Skip to comments.Frist Calls for Halt to U.S. Ports Deal
Posted on 02/21/2006 9:27:14 AM PST by STARWISE
Senate Republican Leader Bill Frist called Tuesday for the Bush administration to stop a deal permitting a United Arab Emirates company to take over six major U.S. seaports, upping the ante on a fight that several congressmen, governors and mayors are waging with the White House.
"The decision to finalize this deal should be put on hold until the administration conducts a more extensive review of this matter," said Frist. "If the administration cannot delay this process, I plan on introducing legislation to ensure that the deal is placed on hold until this decision gets a more thorough review."
In the uneasy climate after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Bush administration decision to allow the transaction is threatening to develop a major political headache for the White House.
"I'm not against foreign ownership," said Frist, "but my main concern is national security." He was speaking to reporters in Long Beach, Calif., where Frist was doing a fact-finding tour on port security and immigration issues.
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Good For Frist. This deal smells to high heaven!
Let's see if the President digs in his heels, like he did at first with Harriet Miers.
"Frist's move comes a day after two Republican governors, New York's George Pataki and Maryland's Robert Ehrlich, voiced doubts about the acquisition of a British company that has been running six U.S. ports by Dubai Ports World, a state-owned business in the United Arab Emirates."
Sometimes I'm just amazed at how dense our leaders are. Bush actually thought this would fly?
The problem is simple, most non-brain dead Amaricans realize Islam is our enemy and any country that hosts them/supports them is a HUGE problem. This means Saudi as well. The last thing Americans want is to give ANY middle eastern nation (Israel exception) access to our country in any way, shape or form.
MNJohnnie, I'll save you the trouble.
"The people who ACTUALLY know the facts like DHS etc are being laughed at or ignored so supposedly "Conservatives" can gleefully push Democrat Election Campaign propaganda. Simply amazing how willfully ignorant some "Conservatives" are about how the Junk Journalists lie to them. Just like Flush the Koran, Rather Gate, Fitzmus, Downing Street Memo and dozens and dozens of other LIES manufactured by the DNC and fed to the Failed Media, THIS story is a LIE."
Frist is playing to the media. He has no direction and is blowing in the wind. He is running for President. (God help us) Those buying into this media frenzy are silly. Look into the facts here. Does anyone other than a DemonRat or a MSM agent think Bush is THAT stupid or would jeopardize this country?
Well, Frist once again shows that he's a Fox News sock puppet.
Want Frist to support outlawing hubcaps because they cause cancer? Get Fox to do tag-team coverage...
Amazing. Cannot balance the budget, cannot get ANWAR passed, cannot get SS reform through but he can be a complete political whore on THIS made up hysteria!
Ping. It appears that the Republican leadership is asking for scrutiny on the deal. And Jimmah Carter thinks it has been adequately scrutinized. Who would have thought?
Golly, should you be attacking your fellow Republicans? You're just dividing the party. You're going to get Hillary elected.
Is there anywhere on the web that details the scope of services on this outsourced deal? It seems like the 'scope' is undetermined and thus the concern.
Are you sure you want to be on the same side of the issue as Jimmy Carter on this one?
...On the other hand, if there's a good expose explaining why the admin made this deal, I'd like to read it.
Actually, Carter's agreement with Bush on this gives me more fodder to believe that this is a flawed decision. Although I didn't need Carter's input to bring me to that conclusion.
|W aides' biz ties to Arab firm (Administration in bed with Dubai Port World)
|Posted by TomGuy to presidio9
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The other connection is David Sanborn, who runs DP World's European and Latin American operations and was tapped by Bush last month to head the U.S. Maritime Administration.
Interesting tidbit. Considering that the defenders have been saying the deal was basically done 'in committee' and GW had no direct knowledge that an UAE company was being chosen.
This is turning into another fiasco, reminiscent of the Miers nomination. If the Administration didn't see this avalanche of protests coming, they are definitely out of touch with real America.
I haven't seen any, but I may have missed it. Seems to me, a lot of background information is strangely missing.
Let me know when the hordes around here throw you out on your "Bushbot" keister, and we'll go have a beer. An imported beer! [gasp] Maybe one from Saudi Arabia!!
Oh, wait... :-)
Not knowingly. But Bush's strategy involves placating the moderate Arab states, like Dubai. The problem is, what if that government isn't so friendly in the future. I just think the policy is a bit short-sighted.
It looks like a poster by the name of 'paclevi' has posted some great background stuff. In it, it looks like security ops are NOT part of the scope of the outsourcing. If that's the case, I don't see the reason for hysteria like we're seeing.
You know, this fact has been the only thing that's given me pause on this whole hyperbolic, hysterical escapade.
Correction: "pacelvi" is the poster.
>>Does anyone other than a DemonRat or a MSM agent think Bush is THAT stupid or would jeopardize this country?<<
Bush? Oh yeah, that guy who is leaving our borders wide open.
