Mr. Bush shouldn't really be losing his credibility as a terrorism fighter over the ports deal, which, after careful examination (which hasn't happened yet), may turn out to be O.K. Instead, Mr. Bush should have lost his credibility long ago over his diversion of U.S. resources away from the pursuit of Al Qaeda and into an unnecessary war in Iraq, his bungling of that war, and his adoption of a wrongful imprisonment and torture policy that has blackened America's reputation.
But there is, nonetheless, a kind of rough justice in Mr. Bush's current predicament. After 9/11, the American people granted him a degree of trust rarely, if ever, bestowed on our leaders. He abused that trust, and now he is facing a storm of skepticism about his actions — a storm that sweeps up everything, things related and not.
Bam! I mean, anything that's bad for Bush is fine with me. The worst part of the whole thing is this: "'I want those who are questioning it,' Mr. Bush said, 'to step up and explain why all of a sudden a Middle Eastern company is held to a different standard than a Great British company.'" Forget the hypocrisy, after all he's done to lump all Arabs/Muslims together into one seething mass of terrorists. He said "Great British". Oh, the shame.