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Friday, February 17, 2006

Port issue a gift to the Dems?

The port takeover could wind up being a gift to the Democrats. For 5 years Dems have been trying to find an issue they can sink their teeth into to take down Bush. They may have had that issue fall right into their laps. The Bush Administration seems bent on allowing the transaction that will give a company owned by the United Arab Emirates control over the port security of several major seaports.

My first thought when I heard about this story was that some remote level of the administration bungled this and allowed the sale to Dubai World Ports, but then the White House comes out with statements that they don't see a problem. Michelle Malkin has a very comprehensive post on this topic. What we are seeing is that the administration is now fully aware of this sale and is choosing to defend it rather then even review it. I have heard many criticisms of Bush and have never seen anything legitimately proveable that mattered beyond the immigration and spending problem. This one is a big disappointment as it shows an error in judgement where Bush has been consistently strong: national security. I have been accused of being a kool-aid drinker, but that cannot be further from the truth. Bush needs to take a look at the dots and connect them before it is too late.

The Democrats have a real opportunity to capitalize on this issue, although they have some historical strikes against them. First, they have been in bed with the liberal media so long and the media has a real inconsistency with this story. This sale has been in the works since late November and was approved on Tuesday. The media has had this information all during the NSA Surveillance and most recently the Dick Cheney shooting. Ann Compton was so caught up in the Cheney story she did not even have a clue about this story when it was being reported in several sources. The media also has been so deeply in bed with radical Islam, they will have trouble ginning up outrage over this story with any credibility. Then after all the media criticism of Bush and Saudi Arabia, they were silent over Gore's sellout to the Saudis recently.

The liberal blogs will also have a tough time getting angry over this in a credible fashion. This week the Ostroy Report has had eight very long posts only about Dick Cheney's shooting incident. I am sure this is par for the course across the board. I spot checked a few and that seems to be the case. Daily Kos, however, stumbles in the starting gate by distorting the facts. The post title is "Bush Administration Sells Port Security To Highest Foreign Bidder". Sorry Kos, no money is coming to the US over this. The "Highest Bid" is simply part of the purchase process of one company by another. I don't think the liberal blogs are going to be able to handle this in a credible fashion.

Finally, there is the Dems. Their history does not give them much room to take this and run with it. Additionally, they will have a tough time not "overplaying their hand" as they usually do. If they stick with a simple set of points given regularly and at a non-shrill level they may have a chance. If they for the 100th time, for the 100th issue immediately go to "shrill" it will be tuned out.

If the Dems gain ground over this, it is a legitimate issue unlike all of the other failed attempts. For me, I simply want this security breach corrected. It will be challenging either way because they let it get this far.


  • At 9:41 PM, Blogger LASunsett said…

    Savage had Schumer on his show this evening. I actually agree with Schumer. A very very hot place, just got real cold, real fast.

  • At 11:10 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    For one brief moment, the snowball has a chance.

  • At 1:40 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said…

    The Dems may make hay out of this one, but if the Republicans won't take a stand, so be it. National security first!

  • At 4:28 PM, Blogger Malott said…

    My understanding is that this arrangement would be foreign owned but American worked and managed.

    Also, there are as many Republicans out in front on this issue as there are Dems. A Bush blunder would be bad, but would it have an effect on the elections this fall?

  • At 4:30 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    always, I fully agree.

  • At 7:20 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    Chris, that is not what I think I am reading. If you have any link that would clarify, I would appreciate it.

    As for Dems and GOP, Schumer was at the very front of this for days, then Colburn came on board. It is too early to know if this will affect the elections. I am not happy this happened, but it is not too late to fix it. It will be interesting to see how it is handled by both sides.

  • At 9:16 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said…

    Update from Global Security Newswire, February 16, 2006:

    U.S. Watches Dubai Banks for Proliferation Ties

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Treasury Department representatives are monitoring the possibility that money flowing through banks in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, could be supporting WMD proliferation by countries such as Iran, a Treasury official told a House of Representatives subcommittee today (see GSN, Feb. 13).

