I wanted to point to some of the many good items out there with thoughtful viewpoints and details on the ports issue...
You want to go all "nativist" and start a policy of "keep the darkies out", you go right ahead. Let's do that, lets get this country on a policy of not allowing Air Cargo in the United States that follows the same line of logic that some of you are setting for ship based cargo and we can all go line up at the unemployment office now and beat the christmas rush.
The Patriot Post outlines the process of review in Port of Public Opinion.
Approval of the DPW proposal underwent three months of interagency review. According to Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England, "This review definitely was not cursory and it definitely was not casual. Rather, it was in depth and comprehensive." This is the same review that management companies based in China, Denmark, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan underwent before being authorized to manage terminals in the port of Los Angeles. We might add, China now manages some terminals on both ends of the Panama Canal.
A personal viewpoint from a friend, an Army officer who travels through Dubai on his way in and out of Afghanistan ... "I've passed through Dubai twice in the past 3 months and the place is more pro-US than King County."
[Ed. note : This was written on Monday, but did not publish - just catching up!]
Monday, February 27, 2006
Posted by Barb at 9:16 AM
Sunday, February 26, 2006
But not the way some people have positioned it. The deal to allow Dubai Ports World to operate port facilities in the US has been debated everywhere. I've read much that I agree with, some that I don't. But I recognize that most people are concerned with our safety, as individuals and as a nation.
Contrary to the canard that “an Arab government will be in charge of security at six of America’s biggest ports,” all security operations will continue to be handled by Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Coast Guard. DP World, like the British firm before it, will have nothing to do with security operations at the ports in question. But, it’s understandable that casual observers believe there is a security element involved when high-ranking administration officials like Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice say that the port deal "serves our security interests and serves the commercial interest [of the U.S.] as well.''
In fact, not only is this not about losing our security at home, it's about maintaining and gaining security at the source ports:
Like international commercial air travel, port operations do not start at home – they begin abroad and strong, trusted allies are essential to ensure the safety of cargo being loaded onto U.S.-bound ships in port terminals all over the world before it heads for an American port. Lost in all the noise is the fact that Dubai was the first Middle Eastern entity to sign-up for the Container Security Initiative to pre-screen cargo destined for the U.S.
We NEED strong allies in the Middle East and around the globe. We need this deal. Unfortunately, we also need the administration to pay attention, and understand how this whole issue was blown out of proportion. Can we have some dialogue, please??
Go read "Misunderestimated Disconfirmation". I want to hear your thoughts on this.
Thursday, February 23, 2006
I caught actor Robert Conrad on FOX news this afternoon, talking about the University of Washington student senate furor. (Previous posts here, here and here) The discussion covered the initial failed resolution, and some of the reported comments made by students.
BAPTISTE: Let's talk about heroes. A lot of people—obviously, a lot of young people nowadays don't see war as a heroic sport. It's not an adventure. It's a brutal, really inhumane thing. And...
So, we just invented a war to go fight so our young men could have a 'rite of passage'? Of all the ignorant and silly thoughts on reasons for war ... that has to take the cake.
By the way, Andrews Dad researched Mr. Baptiste a little bit. Seems he is a member of the group SocialistAlternative-dot-Org. Think back to the recruiting protest last May in Seattle. One of the main organizers ... SocialistAlternative. He may not (Please, Lord, I hope Not) represent the majority of the students at UW, but students like Andrew Everett, the author of the Memorial resolutions (R-12-18 and R-12-26) represent my hope for the future! Andrew ... should you ever run for office here in Washington, let me know - I'll help!
H/T to Ry for the link ... thanks!
Monday, February 20, 2006
This resolution from the UW Student Senate, proposed this past week, will be interesting to watch. Especially as the case before the Supreme Court (FAIR v. Rumsfeld - oral arguments were made in December) will provide a national response sometime this year.
A Resolution in Support of the Right of Military Recruiters to be Present on Campus
Which begs an interesting question. IF the court rules that the schools still have to permit military recruiters on campus, or lose funds under the Solomon Act - what difference will a local resolution by the UW Student Senate make? Similarly, if the court rules against the DoD, will the local resolution be maintained?
BTW - If you have not been following the state of military recruiting here in the Seattle area this past year, here are some links to fill the gap ...
