Wednesday, February 22, 2006


A Potential Non-Partisan Rope-A-Dope

Blocking the port deal would be bad for business and bad for national security.
UAE seems to be a true ally and would be instrumental in dealing with Iran. Cozying up with them seems like a good idea to me.

Opponents of the deal are looking awefully bad to me. Nationalist, Racist, and reactionary.

If many of the opponents are also opponents of Social Security and Healthcare reform, this could help the Administration stack the deck in favor of its policies after '06.

The strawman that private accounts would somehow prevent the US from ever implementing a national healthcare system should be easy to knock down. Getting rid of reactionary hacks might make the agenda more tenable.

I don't know about "nationalist, Racist, and reactionary," but I think it's clear that many of Bush's opponents aren't doing any serious analysis of the port deal and are jumping on him mainly because it's a good low-risk opportunity to score political points. I have no idea how it's all going to play out in the long run.

Jonathan (
Why would the UAE be any more useful in dealing with Iran than say, any other country with a long standing dislike for Iran?
It was more fun the first way i read your comment in Dr. Helen. I thought you were commenting about why you DID go to medical school.
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