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Jewish World Review
Feb. 22, 2006
/ 24 Shevat, 5766
They are all profilers now
For the past several years, I've been condemned as an "extremist" for advocating nationality profiling unapologetically applying stricter
scrutiny to terror-sponsoring and terror-sympathizing countries in our entrance, immigration, and security policies.
Now, mirabile dictum, some of the same Democrats who have routinely lambasted such profiling are rushing to the floors of Congress and in
front of TV cameras espousing these very same policies. The impetus: the White House's boneheaded insistence on ramming through a $7
billion deal giving United Arab Emirates-owned Dubai Ports World control over significant operations at six major American ports in New York,
New Jersey, New Orleans, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Miami.
Make no mistake. I stand with critics on both sides of the aisle who want to stop the secretive deal transferring operations of
our ports to the UAE a Middle Eastern government with a spotty record of fighting terrorist plots and terrorist financing. The
issue is not whether day-to-day, on-the-ground conditions at the ports would change. The issues are whether we should grant
the demonstrably unreliable UAE access to sensitive information and management plans about our key U.S ports, which are
plenty insecure enough without adding new risks, and whether the decision process was thorough and free from conflicts of
From every angle political, safety, and sovereignty-wise--Dubai Ports World's business transaction (made possible by an
unprecedented $3.5 billion Islamic financing instrument called a "sukuk" that upholds sharia law) looks bad and smells worse.
But there is a teachable moment here that shouldn't be missed. The tone-deafness of the White House is bad. The craven political opportunism
of the Democrats is worse.
6-foot-5, 255-pound former college football player (Xavier University in Cincinnati), running against his party's record.
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Listen to Sen. Evan Bayh, Indiana Democrat: "I think we've got to look into this company. I think we've got to ensure
ourselves that the American people's national-security interests are going to be protected. And frankly, I think the threshold
ought to be a little higher for a foreign firm."
And Sen. Barbara Boxer, California Democrat: "It is ridiculous to say you're taking secret steps to make sure that it's OK for a
nation that had ties to 9/11, (to) take over part of our port operations in many of our largest ports. This has to stop."
And Sen. Hillary Clinton, New York Democrat: "Our port security is too important to place in the hands of foreign
governments. I will be working with [New Jersey] Senator [Robert] Menendez to introduce legislation that will prohibit the sale
of ports to foreign governments."
And Sen. Charles Schumer, New York Democrat, who said the Dubai company's involvement "is enough to raise a flag - at
least to do a thorough review, at minimum."
I wish these politicians luck in their quest to block the UAE transfer, shed light on the process led by the shadowy Committee on Foreign
Investment in the U.S., and join with congressional Republicans to put American security interests first. But as they attempt to do their best
Pat Buchanan impressions, let's not forget:
It was Democrats who tried to block Bush administration efforts to impose common-sense citizenship requirements on airport security workers
in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
It was Democrats who attacked the Bush Justice Department after the September 11 attacks for fingerprinting young male
temporary visa holders traveling from terror-sponsoring and terror-friendly nations; temporarily detaining asylum seekers from
high-risk countries for background screening; and sending undercover agents to investigate mosques suspected of supporting
It was Democrats who secretly attempted to remove funding for the National Security Exit-Entry Registration System the
Justice Department program that helped nabbed at least 330 known foreign criminals, 15 illegal-alien felons, and three known
terrorists who attempted to enter the country.
And just one week ago, it was failed Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore who was in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, attacking the Bush
administration's profiling and immigration enforcement against illegal aliens from terror-friendly countries as "terrible abuses."
Perhaps the UAE will be hiring Gore to condemn the "abusive" practices now being championed by his fire-breathing extremist
After all, they are all red flag-raising, threshold-hiking, thorough review-espousing, foreign ownership-banning profilers now.
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In Unhinged: Liberals Gone Wild
adj : affected with madness or insanity; [syn: brainsick, crazy, demented, distracted, disturbed, mad, sick, unbalanced]
The American Heritage Dictionary
*** Warning: Unhinged liberals are hazardous to the nation's health.
They're slashing your tires. Burning your lawns. Heaving pies at Republican pundits. Hurling racist epithets at minority conservatives. Nursing nutty conspiracy theories. And pining publicly for the murder of President Bush.
And they call us crazy?
In In Unhinged: Liberals Gone Wild, Michelle Malkin plays conservative Margaret Mead to the alien political creatures of the American Left. With uproarious detail and rollicking reportage, Malkin chronicles the bizarre world of leftists gone mad in their natural habitats: the mainstream media, academia, Hollywood, and Washington.
Unhinged unmasks liberals who've completely abandoned rationality and reality. They're taking chainsaws and bayonets to campaign signs. Running down political opponents with their cars. Setting fire to political opponents in effigy. Defacing war memorials. Swiping yellow ribbons off cars. And supporting the fragging of American troops.
In Unhinged, you'll meet:
- The Top 10 Unhinged Leftists, Celebrities, Media Liberals, and Politicians. - The Pennsylvania Democrat who repeatedly screamed "faggot" at his Republican opponents on the Senate floor. - The Florida Democrat who tried to run down former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris with his Cadillac. - The Democrat congressman who claimed the capture of Saddam Hussein was staged by GOP operatives to help the Bush re-election campaign. - The veteran newsman who claimed that Bush advisor Karl Rove and Osama bin Laden are working hand-in-hand to help the Republican Party. - And hundreds more unhinged liberals gone wild!
With wit, wisdom, and a bullet-proof vest, Michelle Malkin ruthlessly and raucously skewers the myths of liberal tolerance, peace, and civility. Unhinged shows how conservatives are driving their opponents mad. The good news for liberals? Self-help starts here.
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