I don’t have much to add to this story except to agree that it’s amusing to see Bush threaten a veto, his first ever, when practically everybody agrees that he’s wrong.
Overriding objections from Republicans and Democrats alike, President Bush endorsed the takeover of shipping operations at six major U.S. seaports by a state-owned business in the United Arab Emirates. He pledged to veto efforts in Congress to block the agreement.
The president on Tuesday defended his administration’s approval of the sale of London-based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. to Dubai Ports World despite concerns in Congress that it would increase the possibility of terrorism at American ports.
The transaction will allow Dubai Ports World to run major commercial port operations in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami and Philadelphia. “If there was any chance that this transaction would jeopardize the security of the United States, it would not go forward,” Bush said.
Bush might do well to remember what Twain (almost) said, that it’s better to pocket the veto pen and let people think you’re an unpopular lame duck with a shrinking base, than to whip out your pen and prove it.
For an interesting juxtaposition I point to Malkin’s outrage and Greenwald’s skepticism. I’m leaning Malkin, with a bit of Greenwald because I don’t actually know that much about this story. Let’s hear what you think.