Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Dubai Dubya

New week, new public relations problem. The First Renter continues to show how little he thinks of the little people. People are starting to notice that there is a double standard at work here, or maybe something a little more like the lobbying scandal (the scandal that keeps giving) that started the new year.
CNN.com - Bush backs Dubai port deal, vows veto - Feb 21, 2006: "The administration has faced a wave of criticism this week over its decision to let a subsidiary of maritime management firm Dubai Ports World run ports in New York and New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Baltimore, Maryland; Miami, Florida; and New Orleans, Louisiana.

The company recently acquired the British-based firm that currently directs commercial operations at those ports, Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation. The takeover by Dubai Ports World means that it will be in charge of those operations.

'I don't understand why it's OK for a British company to operate our ports but not a company from the Middle East when we've already determined security is not an issue,' Bush said."
Umm, maybe because of stupid incidents like this or this or this piece of brilliance. It's the principle at this point, not anything racist. You set this situation up with your rabid attacks on the axis of evil and the supporters of terrorism. You and your VP have been stoking the flames of "fight them over there so we don't have to fight them here" malarkey, all the while reaping benefits that the "average" American is ineligible for.

The WaahPoo weighs in with more.
"But Bush was direct in his response. "They ought to listen to what I have to say about this," the president said after inviting pool reporters on his plane back to his compartment to talk. "They ought to look at the facts, and understand the consequences of what they're going to do. But if they pass a law, I'll deal with it, with a veto."

Bush said he did not consider this a political fight and stressed that he felt the sale had been carefully vetted for security concerns."
Whose security? Inquiring minds would like to know. Congress might not be too happy with you discussing a veto while they are still taking angry calls from their constituents.

Seriously, did you really think people would just let this slide by? Gitmo has prisoners who have less to do with terrorism than this company, no matter what you might think or say.

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