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Brit Hume: Bush Will Reverse Ports Decision
NewsMax ^ | 2/19/06 | Carl Limbacher

Posted on 02/19/2006 10:30:27 AM PST by LibWhacker

The Bush administration will reverse its decision to allow a Dubai company based in the United Arab Emirates to gain control over several key U.S. ports, the Fox News Channel's Brit Hume predicted on Sunday.

"I don't think the administration will be able to sustain this," Hume told "Fox News Sunday." "I think it will have to reverse itself in some way or create some entity that stands between the company and the management of the ports."

"I just don't think [the decision] can stand," he added. "It doesn't sound good to let some Arab shieks to be in charge of our ports - that's what it comes down to."

Appearing on the same program, Sen. Lindsey Graham slammed the ports decision, saying, "It's unbelievably tone deaf politically at this point in our history, four years after 9/11, to entertain the idea of turning port security over to a company based in the U.A.E., who avows to destroy Israel."

In a decision announced last week, the Bush administration's Committee on Foreign Investment approved the purchase of six major U.S. ports by the U.A.E.-based Dubai Ports World.

The move set off a firestorm of criticism, with skeptics complaining that banks in the U.A.E. have helped launder money for terrorists and that the country itself was home to Marwan al Shehhi, the Sept. 11 hijacker who piloted United Airlines Flight 175 into Tower 2 of the World Trade Center.

On Friday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice defended the Dubai deal, telling a Mideast news outlet: "There was a thorough review. It was decided that this could be done and done safely."


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1 posted on 02/19/2006 10:30:28 AM PST by LibWhacker
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To: raybbr; DTogo; AZ_Cowboy; Itzlzha; Stellar Dendrite; NRA2BFree; Happy2BMe; Spiff; Pelham; ...

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2 posted on 02/19/2006 10:32:37 AM PST by Stellar Dendrite (There's nothing "Mainstream" about the Orwellian Media!!!)
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To: LibWhacker
Umm nope. Sorry Brit but maybe you should do some research instead of just reading the Democrat Senate Committees Press release. Whole problem is the Junk Journalists have not even bothered to find out one actual fact. All they have done is taken Chucky Schumer's Press release and reported it as fact. Maybe some REAL journalists should be saying "Hmm, Chucky says this, the Admin says this, they both cannot be correct" I guess considering how frequently and easy the Democrats lie these days, a real journalist would be HIGHLY suspicious of a story the Democrat Senate Election committee is pushing.
3 posted on 02/19/2006 10:34:20 AM PST by MNJohnnie ("Close the UN, Keep Gitmo!")
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To: LibWhacker

Kerik of New York says its safe. Condi Rice says it's safe. And quite possibly it will be. But appearances mean a lot and frankly it just does not LOOK safe to have UAE controlling an area where we have been told we are weak. A bomb or something transported through a shipping container.Mr President. Somebody else needs this contract, not a UAE company.


4 posted on 02/19/2006 10:34:24 AM PST by lexington minuteman 1775 (I)
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To: LibWhacker

I agree with Brit and Lindsey. This port deal must be stopped.


5 posted on 02/19/2006 10:36:16 AM PST by dc-zoo
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To: LibWhacker
On Friday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice defended the Dubai deal, telling a Mideast news outlet: "There was a thorough review. It was decided that this could be done and done safely."

Even so, why take the political hit -- an obvious loser -- and the potential security hit, which could lead to a HUGE political loss?

Does Halliburton lack the expertise to run ports?

6 posted on 02/19/2006 10:36:21 AM PST by Mr. Buzzcut (metal god ... visit The Ponderosa .... www.vandelay.com ... DEATH BEFORE DHIMMITUDE)
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To: lexington minuteman 1775
Mr President. Somebody else needs this contract, not a UAE company.

How about the Madrid transit authority or the London bus company.........

