the toxic stew of cherry picking, half truths, and outright misrepresentations currently being used to demonize the UAE as a virtual arm of al-Qaeda.
Like Pakistan, another close ally in the war on terror, the UAE have been playing both ends against the middle for a long time. We all understand that and accept it. They have to deal with the vicissitudes of their own political situation which doesn’t always accrue to our benefit. Welcome to the real world where the black and white formulation of “you’re either with us or you’re with the terrorists” is shown as the bullshit it always was.
I want to comment on what Kevin said, but to a different point.
What is this instinct to leap to the defense of the Right at every opportunity, “to be fair”? For how long have Bush and the Right been whipping the public into a frenzy of fear about Middle Easterners and making no distinctions at all – basically because they are brown. But something like this comes along that turns against Bush and people supposedly on “our side” are rushing in to say how wrong it is for us to assume that UAE would be any worse than anyone else at managing OUR PORTS??!! Maybe, maybe not, but SHUT UP!
Or I post something here about the Secret Service saying Cheney was drunk when he shot the guy in the face with a shotgun, and I get comments and e-mails about how no one should trust Capital Hill Blue. Well, The Drudge Report or NewsMax or the Moonies post crap every single day that you can’t trust and IT gets repeated on local news broadcasts, radio shows, TV networks, you name it. And you don’t see a lot of right-wingers complaining about how unfair that is, do you?
I follow a link to Yglesias today, and he’s writing,
“To be perfectly fair, it’s hardly all that unusual for an administration to deliberately mislead the public about matters of war and peace.”
That’s FAIR? The Republicans lie and intimidate and illegally start a war and kill hundreds of thousands of people, and risk setting the region into chaos, but you want TO BE FAIR and say that everyone does it? The last people who did that were … well, Iraq invading Kuwait. And before that, the people who did that were hung at Nuremberg. So how about JUST SHUT UP instead of being “fair?” SHEESH.