Someone at The White House has lost his or her mind. Or Karl Rove is being investigated again and doesn’t have time to do gutchecks on stupid Administration decisions. Remember, we got Harriet Miers last year during the period where Rove was under intense scrutiny in “Plamegate.”
Whatever the reasons, those of you who think we never criticize President Bush on anything (and you are wrong) are going to love this from me today: Bush is nuts for threatening a veto of the United Arab Emirates port deal and defending this stupid decision. Nuts, nuts, nuts! These were Bush’s comments aboard Air Force One. (Hat tip – Michelle Malkin)
“After careful review by our government, I believe the transaction ought to go forward,” Bush told reporters who had traveled with him on Air Force One to Washington. “I want those who are questioning it to step up and explain why all of a sudden a Middle Eastern company is held to a different standard than a Great British company. I am trying to conduct foreign policy now by saying to the people of the world, `We’ll treat you fairly.'”
Well, since we also should have been holding Middle Eastern-looking airline passengers to a different standard since 9/11, why not the company controlling our major ports? If we profiled at the airports, maybe 97-year olds and babies wouldn’t be getting frisked and our odds of catching would-be terrorists or those here illegally would be much higher. The ironic thing out of all of this is…. those whining the loudest about the UAE port deal are those also shouting the loudest to NOT do profiling at our airports. I say, DO BOTH!
I don’t care about the convoluted economic explanations as to why the deal might actually be good. And I know that it has nothing to do with actual security of the ports, but management of them. Doesn’t matter. Even Fred Barnes last night on FNC’s Special Report was doing mental gymnastics to try to rationalize this deal.
Not me. This is not only stupid, it is obviously stupid and makes me wonder who the hell is in charge right now at Homeland Security and, frankly, The White House as a whole.
All I need to know is this: we cannot have a Middle Eastern-run company running our ports when we are at war with much of the Middle East (either in a “hot” or “cold” way). We cannot have those who burn down neighborhoods over a cartoon suddenly overseeing one of our most vulnerable places of entry in our post-9/11 world. As someone said on the radio this morning in Charlotte, “that’s like having Bill Clinton provide security at a sorority party.”
President Bush…. what is going on?
Now that I’ve taken a stand against the President on this issue (among others), I suppose this makes me a liberal, Andrew?