Skip to comments.Uproar over U.S. ports (excellent editorial)
Posted on 02/17/2006 6:15:19 AM PST by Dark Skies
The White House is obviously not listening to the congressional uproar over Dubai Ports World. Lawmakers want to know why a federal panel allowed a state-owned United Arab Emirates shipping firm to pay $6.8 billion to acquire six major American ports -- including critical ones in New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia -- despite its home country's glaring ties to international terrorism. But the White House is yawning.
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This is an outrage. What the h#ll are they thinking in the White House?
The WH is wrong on this one. We will not hold still for it.
Definitely another "Harriet Miers" moment.
Bush administration sometimes takes 2 steps forward and 3 backward. This is just stupid and damn right people should be ticked off.
This is very weird. Secy of State Rice has been out giving conciliatory messages all week to various Arab and Muslim groups and their supporters (such as the Zapatero gov in Spain) and now we have the WH blandly assuring us that having what are essentially our enemies running our ports is no biggie. I guess we might as well all go out and get our burkas fitted now.
Seriously, I suspect that I am overreacting and reading too much into what were probably routine remarks by Rice and didn't mean much of anything, but on the other hand, I think a bit of overreaction may be warranted for this port deal.
I know the Administration wants to act as if Muslim nations are just like any others, and just want economic advantage and have to be treated like any others - but the problem is that they are not, and many of them are in fact our sworn enemies or have large elements in them that are our sworn enemies. Ignoring this fact won't change it.
Far worse than that. This affects national security.
This is what happens when you turn the decision over to a bunch of lawyers who parse words in a few thousand laws and regulations and then come back and say, "we see no legal issues anywhere". They need to get someone with the gonads (sorry, Condi) to say Bullsh*t! on this!!
Is there a gigantic bribe in this somewhere? Not to the WH but elsewhere?
There are some serious security issues at stake here - the administration really needs to rethink this one.
"Foreign control of our ports, which are vital to homeland security, is a risky proposition," said Sen. Charles Schumer, New York Democrat.
This is a crazy world when I wake up one morning agreeing with Chuckie Shumer on anything.
And the Supreme Court didn't?
It is a sign that the world is ending...
Sad, but true.
This is good ammo for the dems in an election year. The Stupid Party strikes again.
THIS IS THE MOST ASSININE DECISION TO COME OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE IN A LONG TIME. BUSH MUST BE ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL. E-MAIL THE PRESIDENT, SENATORS & CONGRESSMEN AND URGE THAT THIS BE STOPPED!!
"This is good ammo for the dems in an election year. The Stupid Party strikes again. "
You are 100% correct. Even if they had no intention of reversing it, it would STILL be good ammo.
What kills me is, our "Leaders" in Washington, HANDED it to them.
Welcome to the wonderful world of the WTO and Euroweeny courts that decide the cases for it.
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