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Old 02-21-2006, 04:26 PM   #1
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Security Risk or Anti-Arab Backlash

Port Uproar

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The furor centers around the $6.8 billion acquisition by Dubai Ports World, owned by one of the United Arab Emirates, of London-based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. P&O had been running operations at shipping terminals in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami, and Philadelphia.
The ports have been run by foreign-owned companies for years. Are UAE companies inherently dangerous?
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Old 02-21-2006, 04:30 PM   #2
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this is a potentially explosive issue.

am excited to see how it develops -- thanks for posting (you beat me to it!)
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Old 02-21-2006, 04:35 PM   #3
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The United Arab Emirates is a U.S. ally. I see this as a potentially anti-Arabic move on the part of the politicians who oppose it. It's an election year and they're moving on it.
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There is an interesting mix of support and opposition.

GWB released a harsh statement in support of the sale. Jimmy Carter is also on record in support of the sale.

Meanwhile, leading members of Congress from both sides of the isle want legistlation to block the sale.
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Seems to me like the Republican leadership is screaming the loudest against this deal.

This is such a loser issue for Bush. The left all hates him anyway and the right sees scary Arabs in their ports.
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Old 02-21-2006, 06:23 PM   #6
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Bush is right, for once. Congressmen are making asses out of themselves over this.
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its a bad idea
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Once again the Administration has done a horrible job of communicating with the public. I believe a Republican senator called this administration "tone deaf." I'm inclined to agree with the sale, but on this issue the President owes Congress and the people an explanation on why this is safe.
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Once again the Administration has done a horrible job of communicating with the public. I believe a Republican senator called this administration "tone deaf." I'm inclined to agree with the sale, but on this issue the President owes Congress and the people an explanation on why this is safe.
The ports have been run by foreign corporations for years. The question is really for those seeking to block the sale: why is there an increase danger solely due to the sale?
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i don't see the big problem with the deal
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I bet a most Americans don't know that major ports are run by foreign-owned companies.
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I bet a most Americans don't know that major ports are run by foreign-owned companies.
You're right. That's why this news item is causing such a reaction.

And certain politicians are cashing in on the ignorance of this fact by most people--myself included.
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I bet that most Americans don't know that major ports are run by foreign-owned companies.
Or that America has its own warplanes on the ground in the UAE. The Administration just needs to show that the company has been fully vetted.

The UAE is a moderate Arab ally. Trust, but verify.
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What American's do not know, is that the ships that transport things to and from the ports are mostly not American ships.

One of my jobs in the Army was to provide safety and security on the ports of Mobile Alabama, Beumont Tx, and Galvaston Tx during Desert Storm.

The equiptment for that war was shipped on FOREIGN vessels...not American.

We here do not control much of anything here in America do we?

That said....

The UAE has played the fence.....I do not consider them a true ally, nor due I consider them a true enemy....

They are a mixed bag.
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They are a mixed bag.
Agreed.

They come across real nice and even cosmopolitan, relatively speaking.

On the other hand, they don't believe that Israel has a right to exist.

Lovely bunch.
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