Of all the things to get excited about… Of all the things that warrant a veto… I can’t believe the Administration would threaten a veto over something that is such an obvious PR debacle and a plan the majority of Americans consider to be astoundingly stupid.
We know there is a radical wing of Islam that wants nothing more than the opportunity to get a WMD into the US… We know at least a few of the 9-11 hijackers used the UAE as a base of operations… We know that many high ranking officials in Islamic regimes – at best – pay lip service to the notion of being our ally and – at worst – actively oppose our interests… But the Administration is still pursuing an option that would put control of our ports into the hands of an Arab nation.
“I want those who are questioning it to step up and explain why all of a sudden a Middle Eastern company is held to a different standard than a [British] company,” Bush told reporters.
Well, Mr. President, allow me. The reason for the double standard is simple… The British have been our allies for better than 100 years… We’ve fought two World Wars together and lost an ass load of patriots trying to make the world better. While there may be a limited number of Brits willing to strap on a bomb and walk into a Pizza Hut, I’d hazard a guess that there aren’t that many – at least not compared to the legions of Palestinians, Saudis and Jordanians that are stepping up to serve the cause in Iraq.
There is also the fact that our terrorist watch list has better than 300,000 names on it and I would bet there are not a lot of “John Worthingtons” next to all the Khalids and Mohammads.
Finally, 19 British citizens didn’t hijack four planes and use them to kill 3,000 of my fellow Americans.
You remember Americans, right? We’re the ones that elected you, remember? Well, we think this is a really dumb idea – almost unanimously.
Now the ball is in your court. If you can show me evidence that the 19 hijackers were British, and not Middle Eastern, then I’ll hold the British to that standard and demand you sell the ports to Dubai.