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House Republican Will Try to Squash Ports Deal (Duncan Hunter)
Associated Press ^ | March 02, 2006 | Liz Sidoti

Posted on 03/02/2006 6:26:44 PM PST by AntiGuv

WASHINGTON - One of the most prominent House Republicans on military issues said Thursday he would try to scuttle a Dubai-based company's effort to manage U.S. ports as lawmakers' complaints about the Bush administration's handling of the issue continued to spread.

"Dubai cannot be trusted," said Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and normally one of the administration's most trusted allies. He called the United Arab Emirates "a bazaar for terrorist nations" and asserted that the United States should not permit DP World to take over significant operations at six U.S. ports.

"I intend to do everything I can to kill the deal," Hunter said.

Across Capitol Hill, lawmakers criticized the Bush administration anew following disclosures that the United States had launched a fresh investigation Tuesday into a proposed business deal by a second Dubai-owned company. Also sparking the furor was word of a previously unconfirmed investigation into a separate transaction by a leading Israeli software firm.

The government initially approved DP World's $6.8 billion purchase of London-based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. But on Sunday, the administration agreed to a 45-day investigation of potential security risks to quell a political backlash.

"Too little, too late," Hunter said.

Opening a hearing on the matter, Hunter said it was "quite remarkable" that the administration did not initially undertake a full review of security implications, given that the company is owned by the United Arab Emirates — "a bazaar for terrorist nations to receive prohibited components from sources from the free world and from the non-free world."

Hunter listed instances between 1994 and 2003 in which he said the country helped move materials for weapons of mass destruction, such as heavy water and high-speed electrical switches, to Pakistan, Iran and other countries. He plans to introduce legislation that would require U.S. companies to be the sole owners of infrastructure critical to national security.

The chairman's sharp remarks underscore the political tempest the White House has run into at a time when events in Iraq and renewed interest in the administration's failures in responding to Hurricane Katrina have pushed President Bush's popularity downward.

Sen. John Warner, R-Va., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has sided with the administration on the DP World deal. He and the White House have praised the United Arab Emirates as a key ally in the fight against terrorism.

Congressional GOP leaders want to wait for the results of the administration's new DP World investigation before considering legislation to delay or block the deal.

House Democrats tried to force a debate and vote on legislation Thursday that would require the 45-day security review and congressional approval of the takeover. That effort failed on a procedural, largely party-line vote.

Leading Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee also asked the administration for details about all pending reviews of foreign business deals and any that have been conducted since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

The U.S. has conducted only 25 such investigations among 1,600 business transactions reviewed by the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States since 1988. The panel, made up of 12 government representatives, judges the security risks of foreign companies buying or investing in American industry.

Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, complained that he learned about the second Dubai investigation from news reports, despite regular meetings and discussions with the administration and others on the ports issue recently.

"Maybe they still haven't gotten their act together over the last few days," said King, R-N.Y.

Senior U.S. officials told lawmakers they will try to inform Congress better in the future.

"We clearly have to do quite a bit in finding ways to provide you more promptly with the information you need," Deputy Treasury Secretary Robert Kimmitt told the Senate Banking Committee.

Dubai International Capital LLC confirmed Thursday it faced investigation over its plans to buy a British precision-engineering company, Doncasters Group Ltd., with plants in Georgia and Connecticut that make parts used in engines for military aircraft and tanks.

The same U.S. review panel also is investigating plans by an Israeli software company, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., to purchase a smaller U.S. rival.

Kimmitt said U.S. officials notified congressional leaders and oversight committees about the second Dubai-related investigation Monday. The company's lawyers were notified the following day.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 109th; dubai; peterking; ports; sanity; uae
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1 posted on 03/02/2006 6:26:46 PM PST by AntiGuv
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To: AntiGuv
"Dubai cannot be trusted," said Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif."
Ah but China can.
2 posted on 03/02/2006 6:28:37 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: clintonh8r

You might be interested in this article also..


