'Chery'-picking for China
Why should Hillary Rodham Clinton worry• Her husband, a former two-term president of the United States, still believes that he has first refusal to the post of secretary-general of the United Nations.
A close friend of Hillary's, Hungarian-born George Soros, glories in the label "the man who broke the Bank of England" as he spends millions of dollars trying to create the world-state of "Erewhon," where only a few are more equal than others. Soros already is apologizing for his ideology in a new book aptly called "The Age of Fallibility."
Which, of course, being educated at the London School of Economics, Soros knows from their squishy socialism that "Erewhon" is an anagram for "Nowhere."
Another close friend of Hillary's is Canadian multimillionaire Maurice Strong, a contender with Soros for the title "A Man from Nowhere." Since 1990, this champagne socialist has mused about a revolution against "industrialized civilizations."
Let's remember Strong's background. About 30 years ago New Yorker magazine described Strong as the person upon whom "the survival of civilization in something like its present form might depend."
It did not print that Maurice was related to Anna Louise Strong, a Canadian who became Chairman Mao Tse-tung's close friend and translator.
Since then, Mo has been senior adviser to the secretary-general of the United Nations and -- at the same time, but paid from different pockets -- senior adviser to the chairman of the World Bank and to the Rockefeller and Rothschild Trusts.
In 1972 and 1992, he was secretary-general of the Earth summits in Stockholm and Rio and chairman of a number of international organizations. He was boss of the U.N. Environmental Program and attended scores of meetings of the world's political and economic elites. Maurice knew which buttons to press.
But Mo Strong was greedy. He became involved with a number of oil companies -- Canada Steamship Lines, the Montreal Power Corp., Molten Metals -- and mega-rich Iranian and international arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi.
Sometimes Mo seeks religion. He helped finance a second ark to await the next great flood. He established the Manitou Foundation in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Colorado, which has a smorgasbord of alternative religions, from Zen Buddhism through the Haidakhrndi Universal Ashram to a Vedic temple where he can worship his mother goddess, Vedic. It is said that this is where the Rockefellers, the McNamaras and the Rothschilds conduct their very own pilgrimages in this center for global spirituality.
Nevertheless, Mo and George more often turn to business with one of the Strong fantasies involving "small groups of world leaders gathering together in private conferences, who decide to overthrow the established political and financial principles in order to save the planet."
Strong is bolder than Hillary and Bill; he tells his sycophants that he is "a socialist in ideology" but "a capitalist in methodology," which brings into focus that Chairman Mao used more of the Strong family than Anna Louise.
For the last year, however, Maurice has been missing from the United Nations. As a major official, linked to the corruption of the Iraqi oil-for-food scandals, the distinguished Mr. Strong left his usual haunts for his luxury apartment in Beijing's secluded and secure government compound.
But business still must be done even when you are avoiding the interrogators. All over Asia, George Soros and Maurice Strong are reported as contemplating flooding the U.S. market with Chinese automobiles by the summer of 2007.
Despite a General Motors investigation showing that the Chinese Chery QQ shared "an identical body structure, exterior design, interior design and key components" with the Daewoo's Matiz, GM still reached a settlement resolving its legal disputes with Chery Automobile.
Chery already is selling in China at about $3,600 and is being exported to Iran, Iraq, Bangladesh, Cuba, Syria and Malaysia. In the United States, Strong and Soros are expected to market the new car at about $20,000.
As of this time, Chery is planning its sales through the New York-based Visionary Vehicles, which, it is said already has the $200 million in escrow from Soros.
Politically, what will a caravan of Chinese autos do to the ailing U.S. vehicle industry when they go on sale at a very competitive price in the months ahead of a presidential election?
Deals will be done between the Democrats and the labor unions of Michigan. Hillary will reach an understanding with the United Auto Workers union so as not to turn Detroit into the Wal-Mart of the auto industry.
The speculation is that either the U.S. Federal Trade Commission will find safety defects in the new product or, as is much more probable, the well-tried Japanese products will be penalized in favor of our "friends" the Chinese as represented by Strong and Soros.
But would you buy a new or a used car from these two guys?
Dateline D.C. is written by a Washington-based British journalist and political observer.