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Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Daily Rant

Well thank God we stopped the United Arab Emirates from taking over the bureaucratic operations of our eastern seaports; I think we can all feel safer and go to bed soundly knowing that we are all safe and that companies from foreign countries are not in control over any of our infrastructure. The Dubai Ports Deal is not going to happen and although there is no one else at the moment who wants to take bureaucratic control over the ports, we have effectively snubbed what could have been an Arab ally. But, at least we are safe now.
Except that according to Newsweek, there is right now an Israeli high-tech company about to purchase a Maryland software firm called Sourcefire which sells firewall protection to such customers as the Pentagon, and another Dubai firm, Dubai International Capital, which is close to making a $1.2 billion purchase of another British company that owns manufacturing plants in the U.S. that produce engine parts for military planes and tanks (Newsweek, March 20, 2006).
But, its ok, Dubai won’t be paper-pushers at any U.S. ports; they will only be building our tanks and fighter planes. Yeah!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once you take a close look at the port deal, you will see that it really was a good thing for the US. Perception wise, it was dumb but once you look at the entire picture, it was an okay deal.

Thu Mar 16, 08:37:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

But, politics is not about doing what makes sense it’s all about doing what won’t get you into trouble or at least doing those things that no one will notice that might get you into trouble. The U.S. would have been fine letting Dubai handle the daily operations of some U.S. ports, because our Coast Guard and Homeland Security would still be in charge of only screening 5% of all cargo that comes into these ports.

Thu Mar 16, 10:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think, in the end, it was the way the administration handled the situation that really doomed it? I've heard and read the word "arrogant" in decribing their handling of the situation once people started to voice some opposition. If they had been a little more upfront with everyone, maybe this goes through?

Fri Mar 17, 12:54:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

This administration arrogant? No. But, at the same time you will find liberal bloggers and the liberals news that will tell you that anything Bush and his administration does is wrong. I even read liberal blogs that made fun of the President for meeting with the autistic basketball player, they said the two seemed like they had a lot in common.
Bitter liberals.

Fri Mar 17, 03:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad that some would take the time to mock a kid with Autism, just for an excuse to goof on Bush. While I certainly don't agree with, um, pretty much everything the guy does, it's a cheap shot to make fun of the kid. I don't know that it's liberals, more like A-holes that do that.

Mon Mar 20, 05:35:00 AM  

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