Queer Conservative

February 23, 2006

The Ports Brouhaha

Filed under: George W. Bush, Homeland Security, Islam, Politics, War on Terror, White House — queerconservative @ 9:59 am

Okay, so over the last few days more facts have come out about the Dubai Ports World deal.

1. DPW isn’t taking over all operations at the ports in question, they will only be running certain terminals.

2. Security (such as it is) will still be an American concern overseen by the Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security.

3. The workers will still be American longshoremen, as will management for the most part.

Even with all that taken into consideration, I still believe this is a bad move, that was poorly thought out. Or worse, something they thought could be slipped by us without notice.

The President argues that “those who are questioning it” need 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.”

Okay, the United Arab Emirates is a conservative Islamic country. The UAE gave indirect support to the 9/11 hi-jackers. While the UAE may be cooperating with the United States in the War on Terror now, it has a long, long way to go before it can be called an ally of the same caliber as the United Kingdom. Also, the information on who knew about this and when, including the President, is getting increasingly sketchy. That alone should be cause for putting this deal on hold while we investigate the details further.

Ann Coulter puts it this way:

First of all, it’s not “all of a sudden.” The phrase you’re searching for, Mr. President, is “ever since the murderous attacks of Sept. 11.” The Bush administration’s obstinate refusal to profile Middle Easterners has been the one massive gaping hole in national security since the 9/11 attacks – attacks that received indirect support from the United Arab Emirates.

There are at least 3,000 reasons why a company controlled by a Middle Eastern Muslim emirate should be held to a different standard than a British company. Many of these reasons are now buried under a gaping hole that isn’t metaphorical in lower Manhattan.

Even four years after 9/11, I note that we don’t hear Tony Blair condemning some cartoons in a Danish newspaper as “a cultural extremism,” or saying their publication represents a “dreadful clash of civilizations.”

That was U.A.E. Minister of Justice and Islamic Affairs Mohammed Al Dhaheri’s recent comment on the great Danish cartoon caper.

Yes, Mr. President, there is a large and glaring difference between the United Arab Emirates and Great Britain, or China, or Denmark or any of the other countries who have companies that run port facilities. Even though I trust those countries far more than an state owned Arab company, perhaps in this day and age, the management and operation of an infrastructre as vital and sensitive as our ports should be kept at home.

U P D A T E : John Spencer has a good read on the DPW deal here.


1 Comment »

  1. the management and operation of an infrastructre as vital and sensitive as our ports should be kept at home.

    What’s to keep? P&O has the control now. If not for Dubai Port World, it would be a Singapore company.

    Comment by thatgayconservative — February 27, 2006 @ 4:14 am

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