Thursday, May 4, 2006
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New bipartisan foreign policy blog
I'm very, very, very close to finishing some time-consuming copyediting, so posting will be light in the next 24 hours.
In the meantime, go check out the Partnership for a Secure America's new foreign policy blog, Across the Aisle. I don't know all of the contributors, but I know enough of them to have confidence in the quality of output.
I particularly like this post by Chip Andreae that carefully delimits the kind of bipartisanship the Partnership is talking about:
[I]n spite of the growing need for true and uniting leadership to emerge from Capitol Hill, we must be conscious enough of why we demand bipartisan efforts to reject the recent political phenomenon that occurred during the DP World deal: bipartisanship for its own sake.posted by Dan on 05.04.06 at 02:27 PM
Perhaps Chip Andreae should use the term "non-partisan" instead of "bi-partisan" since he seems to be arguing for views that are not driven by party philosophies, but by a search for the best alternatives.posted by: RAZ on 05.04.06 at 02:27 PM [permalink]
If you want this deal to stand, by all means talk it up so people who haven't heard of it get to think it over and decide whether to object.
It's fairly difficult to make a case that would convince Joe Sixpack that foreign-owned company that makes turbines, fuel pumps, and other assorted parts for jet engines will make it easier for jihadis to smuggle a nuke into the US.
I don't think this is going to be a problem.posted by: rosignol on 05.04.06 at 02:27 PM [permalink]
I mean true bipartisanship
If we're talking Joe Sixpack then the details will slip right on by.
If we're talking people who think a little, it doesn't matter much if they get the profits -- that's just another brick in the wall. But if they're the only company that can make critical components for the "aerospace" industry, it would be critical that they not get managed by anybody who might arrange that those components not get made or sold.
A little more thought -- Dubai financiers wouldn't seem to have any more connection with america's enemies than a New York stockbroker with misssissippi Ku Klux Klanners.
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