Monday, February 27, 2006

After Further Review…

From the Washington Post:

The Bush administration said yesterday that it has accepted a proposal from a Dubai maritime company to conduct a 45-day review of the national security implications of the company’s plans to take control of significant operations at six U.S. ports.

The announcement by Dubai Ports World, brokered by the White House and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), appears to satisfy the demands of many members of Congress, who had threatened to force a security review if the administration would not conduct one. The deal also offered pledges to reassure the United States that the ports deal would not pose any threats to American safety and security.

Basically it’s the same deal they worked out before but now they’re just going through the motions. The Bush administration will somehow take credit for making it sound like they had no objection to oversight, they’ll continue to act as if this was how it was all along, and they’ll be sure to accuse opponents of subtle racism.

Oh, and if you think this “further review” idea was the brainchild of Dubai Ports World, I have some really nice land here in Florida I’d like to sell you.