Thursday, March 02, 2006

Dumb & Dumberer

The administration got itself into the ports mess, how will it get itself out?
by Irwin M. Stelzer

DUMB, DUMBER, DUMBEST. Dumb: Democrats who think voters will ignore all of their votes against tighter security if they oppose the transfer of the management of some operations in six ports to state-owned Dubai Ports World. Dumber: Republicans who immediately hopped on the anti-deal bandwagon for fear of being outflanked on the right by the Democrats. Dumbest: President Bush's staff, none of whom thought to mention to the president that a company owned by an Arab government was spending $6.8 billion to buy P&O, the venerable Peninsula & Oriental Steam Navigation Company, established in the year in which Queen Victoria acceded to the throne. The company manages 29 ports around the world, among them facilities in Miami, New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New Orleans.

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