Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Update On The UAE Port Buying Fiasco

I've been following this one since I first heard about it, but I never thought it would go this far. In case you've been hanging out with Survivorman here's the deal:
The British company (Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co.) that operates 6 major US ports (Baltimore, Miami, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York and Philadelphia) is being acquied by Dubai Ports World which is owned by the government of Dubai which is a part of the United Arab Emirates. The Bush administration has brokered a $6.8 million contract with Dubai Ports World for them to take over operations of the ports.

In case you forgot UAE was the base of operations for the USS Cole bombing ringleader. UAE was the last country to withdraw support from the Taliban after 9/11. There is evidence of UAE funneling money for bin Laden and a UAE jet was found at a bin Laden camp. And two of the 9/11 hijackers where from the UAE.

The White House has said that there is no conflict with DP operating the 6 major US ports and that the deal poses no security threat to the US. But US citizens, both houses of Congress (Reps and Dems), media and talk radio do have a problem with the deal. The White House yesterday said that the deal was done and Bush added that he would veto any legislation that was aimed at stopping the deal with DP.

This is another Bush screw up. How can we feel that he is protecting the US with his weakness on illegal immigration and now this contract with the UAE owned DP? Someone screwed up in the Bush administration and I hope it does come back and bite us in the butt.

Oh, I almost forgot that one person does support the contract outside the Bush administration...believe it or not former President Jimmy Carter is backing Bush on this one.

posted by David at 10:36 AM :: Permalink ::

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