Rich Galen

  • So, the cable news programming geniuses have been talking about the US outsourcing “port security” to Dubai.
  • This is like saying the company which operates your local airport – which is to say it decides how much you pay for parking and where in the terminal the Starbucks will be located – is responsible for airline security.
  • It isn’t.
  • Nor will DP World be responsible for port security. That remains with Customs and the Coast Guard.
  • The reason the President bristled about this today is because he doesn’t think he deserves to be doubted on his commitment to the national security.
  • It is one thing for Chuck Schumer or Hillary Clinton to complain. It is something else again for Dennis Hastert or Bill Frist to doubt whether the President is strong enough on terrorism.
  • The Left has been wailing about George W. Bush being, if anything, TOO aggressive on his anti-terrorism efforts using the NSA intercepts as their example. Now those same people are complaining the President is not being tough enough.
  • Want to know what’s really behind all this?
  • It’s an even numbered year and we are 253 days from election day.
  • It’s not about port security; It’s about incumbent security.
  • On a the Secret Decoder Ring page today: A link to the Fox News summary of the issue written largely by Major Garrett; A link to a history of P & O (which is pretty interesting); A link to a history of DP World (which is less interesting, but includes a listing of all the countries in which they do this kind of work); a Mullfoto showing how I was showered with affection during my trip to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and a Catchy Caption of the Day.

  • Rich Galen

    Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at