MS Fowler - 2/25/2006 5:36 AM
Is it poosible that the President has laid out broad policy lines and expects his administration to conduct business according to those guidelines?
He may have made it policy to promote economic ties to friendly Arab States. If so, then his staff can do the detail/leg work.
It is the way I think I would operate if i were President. Too many details to have a hand in everything.
On the other hand, the lack of understanding that this might produce a political firestorm is hard to fathom. The staff didn't do him any favors. Whoever is responsible for determing that " We don't need the President to see this: before it was approved should be looking for a new job. However, in the best "Peter Principle" tradition, he probably got a promotion.
I am troubled by the keeping of all records off shore to prevent a subpeona from granting government access to them a troubling piece of information.
On the other hand, how much of the democrat opposition is due to the outcry from the Labor Unions?
Lots of questions; few real answers.
Excellent points there MS Fowler; here is the issue at hand, the US is engaging in a free trade agreement with the UAE as we speak yet this is a real test of implementation. It Ã¢â‚¬Ëœs failing because it went out off control from the presidentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s side who was trying to show the Arabs that he is actually fair towards them but miscalculated the effect of the pumped hatred towards them that he had engineered to justify his invasion. I say it again, he intentionally with the help of his party dehumanized the Arabs to get the red states to go along with him because it was a Ã¢â‚¬Å“black and whiteÃ¢â‚¬? issue that can go across a lot easier than if he had tried to explain to them that there is such a thing as bad and good people over there. This approach to political leverage is now biting his ass. He has no credibility left on the Arab side and he is loosing ground as we speak in the heartland that sees this port deal as an invasion by them Ay-rabs.
I was watching TV and saw the union workers picketing next to a port with signs promoting that the UAE should butt out. Next they interviewed some of them and I sat there trying to understand their motives as to why this deal should no go through. I hear this guy say that this Ã¢â‚¬Å“should have been vettedÃ¢â‚¬? by congress before it reached this level and eventual approval. Ok, why is there no one pointing out to him that prior to this deal, the port was managed by another foreign company that did no such leg work? The bottom line, that company was British and this present deal has got some filthy Arabs running the show. Oh I understand why the union is not happy nowÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
How about the employees? On the same show, they said that 99% of the employees were US citizens. Was that going to change? Did the deal call for head replacements with turban wearing, camel jockeying dudes? As far as I understand this was a purely financial deal, hell even management is not even Arab. Has anyone of you worked in UAE to see that most large companies over there are actually run by Western expatriates?
They are for the most part the operational heart of these companies. Hell even my outfit is mostly comprised of Americans. I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t take a shit without asking my sexy accountant if itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ok (I am working on her to be my fourth wife so I can stop paying her sky high salary).
Anyway, I personally like I said hope that this deal DOES NOT GO THROUGH to permanently show for a long time the sown hatred towards Arabs and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s effects. This should become a case study for future business people from my region on what not to invest in if they want to have a shred of dignity.