Monday, February 27, 2006

Any Port Company In A Storm

The Bush administration's inexplicable decision to allow a company owned by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to run major American ports continues to be a contentious issue for the president days after it was announced.

The 45-day review period that has now been agreed to by the ports company, the Bush administration and his Congressional majority is a mere formality; it has no binding terms, and the president has already made clear he's not changing his mind.

Yep. Despite the uproar about a deal he admittedly was only a party to after the fact, Bush couldn't give a cargo-hold-rat's ass what anyone else thinks.

Amazing. Just amazing. But maybe not, considering the source.


While airport security has been beefed up post-9/11, ports are still gaping holes in the American security fence. They remain our Achilles heel, as
some public figures have long pointed out, but Bush seems content to let the rest of the leg go bad.

So much for protecting the homeland.


One affected port is right in my backyard. I’ll have to go wave at my new neighbors down there sometime. Maybe bring them a sponge cake. Something nice, but not too fancy.

I can’t tell you how very bad and nonsensical this deal is. The UAE was an ally of Osama bin Laden and hosted him on many occasions. Who knows if they’re still friends?

And this plan just plain looks bad.

I'm sorry, by the way, that American objections to the ports deal are hurting some people's feelings, but our feelings of security have to come first. Except for a few presidential lapdogs, the population is overwhelmingly against this.

Republicants who have supported Bush through his many stumbles are starting to break ranks, though some are trying to find a compromise on the port issue. If the president maintains his present course, he may soon have little safe haven from his detractors.

Coming right after Bush took a flogging from his own party on illegal NSA wiretaps (well, ok, there were only a few lashes, and they weren’t very hard), this newest scandal is further tearing
Republicant unity behind him asunder.

Keep up the good work, Mr. President. You’re doing a heckuva job campaigning for Democrats.

19 comments:

Hellpig said...

This one we are firmly in agreement
between the pourous boarders and Portgate, Bush can kiss my ass.

Al Qaeda Claimed Infiltration of Key UAE Agencies in 2002

Pete Bogs said...

this is one of those "What the HELL were you thinking?" situations... Bush was oblivious, so he wasn't thinking... now that he knows he doesn't care what anyone else thinks...

infinitesimal said...

Oh you guys, Bush may not be doing the thinking, but someone is and they are setting the stage for irreversible policies.

Bush and Bin Ladin families are cohorts and together they are comprising a NWO Mafia.

X, Can I get a what what?

Mr Q said...

Bogs,
Mr President will do whatever the hell he wants because a lot of people belive/d in him. If we get hurt from this decisions, all that we can do is bitch, bitch and bitch. We'll all end up voting for another idiot in another year. Is not giving up on my part, it's just reality. They day things will really change is when the experiment of "democracy" makes people hungry -er. Nothing is more powerful than food, and as long as we have craploads of it, people will be content with all the other shitty things that go on.

DISCLAIMER:
This is an attempt to have Bogs shut by sliding a cold dark one down the brass, followed by a Tofu reuben.

The Flabbergasted Heathen said...

See, this is what you get for putting a two term limit on your heads of state. Ok, so with unlimited terms, Bush might rule forever...but he wouldn't pull shit like this either.

He can do damn near anything he wants now, because he knows that it's the end. No one CAN vote for him...so he doesn't have to placate the public anymore. Give the UAE some business, the poor souls...how have they survived this long without good ole' Georgie's help?

Anonymous said...

You folks don't understand. This is a post 9-11 world. We have to keep America safe and defend our homeland. That is why we are allowing foreign companies, especially those that are breeding grounds for terrorits, to take over key security points such as sea ports. Next up - Iran gets a contract for airport security, North Korea will start securing our nukes an ol' Bin Laden is going to do a heckuva job at the CIA.

Pete Bogs said...

Bush’s critics within his own party typically step back into line within a day or two… but I do think the more things like this – NSA spying, ports deal, etc. – Bush does, the more he is campaigning for Democrats in the ’06 elections… his majority will shrink, and he may finally be held accountable for his actions after 5+ years of outright corruption, incompetence and criminality…

Infini – NWO? Niggaz With Outaclue? oh, you mean New World Order… I love their music…

what what?

