Bush didn't know about UAE port security deal?

The outsourcing of port security to a United Arab Emirates-based company is a very complex issue, blurring partisan boundaries and generating a heavy-dose of politics from the higher-ups.

But more on the complexities HERE.

The latest morsel come from Joe in DC: "Kinda sums up the whole Bush administration. Now the White House says Bush didn't even know about the UAE port security deal til it was a done deal. But he's going to defend it -- even to the point of a veto..."

He didn't know until after his own administration approved it? The buck stops, umm, well, we're counting on it stopping...

This does smack of a ridiculous PR move to allow Bush to have it both ways: "I didn't DO it, but I defend it." If there's a problem later on, Bush can then say: "While I wasn't the coordinator, I trusted the security officials who told me it was safe." And then some security official can fall on his sword, Bush and the Republican congress can issue strong words about a weak effort to get to the bottom of the security lapse...

Joe in DC writes: "If this is White House spin to make Bush look better, they're wrong. It makes him look even worse and more out of touch. They've screwed up again." (Americablog, Hat tip to reader Bill Swicegood)

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