BUSH AND DUBAI….Look, I happen to think that the Dubai port deal is probably OK. But for chrissake, Richard, it’s not exactly insane to be a little more cautious in turning over port operations to a company owned by the United Arab Emirates than to one owned by, say, the German government. Get a grip.

As for why George Bush has defended the deal, one hardly has to resort to paeans to his open-minded humanity to figure this out. I don’t think Bush is a bigot, but the reason he stuck to his guns on the port deal is because his first instinct is always to stick to his guns. When Bush is attacked, he attacks back, whether he knows anything about the issue at hand or not. Anyone who hasn’t figured that out after five years of Bush watching really does need to go back to school, and not just for a refresher in elementary arithmetic.