How Democrats Turned China Red and Egypt Green

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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The State Department’s obsession with unifying China under the Communists was so great that once the Communists had seized the mainland, serious consideration was given to using American troops to force the Nationalists out of Taiwan, and General MacArthur was publicly lynched by the press for agreeing with the Republican Minority Leader’s suggestion of bringing Taiwanese troops into the Korean War.

We never actually did try to invade Taiwan, but we bombed Libya in the name of peace and unity. And we are likely to do the same thing in Syria. Each war has been fought and will be fought in the name of peace and unity under an Islamist flag and it will not be the first time that we have tried to win over a terrible and ruthless foe through senseless shows of generosity.

“I think that if I give him everything I possibly can and ask for nothing from him in return,” FDR said, “he won’t try to annex anything and will work with me for a world of democracy and peace.” The man he was speaking of was Joseph Stalin, proving that maybe Obama really does have some things in common with the architect of the New Deal and the fall of Eastern Europe and China into Communist hands.

In China, as in the Middle East, the instruments of American policy backed by a propaganda press corps tore down the “reactionary”  governments and opened the door for the Communists and Islamists to take over, while pretending to put their faith in a liberal political triumph that had no basis in reality.

Four Americans were murdered in Benghazi by Islamists and three US Marines were killed by Chinese Communists near Beijing. Neither of those events did anything to shift the diplomats from their course. The Arab Spring was the China reform effort writ large across the Middle East, its slogan deriving from George Marshall’s statement to Chiang Kai-shek: “You can’t win with the people against you” while Chiang’s rejoinder that sympathy for Communism hurts both China and the United States cuts deeper than ever.

The false dichotomy of a choice between a corrupt dictator and a popular revolution join China and Egypt together. It was false because the corruption and tyranny of both Chiang Kai-shek and Mubarak were greatly exaggerated and the totalitarian nature of their enemies, whose populism was a matter of manufactured propaganda, was widely understated.

American liberal policymakers kept abandoning “reactionary allies” like Chiang Kai-shek and Mubarak while seeking some progressive alternative. The progressive alternative that Truman’s diplomats found are ominously similar to the progressive alternative that Obama’s diplomats have discovered. In sixty years surprisingly little has changed as all the old warnings continue to come true.

Congressman Joe Martin, the Republican House Minority Leader, warned that the only way to stop Communism in Europe and Asia was “to clear out the State Department from top to bottom.” As Libya burns and Syria smolders, as darkness falls over Egypt, Mali and Tunisia, that call for action still holds true today.

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  • Lady_Dr.

    Leave it to the Democrats. Not content with ruining just America, they are determined to ruin the rest of the world as well. Thanks for a great article.

  • http://frontpage richard sherman

    Let us always remember that it was great liberal hero, Communist and Traitor …ALGER HISS …who was advising FDR about China.

    • Larry

      It wasn't just Hiss, it was the entire China desk at Foggy Bottom and all their "experts". Every single one of them was a communist agent or fellow traveller. In cahoots with White they set up the ridiculous situation that US aid to the KMT was cut off if there were ANY incidents – not KMT attacking the commies, but the commies attacking the KMT triggered a cut off of US aid.
      That was after they talked Marshall into heavying Chiang into stopping when he was about to destroy the PLA completely in Manchuria in 1946.

  • Bartimaeus

    It would be nice if we could learn something from history, at least occasionally. The liberal mindset is less likely to learn the needed lessons as they think they can change human nature which always remains the same. Anyway, interesting article!

  • Toecutter

    I believe it was George Santanaya who said; “Those who don’t remember the past are condemned to repeat it”.

    And the mill grinds on… slowly…

  • Tom Sullivan

    This is a naive column. In the 1940s the state department had lots of genuine Soviet agents working as diplomats who were working to give away much of Europe, China and the Pacific rim to communists. They succeeded. Read the history of Sen. Joseph McCarthy to see the evil nature of Democrats when protecting those communist agents. To write off the history of that era as mere bungling is just completely wrong. In the case of Jimmy Carter, take the evaluation of Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a liberal Democrat "Unable to distinguish between our friends and our enemies, Carter has adopted our enemies' view of the world."

