Terror Perception Gap
The recent Dubai Ports World controversy has exposed a major gap in the President's viewpoint versus the American public's regarding the terrorist threat. Bemoaning the collapse of the deal with the UAE company, the President today expressed his frustration:
"I'm concerned about a broader message this issue could send to our friends and allies around the world, particularly in the Middle East. In order to win the war on terror, we have got to strengthen our relationships and friendships with moderate Arab countries in the Middle East."So the President's main concern is fighting the war on terror. Americans, on the other hand, aren't really so much concerned with the war on terror - they're primarily concerned with keeping terrorists away from them.