Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Port Security

One of the commenters on TPMCafe sums up my general view of the possibility of Dubai Ports World taking over the running of a number of US ports. brooksfoe writes:
A major multinational shipping conglomerate owned by the Dubai royal family is not "the Arab world". It's a part of the elite US-Arab oil/transport/ financial nexus which also includes the bin Ladens and the Bushes. The furor over the DPW takeover sends a message not to the Arab world, but to the members of that elite business clique, be they WASP or sheikh: you can't continue to play fecklessly at security issues, whip up anti-Arab prejudice (on this side of the pond) and anti-American/ Zionist fury (on that side of the pond), and still cut your little business deals with each other as if everything was just hunky-dory. Bush has never understood before that xenophobic militarism has consequences, because it's never hit him in his class interests. Now, maybe, he's finally starting to get the picture.
I don't know whether the security risk is higher with a UAE company running the ports than with a British company (although given what we do know about al-Qaeda's ability to infiltrate Middle-Eastern organizations I suspect it is) but this action by the preznit does fly in the face of his "post 9/11" world view and begs the question of why the man who has yet to veto anything in over 5 years would pick THIS issue to feel that strongly about. Might want to look a little more closely at TreasSec John Snow, whose agency approved the deal (and who one suspects made a tidy sum of money prior to this role in a deal with the same UAE company).


At 7:35 AM, Blogger Shimmy said...

I just want to know why Ann Coulter was given control of U.S. port security in Baltimore, Miami, New York, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and New Jersey!

At 9:44 AM, Blogger Lex said...

It RAISES the question, it doesn't BEG it. (Sorry; that's a pet peeve.)

I think it would be fun to watch Bush veto any legislation that killed the deal. The GOP would have to decide: my country or my president? Either their heads would explode, or they'd override the veto, rendering Bush instantly and permanently unimportant and signaling game-on for PresidentFest 2008.

One good point Jack Cafferty of Slate made on CNN yesterday: No one has told this president "no" in far too long.

At 9:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting question: people talk about presidents becoming lame ducks, but why does no one ever talk about them jumping the shark?

At 12:34 PM, Blogger Tony Plutonium said...

Shimmy - it's an interesting question but you get demerits for mentioned (that woman)'s name on my blog. No tuna for you!

Lex - okay, I sit corrected. And, yeah, I'd love to see some good Scanners-esque Repuglican head explosions!

PC - Lex told me some months ago that shark jumping has jumped the shark.


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