CIC Delivers Shredded Black Berets to Congress
[CIC recently visited the offices of top members of the House Armed
Services Committee to deliver the following letter, along with shredded
black berets with labels saying "Made in China."]
Honorable Bob Stump
Chairman, House Armed Services Committee
211 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Congressman Stump:
On behalf of our 65,000 supporters nationwide, I am writing to express
our outrage over China's continuing belligerent behavior against our
country. This enclosed shredded black beret perfectly symbolizes Red
China's contempt for the United States. It is also a mocking reminder
of how weak and dysfunctional our policy is towards Beijing.
CIC applauds the Pentagon's recent decision to withdraw its contract
with China to manufacture the Army's berets; however, there are deeper
problems that are weakening our own military that need to be addressed.
While the Army has been spending $35 million on 4.7 million berets, our
troops are being told to skip firing range practices due to the massive
shortage of 9 mm ammunition.
At the same time, Red China is continuing its massive military buildup
without any peep from Congress or the White House. The most recent
intelligence reports indicate that China is planning another underground
nuclear test at the Lop Nur nuclear test site in western China in just a
few days (Bill Gertz, Washington Times, 5/11/01).
Therefore, we are urging you to take several actions that will
strengthen our own military while weakening China's ability to threaten
and harm America:
1) Revoke PNTR by supporting H.R. 1497 and H.R. 1467. China does not
deserve special trading privileges that allow it to earn billions in
hard cash to build its nuclear missiles and other offensive weapons
2) Support H.R. 1770, sponsored by your colleague Rep. Roscoe Bartlett
(R-MD). This bill conditions the Army to certify to Congress that our
troops are adequately provided with ammunition before any berets are
manufactured and issued.
I hope and pray you take our concerns to heart. U.S. national security
is indeed at stake here. I look forward to your response.