Line item veto and the UAE ports deal.

There's a couple of political wranglings going on right now and I reckon the pair are linked. B*sh is pushing for line-item veto power - basically the ability to allow him to nix any single proposal at a micromanagement level. At the same time, Michael Jerkoff, the homeland security guy who looks like a child-molester, things it would be just swell to let the UAE run 6 US ports.
Well clearly letting the wolf guard the sheep is not a good idea. So here's one way it could go down : El Presidente is going to say something to the effect of "well I could veto this deal if you give me line-item power of veto", thus getting what he wants.
So option 1 : the UAE port deal is a smokescreen to cover up something unpalatable that B*sh wants.
Option 2 : There's a massive backhander deal in it for the B*sh family and/or Halliburton.
Option 3, for the conspiracy theorists, is that B*sh and his cronies have realised the inescapable truth : you cannot secure ports. Given that, letting someone else, especially someone associated with terrorism, run the ports, relieves them of responsibility. So if and when there's some incident involving the ports, B*sh can point fingers and say "well they told us they could handle it - don't blame the government".

B*sh made a fantastic comment to the press corps today on the subject : I want those who are questioning it to step up and explain why all of a sudden a Middle Eastern company is held to a different standard than a Great British company. I am trying to conduct foreign policy now by saying to the people of the world, "We'll treat you fairly."
Wow. Well "all of a sudden" people are taking your lead Mr B*sh - after all you're the one who has demonised the Arab world and turned half of America into Arab-haters. So now people are taking your side, you're getting all pissy about it? And "We'll treat you fairly" ???? I'm sure all those dead Iraqis are glad about that.


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