Panetta Gives China Tips on How to Cripple America

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.


The one thing you can say about Obama’s cabinet is that it consists of a uniformly high level of professionalism and competence without parallel since the Carter and Buchanan Administrations.

Cyber warfare is a key future battleground and strategic attacks can cripple nations, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in Beijing on Wednesday.

“This is the potential battlefield for the future and the technology that’s developing in cyber has the potential to cripple a country, paralyze a country,” he said. “Computer networks are also being used for spying.”

So after over a decade of Chinese spying and cyber attacks, Panetta shows up in Beijing to tell the Chinese what they already know and have been doing all along, while announcing that their tactics have the potential to cripple and paralyze America.

I’ve heard of soft power, but this is getting ridiculous.

Panetta said he raised the issue of China’s growing cyber warfare capabilities during what he termed “candid” discussions with Chinese military leaders.

“I did raise the area of cyber,” Panetta told reporters.

Panetta said he told Chinese military leaders that the United States and China should engage in a dialogue on cyber warfare and intelligence gathering. He said the Chinese agreed.

Will that come before or after the dialogues with Russia on its new shield busting missile, with Libya, Egypt and Tunisia on the murder of Americans, with Afghanistan on the murder of American soldiers, with China on incursions in the South China Sea, with Iran on nuclear weapons and with everyone else who has been slapping around Obama like a Three Stooges short?

But what’s the worst that could happen?

Critics have said Panetta’s attempt to cooperate with China on cyber warfare through dialogue is risky, since China likely would use such cooperation to learn key strategic vulnerabilities of U.S. cyber security that could be exploited in a future conflict.

So business as usual, in other words.

Panetta, in his meeting with reporters, also said he urged the Chinese to seek a peaceful solution to disputes over islands.

“At each meeting that I had, I raised the issue of, you know, the maritime issues that have been raised and—not only in the South China Sea, but now in the China Sea, as well, with these islands, as I’ve been saying that while the United States does not take a position with regards to these territorial disputes, that we strongly urge the parties to exercise restraint and to work together to find a peaceful resolution to these issues,” he said.

The Chinese leaders responded by quaking in their boots, falling at Panetta’s feet and begging him for mercy.

While Panetta sought to put a positive spin on his meetings with Chinese military leaders, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission Gen. Xu Caihou bluntly warned Panetta not to invoke the U.S.-Japan defense treaty over China’s claims to Japan’s Senkaku Islands.

According to the state-run Xinhua news agency, Xu told Panetta that “the Chinese side resolutely opposes the inclusion of Diaoyu islands in the US-Japan Security Treaty,” and hopes that “the U.S. side will truly deliver on its promise of not taking sides on the sovereignty belonging of Diaoyu Island so as to benefit the safeguarding of regional stability and world peace.”

And what will Obama do? We’ve got a good guess, because it’s hard out there for a wimp.

Panetta said he sought to reassure Chinese leaders that the U.S. military’s pivot to Asia as the wars in the Middle East and South Asia wind down is not targeted at China.

“We had very good and candid discussions about the rebalance issue,” he said.

“The one thing I was very pleased to hear from the leaders I talked to is that they acknowledge that the United States presence in the Pacific is not something they viewed as a threat,” he said.

Does Panetta really think that Chinese leaders are as dumb as his boss? Because they’re not. If the US isn’t pivoting to Asia over China then what possible enemy in the Pacific is it preparing to fight?

  • BLJ

    Panetta is a tool and a fool. China is an enemy of America and the West. They have stated their goal for taking over America quite clearly.

    So we have a President in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood and a Defense Sec licking the zipperhead Chinese boots. Will this nightmare ever end?

  • kxx

    Why do everyone believes that America can dictate to everyone else in the world how to live their lives?
    Ok, USA is powerful, so what? Shouldn't they concentrate on their failing internal economy and infrastructure rather than diverting American's lower class hard earned money into pockets of those super rich who control America's weapons program and production as dictated by the Israelis???
    Warmongers and Greedy…. This is how America is portrayed in the rest of the world…… SAD.
    USA can be great and affectionate only if the greedy corporate and bankers allow it………..

    • PaulRevereNow

      Who are "those super rich who control America's weapons program?" Name one. "…as dictated by the Israelis? Really? How do the Israelis dictate America's weapons program? Its more of a case of the Obama Admin. eviscerating the U.S. Navy, to its lowest number of ships since 1915, and treating our Army like a civilian police force; with individual soldiers the targets of the U.S. government, for anything from legitimately criticizing Obama, to tripleing the cost of their premiums for military health care; and a myriad of other abuses.

  • https://www.facebook.com/mike.villano.71 Mike Villano

    Panetta needs a set of monogrammed knee pads.

  • Redwhiteblue

    ECHELON, CARNIVORE, MAGIC LANTERN, INFRAGARD, PROMIS, Stuxnet, the Flame worm, Microsoft diddling with SKYPE code. The list just goes on. Data collection without permission (if anyone else does it you'd call it stealing), hacking, physically and maliciously destroying the equipment and networks of others, done on a scale 100 times larger than that of the rest of the world put together, and for much longer periods of time. There is no major fiber optic undersea cable going into or out of any country that has NOT been hacked by Americans.

    What is good must be universal. America should show the world leadership and stop, and the world would follow.

  • fanlad

    Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer? Panetta is the dismantler in chief of our U.S. military.

  • Anonymous

    The Chinese mobbed the U.S. ambassador's car, as the ambassador attempted to drive to the American embassy in Beijing. They ripped the flag on the ambassador's car. (the Chinese are also cyber attacking Japanese firms). Not , of course, that any of this would bother the most incompetent, craven coward currently occupying the White House. It probably pleases Obama — brings America down a notch or two — just wait till the moron gets another term…He'll no doubt be releasing terrorists who murdered Americans — send them back to Egypt so they can orchestrate more attacks.

  • http://rau.3littlefoxes.com Lfox328

    Where DO they find these invertabrates to work at State?

  • Guest

    It must be something in that pink slime passing for meat products. It all makes sense.

  • Joseph Tan

    Cyber warfare is NO secret of person who always read open-source news from internet or otherwise. No big deal. Even a child knows that. Not necessary for Secretary Panetta to tell anyone. NO BIG DEAL!

  • http://www.tatvasoft.co.uk/web-development.php RyderSanford

    Panetta is a device and a deceive. Chinese suppliers is an attacker of The united states and the Western. They have mentioned their objective for getting over The united states quite clearly.