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February 20, 2006

9/11 Dad: President Bush Has Gone Insane

But wait, what's this? I agree with him:

How, asks Gadiel, whose son James died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, can a company owned by a terror-linked country get control of our nation's ports?

"I'm a lifelong Republican and I think the President's gone insane," said Gadiel, 58, who heads 9/11 Families for a Secure America.

Two of the 19 9/11 hijackers were citizens of Dubai, the Arab emirate whose bid to run ports in New York, New Jersey and four other cities was okayed by the White House even though investigators have found signs that money used to finance terrorism flowed through Dubai banks.

"How the hell could this happen?" fumed Bill Doyle, 58, a retired Staten Island stockbroker whose son Joseph also died when the Trade Center fell.

"We're not securing our country in any way by selling our ports to foreigners," he said.

I'm not sure if I buy that "lifelong Republican" claim -- aren't all the President's critics, who aren't elected officials required to identify with one party or another, "lifelong Republicans"? -- but he seems right.

It is not difficult to imagine terrorist infiltration into the company running the ports and certain packages and shipping containers going uninspected.

We can't even adequately control our ports when they're under American control. Now we're going to give them over to Dubai?

What the hell is Bush thinking?

The Democrats see a political edge here. I hope they exploit it-- and get the Bush Administration to reverse itself.

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