    The director of the agency’s Foreign Assets Control Office, Robert Werner, expressed continued concern in the wake of Dubai-based activities of the Dutch bank ABN Amro that in December 2005 led the United States to fine the bank $80 million for improper transactions with Libyan and Iranian clients. The case involved U.S.-prohibited wire transfers for Iranian and Libyan clients by the bank's Dubai employees.

    “I'm very concerned by the type of activities that the ABN Amro case demonstrated,” Werner told the Financial Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. “We intend to look at other situations that maybe may involve other international banks involved in that kind of conduct.”

    Asked by subcommittee Chairwoman Sue Kelly (R-N.Y.) whether he was concerned ABN Amro had “laundered” WMD-related Iranian transactions through Dubai, Werner said officials from his office recently met in the United Arab Emirates with officials of that country to discuss WMD proliferation.

    He said the office, which administers U.S. sanctions against entities of national-security concern, would continue to monitor Dubai as a possible hub for circumvention of WMD-related sanctions.

    “The possible use of UAE-incorporated companies by Iranian agencies or citizens is of great concern to us,” he said.

    Despite Kelly's suggestion that Treasury might designate Dubai as a “jurisdiction of primary money-laundering concern,” Werner expressed confidence in his UAE interlocutors.

    “They are anxious to engage in a dialogue with us,” he said. “My feeling is that they're striving to work with OFAC.”

    Replied the chairwoman, “Perhaps a bit of cynicism on the part of Treasury in dealing with these people might be in order.”

    U.S. President George W. Bush issued an executive order in June 2005 on blocking transfers of U.S. assets to entities of proliferation concern. Eighteen suspect companies have been listed so far under the order, including six in Iran and 11 in North Korea. Among other activities, Werner's office conducts investigations that provide evidence for listings of suspect entities under the order.

  • At 10:41 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    "U.S. President George W. Bush issued an executive order in June 2005 on blocking transfers of U.S. assets to entities of proliferation concern."

    So it would seem to me that there is an immediate loophole here to tap into. Of course, now that it is in approved status; when the sale is reversed the UAE is going to be offended. I'm sure CAIR will complain as well. They will just have to deal with it.

    Thanks Always for this good material.

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  • At 6:12 AM, Blogger LASunsett said…


    Welcome to the moment everyone that has ever had a blog on for any length of time, must face. Whether to implement word verification, or not. This blogosphere rite of passage demonstrates that you are no longer a "sleepy little blog".


  • At 1:00 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    I am trying to hold out. In the past they have come in spurts. I kept deleting them and they went away.

    Oh, the beauty of simply entering your comments and then just clicking. To me word verification is like paradise lost; but I may have to resort to it.

    Until then, I am being hounded by the 2006 version of an ass.

  • At 11:20 PM, Anonymous BIll_of_Rights said…

    "They ought to listen to what I have to say about this," [Bush] said. "They'll look at the facts and understand the consequences of what they're going to do. But if they pass a law, I'll deal with it with a veto."

    Not only is this handing our national security over six major US ports to a country intimately involved with 9/11 and smuggling of nuclear components to Iran and North Korea, this is stripping jobs away from Americans, and Bush is threatening any law against this transfer with a veto. His first veto ever in office.

    Mission accomplished.

  • At 5:34 PM, Blogger Joe Smoe: American Citizen said…

    Bill of Rights says:
    Not only is this handing our national security over six major US ports to a country intimately involved with 9/11 and smuggling of nuclear components to Iran and North Korea, this is stripping jobs away from Americans,

    This guy is right. Bush has been tacitly playing the Race card for years and now it is coming back to bite him in the Keester.

    Even as you would say a left leaner like me wants those Towel Heads to have nothing to do with anything in this land.And the vast majority agree with me

    Bush is gonna lose this one and it's gonna hurt

  • At 11:57 AM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    I have disagreed with Bush on a number of things but this one takes the cake.

    I don't thinnk the Dems have a lot of credibility on the issue, however, because of their stance against racial profiling. Besides, I think if he rejected this it would have caused an uproar in another direction. All the appeasers would have claimed that now he made the UAE mad, they are going to come after us with terrorism.

    This is one big reason why the political climate based solely on partisanship is such a danger to the country. Bush has to fight against dangers, plus fight the media and 40% of the country at the same time. That is not exactly a recipe for safety.


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