Tuesday, February 21

Chomping at the bit

From Matt Drudge's breathless headline:

Bush called reports at about 2.30 aboard Air Force One to issue a very strong defense of port deal... MORE... He said he would veto any legislation to hold up deal and warned the United States was sending 'mixed signals' by going after a company from the Middle East when nothing was said when a British company was in charge... Lawmakers, he said, must 'step up and explain why a middle eastern company is held to a different standard.' Bush was very forceful when he delivered the statement... 'I don't view it as a political fight,' Bush said.... MORE... MORE... BUSH ISSUES VETO THREAT; VOWS TO KEEP PORT DEAL

(I'm guessing the MORE, MORE was a holla' back to time spent with Jeff Gannon, official White House manwhore.) ...but back to the United Arab Emirates. I really don't think liberal hysteria to assume this move might be a dangerous one. I yanked these funfacts from the Think Progress website:

– The UAE was one of three countries in the world to recognize the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan. – The UAE has been a key transfer point for illegal shipments of nuclear components to Iran, North Korea and Lybia. – According to the FBI, money was transferred to the 9/11 hijackers through the UAE banking system. – After 9/11, the Treasury Department reported that the UAE was not cooperating in efforts to track down Osama Bin Laden’s bank accounts.

Looking back at these last 6 years, one would be hard-pressed to come up with a positive result coming from any one of Bush's bright ideas: The Global War on Terror, No Child Left Behind, Department of Homeland Security, Social Security Privatization, Hurrican Katrina, The Valerie Plame affair, etc. Can someone please remind me again why the GOP is strong on national security? Our president is an idiot. It's really rather sad.

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