3 posted on 03/02/2006 6:29:38 PM PST by Txsleuth (Bush-bot, bucket-brigader,and fan of defconw)
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To: AntiGuv
I heard a clip of this guy on the radio today, misrepresenting the facts of this deal. :owning our ports: :in charge of security:

these congress critters are worried about staying in power not about security.

4 posted on 03/02/2006 6:29:41 PM PST by Echo Talon
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To: AntiGuv
Hey DH, rather then be a PR Whore, maybe you can explain why the head of P&O Security was not asked ONE question by Congress? NOT one question? Don't lie to us you Media Whore that this is about Security when you morons did not even ask the official most directly responsible a signal question. There will be a political price to pay for this stupidity you PR Whores.
5 posted on 03/02/2006 6:30:43 PM PST by MNJohnnie ("Good men don't wait for the polls. They stand on principle and fight."-Soul Seeker)
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To: AntiGuv

The Republicans in the House don't have the luxury of six-year terms. They know that with 70% of the voters opposed to the UAE deal they will be sitting ducks in the fall elections if they go along with the President's ill-fated venture. If the Democrats manage to take the House over this, the President's term is effectively over. Just as in the Miers mess, the conservative Republicans better dig in and hold the line or they and the President will be toast.


6 posted on 03/02/2006 6:35:46 PM PST by kittymyrib
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To: AntiGuv

Mindless hysteria. Duncan Hunter ought to know better.


7 posted on 03/02/2006 6:36:16 PM PST by sinkspur
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To: kittymyrib
The Republicans in the House don't have the luxury of six-year terms. They know that with 70% of the voters opposed to the UAE deal they will be sitting ducks in the fall elections if they go along with the President's ill-fated venture. If the Democrats manage to take the House over this, the President's term is effectively over. Just as in the Miers mess, the conservative Republicans better dig in and hold the line or they and the President will be toast.

So you finally admit that this is not about doing the right thing. It's all about politics.

8 posted on 03/02/2006 6:38:45 PM PST by sinkspur
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To: sinkspur

TOUCHE!!!


9 posted on 03/02/2006 6:41:09 PM PST by Txsleuth (Bush-bot, bucket-brigader,and fan of defconw)
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To: Marine_Uncle
Why is it I'm not surprised at all to see Duncan Hunter roll over for AlQaida and decide that we really don't need Dubai anymore ~ not as a foreign invester in our shipping infrastructure, and probably not as our primary base of operations for actions in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East.

Or is the man simply "stuck on stupid", as is usually the case when he attempts to grapple with an issue.

10 posted on 03/02/2006 6:41:39 PM PST by muawiyah (-)
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To: Bahbah; tiredoflaundry; defconw; Mo1; Peach; CAluvdubya; ken5050; prairiebreeze; OldFriend; ...

ping


11 posted on 03/02/2006 6:44:02 PM PST by Txsleuth (Bush-bot, bucket-brigader,and fan of defconw)
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To: AntiGuv
When we finish rounding up all the arabs, we can get rid of the Mexicans, then the Chinese, and oh yes, anyone from Central and South America.

Have we forgotten anyone?

12 posted on 03/02/2006 6:48:55 PM PST by OldFriend (HELL IS TOO GOOD FOR OUR MAINSTREAM MEDIA)
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To: OldFriend

Don't forget the French!


13 posted on 03/02/2006 6:50:55 PM PST by AntiGuv
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To: kittymyrib
If the Democrats manage to take the House over this, the President's term is effectively over. Just as in the Miers mess, the conservative Republicans better dig in and hold the line or they and the President will be toast.

But you see, they don't care. They don't know how to be winners, they've been in the minority for so long that they don't know how to handle power, that's why they are tossing it away. These idiots haven't stood by this president, and they're going to taste the bitter fruit of those actions when once again they are in the minority and this country is destroyed by terrorists. Then they'll weep and moan about why didn't anyone DO anything.

