Has my beloved President Bush gone off his freakin' rocker? Seems like the American people understand the nature of the war we are fighting and the capabilities of our enemies than our Commander-in-Chief. The AP:
Bush said that protesting lawmakers should understand his approval of the deal was final.
"They ought to listen to what I have to say about this," the president said. "They'll look at the facts and understand the consequences of what they're going to do. But if they pass a law, I'll deal with it with a veto."
Bush, who has never vetoed a bill as president, said on the White House South Lawn: "This is a company that has played by the rules, has been cooperative with the United States, from a country that's an ally on the war on terror, and it would send a terrible signal to friends and allies not to let this transaction go through."
Wow, that is some hubris, even from a Texas cowpoke. Seems like he is playing the race card here as well, which is most offensive of all. I question the strength of our "alliance" with a nation that is much more likely to appease al-Qaeda than the United States. Simply put, all it takes is one low-level Dubai Port employee to allow in one particular shipment, or a handful of stowaways, and off we go to Armageddon.
Maybe my concern is a bit extreme, but it is shared by many; and why Bush refuses to delay the deal, or make more aspects of it public, is concerning to me. The fact that he is handing a security issue over to the Democrats in an election year is bad enough. But if he's lost his knack of understanding the needs and concerns of the average American regarding the War on Terror, than he will in short order lose his moral standing, his authority, his clout, and his ability to get anything done whatsoever. Then our national security will really be compromised...
All we need is an open, clear investigation of the port company - if the American people can be convinced that this is a clean, fair, safe deal, then - no problem.
And if not...Mr. Bush should not forget whom the boss is in our democratic system.
Via Instapundit, I'll throw in a pro-Port opinion:
Bush is going to take some ugly political flak for a better cause. The USA needs to strengthen ties with Arab nations. Period. The UAE is not Switzerland, but it's not Afghanistan either, and yes they recognized the Taliban government. They're politicians too. If we can do business with Pakistan, and we must, the UAE is as good an Islamic business partner as we're going to get.
To take away the deal from the UAE now, for no other reason than their religion, would rightly insult all Muslims, and do irreparable damage to our long term interests.
It's a liberal argument, not without it merits. But are their any Muslim countries that do not wish ill will on America at this time? And can we gamble the security of our nation's ports that Dubai is a Muslim nation that will essentially particpate in American Homeland Security? Big, big risk...
As a counterpoint to the above, I bring you this commentary from Celestial Junk Blog - it is not written on the Dubai port topic, nevertheless it refutes our friend above:
We are told again and again by “experts” and “talking heads” that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unquantified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is, that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars world wide... It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. The hard quantifiable fact is, that the “peaceful majority” is the “silent majority” and it is cowed and extraneous.
Read 'em both...
FYI - living in "interesting times" kinda sucks....