Tuesday, February 21, 2006

AMERICAblog: Bush vows first veto to make sure Arab company can guard ports

AMERICAblog: Unbelievable swagger: "Wow. He is stubborn on this one. Even the usual GOP lapdogs on the Hill are freaked out by Bush's decision to let the UAE owned company guard American ports. But, Bush is not backing down -- he's even talking veto:

President Bush said Tuesday that a deal allowing an Arab company to take over six major U.S. seaports should go forward and that he would veto any congressional effort to stop it.

The Senate's Republican leader had promised just such an effort a few hours earlier.

'After careful review by our government, I believe the transaction ought to go forward,' Bush told reporters who had traveled with him on Air Force One to Washington. 'I want those who are questioning it to step up and explain why all of a sudden a Middle Eastern company is held to a different standard than a Great British company. I am trying to conduct foreign policy now by saying to the people of the world, `We'll treat you fairly.''

It's a state-owned company. The state that owns it has ties to the 9/11 plotters. AP graciously included this paragraph in their article -- again:

Critics have noted that some of the 9/11 hijackers used the UAE as an operational and financial base. In addition, they contend the UAE was an important transfer point for shipments of smuggled nuclear components sent to Iran, North Korea and Libya by a Pakistani scientist.

How's that?


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