Now that the idiocy over the UAE’s “control of our ports” controversy is over I wanted to post a little something about how countries go from great to good, and perhaps even worse. I promise, this won’t be painful, and I swear if I begin to sound like Sully and exaggerate my point so that we’re experiencing the equivalent to the fall of Rome by paragraph three – actually I should give Andy credit, he’d have it by sentence three – then you have full permission to mock me relentlessly.
As you all know I thought this port controversy was one of the most ridiculous, manufactured issues to come down the pike since the great Koran abuse scandal of 2005. Making matters worse, the initial alarm was sounded by Chuck Schumer who deftly handed off to idiot Republican Peter King so that this was a bi-partisan outrage. Completing the tri-fecta, Sleepy George couldn’t get the troops sufficiently rallied in time to fight off an insurrection in Congress that frankly should have been both anticipated and beaten back with little to no effort.
So incompetence was the order of the day, and there was plenty to go around. What concerns me about this controversy though is that unlike other scandals that erupt from time to time in the
Clearly, it is important that we protect our borders in this country, and the government does have a role to play in ensuring that those who perform vital services for us are who they say they are and will be able to ensure that national security is not damaged by their activities. There was nothing to suggest that this wasn’t the case with the UAE deal. Sadly, a few politicians saw an opportunity to take advantage of an unprepared administration and score political points at the expense of two firms that simply thought the
Much has been written over the years about why the
While the ports deal will fade into the fog of history make no mistake that those with free capital to invest collected an important data point last week. While no other country looks any more promising for investment as a result of Congress’ action and the President’s inaction, there can be little doubt that the
Congress acted unreasonably last week, and all of us are just a little worse off as a result.