Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Chickens and Roosting
I was watching Bobo (David Brooks) last night on The Newshour discuss the port embroglio with Mark Shields. Over and over again, he kept making this point:
As TP flagged yesterday—and many of this morning's papers note in detail—experts say there's little substance to the qualms over the sale. The LAT has a particularly good piece offering facts to counter the fears: "Trade and security specialists said U.S. criticism was unjustified, given Dubai's support for the Bush administration's anti-terrorism campaign and its close connections to the U.S. military. Dubai is a primary staging base for the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf." Said a spokeswoman for L.A.'s port, which is already managed by fer'ners, "Who's leasing the terminals on paper is one thing, but it doesn't have much to do with who controls the day-to-day operations."
I was a little disappointed that Mark Shields only obliquely noted the obvious. But I was totally amazed by Bobo's genuine amazement about the uproar. Where has this guy been for five years?

Live by the sword, die by the sword. The Republicans have touted the threats from the Middle East through their meta-messaging for years. Sure, Bush would talk a good story about Islam and Muslim's, but we all know that Bubba got the real message ... you can't trust anyone with brown skin and a rag head.

Now the conservatives pundits are shocked, SHOCKED that everyone would be making such a big deal about a bidness deal.

Message to conservatives: Welcome to my world. Enjoy your stay.
Blogger Lynne said...
I don't care if UAE is a great friend to the U.S. Iran was a great friend at one point. Things change.