computer networks and, in fact, caused their shut down.  Similar attacks have been reported by other governments and their ministries; moreover, such cyber attacks daily occur within the international business community — especially American enterprises.  

These attacks on our military and civilian computers are escalating and increasingly effective.

Re-enter communist China’s Huawei Technologies which, in January 16, 2006, was described by Newsweek as “a little too obsessed with acquiring advanced technology.”  This is a decided understatement.  Huawei was founded by a former PLA officer with an affinity for limited capitalism and a man-crush on Mao.  Little surprise, then, in 2000, the CIA discovered Huawei Technologies was violating a UN international embargo and selling fiber optics equipment to advance Iraqi’s military technology and communications.  In addition to Saddam, Huawei’s illustrious clientele included communist China and Afghanistan’s Taliban.  We could go on, but suffice it to say Huawei must have the world’s most intriguing guests at its office parties.

Sure, Huawei’s business partner Bain Capital crosses its heart and hopes to prevent America’s sensitive cyber defense technologies from falling into the wrong hands.  But Bain Capital’s promise misses the point:  the American government cannot delegate the duty to defend our national security to private business.  Yet in missing that point, Bain Capital’s promise makes these points about our global sophisticates’ communist dissonance:

1. Only American businesses afflicted with communist dissonance would overlook the inherent danger of having to promise to prevent communist Chinese partners from stealing American cyber defense secrets; and

2. Only a Bush Administration and a Congress afflicted with communist dissonance would overlook the inherent danger of maintaining their callow silence in the face of such “deals” that directly threaten American national security.

Thankful, there is a ray of hope.  U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen remains a paragon of moral and strategic clarity; and refuses to abdicate her sworn duty to ensure Americans’ security.  Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, the ranking member on the House Foreign Relations Committee has introduced H.Res. 730.  Her resolution states that “the preponderance of publicly available evidence clearly suggests that, as currently structured, the proposed transaction involving Huawei threatens the national security of the United States and should not be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.”

Unfortunately, despite both the strenuous efforts of Representative Ros-Lehtinen and the Huawei deal’s threat to national security, H.Res. 730 has only eleven co-sponsors.  Once more, the communist dissonance afflicting America’s global sophisticates prevents them from recognizing the prudence of Air Force Lt. Gen. Daniel Leaf, deputy commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, who understands communist China’s military attacks on American computer systems “would not be consistent” with Beijing’s claim to be a peaceful rising power.

Evidently, America’s global sophisticates care less about communist China’s intentions regarding American cyber defenses than they do about their own reputations.