Friday, March 10, 2006
I'd like to extend my personal thanks and words of gratitude to the United Arab Emirates and Dubai Ports World for selling its interest in our waterways. In withdrawing from the deal so as to bolster our national security, the UAE did what our commander-in-chief could not. Yes, our self-anointed Darth Vader in the war on terror, in his infinite wisdom, had decided that an Arab nation with questionable ties to Al Qaeda, drug-traffickers and money-launderers would make a great choice to control operations at six major U.S. ports. But despite mounting pressure and threats from his own party leaders to kill the transaction, Bush refused to budge. But fortunately the UAE ultimately said, 'hey, even we think this is a kooky deal!' Thank goodness the UAE had the sense to figure out how to best tackle one of America's problems. Perhaps they'd like to take a stab at the economy, the Katrina mess and corruption in Washington?