February 19, 2006

A Strange Balancing Act

With regards to Dubai Ports World, a company owned by United Arab Emirates government, running commercial operations at US ports in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami and Philadelphia, Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff made the following point.

We have to balance the paramount urgency of security against the fact that we still want to have a robust global trading system. [MSMBC]

I'd sure like to see this kind of balance coming out of the Administration when it comes to protecting our Constitution in the face of the "paramount urgency of security."

I'm not necessarily against the deal with Dubai Ports World that resulted from the sale of London-based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co., to the UAE owned company. I don't know enough about it to be for it or against it. I do think Sen. Lindsay Graham is correct in saying, "It’s unbelievably tone deaf politically at this point in our history."

What we see here is an Administration that uses the fear of terrorism as a political tool to justify anything they want to do when fear of terrorism is available to them but then cites the need for a balanced approach when the fear of terrorism gets in the way, particularly when it gets in the way of business and oil trading partners.

Posted by Duane Smith at February 19, 2006 11:04 AM | Read more on Current Events |

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