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Once again, Boy George gets bailed out.

As many of you already know, the Dubai firm that was set to take over management of six U.S. ports has decided to drop out.  After President Bush threatened to veto any attempt to halt the port deal, the Republican-led Congress went ahead and did it anyway.  On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee voted overwhelmingly to block the controversial deal.  The following day, the Dubai-owned company withdrew from the arrangement, sparing the President a confrontation with a Congress in campaign mode.

The whole controversy reminds me of the Harriet Myers episode.  President Bush vowed to stick by her nomination to the Supreme Court despite a spat of conservative criticism.  Yet, low and behold, Harriet withdrew her nomination, sparing Boy George the humiliation of a rejection from the Republican-controlled Congress.  

It's easy to "stay the course" when someone always takes the fall for you.

Speaking of taking a fall, this is the same administration that got Harry Whittington to apologize for getting his face in the way of Dick Cheney's bullet!

Of course, President Bush will continue to wear his self-ordained mantle of "resolute leadership."  But, President Bush is no resolute leader.  He's more like a boxer who brags about winning a fixed fight.  What a phony.

Originally posted to eps on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 12:11 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  We all know (none)
    that Halliburton is going to get the gig, so this is a pyrrhic victory, at best. Oh well.

    Let's get some Democracy for America

    by murphy on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 12:24:59 AM PST

  •  it's not enough... (none)
    ...that he wins each of these controversies by forcing his allies to take the fall for him.  (think of the foreign intel agencies that were blamed for the war's faulty intelligence.)  he's got to be cocky about it too.  what kind of man would brag about winning a fixed fight?

    oh and yes, i am a member of the "hate-bush crowd."

    •  What kind of man... (none)
      What kind of man would brag about winning a fixed fight?

      A man who's never been in a real fight in his entire life, and doesn't even know what one looks like.  His entire life has been one long string of fixed fights, with his daddy buying out the opponents without little Georgie even knowing.

  •  great title [n/t] (none)

    I don't like country music, but I don't mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means 'put down.'- Bob Newhart

    by condoleaser on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:47:53 AM PST

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