Good for Frist. We're at war. President Bush has been reminding us of that with every major speech and it seems only logical that he would regard port security and port management as something that Congress should be involved with.
Dubai certainly is not known for it's unparalled objectivity and when I read the White House justification of this UAE deal as being one based upon the Dubai firm as being "good businessmen," I immediately wondered just what they'd do when or as provided with greater incentives from someone who wanted the destruction of the U.S.
Someone like...well, you know...collective muslim money. If the Dubai firm is following the "good business" model, they'd be doing then "good business" by pursing a higher profit from someone else, say, someone who was an enemy of the U.S....like from Venezuela, Castro, et al.
The whole deal should be thrown out and the country's security taken far more seriously than this. Bush made a big mistake here and so did Condoleezza Rice by defending the process and the decision itself.
Otherwise, there's been no statement to the contrary. Same with border security. These are situations that they fail miserably at by not offering much to no credibil explanation about why they're doing what.
I just posted that link on another thread. He has some good stuff.
Especially when hillary was one of the first bitching. There's got to be an angle to this. Besides the usual ABB rantings of the left.
I will say that President Bush is doing a good job with the energy policy. He is getting out into the energy sector with a hardhat. Carter got on TV wearing a sweater and told us to tough it out.
I hope he succeeds. If there's anything worse than outsourcing the nation's manufacturing base, it's outsourcing national security.
I'm pretty sure he will have to back down on this. Too many on his own team finally listening to constituents.
The contracts are cancelled. And also Dubai(UAE) is not saudi arabia and is the most westernized of the Gulf states. They even have Christian churches there.
This is VERY dense. But you nothing surprises me because inside the Beltway people live in a different world from everybody else, where they can be insulated on issues like this one.
How is that jeopardizing this country?
Some of us simply don't want an ARAB company running our ports. And why should we want them to?
Time to put a halt to H1 visas.
We have hundreds of thousands from the Middle East come here on J and H visas and eventually stay illegally.
The President is not stupid!.
I'm sure he went along with this,and I don't thinks is the current trade negotiations with the UAE.
I expect GWB to back down on this one. He's so totally lacking in support outside the party, that he has no chance to play against the base.
Sorry, but I think it's ALL about money - BIG money in this case. Backroom deals esp. those with the potential enemy (Arab countries) are WRONG. Flat out WRONG.
To that I say:
One glance at the southern border and the answer is self-evident.
I wonder if they'll start slinging the word "xenophobe" around as they did "sexist".
Ugggg, more politics.
Europe got into trouble this way.
Boy I'm glad this post finally got Breaking News on FreeRepublic.
Because one day I'm simply living my life and the next day some Arab country is taking over my country's ports. And as wise as I am, I know nothing about it.
What has to happen here is for the administration to step up to the podium and explain what this is all about.
As an aside, this is the first time I think I've heard Chuck Schumer utter something close to the truth. For I truly believe his constituents don't like the idea. Same with Maryland's Ehrlich. This whole idea just strikes Americans as not right.
Add to the mix the cartoon riots we've seen across the planet and, duh, Americans don't want these people in this country. They're uncivilized for God's sakes.
The mullah poobahs inciting these riots that they may keep control of their oil wealth need to realize there's a price to pay for this poor public relations. Like, duh, civilized people don't like what they see.
And if you'd argue that the UAE is more civilized than say, Iran, well maybe the money laundering capital of the Arab world needs too to get out and about and condemning this radical Islamfacist behavior.
Americans, and in this case I refer to the broad Middle Class, don't like this idea at all and the politicos are, in this case, rising to the call. I'm from Baltimore, worked in Baltimore and the notion makes me uneasy.
That's the problem, we're uneasy about this. And when the Middle Class gets uneasy, well hey, WE'RE the ones that get them elected. We're the ones that, despite incredible pressure from across the planet and gazillions of dollars poured into his opponent's campaign, STILL re-elected Bush.
Rush is pushing this thing but for now, I trust my gut. Let the President convince me otherwise.
Ouch. Lot of truth to that though.
However, it pains me to say this, having contributed to the President's campaigns since 1999 that he simply must fire Snow, Sanborn and Chertoff and any others on the CIFUS who have any while collar links to any of the parties.
The President simply must take charge of his administration, clean out his WH staff of the bootlickers and brain dead advisors who have so badly managed this presidency ever since the day after his reelection in 2004.
If the President does not fire those on his staff and at least the three, Snow, Sanborn and Chertoff, then the President will be impeached and rightly so.
Mark my words. It is coming if the President remains so aloof from the facts.
I have a new tag line which once read, First liberal for Bush in 1999 and it sickens me to use the new one:
Fire Snow, Sanborn, Chertoff, et al or Impeach Bush
Bush won't dig in his heels. What if this port security thing was just a way to get Frist some favorable political traction for his bid for presidency? From the beginning, to me the whole thing sounded like a Rove "rope a dope" tactic.