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Friday, February 24, 2006

Better and Better

The fight over management of our Ports is just providing no end of fun, and it's moving faster than the events at the winter olympics. It's literally a case of everyone expecting Bush to actually deliver on his promises of protecting the nation from terror while he's selling the opportunity for destruction to the enemy. This is what's happened in the last few hours.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has filed a lawsuit asking to stop the takeover of port operations. Bob Dole was hired by the UAE to defend the deal, and the Treasury Department (run by a Bush crony) has declined to produce details of even how the arab company was supposedly vetted for security - making one question if it was even done at all.

And predictably, the Democrats are seeing this whole thing as an opportunity to make Bush eat crow. Of course, given the lack of spinal material in the party, one really has to wonder if this will materialize. A few invitations to buy into the Carlyle Group will probably shut them all up.

And also predictably, Bush is sticking his chin out and trying to look tough on this. Apparently he doesn't realize that by sending Condi to the UAE to buy time, and the UAE agreeing to delay the deal for the investigation, he's already lost the 'tough' position - except for those brain-dead mullet heads who still support him.
The president's national security adviser said the White House would keep trying to persuade lawmakers — there's more time since the company offered to delay its takeover — but the administration wouldn't reconsider its approval.

Ri-ighhhhht. Bush claims to have not even known about the deal before somebody started yelling about it. But he immediately offered to veto any legislation to delay it, and is still saying he won't reconsider his approval, no matter what.

The "I didn't know" story sounds like a blatant lie to me. And of course the Bush love of complete secrecy has to make one wonder what is hidden about this deal - like the price paid to Bush to get it approved with normal restrictions removed. And maybe the way the materials for the next attack on US soil will be smuggled in.

(Why do you folks in the intel business permit this guy to keep screwing up everything you work to protect? Or are you sold out now too and working to protect Bush, and not the American people?)

Stay tuned. The weekend starts now, but this won't go entirely silent, even if it does get subdued somewhat. But no worries mate, by Monday it'll be the issue on fire again.

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