This unsettling port deal with the UAE reminds me of the Harriet Myers fiasco. How could such a poor decision get to this point, dividing the president’s supporters and allowing the likes of the opportunistic Chuck Schumer to seem tougher on terror than Mr. Bush?

At this point, there are no good options. If we tear up this deal, we will appear to be anti-Arab and offend an ally in the war on terror. If it somehow goes through, we will have appeared to hand over our ports to a government that we cannot be certain will be able to keep its home-grown terrorists at bay. Either way, W’s standing has been hurt, and that’s not good. We have a war to win.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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