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OLIVER NORTH ON “MISUNDERESTIMATION”

Picture 760.gif Oliver North’s latest column is excellent (‘MISUNDERESTIMATED DISCONFIRMATION“), although I lack his confident perspective that the UAE would not impact security should the Dubai Port Deal go through. Over a billion dollars buys a lot of information. And access. Which is what concerns many of us Americans, particularly given that there are more dollars in large amounts readily available where the first one billion-plus is coming from.

However, even Oliver North falls victim to using the “racist” reference (as, previously written about here, and related is also the term, “xenophobic”) (North writes, “the UAE is much more than just ‘an Arab country that has supported terrorism in the past,’ as some of the more racially-tinged rhetoric has it…”), which mars my confidence in his confidence and perspective. Proponents of this Port Deal are defeating their goals by considering and then deploying these terms about others who question or even oppose the Dubai Port Deal, and in deploying those terms attempt to counter misinformation — because, the insinuations themselves apply the actual “phobia” by even perceiving the racial when and as people use terms like “Arab” and “foreign.” As long as Port Deal proponents define, by way of these terms, others who doubt and question, they’ll lose and lose because it’s the language of desperation.

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  1. BIRD says:

    45 DAYS LATER…

    I appreciate what Newt Gingrich is saying on FOX News’ O’Reilly Factor today. It would be easy if the UAE Port Deal issue was as merely colorful and succinct as a series of cartoons, but, I realize it is neither. Its up to Americans whether or not for…