"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

William J. Bennett & Seth Leibsohn on Dubai Ports World on National Review Online

William J. Bennett & Seth Leibsohn on Dubai Ports World on National Review Online

'"America's belief in human dignity will guide our policies, yet rights must be more than the grudging concessions of dictators; they are secured by free dissent and the participation of the governed. In the long run, there is no justice without freedom, and there can be no human rights without human liberty."' — President George W. Bush, Second Inaugural Address, 2005.

According to Bennett and Leibsohn, the UAE should withdraw this deal as China did last year in the UNOCAL bid last year. "This deal will not stand public deliberation; it confuses things."

It is true, as the authors say, that as time has past since the UAE deal came to light that it doesn't look as bad at first glance; yet that should change nothing.

Policy and consistency wise is that it goes against the push behind the War on Terror. "This is not the stuff of "nativism" or "isolationism" or "Islamophobia" — labels that have been thrown around too casually over the past two weeks." Many of the people that were "so labeled were among the first to call for the liberation of Iraqi Arabs and Muslims, and enthusiastically defended and supported the liberation of the Muslims in Afghanistan."

Regardless of whether there has been great improvement by the UAE since 9/11, this deal wrankles common sense.

This article is a worthy read and I would go into more details of it, however, best to read from the source. Also, this subject is just too obvious as a DON'T GO THERE, that I can only take so much more. This does not mean I or we should let things go as they will, just that it seems there is very little to argue even if you are not the brightest bulb on the porch.


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