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Are U.A.Ediot?

Wednesday, February 22, 2006


I can't say it any better than James Lileks:

>>>It just doesn’t sit well. Period. It’s one thing for an Administration to misjudge how a particular decision will be received; it’s another entirely to misjudge an issue that cuts to the core of the Administration’s core strength. That’s where you slap yourself on the forehead in the style of those lamenting the failure to request a V-8 in a timely fashion. Doesn’t matter whether it was a deal struck between the previous administrators and the UAE; that’s not how the issue will be seen. And it certainly doesn’t matter once the President gets all stern on the topic and insists he’ll veto any attempt to keep the deal from going through. At that point, millions of previously resolute supporters stand there with their mouths open, uttering a soft confused moan of disbelief.<<< Read the full Screed.

UPDATE: On the other hand, there's this, from James Jay Carafino, writing in National Review Online:

>>>What happens when one foreign-owned company sells a U.S. port service to another foreign-owned company. Not much. Virtually all the company employees at the ports are U.S. citizens. The Dubai firm is a holding company that will likely play no role in managing the U.S. facilities. Likewise, the company is owned by the government, a government that is an ally of the United States and recognizes that al Qaeda is as much a threat to them as it is to us. They are spending billions to buy these facilities because they think it’s a crackerjack investment that will keep making money for them long after the oil runs out. The odds that they have any interest in seeing their facilities become a gateway for terrorist into the United States are slim. But in the interest of national security, we will be best served by getting all the facts on the table.<<<< Read the full story, including comments from Michael LeDeen and James Robbins.

Daniel Drezner is keeping good track of the story at his blog.

It's just another in a long list of examples in virtually every issue known in which it almost doesn't matter how much you read, you can never know the real story unless you're actually working the problem. I know this from my inside-the-beltway-buckle days.