Thursday, February 23, 2006

Exercise in Argument #002 - Bush says he's not concerned about US Security

Not in so many words, but by inference. He's a wily one, but if you listen, its there.

First he sets up the conditional statement

Bush: No need to worry about port security (CNN.com)
President Bush on Thursday defended his administration's decision to allow a company from an Arab country to operate six major U.S. ports... "This deal wouldn't go forward if we were concerned about the security for the United States of America," Bush told reporters during a Cabinet meeting.
From this we extrapolate the logical statement: IF [concern about US security] THEN [deal wouldnt go through]. If we reverse it to its equally true opposite we have: IF -[deal wouldnt go through] THEN -[concern about US security]. (modus tollens) Which is to say that if the deal goes through then he is not concerned about security

Bush says Dubai port deal should go forward(Reuters)
President George W. Bush said on Tuesday that a deal for a state-owned Dubai company to manage major U.S. ports should go forward and will not jeopardize U.S. security.
Bush told reporters traveling back to Washington with him from Colorado that he would veto legislation to stop the deal from going through.
If deal goes through, then Bush isnt concerned about security. Bush plans to make the deal go through, even using his first veto while in office to make this the case. Therefore, Bush isnt concerned about security, while signing a deal to have six US ports maintained by a company, Dubai Ports World, a state-owned company in the United Arab Emirates, which has known and demonstrable ties to terrorist organizations.

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