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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Don't do it George!

Okay, this includes absolutely nothing about my trip to the Pacific Northwest.  I’ll get to that soon.  But I wanted to get my two cents in regarding the US Port issue and how we as a country are responding to it.  I have generally been reluctant to comment too much on some of our nations politics as I tend to be rather unhappy with both parties, but with this, I feel things should be pretty clear.

Don’t do it George!  That’s right.  Don’t do it.  Get on that red hot line right now and tell the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to announce that they have decided to back out.  Do whatever you need to do to not let this issue continue to move forward.  Because it is not just bad politically, it is also bad policy!

Here’s why.  If this deal goes through, a foreign government will own a business that manages our ports.  Not a foreign business as in the past with the company from Great Britain, but a foreign government.  This is not about race.  To me it does not make any difference who that country is, they should not own businesses that are involved in either strategic or sensitive issues in the United States.  And this certainly qualifies.

Now, if a private company from the UAE bought in, that would be different, but this is a foreign government.  A big difference!  I am amazed that the administration cannot see the political problems here.  As some have suggested, they seem to be tone deaf on this issue.

Finally, lest you think I am only smacking the administration, here’s a little love for our congress.  Couldn’t you have done this behind closed doors?  Your actions in challenging our President publicly on this issue have not helped to resolve this situation.  You have however, managed to get some good footage to use in your next reelection campaign.  I guess that is what is really important.  I think we deserve better, what about you?



Comments on "Don't do it George!"

 

Blogger Tom said ... (7:56 AM) : 

Welcome back, Dave. I know George thinks its ok cuz these guys are allies. But wasn't Iran and Iraq once allies way back when as well? Too many things change too quickly to risk our national security.

 

Blogger Dave Miller said ... (10:57 AM) : 

Yep, you are right Tom. They both were, ironically right after we destabilized their gov'ts when they elected people who were not sympathetic to our political agenda.

This issue is continuing to play out and I am not hearing much about the difference between a foreign company doing business here and a foreign government, which I feel would be bad for us whether it was France, Japan, the UAE or whomever.

 

Blogger James Manning said ... (9:08 PM) : 

Dave, I heard this point and I think it is the best argument yet to not allow this deal to go through. Looking into the facts surrounding this, I think it comes down to cronyism again. Sec. Snow has a past with this company and I'm sure he pushed it through. The fact that Bush didn't even know about means he doesn't have much of a leg to stand on. Once again, is underlings hung him out to dry and he's just pushing the company line. It makes me wonder who is running the show.

 

Anonymous Gordon Mallon said ... (6:31 AM) : 

It seems kind of funny that after 4 1/2 years of President Bush working to create an enemy to support his program to fundimentally change our country's vision of liberty, it comes back to bite him. 9/11 was funded by money which came through a UAE bank. But it is OK for them to run our ports because they are our pals. Meanwhile we have illegal wire taping, people held with out charges for years, and who knows what else.

 

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