"This is a company that has played by the rules, that has been cooperative with the United States, a country that's an ally in the war on terror, and it would send a terrible signal to friends and allies not to let this transaction go through."So let me just make a list of things that bug me about this whole plan. A list of conflicting information we've received from our loyal, steadfast President since 9/11/2001, along with some bits of factual information that always seem to get in the way:
1.) States that sponsor terrorism are bad. They're off our Christmas card list.
2.) We've got to police the boards like rabid dogs. Especially Mexico because maybe terrorists will come through Mexico. Oh, and we should also watch that Visa Waiver Program because special relationships we may have with countries should not be considered, nor should common sense or, say, the facts of any situation.
3.) Iraq is a state that sponsors terrorism (never mind that its former leader had zip to do with 9/11).
4.) Confused talking TV heads wrinkle their brows in consternation over the notion that we're supposed to be fine with this ARAB nation taking over our entire Eastern Seaboard’s worth of ports.
5.) Modern terrorism operates free of any particular state, taking only from some the kind of economic benies that we take from not-so-nice countries like, say, that enemy of the First Amendment, China.
6.) Dubai is a state, and a friendly one at that. Our naval ships dock there and our sailors enjoy liberty on its shores and in its deserts - availing themselves of this new jet-setter's vacation destination.
7.) The article links above and says some of the terrorists flew from Dubai to the US. Okay, but really, once they were here, they flew around and learned to fly from American instructors, let's not get all blame-game with Dubai, eh?
8.) So it seems to me, then, that the MSM's main problem with this, justifiably, is that it makes no sense to paint the Arab world with such a broad brush and then turn over port control to a state owned country. But going back to points 5 and 6, aren't we being, well, racist assholes to look at Dubai, as a state and as a participant in the market, and think "terrorist threat?"
9.) And speaking of point 8, looks like Bush has been successful in convincing us that They are all bad and we should fear Them and regardless of whether any "state" sponsors terrorism, we should just assume they come from everywhere, like Iraq who had nothing (everything! everything! be afraid!) to do with 9/11. And we're using that lesson to mess with your Presidency.
10.) I think the idiom we're looking for here is, "be careful what you wish for."