Sunday, February 26, 2006
In a newly released Rasmussen Reports poll, 43% of Americans said they want Congressional Democrats handling national security while only 41% prefer the Bush White House. Additionally, 64% said they are opposed to the Dubai Ports World deal to take over operations at six major U.S. ports.
As for the highly controversial deal itself, DPW, the state-owned United Arab Emirates company that's paying $7-billion for the Miami, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York and New Orleans gateways, has requested a 45-day investigation in order to allay Americans' concerns. After a week of intense battling on the Hill between the Busheviks and Congress, the UAE has requested something that's already been mandated by law. There's a twisted irony to this whole mess. That four years after the 9/11 attacks an Arab nation has to volunteer for a legally mandated review in order for it to happen at all only goes to show the colossal flaws in our homeland security.
How is it possible that the mandatory 45-day investigation was not carried out? How is it possible that this administration is once again allowed to arbitrarily decide whether or not to obey our nation's laws? For four years they've drilled into our heads that we're at war with radical Islam; that the war on terror is our number-one priority. And then without any significant investigation whatsoever the Busheviks go ahead and approve the sale of operations at six major ports to an Arab nation that's had ties to Al Qaeda; has supported the Taliban; has failed to recognize Israel; and has been a stopover for drug traffickers and money-launderers. This was and is a blunder of epic proportions. No wonder Americans are losing faith.