The Chinese Communist Party insists on dictating “the rules,” not complying with them

In one of the few times last night when what was supposed to be the foreign policy presidential debate actually addressed what the candidates would do about challenges overseas, former Vice President Joe Biden laid out how he would handle Communist China.

Mr. Biden repeatedly declared that he would “make China play by the international rules.” This statement calls to mind Albert Einstein who declared: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

If ever there were an example of a failed foreign policy it is the idea that, if we just “engage” with the Chinese Communists, they will behave and play by the so-called “rules.” What such engagement has actually produced is a very threatening PRC that uses its power to change those rules or contemptuously violate them.

Proven, counterproductive insanity is not an acceptable plan.   

This is Frank Gaffney.

About Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.