14 posted on 03/02/2006 6:51:23 PM PST by McGavin999 (I suggest the UAE form a Joint Venture Partnership with Halliburton & Wal-Mart)
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To: muawiyah

Right you are. After this, how can these geniuses continue to permit our armed forces to operate out of the UAE, Kuwait, or Bahrain? Isn't that an even more egregious example of getting foreigners involved in our national security?


15 posted on 03/02/2006 6:51:39 PM PST by speedy
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To: sinkspur
"So you finally admit that this is not about doing the right thing. It's all about politics."

Well ... if doing the "right" thing hands over power to the Democrats in a big way and for the foreseeable future ... do the political thing. There are other fish to fry and this situation just seems stupid for the Pres to waste time on.
Perception IS reality in most Americans minds. And it ain't hard to understand how most stupid Americans see this ... Mohamed and friends running around the docs of US ports opening containers to let in their terrorist friends and empty out chemical and biological weapons.
16 posted on 03/02/2006 6:51:55 PM PST by MaDeuce (Do it to them, before they do it to you!)
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To: kittymyrib

If the Democrats take the House, it will be because these jerks hand it to them.

But at least you're not tryin to pass off their "problems" as principle, as we all know it's PANDERING.


17 posted on 03/02/2006 6:53:26 PM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: muawiyah
Why is it I'm not surprised at all to see Duncan Hunter roll over for AlQaida and decide that we really don't need Dubai anymore ~ not as a foreign invester in our shipping infrastructure, and probably not as our primary base of operations for actions in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East.

You have hit the nail directly on the head.

The terrorists ARE winning this one.

18 posted on 03/02/2006 6:54:35 PM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: AntiGuv

Follow the body odor and round up the french.


19 posted on 03/02/2006 6:54:46 PM PST by OldFriend (HELL IS TOO GOOD FOR OUR MAINSTREAM MEDIA)
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To: OldFriend

The Lilliputians?


20 posted on 03/02/2006 6:55:26 PM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: kittymyrib

I am a conservative Republican.

I will not dig in and hold the line on an issue on which I don't agree.


21 posted on 03/02/2006 6:56:37 PM PST by i_dont_chat (I defend the right to offend!)
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To: AntiGuv
The big question is...what company will manage port operations if this is squashed. The U.S. government won't stop the sale of the foreign company, they can only say that the company can't manage U.S. ports anymore.

Now, if the only U.S. company that can handle the job is Halliburton the rat party squeal will be heard around the world, they will have backed themselves into a corner. (cornered rats, now that's a picture I like)

22 posted on 03/02/2006 6:56:40 PM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Howlin

It will be easy to round up the lilliputions, they're congregating on this thread.


23 posted on 03/02/2006 6:56:41 PM PST by OldFriend (HELL IS TOO GOOD FOR OUR MAINSTREAM MEDIA)
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To: Howlin

It will be easy to round up the Lilliputians, they're congregating on this thread.


24 posted on 03/02/2006 6:57:20 PM PST by OldFriend (HELL IS TOO GOOD FOR OUR MAINSTREAM MEDIA)
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To: Howlin

It will be easy to round up the Lilliputians, they're congregating on this thread.


25 posted on 03/02/2006 6:57:23 PM PST by OldFriend (HELL IS TOO GOOD FOR OUR MAINSTREAM MEDIA)
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To: MaDuce
if doing the "right" thing hands over power to the Democrats in a big way and for the foreseeable future

You cannot possibly be THIS dumb; toss away your OWN security, not mine or my family's.

Mohamed and friends running around the docs of US ports opening containers to let in their terrorist friends and empty out chemical and biological weapons.

Just stupid.

26 posted on 03/02/2006 6:58:04 PM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: OldFriend

can't spell and can't post right either!


27 posted on 03/02/2006 6:58:17 PM PST by OldFriend (HELL IS TOO GOOD FOR OUR MAINSTREAM MEDIA)
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To: MaDuce
Well ... if doing the "right" thing hands over power to the Democrats in a big way and for the foreseeable future ... do the political thing.

