February 21, 2006

Port Showdown

I'm kind of scratching my head about this one from a political perspective. And when viewed within that prism, this whole business seems kind of stupid. So why push this? Why, after five years of not issuing one single veto, does the President threaten to use one against any legislation aimed at blocking this port deal?

The answer is that to this President it really isn't a politically-oriented move. The Financial Times lays out some compelling arguments as to why the concerns flying around the 'sphere today are baseless. Unless of course you just don't trust anyone from the Middle-East. I find it hard to believe that a President who has gone to such great lengths to protect the United States from further attacks after 9/11 - including open himself up to criticism and political attacks - would so strongly back this deal if he felt it would increase the country's vulnerability one tiny bit.

I also find it strange that the Democrats, who are so vehemently against racial profiling individuals, are so adamant about profiling a company. Their use of this issue to try and appear "tough" on national security is nothing short of laughable. Are they actually acknowledging that there is a terror threat out there? That's a first.

That being said, it's obvious that the fallout over the proposed deal is one that will cause many an American to be concerned. The President will need to do more than use his veto power. He'll have to address the nation and lay out his justification for it. I'm not saying whether this deal definitely should or shouldn't happen, but I suspect that the ferocity of the opposition is driven more by emotion than logic.

Posted by: Gary at 04:15 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 Port operations - gee we got 1000 containers coming in...is there enough trucks/trains to clear them outta my parking lot??, will the teamsters unload those ships?? Port security - gee who loaded them 1000 containers,can I trust the security at the port where they was loaded onto this ship..or do I have to check every container..

Posted by: Marvin at February 21, 2006 09:09 PM (2vUgk)

2 I am against giving control of U.S. port operations to an Arab Nation. Despite political alliances, I believe that these people have nothing but hate for us in their hearts. My feelings are based solely on years of military service and association with people who've worked in middle eastern countries. They HATE us and wish us ill. I view this act to be the same as giving control of some stratigic post to an Italian firm back in 1939. It's just wrong.

Posted by: J.M. Welsh at February 21, 2006 10:14 PM (vFTPV)

3 After listening to Rush today, he made sence to support President Bush decision to sell the ports to a UAE company. At first I was so against it. Now, as long the new company puts in jobs to US workers and not ship them from abroad and also follows strict adherence of US Law, then I can sleep at night. Thanks. Great Blog Site. Cyrus

Posted by: Cyrus Pacis at February 22, 2006 02:23 AM (Ffvoi)

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