7 posted on 02/19/2006 10:37:06 AM PST by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (Toon Town, Iran...........where reality is the real fantasy.)
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To: Stellar Dendrite

Anyone bother to notice there are NO actually facts reported about this Company? Notice the whole story is based on guilty by association and rumor? So you have a smear job press release from the Dems vrs what the Security Agencies say "It's ok". Funny how "Conservatives" are falling all over themselves to push Chucky Schumer's Propaganda line.


8 posted on 02/19/2006 10:37:24 AM PST by MNJohnnie ("Close the UN, Keep Gitmo!")
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To: lexington minuteman 1775
Somebody else needs this contract, not a UAE company.

The Danes are a seafaring people.

Odin Akbar!

9 posted on 02/19/2006 10:37:45 AM PST by yianni ("there was the tyranny of the lawyers and their charges."-Belloc,1936)
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To: LibWhacker
I bet not, but this a grand opportunity for the RATS to shoot each other in the foot.
10 posted on 02/19/2006 10:38:17 AM PST by Mike Darancette (Condimaniac)
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To: LibWhacker

Plenty of Peoples Liberation Army front companies have just the experience needed - and the political hit will be a lot smaller. ;)


11 posted on 02/19/2006 10:38:26 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: MNJohnnie

Maybe you need some new kneepads. Your incessant defense of anything Bush is just sickening.


12 posted on 02/19/2006 10:38:41 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Tagline removed by Moderator)
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To: Stellar Dendrite

The Arabs are the on-record owners, but the management for Arab outfits are the Brits. Arabs attend the meetings and sign the paperwork, but the Brits pull the strings. Not Brit politicos - Brit businessmen & managers.


13 posted on 02/19/2006 10:38:48 AM PST by NutmegDevil
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

Maybe a contact on the UAE company if it shows terrorist ties..


14 posted on 02/19/2006 10:39:58 AM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: MNJohnnie
So Johnie, why don't you tell us the whole true story instead of knocking Brit with no explanation of how and why he is wrong.
15 posted on 02/19/2006 10:40:52 AM PST by fish hawk (creatio ex nihilo)
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To: LibWhacker

There you have it. Brit says that it doesn't "sound" good.

16 posted on 02/19/2006 10:41:14 AM PST by FreeReign
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To: MNJohnnie

And what will you say when the President does reverse this decision?

The pressure is mounting and he will make the right call.


17 posted on 02/19/2006 10:42:45 AM PST by Cagey ("Soldiers, keep by your officers. For God's sake, keep by your officers!")
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To: MNJohnnie
Whole problem is the Junk Journalists have not even bothered to find out one actual fact. All they have done is taken Chucky Schumer's Press release and reported it as fact.

Chucky and Hillary talk and it doesn't "sound" good.

18 posted on 02/19/2006 10:42:46 AM PST by FreeReign
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To: Mr. Buzzcut
Does Halliburton lack the expertise to run ports?

My thoughts exactly! Someone has to run these ports... It would be priceless if they got the contract.

19 posted on 02/19/2006 10:43:18 AM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: All

Hope Brit's right. If they reverse this there's hope they will reverse their stance on guest worker amnesty.

BTW good backround on this sellout over here:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1580589/posts?page=65#64


20 posted on 02/19/2006 10:43:30 AM PST by moehoward
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To: MNJohnnie
This is why I stopped watching Fox News a long time ago.

The self-aggrandizing and blatant political pandering on this story is unbelievable.

Two questions, folks . . .

1. From a national security standpoint, what exactly does anything could happen in this country with this UAE-owned company operating terminals at a number of ports?

2. What exactly can be accomplished by a terrorist with this UAE-owned company operating a port terminal that cannot be accomplished already today with a Dutch, Danish, British, or American company operating the terminal?

21 posted on 02/19/2006 10:44:43 AM PST by Alberta's Child (Leave a message with the rain . . . you can find me where the wind blows.)
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To: MNJohnnie

.....Anyone bother to notice there are NO actually facts reported about this Company.....

