More Wisdom on the Ports Deal

Squeezed March 10, 2006

Yes, I live in the middle of the Pacific. The Honolulu Advertiser is my local paper, and it’s a great local paper at that. But it’s not exactly the first choice of people looking for national commentary. Allow me to throw some props their way for a great editorial.

George Bush will never forget who his biggest political allies are.

By some measurement, it is his friends, the Arabs.

And he’ll owe them big time for getting him out of one of the biggest political messes of his administration.

And the Advertiser is not afraid to go out on a limb and join the minority opinion:

There was no good reason to reject the deal — aside from outright xenophobia and bigotry. … So Bush was taking a principled stand in wanting the deal to go through. Congress, however, took the issue shamelessly into new arenas of demagoguery with both Democrats and Republicans trading on the public’s fear and deep-seated anti-Arab sentiment.

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