Our port operations in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami and Philadelphia have been, or soon will be, purchased by Dubai Ports World, a state-owned company in the United Arab Emirates, a firm that manages port facilities. The purchase was cleared by an obscure federal panel, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, with little fanfare.Whose idea was this? Who approved of it? What on earth were they thinking? Oh, wait, duh. They weren't. Does this mean they don't really believe their own hype over the war on terror? Does the Department of Homeland Security have a purpose?
The United Arab Emirates government is generally pro-U.S., but the September 11 hijackers traveled easily through the country, and Al Qaeda-linked groups have used its banking system. Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma is pleading with the administration to reverse the decision. At a press conference outlining his opposition, he said, "Handing the keys to U.S. strategic ports to a regime that recognized the Taliban is not a sound next step in our war against terror."
Several Senators and Representatives are calling for hearings into the matter. This is a matter which deserves a full and complete hearing. Ask President Bush to override the agreement and conduct a special investigation into the matter.
If I were a Democrat I'd find a way to sink my teeth deeply into this one-- it's perfect for exposing the lousy, ass-backward judgement exercized by certain people in DC. Talk about selling our safety and security up the river.