I still can’t believe I read this:
“Although many of our friends have sincere doubts about the deal, we have yet to hear a compelling argument against it. So it is with regret that we say the deal should be jettisoned.”
The editors of the National Review are essentially saying that the hell with doing the right thing---President Bush must worry more about the poll numbers. This is utter idiocy. First of all, I’m confident that the Dubai Port World agreement will be approved. But I also realize that the nonsense would not stop there! Raising the white flag of surrender on this issue will only embolden the hysterical paranoids, isolationists, and yes, the subconscious (I’m trying to be nice) bigots. They will ceaselessly raise the bar. Nothing will satisfy them and an unbelievable amount of damage will be the result. Republicans and moderate Democrats will constantly be on the defensive. Our relationships with our allies throughout the world will endure a serious pounding. George W. Bush must not even begin to listen to the NR’s horrible advice. It could become one of the greatest mistakes of his presidency. Last week, it was the weirdness of William F. Buckley regarding Iraq. This week the well known conservative publication wants us to give in to the Daily Kos and its allies. With friends like this, do we really need any enemies?
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