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    Default Six major U.S. ports

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    President Bush was facing more political pressure Monday to block a deal that would give a company based in the United Arab Emirates management of six major U.S. ports. Opponents of the deal argue against putting the ports in the hands of a nation with links to financing the 9/11 terror attacks. Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said the White House needs to explain why the deal will not weaken national security.

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    Technically, it's a British company.

    Still, why can't a U.S. company do the job?

    This won't happen, Clinton tried the same thing by trying to sneak the Chinese into control of Long Beach harbor. When enough of a stink has been raised they will drop this idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300
    Still, why can't a U.S. company do the job?
    Outsourcing is in...
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    Wow so the Prez is living down to my expectations I see.
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    It's kind of like Johnny Damon going to play for the Yankees....oh, shit.

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    Even though I don't agree with it, its being blown out of proportion a bit.

    The people working the docks are Americans. All that is going to change is their paycheck is coming from a different company. Just because they own the port does not mean they can ship their countrymen over to fill those jobs. Its like if Honda bought Ford. They are not going to send over a bunch of Japenese over to work at the Ford plants across America.

    However I don't agree with it and think that Bush is just pandering to the UAE for future consentions. Its going to be blocked but he can look to the leaders of the UAE and say "don't blame me"

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    He has veto power and says hes gonna use it.

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    I'm not yet understanding the proposed gravity of the situation I guess.

    What exactly is the panic and concern over again??
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    GWB threatened to issue his first veto over the UAE running US ports. Odd? Not really
    Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at 4:52 PM EST
    W aides' biz ties to Arab firm

    BY MICHAEL McAULIFF
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    Breaking news update: Bush - Arab co. port deal should proceed

    WASHINGTON - The Dubai firm that won Bush administration backing to run six U.S. ports has at least two ties to the White House.

    One is Treasury Secretary John Snow, whose agency heads the federal panel that signed off on the $6.8 billion sale of an English company to government-owned Dubai Ports World - giving it control of Manhattan's cruise ship terminal and Newark's container port.

    Snow was chairman of the CSX rail firm that sold its own international port operations to DP World for $1.15 billion in 2004, the year after Snow left for President Bush's cabinet.

    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.

    The ties raised more concerns about the decision to give port control to a company owned by a nation linked to the 9/11 hijackers.

    "The more you look at this deal, the more the deal is called into question," said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who said the deal was rubber-stamped in advance - even before DP World formally agreed to buy London's P&O port company.

    Besides operations in New York and Jersey, Dubai would also run port facilities in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Baltimore and Miami.

    The political fallout over the deal only grows.

    "It's particularly troubling that the United States would turn over its port security not only to a foreign company, but a state-owned one," said western New York's Rep. Tom Reynolds, chairman of the National Republican Campaign Committee. Reynolds is responsible for helping Republicans keep their majority in the House.

    Snow's Treasury Department runs the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., which includes 11 other agencies.

    "It always raises flags" when administration officials have ties to a firm, Rep. Vito Fossella (R-S.I.) said, but insisted that stopping the deal was more important.

    The Daily News has learned that lawmakers also want to know if a detailed 45-day probe should have been conducted instead of one that lasted no more than 25 days.

    According to a 1993 congressional measure, the longer review is mandated when the company is owned by a foreign government and the purchase "could result in control of a person engaged in interstate commerce in the U.S. that could affect the national security of the U.S."

    Congressional sources said the President has until March 2 to trigger that harder look.

    "The most important thing is for someone to explain how this is consistent with our national security," Fossella said.

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    im surprised bush hasnt turned over the keys to the white house to 'em yet. what a fucking asshat this guy is.
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    History tells us that oppressive nations build walls to keep people IN, not out.
    (See "Berlin Wall" and "Likud Israel" for examples) FORD- when i told him i'd build a wall between the US and Mexico.

    then ill build it from the mexican side. -my reply.

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    I heard tonight that the Emirates provide the US Intelligence.

    These guys are already in our pockets.

    It sure doesnt send a good message to the American people.

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    At least a guy this mentally unstable isnt a position of real power.That would be kinda scary.

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    quoted from news report: Bush on Tuesday brushed aside objections by leaders in the Senate and House that the $6.8 billion sale could raise risks of terrorism at American ports.

    quote from me: hey bush..just curious...how much of this money is going into yours and cheneys checking accounts?
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    Originally posted by FORD
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    then ill build it from the mexican side. -my reply.

 

 

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