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Friday, February 24, 2006

Back in the U.A.E.

Posted by: Jambo / 3:20 PM

A friend asked me today (I'm home from vacation BTW) why 3WN has had so little to say about the UAE/port issue. I think it often happens that an issue gets such wide coverage that it becomes difficult to say anything that hasn't already been said better somewhere else. (Yes, I know that has not stopped me in the past.) When that is the case we tend to assume readers are getting their fill of an issue elsewhere and concentrate on other stories. The consequence is that it sometimes appears we are ignoring a major issue. I think this is one of those times and Paul Krugman sums up my thoughts better than I would have any way:

Mr. Bush shouldn't really be losing his credibility as a terrorism fighter over the ports deal, which, after careful examination (which hasn't happened yet), may turn out to be O.K. Instead, Mr. Bush should have lost his credibility long ago over his diversion of U.S. resources away from the pursuit of Al Qaeda and into an unnecessary war in Iraq, his bungling of that war, and his adoption of a wrongful imprisonment and torture policy that has blackened America's reputation.

But there is, nonetheless, a kind of rough justice in Mr. Bush's current predicament. After 9/11, the American people granted him a degree of trust rarely, if ever, bestowed on our leaders. He abused that trust, and now he is facing a storm of skepticism about his actions — a storm that sweeps up everything, things related and not.

That does not mean, however, that we cannot still provide a link and a nice photo to promote UAE tourism.

2 Comments:

I signed on tonight expressly- to see what 3WN had to say on this subject. Last week my 68 year old father was detained by " Homeland Security" while trying to catch a flight home in the Houston airport. The event made the parents rather nervous- but that's just the way it is in 2006- the things we have to do to keep our country safe...we deal with it. But Mr.Bush then thinks the whole UAE/ports issue is not a problem? So here is my next issue with Mr. Bush & his brother- it was reported today in the paper- that they've decided that it's a good idea to sell off some chunks of US National Forest Land-to pay for education. Of course here in Florida its chunk of the Ocala Nat'l Forest with quite a bit of lake front- wonder which developers will get to purchase that???

By Blogger BETH, at 9:23 PM  

I sure hope you are not implying that the Bush brothers have any thing other than our best interests at heart. That would be very unpatriotic of you and I won't stand for it.

By Blogger Jambo, at 1:32 PM  

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