January 5, 2012, - 5:13 pm
You might have heard of Huawei Technologies Co. It’s the Chinese telecommunications equipment maker that supplied Iran with sensitive communications technology used for censorship. Six Congressional lawmakers signed a letter asking Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to investigate whether Huawei violated U.S. sanctions on Iran (you know it did, and you know she won’t lift a finger). And something is missing from the letter in a very glaring way. Can you guess what it is?
I’ll give you a huge hint: Democrats (and Ron Paulistinian). Yup, only a single Democrat, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, signed the letter. Why? Perhaps because apparently only a single one of them sees Iran as a threat or cares about what the Chi-Coms do to enable Iran, its nuclear capabilities, and its spying on and censorship of its people. Not even “conservative” Democrats, of whom there are scarce few, if any. The Huawei technology can also be used by Iran to find spies and those trying to discover Iran’s nuclear capabilities, including–if Iran ever lets them in again–international nuclear weapons inspectors. But, hey, if you’re from Obama’s party, that ain’t your concern.
The lawmakers wrote a letter . . . in which they call on the department to “expeditiously investigate” whether Huawei violated a section of Iran sanctions legislation passed in 2010 when the firm sold technology that “has been used to restrict the speech of the Iranian people and the free flow of unbiased information in Iran.”
Lawmakers repeatedly cited findings from a front-page Wall Street Journal story as the reason for the letter. . . . The Journal story cited by lawmakers details how Huawei’s business grew in Iran in the wake of a pullback by Western firms following the government’s bloody crackdown on its citizens in 2009 after a disputed election. . . .
The lawmakers — Sen. Jon Kyl (R., Ariz.), Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.), Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), Sen. James Inhofe (R., Okla.), Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.) and Rep. Sue Myrick (R., N.C.) — acknowledged Huawei’s scaling back in Iran as a “positive step,” but wrote, “the company’s previous actions and continuing service of existing contracts with Iranian clients may violate section 106 and other sanctions.”
Again, not a single Democrat chose to sign this letter. And, frankly, far too few Republicans. This letter should have been signed by 100 U.S. Senators and 435 Congressmen.
So much for those talking about the Iran nuclear threat. Only 6 of those who claim to care actually do, as evidenced by this letter. (Michele Bachmann probably would have signed, but she was on the campaign trail in Iowa at the time.)
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