Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Bush Favors Port Deal

The AP reports That President Bush supports the United Arab Emirates based company Dubai Ports World purchasing the rights to six major US ports.

"I want those who are questioning it to step up and explain why all of a sudden a Middle Eastern company is held to a different standard than a Great British company," Bush said. "I am trying to conduct foreign policy now by saying to the people of the world, `We'll treat you fairly.'"

First of all, I voted for Mr. Bush, twice. I've been a Republican for almost twenty years., but I believe W is flat out wrong on this one. The above question barely even justifies a response. First of all, Great Briton is probably the best ally we've ever had, in the War On Terror especially. Secondly, the UAE is a flimsy ally at best., you won't hear Bush say that the UAE was one of the few countries that reconized the Taliban. The UAE doesn't reconize Israel. Lawmakers from both parties have noted that some of the Sept. 11 hijackers used the United Arab Emirates as an operational and financial base. In addition, critics contend the UAE was an important transfer point for shipments of smuggled nuclear components sent to Iran, North Korea and Libya by a Pakistani scientist. It's a matter of reconizing real allies over the almighty dollar. Most importantly, is a national security issue, is Bush naieve enough to believe that the UAE values our security as much as the UK? Frist seems to be on the ball;

""Frist, R-Tenn., threatened to introduce legislation to put the sale on hold if the White House did not delay the takeover."" Congressmen from both sides of the aisle have voiced concerns including Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif , Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y, Republican speaker of the House, J. Dennis Hastert, and Charles Schumer. Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich, during a tour of Baltimore's port on Tuesday, called the deal an "overly secretive process at the federal level."


Blogger Always On Watch said...

I, too, voted twice for GWB. But he's wrong on this one--BIG TIME!

I wonder if Grover Norquist is feeding the Prez some propaganda? After all, Norquist claims to have brought the Muslim vote to GWB in 2000.

Congress needs to take immediate action and override GWB's veto!

Another thing...This ports issue is going to do damage to the Republicans in the 2006 election.

February 21, 2006  
Blogger kevin said...

Yep, the Republicans have enjoyed the advantage of being the party of national Security, this single decision could easily undo that.

February 21, 2006  
Blogger Regular Ron said...

First time around I voted for him. Second time around I voted for the Libertarian canidate.

I've had it with Bush. He's no different than Clinton to me.His bending over backwards for the Saudis, calling Islam a "religion of peace", and Now this.

Who's side is he on any...


February 21, 2006  
Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

I feel the same way...if he talks bout being with us or against us...he should walk the walk!

February 22, 2006  
Blogger kevin said...

Bush says it's a matter of principle, that Arab companies must be treated the same as any other company.
That's brilliant.
I demand Saudi Arabia take over our airlines now. No you say? RACSIST!

February 22, 2006  
Blogger American Crusader said...

Obviously this is a major subject as many posts and sites are focusing on this issue.
Our President is on the wrong side of this issue. Farming out security isn't a good idea for even a British company much less an Islamic country with proven ties to terrorism.
Homeland Security is just that. Securing our borders with our people.
Anything else is wrong and dangerous.
Who will get blamed if something goes wrong..The President/Republican Party or Dubai?

February 22, 2006  
Blogger Iran Watch said...

I'm sure you've heard by now that the president has stated he had no idea about the deal until it had already been completed.
I understand him not wanting to alienate a country that has for the most part supported US policies but still this country has had ties to Al Qaeda. It's almost a no-win situation for him but port security is too important to take any chances with.

February 22, 2006  

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