Wednesday, February 22, 2006

This Porting Life

Here's Pres. Bush today talking about selling our ports to the UAE:

I can understand why some in Congress have raised questions about whether or not our country will be less secure as a result of this transaction. But they need to know that our government has looked at this issue and looked at it carefully. Again, I repeat, if there was any question as to whether or not this country would be less safe as a result of the transaction, it wouldn't go forward. But I also want to repeat something again, and that is, this is a company that has played by the rules, that has been cooperative with the United States, a country that's an ally in the war on terror, and it would send a terrible signal to friends and allies not to let this transaction go through.

So, who is this "our government" if it's not Bush--that would then mean he'd say "we looked into the issue," unless he's turn into a third-person athlete talking about himself kind of guy--and not the Congress, who I would assume many might consider at least a part of "our government"?

Of course, the most telling diction might be "transaction." This deal is business. Business trumps safety. And, after all, a lack of security leads to more business for people like Halliburton, just ask the folks in Iraq or New Orleans.


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