Sunday, February 19, 2006
The gang that couldn't shoot straight (literally)
Well now we find out that the Bush administration is outsourcing our major port operations to the United Arab Emirates, a country with ties to the 9/11 hijackers. Michael Chertoff, who oversaw the many failures of Katrina, and Condoleeza Rice, who was national security advisor during the largest attack ever on U.S. soil, have been making the rounds defending this decision.
But of course they can't really specifically defend it, because that stuff is classified, you see.
Why does half of the country trust these people? And don't tell me it's because we haven't been hit since 9/11. That's a false conclusion. Al Qaeda takes *years* between attacks. They wait. They plan. And considering the criminally-negligent security at our ports and chemical and nuclear plants, their job probably isn't all that hard.
And Bill O'Reilly and Michelle Malkin want you to think that the greatest threat to your security in Ottumwa, Iowa is an undocumented Mexican.
UPDATE: President Bush, who hasn't vetoed a bill in his five years in office, promises that if Congress tries to block the port deal, he'll stop that cold. Good job, Mr. President! Protect the hell out of us.
UPDATE II: Shepard Smith on (gasp of surprise) Fox News had the following tack: Hey, since we don't really search the containers anyway, why does it matter who runs the ports?
Oh and BTW, Bush didn't know about the sale to the UAE until it was already done. Yep - eye on the ball, that's these guys.