Jack Kemp

Two good things emerged out of the Dubai Port World fiasco, but only after more than two weeks of posturing, pontification and politicizing of an otherwise legitimate commercial licensing deal for the logistical operations of six U.S. ports. Eighty percent or more of U.S. port operations (not security or ownership) are handled and managed by foreign companies from China and Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan and Denmark.

It's embarrassing to see all too many Republicans joining the demagoging Democrats in refusing the request for a 45-day review of the facts of this investment decision by Dubai Port World of the United Arab Emirates, a genuine friend and ally of the United States.

Some questions for the naysayers: Where were you when the Clinton administration sold 80 high-performance F16s to the United Arab Emirates in 2000? Where were you when the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force were then (as now) using sea- and airports of the United Arab Emirates managed and secured by Dubai Port World in a perfectly good and acceptable manner according to the U.S. Defense Department?

If I weren't retired from political life at 70 years of age, I'd come back and start a new political party and call it the democratic-Republican Party.  I'd combine the foreign policy of Teddy Roosevelt and Harry Truman with the defense policy of Ronald Reagan and Sen. Henry "Scoop" Jackson, and I'd want to include the pro-growth tax-rate cuts of John F. Kennedy and Reagan.

Where are the statesmen and women who put principle ahead of politics and the next generation ahead of the next election - other than Sen. John McCain, who was one of the only Republicans to support President Bush on the ports issue.  It's really disappointing that a majority of the candidates for president from both parties cannot make the distinction between Middle Eastern radical jihadists who choose hatred and suicide bombs to attack the West from a small Arab country like the United Arab Emirates that chooses to stand with us against the tide in its own region in the war on terror and ends up getting the back of the hand from the U.S. Congress.

Jack Kemp

Jack Kemp is Founder and Chairman of Kemp Partners and a contributing columnist to Townhall.com.
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