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  •  I tend to agree, my (2+ / 0-)
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    brighton, lgmcp

    reason for not wanting the Dubai Ports deal was, as you say, the problem of keeping critical infrastructure within US control.  I'm assuming that Mr. Carter would be aware of this concern; I wish he had addressed it.  Although I certainly agree that the issue seemed also to be driven by a "reflexive anti-Arab sentiment, as lgmcp says above.

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      Catte Nappe, lgmcp, Cat Whisperer

      While there definately were large numbers spewing anti-Arab venom on this issue, I think you will find most of it came from the right.

      I think overall the objections to the ports deal were seeded in lack of trust of the Bush administration, and overall realization that the administration has time and again used poor judgement.  

      Whenever impeachment is mentioned on Dailykos, someone will respond that Democrats need to take the higher road, and not be vengeful for Clinton's impeachment.  I don't get it.  Revenge has nothing to do with it.  I want Bush impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors, for failure to protect the constitution, and for selling out our country.  It has nothing to do with Clinton, but is all about Bush and his imperial presidency.

      Same here.  I am not anti-Arab, yet am extremely opposed to the Dubai deal.  

      •  Agreed except for the impeachment (1+ / 0-)
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        part because it would leave us with Dick Cheney and if both, then what Hastert?  I do see your higher moral point here; my reasons for not favoring a pursuit of impeachment is simply practical.

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          lgmcp, Cat Whisperer

          VERY GOOD POINT!  

          On the other hand, I was just using this as an example of motivating factors.  A large number of supporters of the Dubai deal have said/implied/criticized opposition to the deal as motivated by anti-Arab sentiment.  While true of some, not true of many others. There are very good reasons that have nothing to do with being anti-Arabe to oppose the deal.

          Same with the impeachment-for-revenge argument.  It fails to recognize very reasonable cause for impeaching Bush, and makes an automatic assumption that it is motivated by a drive to get even for Clinton.

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