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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Memo to President Bush

Re: Port Security

It’s definitely a brouhaha. Possibly even a full-blown tumult.

Anyway, as much as it pains anyone to admit to being wrong, there are times to back away from a position (refer to earlier memos re: Harriet Miers). This is one of those times. If you have any difficulty in discerning the fact, let this little note close the deal:

The Bush administration got support Monday from former President Carter, a Democrat and frequent critic of the administration.

“My presumption is, and my belief is, that the president and his secretary of state and the Defense Department and others have adequately cleared the Dubai government organization to manage these ports,” Carter told CNN. “I don’t think there’s any particular threat to our security.”

Mr. Bush, when former President Carter supports your decisions on anything to do with national security, you may want to re-evaluate your position. In fact, in reference to foreign policy and national security, the last thing you should want is comfortable from the man we American’s lovingly know as the Lover of Dictators, the Architect of Malaise, and the Most Self-Righteous Man This Side of Kanye West. Seriously, even the Clintons have their moments of clarity, but similar claims about Carter are much harder to support.


David J (TBFKAZ)

Update: For what it’s worth--and all cheap shots at Carter, Kanye West, and the Clintons aside--I have to admit that I’m very much in agreement with Will Collier on this whole issue.

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I’m completely in agreement with you on The Carter Doctrine, which seems to be “try to be as far away from the correct answer to every problem you encounter.”

When Carter says, “Go West, young man!” I start heading for Brooklyn.

on Feb 22 2006 @ 10:45 PM

TBFKAZ (I refuse to call you David)
I rarely disagree with you in this debate.  From what I understand, there will be no changing of the guard at our ports.  The company in the UAE bought the contract from England on our ports.  There will be no people coming in to do anything, BUT, if there is it would be on an “as needed” basis and they would go through severe and thorough background investigation.  In the “security” aspect of our ports.  The Port Authority would be in complete control of each port and the “security” of that port second only to the U.S. Coast Guard, which is a branch of our armed services. 
The only thing that we could do that is more thorough would be to check all containers in the cities of origin, which are bound for the U.S.  I think that this would be a great idea, but, a great expense.
This port deal has already been through all of the checks and approvals that it needed back in November of 2005.  This delay (and thank you to the government of Dubai for being so understanding) is purely to publicize the deal and let all of those who doubt it try and be pacified.
I usually run from Prez Jimmy’s notions as well, but as they say in Texas…
“Even a blind hog finds an acorn once in awhile.”

on Feb 28 2006 @ 11:55 AM
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