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Frist Calls for Halt to U.S. Ports Deal
AP/YahooNews ^ | 2-21-06 | Will Lester

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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 109th; baltimore; bds; dubaiportsworld; frist; iran; israel; miami; newjersey; neworleans; newyork; philadelphia; ports; uae
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1 posted on 02/21/2006 9:27:15 AM PST by STARWISE
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To: STARWISE

Good For Frist. This deal smells to high heaven!


2 posted on 02/21/2006 9:28:17 AM PST by cmiller623 (Mayor Antonio Villa....or never mind. Los Angeles is doomed!)
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To: STARWISE

Let's see if the President digs in his heels, like he did at first with Harriet Miers.


3 posted on 02/21/2006 9:28:52 AM PST by SerpentDove (The internet is big. "Oprah" big.)
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"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."


4 posted on 02/21/2006 9:29:22 AM PST by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author:)
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To: SerpentDove

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.

Wake up.....


6 posted on 02/21/2006 9:33:15 AM PST by MadeInAmerica ( - Tested in the Middle East)
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To: MadeInAmerica; MNJohnnie

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."


7 posted on 02/21/2006 9:34:24 AM PST by be-baw
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To: STARWISE

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?


8 posted on 02/21/2006 9:35:01 AM PST by right right
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To: STARWISE

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...


9 posted on 02/21/2006 9:35:05 AM PST by BeHoldAPaleHorse (Tagline deleted at request of moderator.)
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To: STARWISE

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!


10 posted on 02/21/2006 9:37:28 AM PST by MNJohnnie ("Close the UN, Keep Gitmo!")
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To: Stellar Dendrite; Dane

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?


11 posted on 02/21/2006 9:38:20 AM PST by ARealMothersSonForever
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To: MNJohnnie

Golly, should you be attacking your fellow Republicans? You're just dividing the party. You're going to get Hillary elected.


12 posted on 02/21/2006 9:40:12 AM PST by hedgetrimmer ("I'm a millionaire thanks to the WTO and "free trade" system--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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To: MNJohnnie

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.


13 posted on 02/21/2006 9:40:14 AM PST by Solson (magnae clunes mihi placent, nec possum de hac re mentiri.)
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To: MNJohnnie

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.


14 posted on 02/21/2006 9:41:05 AM PST by php5
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To: ARealMothersSonForever

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.


15 posted on 02/21/2006 9:41:44 AM PST by twigs
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To: right right
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?

My post in another related thread.

W aides' biz ties to Arab firm (Administration in bed with Dubai Port World)
  Posted by TomGuy to presidio9
On News/Activism 02/21/2006 10:55:20 AM CST · 102 of 145

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.

hmmmmmm.

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.


16 posted on 02/21/2006 9:42:12 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Solson

I haven't seen any, but I may have missed it. Seems to me, a lot of background information is strangely missing.


17 posted on 02/21/2006 9:42:47 AM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: right right
Does anyone other than a DemonRat or a MSM agent think Bush is THAT stupid or would jeopardize this country?

Thank you!

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... :-)

18 posted on 02/21/2006 9:43:43 AM PST by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: right right
Bush is THAT stupid or would jeopardize this country?

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.

19 posted on 02/21/2006 9:44:24 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Indy Pendance

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.


20 posted on 02/21/2006 9:44:53 AM PST by Solson (magnae clunes mihi placent, nec possum de hac re mentiri.)
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To: ARealMothersSonForever
And Jimmah Carter thinks it has been adequately scrutinized.

You know, this fact has been the only thing that's given me pause on this whole hyperbolic, hysterical escapade.

21 posted on 02/21/2006 9:44:57 AM PST by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: Solson; Indy Pendance

Correction: "pacelvi" is the poster.


22 posted on 02/21/2006 9:45:52 AM PST by Solson (magnae clunes mihi placent, nec possum de hac re mentiri.)
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To: right right

>>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.


23 posted on 02/21/2006 9:46:03 AM PST by SerpentDove (The internet is big. "Oprah" big.)
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To: STARWISE

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.


24 posted on 02/21/2006 9:46:20 AM PST by MillerCreek
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To: Solson; pacelvi

I just posted that link on another thread. He has some good stuff.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1582751/posts?page=153#153


25 posted on 02/21/2006 9:46:41 AM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: right right
Didn't he once refer to Islam as a religion of peace? Dont get me wrong, i am a supporter of the president, but he is wrong on this. The only good thing happening is that the people's voices are being heard and maybe he and the rest in Washington will realize that the majority of us see Islam as the enemy and will not sit idly by as Islamic countries gain more of a foothold in our country.
26 posted on 02/21/2006 9:47:13 AM PST by bella1
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To: Solson

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.


