This is just further proof that Bush’s “tough on terrorism” stance is just posturing. From Think Progress:
The Bush administration has outsourced the operation of six of the nation’s largest ports to a company owned by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a country with troubling ties to international terrorism. The $6.8 billion sale would mean that the state-controlled Dubai Ports World would control ‚”the ports of New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami and Philadelphia.”
Some facts about the UAE:
—The UAE was one of three countries in the world to recognize the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan.
—The UAE has been a key transfer point for illegal shipments of nuclear components to Iran, North Korea and Lybia.
—According to the FBI, money was transferred to the 9/11 hijackers through the UAE banking system.
—After 9/11, the Treasury Department reported that the UAE was not cooperating in efforts to track down Osama Bin Laden’s bank accounts.
And just months ago, Bush was supportive of China’s attempt to buy Unocal, America’s ninth-largest oil company, even though the country had just threatened us with nuclear attack. We’re a fan of free markets to some extent, but holy Christ, selling our ports and resources to people who may want to attack us is not good policy. What’s next? Will we sell our military to Saudi Arabia? Or hand over the lease to the White House to North Korea?