It has been reported that the company bought by the Dubai company is the parent of Maersk/Sea land. In my view they are about the best in the business. They run the absolute best steamship and logistics operation there is.

People can't distinguish between someone with finiancial control and day to day operations. There won't be a hoard of towelheads running off all the union stevedores who actually run the ports.

The capitalist Arabs may actually less corrupt than the existing union workers.


22 posted on 02/19/2006 10:44:48 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. Slay Pinch)
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To: MNJohnnie
And now, it's more than just Schumer.

Republican Frank A. LoBiondo, chairman of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, cited "significant" security concerns over a $6.8 billion sale that gives a company in the United Arab Emirates control over operations at six major American ports.

23 posted on 02/19/2006 10:45:14 AM PST by Cagey ("Soldiers, keep by your officers. For God's sake, keep by your officers!")
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To: yianni
The Danes are a seafaring people.

If it's really about national security then why bother to contract any foreign company.

24 posted on 02/19/2006 10:46:53 AM PST by FreeReign
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To: LibWhacker
Appearing on the same program, Sen. Lindsey Graham slammed the ports decision, saying, "It's unbelievably tone deaf politically at this point in our history, four years after 9/11, to entertain the idea of turning port security over to a company based in the U.A.E., who avows to destroy Israel."

This is true, I was in Dubai in 1999 when my company was setting up a new repair shop. As it turned out I did not have much to do and became bored. One day I was looking over the map of the world posted on the wall, and I noticed that the legend "Israel" had been crossed out with a black magic marker. I asked the guy who ran the shop (UK ex-pat) what the deal was and learned that any map imported into the UAE had to go through a government censor who removed any reference to Israel.
25 posted on 02/19/2006 10:47:30 AM PST by fallujah-nuker (America needs more SAC and less empty sacs.)
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To: Stellar Dendrite
From Fox News:

"... lawmakers, in a letter to Snow, requested that his committee conduct a full 45-day investigation of the transaction, saying it's essential for national security.

"Federal law requires the president or his designee investigate the impact on national security of a foreign acquisition if the acquisition 'could result in control of a person engaged in interstate commerce in the United States that could affect the national security of the United States,'” reads the letter signed by Sens. Schumer, Tom Coburn, R-Okla., Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and Chris Dodd, D-Conn., as well as Reps. Chris Shays, R-Conn., Vito Fossella, R-N.Y., and Mark Foley, R-Fla.

From my count, that is four Republicans and three Democrats that are asking Sec Snow for a full review before proceeding. Not an unreasonable request under the circumstances. And I trust Sen Tom Coburn's judgment on this matter. I don't know if Britt Hume will be proven right or wrong on this one. We shall see.

26 posted on 02/19/2006 10:47:45 AM PST by Reagan Man (Secure our borders;punish employers who hire illegals;stop all welfare to illegals)
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To: LibWhacker
" "It doesn't sound good to let some Arab shieks to be in charge of our ports"

Really. The only thing worse than having Arabs in charge of our ports would be having Democrats in charge of them.

27 posted on 02/19/2006 10:48:40 AM PST by Enterprise (The MSM - Propaganda wing and news censorship division of the Democrat Party.)
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To: LibWhacker

Well, I for one don't see how a free trading globalist can raise one word of objection to this. Either you believe in free trading globalism or you don't. Which is it folks?

The UAE came up with the bucks. Money talks. It's ruled for the last fifteen years when it comes to globalism and free trade. What's different about this deal?

When Loral Corporation gave MIRV, Gyro and other technologies to the Communist Chinese facilitating them implementing multiple warhead ICBMs with accuracy to fifty feet, all you heard were hoots of laughter when some of us said this is precisely why we shouldn't be dealing with China.

So lets hear it. What's worse than nuclear weapons targeted on our cities? Open ports? Hell, COSCO vists our ports hourly. What's to stop ten of their ships from melting down in our harbors?

Yep, lets hear it globalists. There's really no problem with the UAE running our ports is there?


