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Misunderestimated?

While the MSM touts a CBS poll so bogus it rivals the honesty of Rathergate, while the Democrats jump on to the "pull the port deal" bandwagon that most who have half a brain jumped off of already, or were smart not to jump to conclusions in the first place, I am reminded of an old and rather unpleasant illustration.

This is how an Eskimo kills a wolf. First, the Eskimo coats his knife blade with animal blood and allows it to freeze. Then, he adds layer after layer of blood until the blade is completely concealed by the frozen blood.

Next, the hunter fixes his knife in the ground with the blade up. When a wolf follows his sensitive nose to the source of the scent and discovers the bait, he licks it, tasting the fresh frozen blood. He begins to lick faster, more and more vigorously, lapping the blade until the keen edge is bare. Feverishly now, harder and harder, the wolf licks the blade in the cold Artic night.

His craving for blood becomes so great that the wolf doesn’t notice…

More Port "Absurdity" - V

Seems now that those jumped on the "Ban Dubai" Tsunami of last week are making a hasty retreat due to this developement.

I expected this once they made their political statements - satifying their bases/unions, and therefore showed their ass, and in turn showed they will dive in the lake before they see it's shallow. Thus - they bumped their collective heads.

"The Bush administration will conduct a highly unusual second review of potential security risks in a business deal it previously approved for a United Arab Emirates-based company to take over significant operations at six leading U.S. ports.

The new, 45-day investigation is aimed at averting an impending political showdown as Congress returned to Washington on Monday from a weeklong break.

"We think this is a good middle ground that has been found," White House press secretary Scott McClellan said.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who helped negotiate the plan, quickly recommended that lawmakers wai…

Rockefeller did you "teller?"- IV

Via The American Spectator

"Word out of the Defense Intelligence Agency and law enforcement sources has the FBI and the Department of Justice comparing notes and dates on who in the U.S. Senate received national security briefings on both the overseas terrorist prisons and the NSA overseas terrorist monitoring programs, and when those briefings took place.

"The number of Senators who received briefings is not as large as people think," says one law enforcement source. "These were programs with a limited 'Need to Know" list on Capitol Hill."

Federal investigators looking into the leaks of both those programs to the press are zeroing in on the Senate, and are expected to continue to hold interviews of both Senators and their senior staff in the coming days. "This investigation is moving forward at a pretty fast clip," says the law enforcement source. "We're not looking at a two-year probe. We're talking about moving fast."

As yet…

War on Terror - Attack on Saudi Oil Refinery - Appearances Deceiving?

Bombers attack Saudi oil facility

"An explosion rocked Saudi Arabia's huge Abqaiq oil facility in the east of the kingdom on Friday and an official said Saudi forces had thwarted suicide bomb attacks against the world's biggest oil exporter.

Oil jumped more than $2 a barrel. Al Qaeda leaders have previously called for attacks on oil fields in Saudi Arabia, a key U.S. ally.

A security source said suicide bombers had tried to storm the facility in the mainly Shi'ite province, known locally as Baqiq, and site of one of Saudi Arabia's main oilfields.

"Security forces foiled an attempted suicide attack at the Abqaiq refinery using at least two cars," the official said.

Dubai-based television station Al-Arabiya said Saudi forces killed the attackers. It quoted witnesses saying there was shooting.

Al Arabiya said the cars used by the attackers had the logo of Saudi state-owned oil company Aramco on them and that one car exploded at the gate to one refinery mid-aftern…

More Port "Absurdity" IV

With the Democrats grandstanding and puffing their chest and measuring the White House for 2008 over the Ports NON-issue, the KING of Democrats, Bill Clinton actually praised the Dubai back in December of 2005:

"FORMER US president Bill Clinton praised Dubai’s leaders last week, telling them the way Islamic and Western values and cultures are being merged is “wonderful”.

Speaking via telecast at the Leaders in Dubai conference on Monday, Clinton was quick to highlight the work done by the emirate’s rulers, in particular Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence of the United Arab Emirates.

Clinton said: “Dubai is a role model of what could be achieved despite the other negative developments in the region. When I went to Dubai for the first time, I was taken to a technology facility where I hooked up to a bank kiosk and found that one can use a conventional banking service, while at the same time opt for an Islamic Sharia compliant service, …

Able Danger - Out of Gas?

Sigh.....

"In his Washington D.C. office last Thursday, a slightly tired Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa) was lamenting to Canada Free Press the ongoing suppression of Able Danger.

Eric Kleinsmith and two colleagues had given testimony in open session before the House Armed Services Committee the day before.

Weldon said that he had found it demoralizing that sincere witnesses, who had turned out for the hearings in full military dress, had been identified on committee papers as "only Mr."

In 1999 and 2000, "Mr.’s" like the then-Major Kleinsmith was chief of intelligence for the U.S. Army’s Land Information Warfare Activity at Ft. Belvoir, VA. and was finding huge success with data mining used to support a top secret unit of Special Operations Command that subsequently pinpointed al-Qaeda cells around the world–code name "Able Danger".

As Weldon has been trying to flag the western world, Able Danger, through computer scanning of some 2.5 terabytes of classified and…

Iraq Civil War? - A Perspective

While all the detractors of the war in Iraq and gleefully hoping for an all out civil war, they ignorantly forget that all most nations suffered through their own civil wars, including this one. Just for the history deficient here are a few facts:

"• More than three million men fought in the war.

• Two percent of the population—more than 620,000—died in it. (Note: More than The American Revolutionary War, World War I, World War II, The War against Switzerland, The War of 1812, and the Vietnam War combined - (IN FOUR YEARS!)

• In two days at Shiloh on the banks of the Tennessee River, more Americans fell than in all previous American wars combined.

• During the Battle of Antietam, 12,401 Union men were killed, missing or wounded; double the casualties of D-Day, 82 years later. With a total of 23,000 casualties on both sides, it was the bloodiest single day of the Civil War.

• At Cold Harbor, Va., 7,000 Americans fell in 20 minutes."


Yet the war brought the nation closer together…

More Port "Absurdity" III

On the so-called "Port Scandal", here are some facts:

1. We didn't sell anything to Dubai - the British did. A further clarification the British OWN what they are selling - TERMINALS. Not PORTS - TERMINALS, and of those TERMINALS we are talking about OPERATION not CONTROL.

The fact is that the British (who again have the right to sell their business to whomever they desire), could have sold it to any company. But they sold it to the company who has a proven track record of success and who has shown in the past far more concern for security than some of these now barking politicians and bloggers. (More facts here).

James A. Glassman over at TCS writes:

"Just last week, the shareholders of P&O, that venerable relic of the British Empire, agreed to sell their company to a group called Dubai Ports World, for $6.8 billion. DP World won a bidding war with another company from a developing country, Temasek Holdings of Singapore.

Pacific & Oriental Steam Navigati…

More Port "Absurdity" - II

Continuing this post, AJ Strata notes the tide is turning on the Port non=issue:

"The tide is shifting under all those who ran to the cameras or spouted off uninformed about the UAE company Dubai Ports World as more and more people research the topic seriously. Sister Toldjah has the best round up of recent, factual writing on this. From the revelations much of the hype is bought and paid for by contributions from some unions and a US competitor to Dubai Ports World, to surgical debunking of the myths surrounding this subject by Dick Meyers of CBS. If you read anything today read her path from doubter to supporter."

The tide is turning because the "hubbub" was much to do about nothing. But in the process while those who balked said this was an outrage to our national security interests, in fact caused yet another national secruity secret to be splashed across headlines all over the world.

Via this reprort from MSNBC:

"Separately, the Associated Press reported tha…