Mr. Q – I take it you are trying to use food and drink to get me to shut my gob? it won’t work… I can talk with my mouth full… yep, even while drinking a pint – ventriloquist style…

Flab – interesting you bring this up… I wrote a piece a while back on the parallels between Canadian and US politics… no one read it then, sadly…

http://blogdebogs.blogspot.com/2006/01/canada-in-reverse_24.html

anon - I like Feingold's comment about Bush having a pre-1776 view... down with King George!

The Flabbergasted Heathen said...

Not a bad little article...but the conservatives here are blue, not red.

Other than that...not bad at all.

Jack K. said...

Co-op the enemy and you can win the contest.

ffff said...

All this has something to do with...ahem...money? Georgie and the bin Laden's..ahem..money? Could it be?
Paranoia doesn't look good on America's shiny face. Take care

Pete Bogs said...

Flabber - thanks... no one ever commented on that post, so I don't know if anyone ever read it...

I was writing that in Yankee language, so the colours aren't correct for Canada... apologies...

Jack - I don't know what to think about this... now the Coast Guard is saying they weren't so sure about the port deal either...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060228/ap_on_go_ot/ports_security

rusty shakelford said...

Everyone keeps saying the ports are wide open, but why hasn't there been a attack launched from the port system, ever?

A. Terrorist dont watch CNN

B. We Catch them before it happens

C. The ports are not "gaping holes"

D. Both B and C

Bird said...

i have refused to follow this storyline (every now and again, I simply can't stand it, so i ignore certain news stories).

but i did hear georgie porgie say a surprising thing on CNN earlier today - when he was addressing some govenors' brunch. he used the term "universiality of liberty." Whoa! I sat up at that. I was just impressed that he could take a noun and add that "ality" part - hahahaha! he sounded psuedo-intellectual. a nice change (thought meaningless) from his sound-like-an-idiot speech pattern.

Sorry bogs - i am SOOO off-topic here.

Hellpig said...

The UAE is good at securing ports check it out

secure port

wolf-snaggle-tooth said...

Bogs.. get of the politics mate..
retire & start writing about sand formation in the desert winds..

Jack K. said...

It may have something to do with adage about the knowledge of left hands and right hands.

With the Coast Guard we can only hope that all hands are on duty. I trust them to do sworn duty to protect and defend our constitution and our watery borders.

Did you know that they also patrol navigable waterways? They have a CG station in Leavenworth, KS.

Money is the evil of all roots, and therefore makes strange bedfellows. Whatever the hell that means.

presidentbobo said...

If you can smuggle a couple dozen Chinese citizens in a cargo container, how hard can it be to smuggle something worse?
Bush is like Cartman - Respect my Author-i-ty! Every decision with Bush is irrevocable. Of course the leaders of the UAE are our friends...but it is their worker-bees that we have to worry about. The ports and the borders are clearly not secure. For a president who has staked everything on making us "safer" this decision defies all political common sense.

Pete Bogs said...

Alison - of course it does... that's why they went ahead and signed an irreversible agreement before letting everyone know about it... the 45-day review is just a ruse...

Rusty - your logic is rusty...the notion that since we haven't had an attack in recent years the "war on terror" must be working is fallacious... eight years passed between the first attack on the WTC and 9/11... I'm hoping the ports are secure, but even the Coast Guard isn't sure... it may be that no one has yet had the will to use ports for an attack, or simply hasn't carried it out yet... if/when sometimes decides to blow up a full tanker in port, the surrounding tanks would create quite a mess... it wouldn't be 9/11, but it'd be bad... let's hope it never happens...

bird - feel free to fly in and comment however you wish...

snagglepuss - I've only just gotten started here...

Pete Bogs said...

CG station in KS? I wouldn't have thought! but then again, there was a naval training station in landlocked Orlando...