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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Tacking to starboard

The Washington Post has a good ticktock today on why and how the Dubai Ports World deal came to cause the Bushies so much grief. The answer is fairly obvious: an administration that works in secret, doesn't listen and would never consider there might be another viewpoint but their own.

It is worth reiterating that the issue is not transfer of ownership and management of the six ports to a United Arab Emirates-owned company. Security remains the province of the Coast Guard and Customs. What is at issue is the virtual disregard of port security by the Department of Homeland Insecurity.

It is also the arrogance of the Bush team that has been on display from day one: we know best, whether the question is WMD, "terrorist surveillance," Katrina. Medicare, Social Security or which member of the "Axis of Evil" is the most worrisome. Feel free to fill in your favorite.

This is a core group of people that listens only to themselves, goes out in public only at carefully pre-screened events and ignores everyone -- whether it is just Democrats or Congress as a whole -- in their messianic pursuit of the truth as they define it.

The chicken are coming home to roost. Hopefully they don't carry bird flu, because we haven't done a real good job preparing for a pandemic either. Too busy focusing on smallpox vaccinations to worry about influenza.


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