Posted on: Saturday, February 25th, 2006 by Marie Jon
Are Democrats really as biased as they sound against Muslims and Arabs over the stalled United Arab Emirates (UAE) ports-deal? To the average listener, it certainly sounds that way. It seems the Democrats in general have been trying to alienate the Middle East--by continually spinning tall tales regarding the very real problems of trouble spots like Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib.
Other incidents, like false stories about Korans being flushed down toilets and terrible treatment of Muslims after 9/11 in the U.S. are products of the fertile Democratic political mind in election-season mode. There have been so many lies and false accusations from the far left of the Democratic Party, one cannot be blamed if the lines that separate truth from fiction have become blurred, resembling nothing more at times than over-the-top psychobabble.
The media, who in reality is the biggest reason for the confusion that so many people have when contemplating just what the Democratic Party stands for, rarely corrects these falsehoods. In truth, the media trumpets them.
Still smarting over Dan Rather and "Memogate," one would think the mainstream media would cross its t's and dot its I's before looking as bad as they did that day. Alas, one would be wrong. Here is a small example, provided by our friends at the Media Research Center (MRC)
"Following the "fake but accurate" theme espoused by some to defend CBS's use of forged memos to get President Bush, in the wake of Newsweek's retraction late Monday of its claim that a military report would include the charge that a guard at Guantanamo flushed a Koran down a toilet, journalistic colleagues came to Newsweek's defense. CNN's Anderson Cooper proposed: "Is it beyond the realm of possibility that a tactic like this was used?" CBS and ABC passed along allegations from prisoners. Richard Roth of CBS recalled: "Detainees released in 2003 came home claiming American guards had routinely provoked them by sitting on the Koran, or putting pages in a toilet." ABC's Martha Raddatz argued: "The Newsweek article was not the first time U.S. personnel have been accused of desecrating the Koran." ( http://www.mrc.org/cyberalerts/2005/cyb20050517.asp )
Meanwhile, the Democrats continue their share of abuses. The most recent Democratic figure to embarrass themselves, their Party--and to a degree their country--includes former President Jimmy Carter and former Vice President Al Gore.
First, listen to Al Gore, who could give Carter a run for his money as to who is bitterer these days:
"Al Gore told a mainly Saudi audience on Sunday that the U.S. government committed 'terrible abuses' against Arabs after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and that most Americans did not support such treatment. Gore said Arabs had been "indiscriminately rounded up" and held in "unforgivable" conditions. The former Vice President said the Bush administration was playing into al-Qaida's hands by routinely blocking Saudi visa applications.( http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060213/ap_on_re_mi_ea/saudi_gore )
Next, we hear from what may be the worst president in the history of the United States, Jimmy Carter:
"Former President Carter said Saturday the detention of terror suspects at the Guantanamo Bay Naval base was an embarrassment and had given extremists an excuse to attack the United States. Carter also criticized the U.S.-led war in Iraq as "unnecessary and unjust."( http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2005/7/31/122318.shtml For a party that has forsworn the evils of racial profiling, Democrats are acting awfully hypocritical over the UAE ports. A bonus, possibly for Democrats, is that they have found another enemy to bash in addition to Bush. In discriminating against the UAE and its fellow citizens-who just so happen to be Muslims and Arabs--Democrats exhibit the "tolerance" they boast of as being exclusive to themselves, but in truth is elusive to them.
When it comes to the business of confusion and mixed-messages, leave it to the left, who seemingly behave more and more as if they do not know their right foot from their left. One day, the left screams and yells against "profiling" at airports. On the other hand, they have no problem discriminating against an entire country that's been our ally on the war on terror.
"Somehow, it doesn't add up," says Senators Menendez, Clinton, Lautenberg, Schumer, Dodd, and Boxer. They all condemn the very thought of giving the UAE management of American ports. Here is what does add up about the country in question, and something for the good senators to think about:
The UAE is, along with Jordan and Kuwait, is America's strongest Middle Eastern ally in the war on terror. The UAE allows the U.S. military to base on its soil and run combat operations into Iraq and Afghanistan. ( http://www.nysun.com/article/27936 )
The port issue is a difficult one. Karl Rove was correct when he said that there is a pre and post 9/11 mentality in the country. Even before 9/11, many people tended to follow that famous yet sagacious adage uttered by Ronald Reagan: "Trust but verify."
The UAE had a very checkered past when it came to who they dealt with, who they recognized, and how they did their banking. Here are some facts to consider about the whole situation.
The UAE government allows the Germans to train Iraqi police candidates in the UAE. The UAE cooperates regularly with the CIA. This led to the actual capture of Al Qaeda big shot Abdul Raheem Al-Nashiri, who masterminded the attack on the USS Cole. According to both the Pentagon and the State Department, the Emirates have become a huge help in the war on terror.
- If you do banking in the Middle East sooner or later it goes through the UAE.
- They have been an ally in the war effort
- The US Navy sees fit to allow UAE Stevedores to service their military ships.
- The UAE contract will not change a single face on the ground in any of the 6 ports in question
- Many of those who participated in the London bombings were home-grown, does that mean we should have booted the UK out of terminal management at those six ports?
- We are NOT handing over our ports to the UAE. They will be a management company that oversees the financial operation of terminals within the port locations.
- All security authority and procedures remain - and always have been - in US government control.
- There was additional security safeguards negotiated into the authorization for contract approval by the US.
- Suspect that this is politically motivated because of the appearance. It allows for the Democrats to appear to the right of the GOP on the issue of port security and the media is running with it.
A legitimate question in all of this, though it is only now just starting to be asked in earnest, is why is there not one US Company willing to do this type of work? Might the problem be the labor unions, perhaps? ( http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,185875,00.html )
Americans want to really look closer at this ports deal, and much closer still at the UAE. What also bares more scrutiny is the hypocrisy of the Democratic Party. Prudent observers are taking a "let's wait and review all the facts" viewpoint before condemning the deal.
There is a double binding message, and it comes from the unscrupulous left. At the end of the day, there will be more time for the American public to understand all aspects of the issue, and not just the "talking-points" memo.
It is true that some of the most strident objectors to this proposed deal come from the right, but in this we can trust; for we Republicans frequently cross lines against what President Bush wants.
But a Democrat sounding strong on national security issues? That's about as genuine as Osama Bin Laden's face upon a U.S. twenty-dollar bill.
Wait and see regarding the UAE and the Ports, but cut and run regarding the Democrats new-found religion on security. ( http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/02/24/D8FVI49O0.html )
Marie is a columnist for RenewAmerica.us , The Conservative Voice, The Daley Times, Life on The Right and The Capitol Hill Coffee House. She is posted as well as featured or guest writer whose work has appeared on many sites.To name a few includes , The New Media Journal, ChronWatch, and Commonconservative.com, The Reality Check, The MichNews , and The National Ledger. She is founder of TheConservativeWoman.org Website and DrawingClose.org Website.
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