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It’s astounding how many conservatives are falling for the Administration arguments on the UAE ports deal. What the Bushies are essentially saying is that we are better (yes, BETTER) off with Dubai Ports World managing operations than with a British company doing so. And having an American company take over is entirely ignored.
Let us attempt to set up a balance sheet. If the UAE takes over we gainâ€¦ OK, I’m waiting — what is it we gain? Ah, here we go: if the UAE company takes over we won’t be accused of being “racists” or “Islamophobes.” That’s it! There is no other advantage, since all of the other arguments simply state that port security will be no worse than it is at present.
Now for the other side. What is it we lose if the UAE takes over? Well, there is no active harm — the UAE is not presently, insofar as we know, encouraging terrorism — but there are significant potential harms. The possibility exists that UAE ownership might increase the ease with which weapons may be smuggled, that terrorists or their allies could be infiltrated by posing as DPW employees, and that monetary transfers to terrorists could be facilitated.
So there we have it. On balance there is no positive but several negatives. This looks to me like just another attempt to buy friendship with those who have chosen to make themselves our enemies. In effect, it is a form of Danegeld — and as Kipling reminds us, paying Danegeld simply earns one more raids from the Vikings.p>And let’s always remember the signal this deal sends to the American people: that George W. Bush isn’t all that serious about the War on Terror, that it’s business as usual with the Middle East, that the Saudis and other Gulf powers are more than fair weather friends, never mind what they say about us or do to us. br> — Richard Donley br> New Lyme, Ohio /p> p> It appears all this excitement was over a normal activity of our government. With the Republicans in the Congress (our unskilled practitioners) what do you expect? Rather than jump, the President they should have known the process and been the first to point this out to the Dems. And the press. They will never learn. br> —
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?