That is dangerous thinking.
28 posted on 03/02/2006 6:58:41 PM PST by i_dont_chat (I defend the right to offend!)
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To: muawiyah
" Or is the man simply "stuck on stupid", as is usually the case when he attempts to grapple with an issue."
It really is quite scarry what we see happening more and more. How do all our potential and outright enemies view us. A house so divided will fall. These people are mostly acting like they are in their first elective bid, instead of responsible representatives. Is it remotely possible they all, both the House and Senate all want to become like the whale?
29 posted on 03/02/2006 7:00:44 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: sinkspur

Polititics aint beanbag. This Arab country needs us more than we need them.


30 posted on 03/02/2006 7:01:15 PM PST by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: Howlin
Absolutely. This whole deal was known about last October when the Wall Street Journal (according to Rush) published the news.

I suspect that the kvetching about this contract was timed to coincide with the demolition of the 8th most holy (and therefore expendable) Shi'ite mosque, and quite possibly with some other AlQaida action.

The first "newsies" off the dime with the the story, as well as the first politicians out the gate, are clearly revealed to be "persons of interest" to some serious investigators.

It really is long overdue for "W" to start rounding these people up for the duration.

31 posted on 03/02/2006 7:02:36 PM PST by muawiyah (-)
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To: McGavin999
They don't know how to be winners, they've been in the minority for so long that they don't know how to handle power, that's why they are tossing it away.

It's amazing. Two weeks ago the left was imploding like the Hindenberg (still are) and the GOP stood to smack them hard in Nov. If handled properly this DPW/ports "issue" would have only cemented a big GOP smackdown. Now I'm watching the GOP steer their own ship right at the iceberg.

Maybe I should be happy since I'm a conservative and the GOP isn't. But I'm not. Dimwits!

32 posted on 03/02/2006 7:03:16 PM PST by TigersEye (Walk as if your footsteps shake the world.)
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To: Txsleuth
Senior U.S. officials told lawmakers they will try to inform Congress better in the future.

Why bother? I swear they don't read or get briefed by their staff on 90% of what's presented to them.

And the RATS will just turn around and lie saying that they've never received anything.

Hillary is laughing herself silly.

33 posted on 03/02/2006 7:05:12 PM PST by prairiebreeze (Casey Sheehan, thank you for your service. I'm proud of you. Even if your own mother isn't.)
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To: Howlin
If the Democrats take the House, it will be because these jerks hand it to them.

I have to agree with you, a lot of the GOP jumped right in without any facts and started beating up the administration in public, bloviating like pompous asses, pandering to the cameras for political gain and handing the rats another stick with which to poke the GOP in the eye.

The sensible thing to do would have been to begin by quietly gathering information, making inquiries and working within the party to solve the problem.

Some of these nitwit republicans have never learned that pissing on your own feet only gives you a warm feeling for about a minute, after that you just have wet and smelly feet.

34 posted on 03/02/2006 7:08:14 PM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Howlin

I'd like to hear Duncan Hunter and the nay-sayers here on FR state just who in the world should take over the port terminal operations if Dubai doesn't. Since there is just the Brit company that's trying to sell and Maerske, I guess by process of elmination it'd be Maerske.

(BTW varmints, Don't bother telling me you'd rather have an American company handle it, that isn't our reality.)


35 posted on 03/02/2006 7:08:54 PM PST by prairiebreeze (Casey Sheehan, thank you for your service. I'm proud of you. Even if your own mother isn't.)
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To: prairiebreeze
No, that quivering you see is her shaking in her boots. Hubby Billzo has been taking cold hard cash from the UAE to make this deal happen ~ and there she is bad-mouthing the deal.

People who pay usually don't tolerate this very well, and it's best to remember that the fellows who run UAE aren't all that removed from their former status as pirates a century ago.

36 posted on 03/02/2006 7:08:55 PM PST by muawiyah (-)
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To: prairiebreeze

Especially considering what her husband did...

