Thursday, April 20, 2006

Dubai At It Again

Mensa Barbie
unearths the latest UAE dabacle.

A deal by a United Arab Emirates company to buy a British firm with operations in the U.S. has touched off security concerns among some members of Congress.

But it’s not the Dubai Ports World furor all over again.

This time, Dubai International Capital has agreed to purchase Doncasters Group Ltd, a British parts manufacturer that works on sensitive American weapons programs such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

The Bush administration is conducting a security review of the $1.24 billion takeover and will present its findings to Congress, where many of the same voices that expressed outrage over the ports deal are beginning to complain about the Doncasters takeover, according to Hong Kong-based Asia Times Online.

Doncasters, which has nine plants in the U.S., also builds specialized fan blades for the M-1 Abrams tanks, the New York Sun reports.

It seems Dubai isn't going to give up on becoming heavily invested in our security. I hope the President learned his lesson from the Ports Deal. My reasons for distrusting the UAE are listed here.


Blogger American Crusader said...

I have never understood why we outsource any defense contracts and especially those for weapons systems. Not only is their a security risk for defective parts but also for stolen technology. You can't tell me that Americans couldn't do this job.

April 20, 2006  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

This new push is also unacceptable, and it threatens our defense sovereignty.

Persistent, aren't they?

April 20, 2006  
Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

The UAE was used as a financial center by some of the 9/11 hijackers.
Two of the 9/11 hijackers themselves are from the UAE.
The UAE doesn't recognize Israel's right to exist.
The UAE is not a democratic country.
Amen Kevin!!!

April 20, 2006  
Blogger Brooke said...

The worst thing is, if we say no, they punish us with oil.

I don't think gas prices going up after we told them no to our ports is a co-incidence.

April 21, 2006  
Blogger kevin said...

Brooke ,
that's an interesting point, I don't know if we get oil from UAE or not, but if we do that could be a problem. I'm fully in favor of energy self sufficiancy. Let's unempower these backward dictators.

April 21, 2006  

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