On August 9, Joe Biden issued a very long and convoluted executive order (EO) that prohibits certain technology used for military purposes from being exchanged with China. The EO says, “The regulations issued under this section shall identify categories of prohibited transactions that involve covered national security technologies and products that the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Commerce and, as appropriate, the heads of other relevant agencies, determines pose a particularly acute national security threat because of their potential to significantly advance the military, intelligence, surveillance, or cyber-enabled capabilities of countries of concern.” It names China, but does it mean what it says?
On the surface, it would appear that Biden is getting tough on China, concluding “The regulations shall prohibit United States persons from engaging, directly or indirectly, in such transactions.” Biden makes it sound like this is a national emergency: “I therefore find that advancement by countries of concern in sensitive technologies and products critical for the military, intelligence, surveillance, or cyber-enabled capabilities of such countries constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security of the United States, which has its source in whole or substantial part outside the United States, and that certain United States investments risk exacerbating this threat. I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with this threat.”
But if this is such a national emergency, why do the government agencies involved have a whole year to “asses” and determine what technologies fall under the EO? It says, “Within 1 year of the effective date of the regulations issued under section 1 of this order, the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Commerce and, as appropriate, the heads of other relevant agencies, shall assess whether to amend the regulations, including whether to adjust the definition of “covered national security technologies and products” to add or remove technologies and products in the semiconductors and microelectronics, quantum information technologies, and artificial intelligence sectors.” Seems like the military experts should know right now what technologies are involved and should be able to ban them accordingly.
To me, this seems like a bunch of smoke and mirrors. As America approaches the next presidential election, consider that Biden will use this executive order to offset the fact that he and his family have enriched themselves and compromised the office of the presidency by accepting millions from the communist Chinese. Picture a series of campaign commercials stressing how Joe cracks down on China on behalf of national security. All the while, nothing has changed because the executive order hasn’t even taken affect. Meanwhile, just four days later, Biden’s transportation department announced that flights to China will more than double beginning in September. As Psalm 36:3 says, “The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit.” What appears to be on the surface may not be as it appears. Take heed that you are not deceived.