Three words: ‘Dubai Ports World’ 

I don’t care how or why he was fired from the Post — Dave Weigel is always a good read:

In 2006, for a few weeks, there was no more important issue in America than that of a company owned by the United Arab Emirates securing a deal to run security at a few U.S. ports. In the beginning, there were only some quiet complaints about the deal. But on February 13 it became an outrage, in large part because of a rally Chuck Schumer held with 9/11 family members. I’m just going to go ahead and quote the title of Schumer’s press release:

Joined By Outraged 9-11 Families, Schumer Calls On President To Personally Intervene To Override Secret Committee’s Deal To Give United Arab Emirates Control Of Our Ports

The mosque controversy, like Dubai ports, was a rather stupid distraction, but it’s worth reminding everyone that xenophobia is a bipartisan political tool.

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