Friday, March 10, 2006

Ports NO, most advanced F-16 YES


Interesting piece in the WeeklyStandard today about how in Clinton's last year as President his administration approved of the UAE purchasing 80 of the most advanced F-16 model known as the Block 60. The avionics and weapons electronics are more advanced than our own F-16 variant and yet the UAE has 80 of these bad boys! Nobody complained then and nobody has made it an issue recently in the wake of the ports contraversy. I'm not suggesting the UAE having such an advanced air force is a bad thing..frankly, as the story points out, capitalism and immigration from neighboring messed up countries by those seeking something better is encouraging. After all, once you taste some of the fruits of capitalism, along with the absence of frequent gun fire outside your house ,you're more likely to align with those who also appreciate these things. Nice planes indeed!

1 comment:

MOV said...

I'm making an assumption here, but it sounds like you supported the port deal. If so, that's one of the few things I agree with you on. I don't think the scaremongers have taken into account the economic impact of this deal. Thanks to our profilgate ways, we depend on the constant investment of foreigners to fuel our spending. If we keep nixing these huge business deals (remember the china/unocal deal?) foreign companies are going to take their money elsewhere. And by limiting ourselves to American investors, we hurt the value of the ports/oil companies/whatever...