Thursday, March 16, 2006

VDH on the Ports.....Postmortem

With so many conservative intellectuals taking opposing views on the ports issue (liberal as well), this issue continues to be puzzling. I believe in the end we will need help from some Muslim faction to eradicate radical Islam, however all it takes is one cargo full of nukes entering the US and we've got one hell of a mess on our hands.

The folks over at Democracy Frontline provide such in-depth in sight into the Muslim world, that I've come to the conclusion that once a Muslim, always a Muslim, come hell or high water. The UAE is definitely motivated by money, I think all it would take is some $$ from a terror organization/state to the UAE and they could make sure that a nuke could slip through on a ship. Yet again if they let that happen and if some nuke went off here in the states, wouldn't their business come to a halt and lose money?

Here's Victor Davis Hanson's article and here's an excerpt that helps muddy up the picture for me :

.....the Dubai port deal shows how at odds are American perceptions and reality. For the last half-century, we have been living in a complex interconnected world of mutual reliance. Soon we will import more food than we grow. We already burn more oil than we pump. For years we have bought more than we export, and we borrow far more than we lend. To justify these precarious dependencies, America assures foreign business leaders, investors and lenders that our markets remain open and immune to the distortions of xenophobia and provincialism.

Americans may not like that devil's bargain, but it was made long ago and, for better or worse, we are long past being an agrarian republic. The resulting singular affluence of the American consumer derives from just these tradeoffs in our autonomy — and the trust we receive from those who loan and sell us things we cannot immediately pay for. So rejecting the Dubai port deal is not only hypocritical, but in the end dumb.


At 11:10 AM, Blogger Freedom Fighter said...

Hi Joe,
Y'know, I love VDH and run his stuff on my site frequently.

He's off on this one, IMO.

This was not just about the global economy, it was a quid pro quo for something, and convenient, given the business ties the Bush family and Treasury Secretary John Snow along with lots of other folks have to the Saudis and the UAE.

The reaction to this was so visceral because it crystallized the perception of a lot of people who have supported him in the past; that the president is way too close to people like the UAE and the Saudis to properly conduct what he refers to as the `War on Terror' in the way it needs to be waged. The Ports deal was the straw that broke the camel's back.

Bush needs to take some significant steps to change this.J O S H U A P U N D I T: What Bush needs to do to come back

At 1:26 PM, Blogger Joe Gringo said...

Great post here and on your site, Mark Steyn, VDH and others had convinced me Bush's decision was correct, but deep down it just didn't seem right. You presented a clear picture of what was wrong with it, thanks for the clarity.


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