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      God Bless Daniel Patrick Moynihan forever!

  • Brujo Blanco

    It is good to learn from your own mistakes. It is also good to learn from the mistakes of others. It is tragic to learn nothing at all. I fear there are too many who learn nothing from past communist regimes. Of course the left will claim that leftist refines failed because the right people were not in charge. Not paying attention to the past can be literally fatal

  • Dead space

    So USA thwarted the chance of the good guys in China to defeat the Commies. :'(

  • SuicidePrevention

    Wasn't it George W. Bush who prescribed democracy for the Middle East and then imposed it by military force on Iraq. He hoped to inspire democracy in other Middle East countries by the example of a democratic Iraq. Or maybe he just wanted to invade Iraq and democracy was a fig leaf. In any case, if we knew then what we know now…

    • johnnywoods

      I supported G.W. Bush for Governor of Texas and for POTUS. He would not have made such a mess if he had simply went into Afghanastan and Iraq, cleaned out the "bad guys" and then left. What a stupid idea it was to practice "nation building" among tribalist mooslim idiots. Kick their arses and leave, I say.

    • Rob

      The Nation building crap came right out of the State Department. Now Bush didn't stop them and a good argument can be made that we owed the Iraqi's a stabilized situation once Saddam was dethroned. The devil is in the details. The state dept screwed up everything they tried. Franks should not have been allowed to retire. Him leaving so soon left a power vacuum that was filled by lesser men.

      IMO, I would have told Turkey to bite it and invaded with the 4th from the north as planned. Most of the issues that prolonged the war were because the north was left open to too long. Also, the ROE that for too long allowed Syria and Iran to send fighters across and to aid the insurgency. Fighting with modern sensibilities for too long a time, but Bush didn't have the political support to do what actually needed to be done. He was undercut and crucified by the democrats and anti-war crowd and press corps at every turn.

  • Ghostwriter

    Well,Dead space,it was more like there were people who thought that the Communists were popular when the truth was they weren't. They bought the lies and now we have to live with the consequences.

  • Ron Lewenberg

    Libya was a bipartisan fiasco with McCain and Lindsay Graham supporting it. In fact, most of the neoconserative talking heads also supported the Jihad for "Democracy" and the Islamist Spring.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marvin.fox.526 Marvin Fox

    I remember the destruction of China's one hope for freedom after WW2. I, in fact, argued against the broken headed process being used against China when I was in Junior high school. The Democrats convinced enough Americans that Chang Kai-shek's was corrupt that they were able to withhold necessary aid for his government as it was being attacked by Mao's communists, who were financed by the USSR. It was obvious that without American support China would become a communist nation. The uh, cough democracy had struck again to support tyranny. Communist China is a product of America's ersatz democracy. The same Party is now doing the same thing to our Republic that they did to China; the same lies are being told told by the same Party.
    Marvin Fox

  • Suzanne

    This was a very interesting article. Problem is – very few people today are aware of this history. The reason for this is that our educational institutions, both at the high school and college levels, are not really teaching our kids about the great political movements of the 20th and 21st centuries. The reasons for this are varied but they include poorly educated and leftist indoctrinated teachers, leftist oriented text books, PC relativism as well as not really allotting enough class time for these subjects to sink in. The kids might be getting "A's" but they are really clueless about real (and recent) history and where it has led us. Sadly, this is true even in the private schools where parents are paying big bucks to have their kids educated decently. What to do? Parents are going to have to teach these subjects to their children themselves.

  • Gerald Robinette

    It was not as simple as this article supposes it to be. Those of us who lived through it have a much better view of things and a different view as well.

    • Rob

      It never is Gerald, but the meat of the argument has basis, no?

  • jiang

    The Chinese sure got hope and change in 1949. Worked out for them alright…