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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Monday, February 27, 2006

Loose Lips Sink Big Ships

The Bush administration has backed the decision of a 12-agency committee to approve the deal with DP World of the United Arab Emirates. Denying the contract to a Middle East firm, Mr. Bush said last week, would send the wrong signal to the region. He also said that the United Arab Emirates is a good ally and staunch partner against terrorism.
U. S. Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) said President Bush is making a big mistake backing a sale of shipping operations at six major U.S. seaports to a state-owned business in the United Arab Emirates. The former Republican majority leader said the administration's approval of the deal is "pretty outrageous." DeLay said Congress would overturn the deal. "When it's a matter of national security, the president will be overturned," DeLay said in an account that appeared on the Web site of the Austin American-Statesman. "We will overturn it within the next few weeks."
U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, (R-TX), said he is concerned about Texas ports where military cargo is handled by London-based Peninsular and Oriental, the company to be purchased by the UAE's Dubai Ports World. Poe said ports in Beaumont and Corpus Christi move military goods, materials and records of which he would not want UAE employees to have access. "We would be bringing trouble upon ourselves," Poe said. "I've heard the UAE is our friend on the war on terror, despite the past, but they may not be our friend tomorrow. They would have access to every manifest regarding shipping, all cargo going out, what's on it, where it's going and all incoming shipping coming back to the port."
Where politician should show concern they should keep their comments out of the headlines. Liberally Conservative would hope politicians like Tom Delay would go away. Delay is a political hack, he comes off like a small time mob boss and should keep quiet on issues he has little say. Claiming a business deal with national implications will be overturned is ridiculous. If Delay wants political points he should clean up his problems and not provide fodder for the left.
The Dubai port sale of operations has been vetted through normal channels, politicians like Tom Delay are more of a concern when it comes to diplomacy and security. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wants more power no matter what it takes and he's not alone. Politicians on both sides of the aisle are more interested in their political future and gaining more power over the Executive branch of government then protecting America.
Congressman Peter King (R-NY), who sounded the alarm two weeks ago over the Bush administration's decision to permit the sale of several dozen U.S. port terminals to a Dubai company, blamed conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh for softening the firestorm of opposition to the deal. King is blaming a talk show host and failing to take responsibility for telegraphing his distaste for an Arab ally.
Politicians are doing a better job at destroying business partners and allies against terror then practicing caution at using the media to conduct self-serving propaganda.

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