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.