Saturday, July 01, 2006

When I Said We Should See Other People, I Didn't Mean Dubai

Pam was urging me to write a post about this over at the Drinking Liberally of Memphis weblog, but I think I'll put it here as my initial post as a liberal blogger chick of the 'Cue.

After seeing An Inconvenient Truth last weekend, a few of us were sitting around having a beer on the patio at the Cordova Flying Saucer surrounded by more oversized SUVs that I have seen in one small parking lot in quite some time. Eventually, over the deafening din of our fair city's future suburbanites, the subject of the Dubai ports deal was brought up. One of our crew was telling us that the ports contracts would now be taken over by yet another country (forgive my poor memory and lack of adequate google search skills to tell you which) with questionable future intent.

Now, I am as concerned as the next person (or rather more concerned than the average citizen) that our ports be under the control of a business entity with ties to a government that may or may not have our best interest at heart. It is foolish and risky. But, I think that we have put ourselves into this mess. For too long, we have been happy to outsource logistical and other contracts to good Allied allies. As long as other rich, industrialized nations always came in at the winning end of the bidding process, we had no worries. We set up no structure to prevent these contracts from going to the bidder with the best bid, because the only contries rich and industrialized enough to give the best bid were already our buddies. Now Dubai comes in with the best bid and we act all upset. Yes, we have reason to be upset, but we made up the rules that are working against us.

The US is acting like the girl in a relationship who insists on seeing other people and then acts hurt when the boy (or other girl) sees someone the girl doesn't like. Too bad; boo hoo.

America doesn't really want to let it's business interests see other people. America's government wants to be able to see (read: meddle in the affairs of) anyone it wants, but wants its valuable business entities to see (read: be meddled with by) only the people that America approves of, and Dubai isn't on that list.

Don't get me wrong. I think it is fine for America to say, "Ports, there is no way you are sleeping with that skanky ho, Dubai," but, just like that whiney relationship girl, America needs to start making the rules up front and sticking with them. Our credibility is already poor enough. In addition, America needs to be prepared for its actions to be judged by its own standards. How many ports, airports, agricultural interests, and other important resources of other contries are currently under American control? How can we say that this is ok for them but not for us? Are we really are willing to openly declare that we know what is best for the rest of the world?


Blogger Wintermute said...

This tempted me to start a "skanky ho" contest, but it might use up our picture storage and scroll everything else off the blog.

Saturday, July 01, 2006 8:02:00 PM  
Blogger Serrabee said...

Yeah, what you said! How many times have we had to make this very decision in our own lives, and been better off for it? The government needs to realize it has to make choices and live with them.
I'm glad I'm an American or I would be in danger of hating us all, like the rest of the world.

Saturday, July 01, 2006 9:07:00 PM  
Blogger David Holt said...

Welcome to the club, blogger chicks.

Saturday, July 01, 2006 10:39:00 PM  
Blogger Freedonian said...

Just what. I ask, is wrong with skanky hos? :)

First, allow me to welcome my friend, Sarah. This place is definitely improved by a woman's touch. Is Pam coming too?

I still find it staggering that the "Tough on Terrrr" White House would be willing to hand over port security to Dubai. Remember when we passed up the chance to hit Osama with a missile strike at a hunting camp? The reason we did that is because there was an Emirati royal family jet there with him. Two of the nineteen hijackers were Emirati (Which is precisely two more than Iraq supplied), and the Emirati financial ties to the 9/11 attacks are indisputable.

And yet... The White House circulated talking points insisting that anyone who opposed the deal was racist.

Had this deal gone through, the only way to top it would have been appointing Osama bin Forgotten himself as Homeland Security Secretary.

Sunday, July 02, 2006 8:57:00 AM  

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