Monday, March 20, 2006

Mark Steyn eviscerates the ports opposition
Quote the day for March 19 2006

Port decision won't put U.S. in a safe harbor :: Chicago Sun Times

If I were Dubai Ports World, I'd sell the U.S. operations to Cosco, the Chinese Commies who run port operations in California, just for the fun of watching congressional heads explode. Or does Washington's new fun xenophobia stop at the (Pacific) water's edge?
Or is this the quote of the day?
Congress' demand that DPW sell its U.S. operations to someone even if there's no someone to sell them to is almost a parody of the Democrats' (and naysaying Republicans') approach to national security: Goddammit, we may not know what we're for but we sure as hell know what we're against.
Or this:
Arab Muslims fought in Afghanistan, British Muslims took up arms in Bosnia, Pakistani Muslims have been killed in Chechnya. When you're up against a globalized ideology, you need to globalize your own, not hunker down in Fortress America. Right now the Arab world's principal exports are oil and Islamism. Ports management is a rare diversification and long overdue.
Of course many Democrats will blame Bush for their own behavior. "He made me do it." Pretty childish, I say. Terrorism is a major threat. But if you say it is and make it the centerpiece of your administration you are said to be promoting xenophobia. Catch 22.

That's B.S.

B.S. is a good book, by the way. Fascinating to see that
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It should go without saying, but when it comes to Mark Steyn, always read the whole thing. May I suggest that Gulf News run his columns?

Thanks to The EclectEcon for emailing the link.

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Blogger nzm said...

If GN ran Mark's columns, then there would be WWIII because a lot of people only read the first 3 paragraphs and think that they get it, or worse, they interpret their own story out of what wasn't said.

I love the idea of them selling the Eastern ports to Cosco!

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anomolous said...

The thing reads like a high school-esque puff piece to me, with nary a fact to support his assertions.

"...Dubai, with less oil than its fellow emirates, can't depend on the global oil jizya."

Can anyone point me to some oil reserve data broken down by emirate, so I can see where Dubai falls within this chart?

2:46 AM  

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