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Friday, March 03, 2006

A Paradigm of Fraudulence

Though I don't have a strong opinion on the Dubai ports deal, Roger L. Simon captures something so well here that I'm reprinting his entire post. It's an attitude he calls fraudulent. I think it's a profound lack of introspection.

I have written on several occasions of my contention that had the Iraq War begun under a Democratic administration, many so-called liberals would feel totally differently about it today, not to mention much of the mainstream media. The shallowness of their beliefs has always struck me as almost laughable. Tonight, I saw on Instapundit what might be paradigm of this kind fraudulence in the following article from the Financial Times - Bill Clinton helped Dubai on ports deal:

Bill Clinton, former US president, advised top officials from Dubai two weeks ago on how to address growing US concerns over the acquisition of five US container terminals by DP World.

It came even as his wife, Senator Hillary Clinton, was leading efforts to derail the deal.[bold mine]

Mr Clinton, who this week called the United Arab Emirates a "good ally to America", advised Dubai's leaders to propose a 45-day delay to allow for an intensive investigation of the acquisition, according to his spokesman.

Now at first glance this is pretty funny. Mr. and Mrs. just didn't get their stories straight. But in truth they have no stories - and there is nothing to get straight - other than their own ambitions. This wouldn't matter much - it would all just be politics as usual, as it has been practiced in every corner of the globe throughout history. But we are in very serious times now. The lust to "get Bush" whether over the ports deal or anything else ... to the exclusion of actually stopping to think for a moment what is going on ... is so repugnant, so pervasive in our political classes (principally, I regret to say, in my own Democratic Party) that our very culture and civilization is being put at risk. It's not so funny really.


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