Thursday, December 11, 2003

The appeasers of Old Europe are whining now because George Bush believes "to the victor belong the oils spoils" and won't let them have any contracts to rebuild Saddam's slaughterhouse. Read their squawks in Nations barred from Iraq bids voice outrage. They are even threatening to have the European Union [sic] treat this as a restraint of trade, and retaliate against U.S. products. This just shows how wrong Bush was to appease them by repealing his steel tariffs when they threatened higher duties on oranges. Just because Jeb likes Anita Bryant's crusades against gay rights is no reason to lose steel company votes. Now Europe has a taste of blood from using trade as a weapon, and will wave it at any provocation. Steel may yet be seen as the new Munich where Bush caved in to central European aggression.

But we're firing warning shots back too. How else to explain U.S. food rules could delay imported goodies? "A new set of federal rules designed to protect the U.S. food supply from terrorists could mean delays for consumers hungry for such imports as Chilean grapes, Italian jam or French Burgundy. ... The law is part of the sweeping 2002 Bioterrorism Act, which gave the FDA broad control over the food industry." We can drink our own wine, not their wimpy blood thinners. Besides, why would anyone trust food from a continent of cannibals, like Armin Meiwes? Who knows what it may contain?

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