Kudlow, Brooks, Norquist & “Islamophobia”
From Michelle Malkin:
“Here’s GOP strategist and Muslim voter outreach architect Grover Norquist in the Los Angeles Times dismissing critics of the deal: “The only whiners left by next week will be the registered bigots.”
Conservative commentator Larry Kudlow: “This whole brouhaha surrounding the Bush administration’s green-light to a United Arab Emirates company slated to manage six major U.S. ports has nothing to do with protecting homeland security. Allow me to give it its proper name: Islamophobia.”
New York Times columnist David Brooks: “This Dubai port deal has unleashed a kind of collective mania we haven’t seen in decades. First seized by the radio hatemonger Michael Savage, it’s been embraced by reactionaries of left and right, exploited by Empire State panderers, and enabled by a bipartisan horde of politicians who don’t have the guts to stand in front of a xenophobic tsunami.”
Kudlow, Brooks, and Norquist and the rest of the people screaming “Islamophobia,” are making complete fools out of themselves, especially when you consider how this issue has broken out so far. As far as I can tell, once you set aside all the political maneuvering on this issue, people have broken out into two basic groups.
1) Those who oppose allowing Dubai Ports World to take over stevedoring duties because they think it may compromise security. (This is the big group)
2) Those who favor allowing Dubai Ports World to take over stevedoring duties because they don’t believe it will have an impact on security. (This is a much smaller group)
As far as I can tell, no one, even the people claiming “Islamophobia” is at work, are taking the position that even if Dubai Ports World were taking over security on the ports, there would be no more risk than if say a British or American company were doing so.
Personally, I support the deal on its merits, but oppose it for purely political reasons. But, if I thought allowing a Dubai Ports World takeover would give them an opportunity to bypass our security, I’d oppose the deal on its merits too.
If you can’t figure out why, if you want to pretend that it’s no more dangerous to have a Muslim from the UAE in a position where they could compromise our security than let’s say a Brit or someone from Taiwan, then you lack common sense at best or would be willing to watch Americans die for the sake of political correctness at worst.
Either way, it’s to be expected that we’ll hear these ridiculous “Islamophobia” allegations from CAIR and whiny lefties who are always complaining about some “ism” or another, but we should expect better from Norquist, Kudlow, and Brooks,
More from RWN on Islamophobia here.