Dubai Ports World Postmortem

The President spoke very passionately today about his concern for the fallout of the rejection of the DPW ports deal:

“I’m concerned about a broader message this issue could send to our friends and allies around the world, particularly in the Middle East,” Bush said in remarks to the National Newspaper Association. “In order to win the War on Terror, we have got to strengthen our relationships and friendships with moderate, Arab countries in the Midddle East. UAE is a committed ally in the War on terror, they are a key partner for our military in a critical region.”


So while the xenophobia I see is many times not based on bigotry, it can be based on being fed up trying to work with the world when all the world does is whine about America’s success.
While this frustrates me, I see no point in stooping down to the level of nationalism and jingoism in response. The response to the DPW issue was still wrong. But there is a case to be made that the world fed this animosity over the years of America bashing. There was no reason to use DPW ethnic and religous make up to find potential risks - none. Just like we don’t like it when America is smeared with the worst of our people, we should not return the favor as payback.

I still don’t understand where this came from. A sudden, multi-directional media offensive derailed this deal- mainly by asserting inaccuracies and often baldfaced lies. Whose interests were served by forcing Dubai Ports World to sell their US port management contracts? Organized labor?

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    Comment by Tiberius Gracchus

    March 14, 2006 @ 2:14 am

    Of course it was organized labor. Look, this was a perfect storm issue — the Democrats needed something to bash Bush on; the Longshoreman and Teamsters needed a victory, and the GOP in Congress needed a way to distance themselves from GWB’s crappy poll numbers for the midtems.


    – Henry Jennings aka Tiberius Gracchus

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