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In advance of the 2000 presidential election season, some conservatives branded China the enemy and the centrist consensus among Democrats and Republicans that for thirty years had supported constructive relations with the People's Republic was once again on the defensive. Beneath the gloss of superficial diplomacy, China and the United States were engaged in the preamble of war. The military and security establishments in both countries were more suspicious than ever of each other's intentions and they were acting on their suspicions.
Lake, on the other hand, believed both in humanity's predisposition for virtue and in its potential for evil—an apt philosophy for the grandson of Kirsopp Lake, the British theologian who had emigrated to the United States to teach at Harvard. It was the task of governments and leaders, Lake believed, to do all they could to subdue evil, knowing that it could never be completely destroyed. This moral dimension easily found a home in the war room of the Clinton presidential campaign in 1992, where Lake, a good draftsman and tireless punster, became indispensable in formulating attacks on George Bush's foreign policy.
The buildup has been supplemented by European sales: diesel attack submarines from die Netherlands, and sixty Mirage 2000 fighter-bombers as well as Lafayette class destroyers from France. 1 From 1996 to 1999, the commander in chief of American forces in the Pacific, Admiral Joseph W. Prueher, undertook at his headquarters at Camp H. M. S. Seventh Fleet twice sent warships into die Taiwan Strait to prevent a mainland invasion. S. armed forces into direct confrontation widi People's Liberation Army (PLA) naval, air force, and rocket forces.
A Great Wall: Six Presidents and China by Patrick Tyler