Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Officially Pissed at Bush

Before those on the left get a warm, tingly feeling...let me just say that normally when conservatives are mad at President Bush it's because he isn't being CONSEVATIVE ENOUGH. There have been many things that have bothered me: the never-ending spending, the McCain "torture" bill, the blind eye to the borders, Harriet Miers and the PC handling of the "GWOT" (which I believe endangers our troops)...

...but at the end of the day I believe that Bush goes to sleep at night honestly worried about how to keep Americans safe...

Which is why I am shocked and awed that he has said that he will VETO any legislation drafted to block the sale of American ports to United Arab Emirates' Dubai Ports World. What is he thinking --even the majority house leader and the Speaker of the House are against him on this.

" Lawmakers from both parties have expressed security concerns about the deal, with some noting that some of the Sept. 11 hijackers had links to the United Arab Emirates.

The Bush administration views that as an unfair attack on the UAE, which it defends as a strong ally in the war on terrorism. More broadly, criticism of the deal threatens the White House's efforts to build better relations in the Arab world.

Frist said he would pursue legislation, if necessary, to delay the transfer of the ports' management.

Within hours, as Bush was returning from a speech in Colorado, he took the rare step of inviting traveling reporters to the front cabin of Air Force One before issuing his veto threat. He accused critics of attempting to deny a Middle Eastern company the same opportunity as provided to a British firm.

"I'm trying to conduct foreign policy now by saying to people of the world, `We'll treat you fairly,"' Bush said.

Speaking a short while later upon his return to the White House, Bush sought to underscore that the Coast Guard and the Customs Service--not a foreign company--would be responsible for port security.

"If there was any chance that this transaction would jeopardize the security of the United States, it would not go forward," he said.

The clash could produce the first veto of Bush's administration." (source)

If I'm not mistaken, I think Howard Kurtz (of the Washington Post) is implying the UAE story was hyped to take the heat off of Cheney. I can't even begin to comment on the absurdity of a "reporter" claiming a serious issue like port control is just a smoke screen to take attention from an accident...

Needless to say, they're pretty angry over at The Rotti too...

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