Tuesday, February 21, 2006

What's the President Thinking?

Our President is leading a valiant effort against terrorism in foreign lands. But when it comes to America’s own borders, President Bush’s leadership is depressingly dismal. In addition to the negligent care of our southern border with Mexico, the Administration is now planning to turn over security of several ports to Dubai Ports World, a company based in Saudi Arabia.

"We make sure there are assurances in place in general sufficient to satisfy us the deal is appropriate from a national security standpoint," Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Sunday on ABC News' "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."

Whew! I’m breathing easier. I guess Homeland Security made no assurances of safety for the New Orleans evacuation, and I suppose the Intelligence Community that pre-dated the creation of Homeland Security Department had no assurances that America was safe prior to 9-11.

All sarcasm aside, these good folks did their best in those situations and failed. Trusting a non-American entity for the security of America is negligent, short-sighted and downright stupid.

Thankfully, the Washington beltway is waking up to this danger. With Congress and the press clamoring over this story, perhaps America will be well served by a united Congress thwarting a poorly conceived idea by our otherwise very stalwart President.

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