Dubai Deal Dead
After it became apparent that Congress would block Dubai Ports World, owned by the government of Dubai, from managing a number of ports on our east coast, DP World has announced that it would transfer its interests to an American entity.
The fact that the Republicans were instrumental in the about face once again underscores the difference between the intellectually dishonest kool-aid drinking Democrats and the Republicans who are not afraid to let their leaders know when a deal is a bad deal.
The rank-and-file Republicans were the driving force behind the withdrawal of Harriet Miers' nomination for the Supreme Court and were not shy about voicing their displeasure over the President's support for the DP World transaction.
Unfortunately, Jack Kemp called the Republicans' desertion of the administration shameful and embarrassing, and went on to say that because we have other foreign entities managing our ports on the west coast, we should have supported this deal. It seems that two wrongs make a right in Mr. Kemp's eyes. Mr. Kemp is flat wrong. We should take back the management of all our ports. We manage our airports and I am absolutely positive we have American companies that can manage our seaports.
Dubai has been supportive of our efforts in the war on terror and will continue to be. It is in their best interest to make sure we win the war on terror. If we don't, the United Arab Emirates' emirs are smart enough to know they could be the next target for the wacko Muslims. They are not going to suddenly start supporting the Taliban or al-Qaeda. You can take that to the bank.
Posted by Rick | March 9, 2006 07:30 PM