Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Port Wars

A political firestorm has erupted in response to the Bush administration's decision to permit a United Arab Emirates company to operate six major U.S. ports. Conservatives and liberals alike are calling Bush on the carpet for this one. I agree with most that it is a bad idea to turn over operations of these ports to a company based in the Middle East, and then comes this headline:

Carter backs Bush's stand on seaport-operations deal (Miami Herald)

Jimmy Carter thinks it's a good idea? If Jimmy Carter is supporting it that should be enough incentive to call the whole thing off.

Of course Jimmy Carter is also a complete hypocrite. Check out this quote from the article:

''The overall threat to the United States and security, I don't
think it exists,'' Carter said on CNN's The Situation Room. ``I'm sure the
president's done a good job with his subordinates to make sure this is not a
So the Carter trusts President Bush and his subordinates when it comes to vetting the new company and ensuring this will not compromise U.S. security at key ports but when it comes to issues like the NSA wiretaps he complains that Bush cannot be trusted to protect the civil liberties of U.S. citizens. Nice logic there Jimmy.

No wonder Reagan took 44 states against this guy in 1980.

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