Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Every Port in a Storm

George W. Bush has not vetoed a single piece of legislation in either term of his presidency. Yet he’s willing to make this political loser his first:
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush on Tuesday strongly defended a deal that would let a United Arab Emirates-based company run six major U.S. seaports,telling reporters that he would veto any bill to hold up the agreement.
Why? Why is Bush so vested in this deal? He has just turned a political storm into a political category 5 hurricane. What interest is served by turning over several major U.S. ports over to a company owned by a foreign government that has a dubious record on terrorism? And why in the world would any American president go to the mat for this deal?

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