28 posted on 02/19/2006 10:48:44 AM PST by DoughtyOne (If it's a "Religion of Peace", some folks aren't very religious.)
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We trust the UAE with thousands of military troop's and American civilian's lives every day right now, so I don't have a problem with them "running" our ports as long as there are safeguards. Also, lets blame the stupid-ass unions for creating this kind of situation.

When I was in 8th grade, over twenty years ago, I had a wise teacher teach my class that "buying American" was not the best way to go. She was brilliant and exposed hardcore unions to us. It was the first time I started thinking about things besides picking zits.

29 posted on 02/19/2006 10:49:47 AM PST by freeplancer
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
How about the Madrid transit authority or the London bus company.........

In both cases the key ingredient to the terror attacks was Moslem's. ROPMA!
30 posted on 02/19/2006 10:50:51 AM PST by fallujah-nuker (America needs more SAC and less empty sacs.)
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To: Cagey
Add LoBiondo to the list of Beltway @ssholes (Chuck Schumer, Peter King, Rick Santorum, etc.) who are completely full of sh!t on this issue.

This acquisition of P&O Ports by the UAE company was announced months ago. If these people really gave a sh!t about security concerns related to the deal, they wouldn't have waited until the story made headlines on Fox News and CNN before expressing these "significant concerns."

31 posted on 02/19/2006 10:51:13 AM PST by Alberta's Child (Leave a message with the rain . . . you can find me where the wind blows.)
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To: yianni

"The Danes are a seafaring people.

Odin Akbar!"

SKOL! You win for best post, my fellow Dane...LOL


32 posted on 02/19/2006 10:51:46 AM PST by goresalooza (Nurses Rock!)
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To: freeplancer
When I was in 8th grade, over twenty years ago, I had a wise teacher teach my class that "buying American" was not the best way to go.

Must have been a socialist. Never buy American when a cheap imitation will do. Gotta support those chicoms and other socialist nations that will provide us our cheap goods.

33 posted on 02/19/2006 10:52:33 AM PST by raybbr (ANWR is a barren, frozen wasteland - like the mind of a democrat!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

LMAO, you know if this was going on with Clinton in the oval office he would be all over it like stink on Shi'ite!


34 posted on 02/19/2006 10:52:40 AM PST by fallujah-nuker (America needs more SAC and less empty sacs.)
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To: Enterprise
Really. The only thing worse than having Arabs in charge of our ports would be having Democrats in charge of them.

Or the Chinese.

Hmmmm. But that's the same thing, ain't it?

The only thing worse than having Arabs in charge of our ports would be having Democrats in charge of them.

Nuff said :)

35 posted on 02/19/2006 10:52:51 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: operation clinton cleanup
My thoughts exactly! Someone has to run these ports... It would be priceless if they got the contract.

Now THAT would really raise the Moonbats' ire ... the howling at the moon would be deafening!

I'm pretty sure they despise Halliburton more than they hate the UAE ...

36 posted on 02/19/2006 10:55:06 AM PST by Mr. Buzzcut (metal god ... visit The Ponderosa .... www.vandelay.com ... DEATH BEFORE DHIMMITUDE)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

LOL!!!!


37 posted on 02/19/2006 10:55:20 AM PST by Stellar Dendrite (There's nothing "Mainstream" about the Orwellian Media!!!)
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To: freeplancer
It's worth noting that the Port of New York and New Jersey is probably the only business operation where the management cut a deal to pay large numbers of union longshoremen their full salary not to come to work -- and came out ahead of the game afterward.

The cost of paying these guys not to work was offset -- by a wide margin -- by the dramatic decline in theft from the piers with several thousand fewer workers there.

38 posted on 02/19/2006 10:55:39 AM PST by Alberta's Child (Leave a message with the rain . . . you can find me where the wind blows.)
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To: Mr. Buzzcut
Does Halliburton lack the expertise to run ports?

LOL. But I would be much happier to see them doing it.

