I really hate to say it, but I am with Bush on this. I think that the democrats are using this as a simple political opportunity, which is understandable, but blocking this deal could have far reaching negative consequences.
(1) Blocking this deal makes us look like stupid racists. Now, if some theoretical Arab nation is weighing the costs and benefits of becoming modern and responsible, they will have to consider the fact that they will still be regarded as mad-dog killers by the U.S.
Being able to cast the U.S. as anti-Arab or anti-Muslim no matter what will give terrorists more ammunition for recruiting.
(2) This will make trade liberalization going forward more difficult in general. There is already news this morning that the UAE has tabled an upcoming trade talk with the U.S.
Come on, Democrats. I know that doing "stuff" is not really your strong suit these days, but why can't you harp on one of the hundreds of things Bush has done or approved that is inarguably wrong or stupid, instead of this George Wallace style pandering to prejudice.
I can't wait until I get my daily e-mail from the DNC with the header "They say they want rights, they say they want freedom, but all they want is what you got: your women!"
-Miguel Sanchez 11:33 EST |