BTW, I don't think I heard anything about the duplicity of Bubba during Chrissy Matthews tonight...but, Brit Hume mentioned it.


37 posted on 03/02/2006 7:09:26 PM PST by Txsleuth (Bush-bot, bucket-brigader,and fan of defconw)
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To: RJS1950

I'd love to say that I hope they get what they deserve, but then I'd get what I DON'T deserve.


38 posted on 03/02/2006 7:09:26 PM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: muawiyah
The story was released by the AP on Oct. 30 and the WSJ reported it on Oct. 31st. This "issue" is so transparently a Dim demagoguing tool. It's just like the "new" video of Pres. Bush ala Katrina. It was first released to the press on August 28th before the storm even hit. Amazing how many RINOs are blindly following the Donkeys over the cliff.
39 posted on 03/02/2006 7:10:13 PM PST by TigersEye (Walk as if your footsteps shake the world.)
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To: prairiebreeze

They don't have answers for that; they're just busy making the GOP look like the DNC.


40 posted on 03/02/2006 7:10:41 PM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: AntiGuv
Liz Sidoti is an idiot. She means "quash" not "squash."


41 posted on 03/02/2006 7:10:51 PM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: TigersEye

I don't think the RINOs are "blindly" following anybody. They are in on the deal, and the deal is with AlQaida.


42 posted on 03/02/2006 7:11:35 PM PST by muawiyah (-)
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To: Howlin
So, if doing the right thing (and I don't see a real problem with DPW running the operations at the ports), gives the House back to the Dems by say ... 15 or seat majority and the Senate back to the Dems with lets say a 1 or 2 seat majority ... you'd be OK with that?

I understand that we have military bases/ports in UAE and we need them as a strategic post in the Mid-east. But is the Dems take congress in 2006 and then the White house in 2008. I think the least of our worries would be a nuke going off in mid-town or a biological attack in LA. The terrorists WILL BE THE DEMS.

Say goodbye to any tax reform (aka permanent death tax elimination), goodbye to any more constructionist judges, goodbye a lot of civil liberties, hello to the Fairness Doctrine (goodbye to talk radio and Conservative Internet sites), and most importantly GOODBYE TO THE 2ND AMENDMENT.
43 posted on 03/02/2006 7:13:39 PM PST by MaDeuce (Do it to them, before they do it to you!)
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To: AntiGuv

He won't be around very long. Bush will stab him with his "veto pen". Ooooooooo!


44 posted on 03/02/2006 7:13:41 PM PST by manwiththehands
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To: MaDuce
Perception IS reality in most Americans minds. And it ain't hard to understand how most stupid Americans see this ...

The problem with that is that long before Nov. it will be apparent to even the TV-fed voter that this was a nothing issue and the pols who opposed the deal are idiots. The problem for us is that half the Pubby pols are among those idiots.

45 posted on 03/02/2006 7:17:09 PM PST by TigersEye (Walk as if your footsteps shake the world.)
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To: muawiyah

Why not get an experienced worldwide port/terminal operator and request Cosco assume immediate control of all US operations?


46 posted on 03/02/2006 7:22:23 PM PST by petertare (!)
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To: MaDuce

Ah, I'm FOR the deal.


47 posted on 03/02/2006 7:23:35 PM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: AntiGuv

Pretty stupid move handing the "racist" issue to Al Gore and the 'rats.


48 posted on 03/02/2006 7:25:43 PM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: MaDuce

All that, and there'll still be nukes going off in the country, but just not in Duncan Hunter's district. Any terrorist organization that offers medical insurance and vacations (as does AlQaida) is definitely sophisticated enough to support its friends.


49 posted on 03/02/2006 7:26:34 PM PST by muawiyah (-)
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To: AntiGuv

"I intend to do everything I can to kill the deal," Hunter said.

The best thing you could do is hold your breath a real long time.


50 posted on 03/02/2006 7:30:56 PM PST by zook
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