Monday, February 27, 2006

So What Is The Big Deal?

In my absense, I have been chomping at the bit to discuss the Port issue.

I wanted to do this post on Friday night, but, other things took presidence, what can I say?

Anyway, the thing that I find so amazing is that politicians will eat their own any chance they get.

Republicans are coming out against Bush, and of course Democrats will fault him for scratching his head.

If we look at the big picture here, what message would we send the world if we block the UAE from taking over operations from P&O?

Wouldn't you call that a racist reaction?

All of the sudden the Dems are worried about national security?

They faulted Bush on his wire taps.

They say that Iraq was not a threat.

And now they say that we should not let our ports be run by Arabs?

Which is it?

The Dems jump on anything that will hurt Bush, which is kind of funny, you'd think they are trying to run against him in the next election.

Should we let them know, he is not running in the next election?

No, I don't think so, let them expose themselves as the fools they are.

Now let me get back on point.

What message do we send to the world by shutting out the UAE and Dubia Ports?

First, Los Angeles ports are run by China.

Is that OK?

That should also cause us concern, but that is overlooked?

I would hate to see the US discriminate.

So, like everyone wants, we error on the side of caution?

If we stop the UAE from taking over the opperations of selected ports, we must also take away the ports from all foreign interests.

If we want all of our ports under US control, let's put together a plan that US companies must manage the operation of all ports.

That would mean taking management of all ports away from foreign companies.

We could say that in the next 2-5 years, all ports would be operated by US companies.

I would be fine with that, although, that would mean big Government Investments to encourage US companies to buy out those contracts.

If that is what we want, then fine, let's do it.

But that would mean a tax burden for all of us. Again, I'm fine with that.

But let's be clear on what we are doing.

First of all, Port Security is still, and always has been a function of the United States Government.

We can't just tell the UAE that they can't do business in the US.

That would go against capitalism, which the US was built on.

So either, we let the UAE in, or we send everyone else packing as well.

How would it look to the Middle East if we ban them from doing a legitimate business in our country, when we allow everyone else in?

Not good, of course, and it would give them so much more ammunition in their 'US is Satan'
campaign.

Truly, I fault the Bush Administration in this.

How did they not see the fallout from this?

Well I guess it should be expected, they delayed talking about Cheney shooting a guy, and the Harriet Miers thing was a mess, Bush's statement that Brown was doing a 'hell of a job', during Katrina, and they could have handled the PR over the Iraq War better.

So whoever is in charge of gauging public opinion for the Bush Administration, should be fired.

They are not doing their job.

Bush is mostly doing the right things, but his PR sucks.

Maybe he should call the Fu2rman.

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