這是6/4自由時報與Taipei Times（同報系）的消息（怪的是，聯合報與中國時報都未報導這則消息）；顯然曹郁芬的英文名字是Nadia Tsao。Taipei Times的標題她誤寫報導的刊物是Esquire，正文都是寫Congressional Quarterly。大概是把CQ與GQ搞混了？自由時報的內文，則全誤為「君子雜誌」。
By Jeff Stein, CQ National Security Editor
The same top Bush administration neoconservatives who leap-frogged Washington’s foreign policy establishment to topple Saddam Hussein nearly pulled off a similar coup in U.S.-China relations—creating the potential of a nuclear war over Taiwan, a top aide to former Secretary of State Colin Powell says.
Lawrence B. Wilkerson, the U.S. Army colonel who was Powell’s chief of staff through two administrations, said in little-noted remarks early last month that “neocons” in the top rungs of the administration quietly encouraged Taiwanese politicians to move toward a declaration of independence from mainland
Under the deliberately fuzzy diplomatic formula hammered out between former President Richard Nixon and Chairman Mao Zedong in 1971, the
But right-wing Republicans in particular continued to embrace
With the election of George W. Bush in 2000, some of
They included such key architects of the Iraq War as Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy defense secretary, Douglas Feith, the undersecretary for policy, and Steven Cambone, Rumsfeld’s new intelligence chief, Wilkerson said. President Bush’s controversial envoy to the United Nations, John Bolton, was another.
While Bush publicly continued the one-China policy of his five White House predecessors, Wilkerson said, the Pentagon “neocons” took a different tack, quietly encouraging Taiwan’s pro-independence president, Chen Shui-bian.
“The Defense Department, with Feith, Cambone, Wolfowitz [and] Rumsfeld, was dispatching a person to Taiwan every week, essentially to tell the Taiwanese that the alliance was back on,” Wilkerson said, referring to pre-1970s military and diplomatic relations, “essentially to tell Chen Shui-bian, whose entire power in Taiwan rested on the independence movement, that independence was a good thing.”
Wilkerson said Powell would then dispatch his own envoy “right behind that guy, every time they sent somebody, to disabuse the entire Taiwanese national security apparatus of what they’d been told by the Defense Department.”
“This went on,” he said of the pro-independence efforts, “until George Bush weighed in and told Rumsfeld to cease and desist [and] told him multiple times to re-establish military-to-military relations with
Routine military ties had been suspended in early 2001 after
Feith, now teaching and working on a book at
Rumsfeld’s former spokesman Lawrence DiRita called Wilkerson’s allegations “completely ridiculous—clear and simple . . . absurd.”
“The idea that there was some kind of DoD attempt to favor some faction in
Wilkerson told a similar story in a recent critical biography of Rumsfeld by Washington-based British journalist Andrew Cockburn.
He elaborated on the episode during a May 7 panel, organized to discuss the controversy over
“It was a constant refrain of they said one thing, we said another thing for months on end,” Wilkerson said by e-mail. “They said, ‘Don’t worry, you are our allies and we will defend you—regardless.’ We said, ‘Do worry—if you declare independence, we may not be there; so be quiet and let sleeping dogs lie. . . .’ ”
Another key character in the minidrama was Therese Shaheen, the outspoken chief of the
Shaheen, who happens to be DiRita’s wife, openly championed Chen and the independence movement, at one point even publicly reinterpreting Bush’s reiteration of the “one China” policy, saying that the administration “had never said it ‘opposed’ Taiwan independence,” according to a 2004 account in the authoritative Far Eastern Economic Review.
“Therese Shaheen . . . said don’t sweat it, the president didn’t really mean what he said,” Wilkerson said.
Coming from the wife of Rumsfeld’s spokesman, Shaheen’s remarks sent off angry alarms in
Powell asked for her resignation.
Douglas Paal was then head of the American Institute in
“In the early years of the Bush administration,” Paal said by e-mail last week, “there was a problem with mixed signals to
Now retired, Paal said he, too, “received many first- and second-hand reports of messages conveyed to Taiwan by DoD civilians and perhaps a uniformed officer or two during that time that were out of sync with President Bush’s position.”
DiRita defended his wife, saying “she understood
“That was always kind of a mythology of what happened over there,” he said.
“They are dangerous men who will lie about almost anyone or anything,” Wilkerson angrily responded by e-mail, singling out Feith, DiRita, Cheney and Rumsfeld for scorn.
He called back-stage encouragement of the Taiwanese “even more serious” than the alleged manipulation of
The independence issue, agrees
“Even if the odds are fairly low of miscalculation leading to war, and war then bringing in the
A Taiwanese declaration of independence, they said, “could result in the first major war between nuclear weapons states in history, with no guarantee it would be successfully concluded prior to a major escalation.”
Jeff Stein can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
〔駐美特派員曹郁芬／華府二日報導〕前美國國務卿鮑威爾的幕僚長威克森（Lawrence B. Wilkerson）在最新出版的君子雜誌中表示，雖然布希總統奉行一個中國政策，但是以前國防部長倫斯斐為首的一些新保守主義官員卻常常派人到台灣，鼓勵陳水扁政府走向公開獨立，逼得鮑威爾不得不再派自己的信使到台灣澄清美國政府的立場。
REVELATION? : An ex-chief of staff to Colin Powell was quoted in `Esquire' magazine as saying that hawkish
By Nadia Tsao
STAFF REPORTER IN WASHINGTON, WITH STAFF WRITER