It doesn't really matter how "safe" the UAE company running these six ports would be, it is stupid to give the opposition anti-War 'rats ANY issue where they can look stronger on defense and homeland security than the President.

So, I think that the UAE "deal" needs to be rethunk, and it was obviously misunderthunk.

39 posted on 02/19/2006 10:56:05 AM PST by RobFromGa (In decline, the Old Media gets more shrill, thrashing about like a dinosaur caught in the tar pits.)
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To: Stellar Dendrite
quot;A New Jersey lawmaker said yesterday he intends to require U.S. port security officials be American citizens, to prevent overseas companies operating domestic shipping facilities from hiring foreigners in such sensitive positions."

So now here come Chucky Schumer and his Insane Democrat Senate Clown posse to the "Rescue". There NEXT spin lie will be "Gee there is just too much risk of these operations being in private hands, we better place the Feds in charge like we did with the Airline Screeners.

What a sweet game for the Democrat Senate Election team headed by Chucky. Grandstand like they are tough on security and get the "Conservatives" to fight the PR battle for them. The for the Coup get the Conservatives to set up PR so the Dems have an excuse to move MORE private business into the Publics Sector. End result? The Govt Unions getting thousands of new workers added to the Union rolls that the Dems can then squeeze for Campaign "Contributions" Yeah, that is really the sort of result "Conservatives" should be pushing for!

40 posted on 02/19/2006 10:57:23 AM PST by MNJohnnie ("Close the UN, Keep Gitmo!")
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To: MNJohnnie

I've observed Brit long enough to know his sources are very close to the White House, very close.

Therefor on that alone, I'd bet Brit is right.


42 posted on 02/19/2006 10:59:20 AM PST by NeoCaveman (Cheney's gun has still killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car - thanks Old Scratch)
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To: LibWhacker

While we're at it, let's give the Panama Canal over to the Communist Chinese along with the Long Beach, CA Ports. /sarc


43 posted on 02/19/2006 10:59:36 AM PST by DoNotDivide (Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Yours is the best post on this topic yet. If President Bush caves it will show he is a hypocrite of the first order, indistinguishable from Hillary! and Schumer.


44 posted on 02/19/2006 11:00:52 AM PST by Doohickey (If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice...I will choose freewill.)
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To: LibWhacker

Hum just more of the Bush doctrine, like having Mexico in charge of our borders...


45 posted on 02/19/2006 11:02:09 AM PST by rolling_stone (Question Authority!)
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To: buffmonster
There are good people on this one with grave reservations.

What I've noticed is that among people on this forum who actually know how U.S. ports work there are very few reservations. And the level of "grave reservations" among people in and out of government is inversely proportional to their actual knowledge of these port operations.

The fact that it took almost an entire week for our representatives in government to even get the facts straight on this one tells me all I need to know about how things get so f#%&ed up so easily in this country.

46 posted on 02/19/2006 11:04:33 AM PST by Alberta's Child (Leave a message with the rain . . . you can find me where the wind blows.)
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To: LibWhacker
How long? Condi the good soldier.

In connection with this, a prediction: Condi will not be a candidate for president.
47 posted on 02/19/2006 11:07:24 AM PST by luvbach1 (Near the belly of the beast in San Diego)
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To: Alberta's Child

I've noticed that once Bush comes up with a plan, the I.Q. of his most ardent supporters goes down in direct proportion to the absurdity of the deal. Thanks for playing. Please don't forget to pick up your consolation prize on the way out.


48 posted on 02/19/2006 11:07:39 AM PST by DoughtyOne (If it's a "Religion of Peace", some folks aren't very religious.)
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To: MNJohnnie

You know this is going to come as a shock to you but there are times when you have to get past party politics, it's not always us versus them, especially when it comes to national security. Rarely do I agree with democrats and even though they're probably using this for political purposes their message is still correct, the deal needs to be stopped.


49 posted on 02/19/2006 11:07:49 AM PST by Reaganwuzthebest
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