For all the wrong reasons House Republicans did the wrong thing tonight. To appear more tough on national security and to fend off the Democrats next year, they have neatly scuppered some of President Bush's credibility in the international arena.
As Rep. Jerry Lewis [good gosh he must get hammered with Deano jokes] lives up to one of his namesake's more famous characters, Sad Sack, by exclaiming we must keep American ports in American hands. This is one those most outrageously stupid things a person can say. The land the port is on is still attached to the United States. Homeland Security and the Coast Guard will still patrol and inspect. American longshoremen will still work the docks. But the ownership of port operations will now go from the current British owners to who knows while telling the UAE that 'yes you are an ally but we really don't want you buying up American property.'
This is why the United States has a bi-cameral legislature. The House panics because they are up for election every two years while the Senate is supposed to debate things more thoroughly while facing election only every six years. Lets hope the firebreak happens in the Senate to stop this stupidity before the House Republicans commit sepukku because they art mightily afrightened by their shadows.