If an ambassador is an honest man sent abroad to lie for his country, a statesman is a man who lies from the comfort of home. Regarding China, American statesmen abound. Assistant Secretary of State Winston Lord denies vehemently that America is trying to contain China as it once did the Soviet Union. Our policy is one of engagement not containment, he insists. And Newt Gingrich says on Face the Nation that we should help the Chinese people undermine the Chinese government, then spends the next five minutes explaining that he did not really mean undermining at all.

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