More Thoughts on the Dubai Debacle
As more debate rages over the selling of US ports to a Dubai-based operating company, I'd like to get a few more of my 2 cents in:
- First, YES! I am aware that other ports in the US are owned by foreign interests. Most notably, the ports in the Los Angeles area are owned by companies like Norinco, which is a front for Communist China. This deal went down during Slick Willie's watch and I wasn't thrilled about it back then, either.
- I am also well aware that the current owners of the 6 ports is P&O, which is a British-based company. The last time the British tried something stupid with us was back in the early 19th Century and we've been tight allies since WWII.
- Despite the objections of groups like CAIR, opposing the UAE/ports deal is not anti-Arab! I would have no objections if a company based in, or owned by, nations like Jordan, Egypt, Qatar, or Bahrain. These Arab countries are Western-looking and have been either friends or anti-terror allies to the US for years. If "W" is looking to reward our friends in the Arab world, he should've started here.
- If I remember correctly, AFTER 9/11 (Mata,...?), President Bush laid down the hammer and said countries were either with us or against us in the war on terror. The UAE is trying to play both sides of the fence with us. They supported the Taliban to get back at rival Iran and now, while giving lip service to the US, they still covertly fund groups like Hamas and still deny Israel's right to exist. If ever their was a litmus test for the "for us/against us" rule, Israel's sovereignty is the key!