-By Warner Todd Huston
We are faced with a difficult dilemma concerning Vice President Joe Biden's outrageous comments about China's one-child policy delivered in China this week.
On one hand we must either believe Joe Biden is a compete idiot, or on the other understand that he is OK with the fact that Chinese officials forced women to late term abortions and in many cases actually murdered already born babies to satisfy the one child per couple rule that the communist oppressors put into place years ago to curb the country's population size.
Neither prospect is very auspicious for Biden or Obama.
While visiting Chinese students in southwest China, Biden raised the one-child issue But as I was talking to some of your leaders, you share a similar concern here in China. You have no safety net. Your policy has been one which I fully understand – I'm not second-guessing – of one child per family. The result being that you're in a position where one wage earner will be taking care of four retired people. Not sustainable.
For decades China's violent and controversial on-child policy has been the root of the murders of many millions of Chinese babies, many of them actually born alive. For Vice resident Biden to strain to tell his communist audience that he wasn't "second guessing" this murderous policy is appalling.
This policy is responsible for the outright murder of many babies born alive in China. After authorities found that women gave birth in violation of the policy, these babies were killed in front of distraught parents. But this policy is also responsible for millions of selective-sex abortions where Chinese culturally favor boys instead of girls and aborted babies thought to be female. Chinese authorities also engaged in a whole raft of human rights violations such as forced abortions and forced sterilizations.
So, what is Biden saying here? Are we to assume he is too stupid to know of the murderous history of China's one-child policy? And if we assume he must know this history, then we are forced to understand that he has no problem at all with these human rights violations.
In fact, this whole thing argues against the whole claim that Democrats are “pro-choice.” Yes, they often choose abortion, like the Chinese are, but the “choice” could also include keeping the baby. You see, there is a choice here. But by agreeing with China’s one-child policy, he’s agreed with taking away the “choice” in the matter because Chinese women have no choice! It is an authoritarian policy thrust upon them regardless of their needs and desires. Biden appears totally OK with that.
Of course, back here at home, his office tried to skitter out from under this major gaffe -- a full time job for his office, to say the least. Biden’s office issued this statement:
The Obama Administration strongly opposes all aspects of China’s coercive birth limitation policies, including forced abortion and sterilization. The Vice President believes such practices are repugnant. He also pointed out, in China, that the policy is, as a practical matter, unsustainable. He was arguing against the One Child Policy to a Chinese audience.
Unfortunately for Obama and Biden’s office, this does not square at all with what he actually said. Biden said he wasn’t judging the policy and only thought it was bad for economic reasons.
GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney wasted no time condemning Biden's foolish comments.
China's one-child policy is gruesome and barbaric. Instead of condoning the policy, Vice President Biden should have condemned it in the strongest possible terms. There can be no defense of a government that engages in compulsory sterilization and forced abortions in the name of population control.
Another GOP hopeful, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, also condemned Biden’s comments.
China's one child policy has led to the great human tragedy of forced abortions throughout China, and Vice President Biden's refusal to 'second-guess' this horrendous policy demonstrates great moral indifference on the part of the Obama Administration. Americans value life, and we deserve leaders who will stand up against such inhumanity, not cast a blind eye.
GOP House Speaker John Boehner chimed in, as well.
I'm deeply troubled by the comments reportedly made by the Vice President yesterday regarding China’s reprehensible one-child policy, which has resulted in forced sterilizations and coerced abortions and should not be condoned by any American official. No government on Earth has the authority to place quotas on the value of innocent human life, or to treat life as an economic commodity that can be regulated and taken away on a whim by the state.
Romney and Boehner had it exactly right. China's one-child policy is a barbaric, disgusting, condemnable policy that no freedom-loving American should condone in any way whatever.