Anti-war group targets on-campus military recruiters (Seattle PI)
Support Recruiter Threatened At Seattle Central Community College
You Know Why...
Seattle Recruiting Protest
Combat the Moonbats
America's Son has wrapped up his Iraq experience to head for home, sharing one last chapter before he says Buh-bye to the sandbox.
Sunday, February 19, 2006
I was tagged by SWWBO with a new meme, which came to her from Ala. I guess we'll call it the No-Name meme.
Something very important was lost in the outcry over Ms. Edwards and others at the UW and their statements against honoring Lt. Col. Greg "Pappy" Boyington. I am as guilty of this oversight as any who have been following the story. Remember the reason that this whole controversy began ... a student senator at the University of Washington (affectionately called U-dub in these parts) created a resolution to memorialize and honor Lt. Col. Boyington.
A Resolution Calling a Memorial for UW Alumni awarded the Medal of Honor
This is fine work by Mr. Everett! He has proposed a method of honoring those who had already been awarded the MOH, and laid the path for future alumni recipients to be honored as well. Great thinking, and well planned.
Two other new items on the active legislation list also caught my eye. The first is a proposal to acknowledge and support those who have fought for freedom: (An Act Supporting Those Who Work for a Free and Democratic Society, and while a good start - it appears to need a little polishing. Specifically because it names only two of the CMOH awardees.
The other new resolution regards the access of military recruiters to the University of Washington students, and the ROTC on campus. This is too important to mention here as a footnote - look for more on it soon!
Meanwhile - if you remember the name of only one current UW student, make it Andrew Everett. Someone you should know!
Also, check out Blackfive's post regarding the apology resolution, and the new scholarship fund to be established. This is something I plan to support!
Lt. Col. Gregory "Pappy" Boyington Memorial Scholarship Fund
Friday, February 17, 2006
I have been listening to Keni Thomas' album, "Flags of our Fathers", a lot lately. It's in my car, and on my computers at work and home, so I can put the headphones on and listen any time.
Do something good today - for yourself, and for the children of fallen warriors.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
The waves expanding from the University of Washington Student Senate rejection of a memorial to "Pappy" Boyington have been interesting to follow. As I noted in Sunday's post, there were several statements of an objectionable nature reported in the minutes from the meeting.
WHEREAS Student Senator Jill Edwards offended all members of the United States Marine Corps, past or present, dead or alive; especially those who were, are, or will be students at the University of Washington with her comment that she "didn't believe a member of the Marine Corps was an example of the sort of person UW wanted to produce." This commented brought shame and dishonor to not only the UW Student Senate, but also the University as a whole, all its members who have served in the Marine Corps and all Marines past and present.
I wonder how they plan to test the young lady's compliance regarding the study of Col. Boyington's history?
By the way ... the original draft minutes that I linked to originally are still posted on the ASUW senate. However, the final minutes are also posted now. I've read comments on various blogs from students who claimed that the first release of the minutes were a draft, implying that the final notes might be different in some ways. I've compared the two versions for the key areas that have been the focus of attention, and they are identical as far as I can see. However, if you would like to look closely at the two versions, I'd like to know what you think of the details of the final resolution vote. I have my thoughts on this, but I'd like to hear yours.
A small snide voice in my head wonders that the senate members did not share this feedback directly to Ms. Edwards *during* the discussion in last week's session. But then, some of it seems to be directly related to the Forum discussion on the UW site, where students (including one identified as 'A Navy Chief') debated the meaning of the students' statements, and suggested remedial actions for better understanding.
Regardless - I hope that Ms. Edwards complies with this resolution. I will follow up when (and if) I see the public apology. And it truly remains to be seen whether she, and like-minded fellow students, will truly learn the lesson of this whole event.
Rule of Reason
University of Washington should honor 'Pappy' Boyington
The Chief Brief
UW Senate Discusses Boyington Issue
Student Senate at UofWash Needs Chops Busted
Ace of Spades
Pappy Boyington-Dissing Nitwit Will Publicly Apologize
One of my favorite comments to this post on the UW kerfuffle was from James, who tried to share the letter he wrote in reaction to the story. However - the comment limitation chopped off the last part of his quote, cutting off the end of the note. I wanted to pull this out to help visitors find and read it, so I emailed James and asked if he would mind, and he didn't. He also added a preface to frame the letter for us.
