That’s cold comfort for angry Republicans, though, who still smell a near-treasonous Clintonian laxity on military matters. And the transfer of sensitive technology still troubles them, even if Big Bad Bill isn’t exactly to blame this time. "Our suspicions... were well founded," said Mississippi Republican Thad Cochran, who heads a Senate committee that has requested a copy of the report. But what the Pentagon never found out was whether any of the satellite know-how -- which transfers neatly to the world of missile delivery and nuclear payloads -- was actually used by the Chinese for those more nefarious purposes. It did offer that the strategic military balance between the U.S. and China had probably not been altered for the worse. Cold comfort indeed.