Tuesday, February 21, 2006

In Case You Haven't Been Following This Terrifying Story...

First some background:

Our ports in Baltimore, Newark, Miami, New Orleans, New York and Philadelphia used to be managed by a British company, which was sold to the government of the United Arab Emirates. This is the same government which funded at least one of the 9/11 hijackers. This is the same United Arab Emirates that recognized the Taliban as Afghanistan's legitimate government. The same UAE whose banking system is a known Al Qaeda front.

And they're in charge of operations at six of our most important ports.

You'll recall that during the Presidential campaign, John Kerry said over and over that the Bush administration was doing nothing to secure our ports. That they were completely vulnerable to terrorist attack.

Well, the good news is now an Arab government is in charge of security.

Okay, so... Now you're caught up.

A lot of Congressmen and Senators on both sides of the aisle were, how you say, royally pissed off. They mobilized over the weekend to come up with some kind of legislation to head this off.

Our Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Chertoff, felt everyone was making a big deal over nothing. And I think we all remember what a heck of a job he did during Katrina, so his credibility is aces with all of us.

Anyhoo, I'm of the opinion that this isn't about Arabs at all. I don't care if it's Canadians. I don't want ANY foreign government running our ports. Seems obvious, no?

Anyway, this just in:

WASHINGTON - After mounting opposition by politicians, President Bush said Tuesday that the deal allowing an Arab company to take over six major U.S. seaports should go forward and that he would veto any congressional effort to stop it.

The good news is, it makes you forget all about Dick Cheney getting drunk and shooting a guy.

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