27 posted on 02/21/2006 9:47:48 AM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: dfwgator
Not knowingly

Really? Why is he so busy creating the North American Union or North American Community with Fox and Martin?
28 posted on 02/21/2006 9:47:49 AM PST by hedgetrimmer ("I'm a millionaire thanks to the WTO and "free trade" system--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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To: php5; MNJohnnie
The Bush administration got support Monday from former President Carter, a Democrat and frequent critic of the administration. "My presumption is, and my belief is, that the president and his secretary of state and the Defense Department and others have adequately cleared the Dubai government organization to manage these ports," Carter told CNN. "I don't think there's any particular threat to our security."

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.

29 posted on 02/21/2006 9:48:02 AM PST by ARealMothersSonForever
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To: A. Pole

I hope he succeeds. If there's anything worse than outsourcing the nation's manufacturing base, it's outsourcing national security.


30 posted on 02/21/2006 9:48:22 AM PST by Clintonfatigued (Bob Taft for Impeachment)
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To: SerpentDove

I'm pretty sure he will have to back down on this. Too many on his own team finally listening to constituents.


31 posted on 02/21/2006 9:48:48 AM PST by mlc9852
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To: dfwgator
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

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.

Link

32 posted on 02/21/2006 9:49:05 AM PST by Dane ( anyone who believes hillary would do something to stop illegal immigration is believing gibberish)
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To: MadeInAmerica

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.


33 posted on 02/21/2006 9:49:10 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: hedgetrimmer
Really? Why is he so busy creating the North American Union or North American Community with Fox and Martin?

How is that jeopardizing this country?

34 posted on 02/21/2006 9:49:41 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: right right

Some of us simply don't want an ARAB company running our ports. And why should we want them to?


35 posted on 02/21/2006 9:50:21 AM PST by mlc9852
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To: MadeInAmerica

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.


36 posted on 02/21/2006 9:50:39 AM PST by OKIEDOC (There's nothing like hearing someone say thank you for your help.)
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To: right right

I concur.
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.


37 posted on 02/21/2006 9:52:55 AM PST by crushelits
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To: STARWISE

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.


38 posted on 02/21/2006 9:53:06 AM PST by .cnI redruM (Spreading liberal beliefs is as wrong as spreading AIDS.)
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To: right right

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.


39 posted on 02/21/2006 9:53:11 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: right right
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?

To that I say:


40 posted on 02/21/2006 9:53:18 AM PST by T.Smith
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To: right right
Does anyone other than a DemonRat or a MSM agent think Bush is THAT stupid or would jeopardize this country?

One glance at the southern border and the answer is self-evident.

41 posted on 02/21/2006 9:54:36 AM PST by houeto (Mr. President, close our borders now!)
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To: SerpentDove

I wonder if they'll start slinging the word "xenophobe" around as they did "sexist".


42 posted on 02/21/2006 9:54:38 AM PST by kenth
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To: cmiller623
Good for him. Bush is a fairly good president but is very human and has made some big mistakes. This is a mistake. Miers-Gate was a mistake. His ignoring the border issues is terrible. CFR disgusted me as a conservative. His spending is almost Johnson like and i'm sick of his new entitlements. He talks a good game, I've liked his tax cuts, and he has generally been very good about foreign policy but lets not pretend for a moment that he is a conservative.
43 posted on 02/21/2006 9:55:10 AM PST by SmoothTalker
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To: right right

Ugggg, more politics.


44 posted on 02/21/2006 9:55:35 AM PST by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestu s globus, inflammare animos)
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To: MadeInAmerica
Islam is our enemy and any country that hosts them/supports them is a HUGE problem

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.

I'll listen.

45 posted on 02/21/2006 9:57:18 AM PST by Fishtalk
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To: STARWISE
Email your Congressmen and Senators! Contact information can be found here

http://www.webslingerz.com/jhoffman/congress-email.html

46 posted on 02/21/2006 9:57:45 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Former SAC Trained Killer)
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To: cmiller623; afnamvet; php5; ARealMothersSonForever; Solson; Coop; Dane; Howlin
Curious how all the panic stricken Port Deal hysteric will explain how the company that LOADS most of the 9,000,000,000 containers shipped to the USA is now suddenly an unacceptable security risk to UNLOAD those same continers at 6 US Ports?
47 posted on 02/21/2006 9:57:45 AM PST by MNJohnnie ("Close the UN, Keep Gitmo!")
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To: houeto

Ouch. Lot of truth to that though.


48 posted on 02/21/2006 9:58:28 AM PST by SmoothTalker
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To: dfwgator
Until the news in the paper that Snow and Sanborn have money links to the P & O deal I was in favor simply because I relished the idea of longshoremen thugs negotiating with a company that comes from a society that doesn't mind chopping you to pieces for the slightest affront.

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

49 posted on 02/21/2006 9:58:35 AM PST by harrowup (Fire Snow, Sanborn Chertoff et al or IMPEACH BUSH)
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To: SerpentDove

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.


50 posted on 02/21/2006 10:01:21 AM PST by conservative blonde (Conservative Blonde)
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