Friday, March 10, 2006

David Ignatius: Burning Allies -- and Ourselves

In today's Wash Post,
President Bush tried to do the right thing on the Dubai ports deal, but hegot rolled by a runaway Congress. The collapse of the deal was a measure of Bush's political weakness -- but even more, of America's traumatized post-Sept. 11 politics. The ironic fact is that the UAE is precisely the kind of Arab ally the United States needs most now. But that clearly didn't matter to an election-year Congress, which responded to the Dubai deal with a frenzy of Muslim-bashing disguised as concern about terrorism. And we wonder why the rest of the world doesn't like us.
And an email from a friend on Capital Hill yesterday
"Congress does two things well: nothing and overreacting," Oxley said. "We're into phase two."

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