After reading the Student Senate minutes, I was pretty livid. I could tell there was some heated debate, and that a few students stood ground. Unfortunately, the minutes also cited some bonehead comments. I couldn’t believe such a state of denial existed. Worse, these are the supposed to be the sharp ones, the intelligence continuum our country needs now more than ever. I authored this letter and sent it to the top three student senate leaders, in addition to the university president. I hope it gets to those who really need to read it.
My thanks to James for sharing, and my humble thanks for his service. If you do make it here to the PNW, James - the first beers are on me!
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
As the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment leaves Iraq to return to their loved ones at Ft. Carson, Colorado, they can take with them the thanks of the people of the city of Tall' Afar ...
In the Name of God the Compassionate and Merciful
Go and thank Greyhawk for sharing this great letter, because without him and the blogiverse, this story would be unknown. I personally wish the town of Tall' Afar and its people all good things.
This is what it's all about, and the people of Tall' Afar understand, they Get IT. It's a shame the MSM doesn't.
Thanks to the Soldiers of the 3rd ACR for a job well done. Many made the ultimate sacrifice, in this deployment and throughout Operation Iraqi Freedom.
I found their Memorial page, which solemnly displays the name and rank of Soldiers lost in Iraq since OIF began. Each Soldier's name, in a slow roll call, appeared against the memorial backdrop, the list seeming without end.
As I watched the names appear, one reached off the screen to grab me.
MAJ Schram, Matthew E.
I will never meet Mat Schram, which is a damn shame, but thanks to his good friend Matt of Blackfive, Major Schram is not a stranger.
Posted by Barb at 12:02 AM
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Many people dropped in here yesterday to check on the item about the U-Dub student senate passing on a memorial to "Pappy" Boyington - especially helped along by a link from The Armorer. (Thanks, John!)
Posted by Barb at 12:01 AM
Sunday, February 12, 2006
My favorite morning radio host, himself an alumnus of the University of Washington, passed along a sad little tale last Wednesday. It seems that the Student Senate of the U-Dub had voted down resolution R-12-18:
A Resolution to Calling for a Tribute for Col. Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, USMC
And just "Why" was this resolution defeated? You can read the complete minutes of the Feb. 7th meeting, but here are a few especially telling quotes :
Jill Edwards said she didn’t believe a member of the Marine Corps was an example of the sort of person UW wanted to produce.
Okay - I cherry-picked those statements, although they do appear together in the minutes. But I wonder whether Ms. Edwards truly intended to imply that all Marines are unsuited to be honored by any UW students? Then again, given the troubles we've had here in Washington with recruiting on campuses, maybe that is exactly what she meant.
Gee, I wonder how many of her current fellow students have served in the Marines?? I'd be lookin' over my shoulder if I had made such an ill-conceived and rude statement. Just sayin'.
I also have to wonder if Ms. Miller realizes that she is discriminating against Pappy because of his race?? Sounds anti-tolerant and non-inclusive to me.
Share this little item with your Marine friends, and any interested UW alumni you may know.
Hat/Tip to Ry, who pointed me to the post by AndrewsDad for the links.
I was certain that America's Son would have something thoughtful to say on this matter - and he did not disappoint. Please go read his Opinion vs. Truth for the view from a deployed Marine.
Also, Sgt B pointed out in his comment below that "Pappy" Boyington was not exactly a paragon of virtue. In fairness, this is true - he struggled with demons of his own in the form of alcohol, at least. If the students had chosen to balk at a memorial for reasons of this type, it would make more sense (although I would still disagree). It's the fact that they explicitly chose to ignore him and his character completely, and rejected the resolution for generic reasons like those above that is the telling point.
I also would like to add that young Andrew Everett, who initiated the resolution deserves high credit for taking this step, and for standing and defending his resolution during the debate shown in the minutes. He is exactly the kind of young man I think the U-Dub should be proud to have among its student body.
Thursday, February 09, 2006
I've spent more time reading blogs than posting lately - there's a lot of great stuff out there to read ... the task is endless!
Sunday, February 05, 2006
Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Steelers!
Posted by Barb at 10:00 AM