Bush Should Worry More About GOP Than Arab Allies
While President Bush is rightly “concerned about a broader message this issue could send to our friends and allies around the world, particularly in the Middle East,” he ought to be even more concerned about the message he is sending to the GOP and the American public.
The GOP Congress has rebelled against the Bush Administration. Some Republican congressmen will be putting distance between themselves and Bush, just like Gore did with Clinton.
If Bush’s last term is a lame-duck presidency as some claim, then this Ports Deal may very well be the nail in the coffin. I have little faith Bush will resurrection his GOP relationships or influence he once enjoyed. What little leverage Bush has left will not provide him enough power to act effectively during the remainder of his presidency.
Bush Worried Collapsed Ports Deal Could Send Wrong Message to Allies
WASHINGTON- President Bush on Friday said he’s worried that this week’s meltdown of aU.S.ports deal with a United Arab Emirates-owned company could send the wrong message to important allies in theMiddle East.”I’m concerned about a broader message this issue could send to our friends and allies around the world, particularly in theMiddle East,” Bush said in remarks to the National Newspaper Association. “In order to win the War on Terror, we have got to strengthen our relationships and friendships with moderate, Arab countries in the Midddle East. UAE is a committed ally in the War on terror, they are a key partner for our military in a critical region.