I can call you George, right? We're in that place, yes? Okay, good. Here's the thing, George. I like you. Really. I do. I realize that I'm one of about 4 people left in the country who still like you, still more or less think you know what you're doing, still think you're the best man for the job, at least out of the options presented. I mention this to provide some level of context for my next statement, which is simply:
ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR FRICKIN' MIND?!?
You ask, "Why is it that it's any different, selling the management of our ports to the Arabs, rather than to the British?"
George, I never thought I'd have to stop and speak very slowly to you. Apparently I was wrong.
The British have not tried to kill us for a very long time. Sure, there was that whole Revolution thing, where we tried to kill them, and that whole 1812 thing where they tried to kill us, but that was a long time ago, and we've more or less worked it out -- we get to keep the deer, the antelope, and high-caliber rifles with which to shoot said deer and antelope at play, they get to keep their be-wigged jurists and suggestively named foods. We're friends now. When one of us has troubles with pesky terrorists or Luftwaffe, we just give the other a call and fire up the ol' troops and go blow some Anglo-Saxon holes in things. That's what friends are for.
On the other hand, the Arabs, we have a much more questionable relationship. Sure, sometimes they let us use their turf to stage missions to go blow holes in things. However, they also let other people use their turf to blow holes in us. This leads people such as myself to wonder if they might, in fact, use OUR turf to allow people, the sorts of people we'll call "terrorists," or, if we are Reuters, "insurgents," to blow holes in OUR things. Speaking as a person who currently lives on one of the things that most recently got assaulted, this strikes me as a bad idea. You see?
Now, I always allow for the possibility that Karl Rove is doing some brilliant political jujitsu. If that is the case, feel free to proceed, as long as you don't give the ports to Dubai. I mean, I'm all for the free market. But...no.
Okay. I think I've explained my position. That was simple, wasn't it?
Have a good night, George. Try not to do anything stupid and/or leading to fatalities that involve me, k?