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February 21, 2006

Frist Calls For Halt To UAE Port Deal

As do Governors... and Hillary!

Critics have noted that some of the 9/11 hijackers used the UAE as an operational and financial base. In addition, they contend the UAE was an important transfer point for shipments of smuggled nuclear components sent to Iran, North Korea and Libya by a Pakistani scientist.

Still not convinced? Well how about the fact that Jimmy Carter supports the deal?

The Bush administration got support Monday from former President Carter, a Democrat and frequent critic of the administration.

"My presumption is, and my belief is, that the president and his secretary of state and the Defense Department and others have adequately cleared the Dubai government organization to manage these ports," Carter told CNN. "I don't think there's any particular threat to our security."

More...

Real Clear Politics:

It feels a bit like a rerun of the Harriet Miers nomination where the administration dug its heels despite knowing within hours it had made a grave mistake. The port sale is potentially even more damaging politically to the president because it strikes at one of his few remaining core political assets: the public's perception of Bush as an aggressive fighter of terrorism and staunch defender of America.

The other political problem? It's f'n' crazy.

How bad is it? It's this bad: Charles Shumer supports paying Halliburton -- HALLIBURTON! -- to run the ports over the UAE company.

That's kind of like Optimus Prime hiring the Decepticons to build him a backyard deck.

More at the Blogometer.



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