Exhibit 1.

Confirmation of Judicial appointments.

The Republican Senators seemed more interested in working with the Democrats instead of vetting and approving the President’s picks, as had been the usual practice for the last century or so. The Democrats had threatened the unprecedented use of a filibuster to block judicial appointments and the Republicans slithered away from the fight. They ignored precedent and stood aside from principle in their retreat. Their abject failure to support a President who had been reelected with an increased majority left him forced to nominate candidates who would get past the unelected Gang-of-14 (unelected in the sense that the American people did not vote to give these few Senators veto power over the President’s constitutional right to appoint judges). It was in that environment that Bush nominated Harriet Miers.

Exhibit 2.

Meddling in vital Intelligence issues

We already know that Senators cannot be trusted to keep their traps shut. Republican Senator Richard Shelby leaked the news that Osama bin Ladin’s Satellite phone was being tapped. Senators Jay Rockefeller and Ron Wyden played a part in exposing the Pentagon’s covert satellite program. That sure would have come in handy while we’re trying to figure out where Iran has hidden all its nuclear weapons facilities. Currently, the Iranians know when our satellites are overhead and act accordingly. This year-old Newsmax report lists some of the congressional leaks that have damaged our country’s security. A J Strata and Mac Ranger are right on top of the role of Senators Rockeller (again) and Durbin in the leaking of information about the NSA program to monitor Al Qaeda communications.

The consequence of the media misrepresentation of the program as “Domestic Wiretapping” is that politicians have been inserting themselves into oversight of intelligence gathering. Net result: more dangerous leaks as self-serving politicians try to make the news.

Exhibit 3.

The DPW ports deal

It sounded bad. The Bush administration was selling control of US ports to an Arab country with Al Qaeda connections. Anyone who looked at the deal, at the security arrangements in place, and at our military relationships with UAE would see nothing bad about the deal. But the media got the facts wrong, the public swallowed the media lies, and opportunists on the left and right piled on. Our worthy senators asked for more time to examine the deal and then kyboshed it just a few days into the 45-day cooling off period. Democrat senators saw it as a perfect opportunity to bash Bush yet again and Republican senators folded again, more concerned with daily fluctuations in the polls than actually standing up for an Arab ally.

Will the UAE do a Turkey when we need to take action against Iran? Will Emirates Air drop Boeing in favor of Airbus? They sure spend a lot of money on aircraft:

At Dubai 2005 – 9th International Aerospace Exhibition, Emirates announced firm orders for 42 Boeing 777 aircraft, to be powered by GE90 jet engines, in a deal worth Dhs 35.7 billion (US$9.7 billion) at list prices. This is the largest-ever order for the Boeing 777 family of aircraft and consists of: 24 Boeing 777-300ERs, 10 777-200LR Worldliners and eight 777 Freighters, with the first aircraft scheduled for delivery in 2007. In addition, Emirates will have purchase rights for 20 more 777 aircraft.

At the Paris Air Show in June 2003, Emirates announced the largest aircraft order in aviation history worth US$19 billion, adding 71 new aircraft – a mix of Airbus and Boeing – to its fast-growing fleet. It is now the main launch customer for two innovative ultra-modern aircraft – A340-600 HGW and A380 double-decker super-jumbos.

At the Farnborough Air Show in July 2004, Emirates announced firm orders for four Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and nine options with a list price value of US$ 2.96 billion.

Emirates’ current order book stands at 127 aircraft, with a total value of approximately US$35 billion.

How many of our esteemed Senators are even aware that Emirates Air exists, let alone how much it spent on US goods?

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