First, let's get our famous Dead Constitution out of the way. Where is the text in the constitution that delegates the power to select operators of seaports to any branch of the FedGov -- executive or legislative (or judicial, for that matter)? I know where the text is that says they can't do it, in the absence of text that explicitly says they can. And, obviously, we all know how much difference any of that makes. But at least we made a quick stop at the constitution's grave before going on about our business.
In a news story about the election-panicked Republican congressional forces, and how they're planning a rat-like dive off the Good Ship Bush (down by the bows and making water fast), we read the following:
Meanwhile, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-California, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, introduced a bill Tuesday that would prohibit foreign ownership of "critical infrastructure," including the six cargo terminals at the center of the controversy.That's a good one! In this modern, service-economy, corporatist/globalist world, what exactly is an "American" corporation? How would you recognize it? Is it a matter of the loyalties of the boards of directors, or corporate officers? Heh. "It's all about the benjamins." Good luck, Rep. Hunter. No, wait -- I should be honest. Bad luck, O Congresscreature. Bad luck, and bad dreams ... may flat tires and fallen arches be yours in perpetuity.
"Seaport security" ... a fascinating concept. Laughable. It's not like air cargo, you know. Serious amounts of material come in by sea. Inspect it all? Don't make me laugh. It doesn't happen, and it'll never happen -- not the sort of inspection that would make it difficult for clever folk to bring relatively small packages into the United States of the Globe. Can't be done.
If it could be done, is there reason to suspect that a corporate structure with Arab ownership would be less diligent in screening, or even complicit in defeating it for nefarious purposes? Obviously, I can't know ... but I'm much inclined to doubt it. From what little I can gather from our feeble-minded "news," the United Arab Emirates is a hotbed of the big money and little else. The anti-Arab racism that's been so fashionable (up to now, at least) with the Freedom Fries crowd is the only reason I can see to condemn, more or less automatically, the Dubai outfit being involved in seaport operations in the States. I wish I could say it's a shame that Bush, having ridden the Dark Side to re-election in '04, now finds himself butt-bitten by it. But, really, it tickles me -- especially as he seems to be taking it so personally. There may be a long weekend in Crawford coming up very soon now, with some facial scrapes afterward from the eternal brush-clearing and bike accidents. Fine by me. It may well distract Himself from some of his more-troublesome hobbies, such as launching gratuitous wars.
Maybe we'll see an amusing pachyderm vs pachyderm mudfight. These days, that seems like the best I can hope for out of Mordor-on-the-Potomac ... some low amusement.