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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-03-06 11:42 PM
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No Iraq Trip for Legislator Who Opposed Deal on Ports
Representative Peter T. King's prominent opposition to a proposal to allow a Dubai company to take over some terminal operations at American ports may have earned him some punishment from the Bush administration: He has been grounded. Mr. King, the New York Republican who is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, confirmed Friday that a few days after he first threatened legislation to hold up the port deal, the Pentagon informed him that it could not provide an aircraft for his planned March Congressional delegation to Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East.

A Feb. 22 e-mail notice to Mr. King's office said the legislative affairs branch of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's office had determined "they do not have any aircraft to support" the official trip to Baghdad and other points. "Please advise if the CODEL will now pursue commercial air," it concluded, referring to the Congressional trip. Mr. King said he did not know if the paucity of aircraft was related to his leading role in the port dispute, but he was suspicious. "It is very coincidental," said Mr. King, who talked reluctantly when pressed about the canceled trip, which had first been unintentionally disclosed by another lawmaker. Mr. King said that he did not intend to make an issue out of it or allow it to affect his stance in the port dispute.

At the Pentagon, a spokesman said that the decision on the trip was simply due to a lack of resources and that the port fight played no role. "We support as many trips as possible subject to the operational requirements of our military forces and the capacity of the command to support the visit," said the spokesman, Bryan Whitman. "Often Congressional requests to travel exceed our capacity to support." The conflicting views illustrate the tension between Congress and the White House over a policy fight that has caused one of the deepest rifts of Mr. Bush's tenure with his Republican allies on Capitol Hill.

The president's quick threat to veto any legislation blocking the takeover by the state-owned company DP World has been a sore point. Mr. King and other Republicans on Capitol Hill have been outspoken in challenging the administration on the port plan and their comments cannot have gone unnoticed at the White House. Mr. King said the trip had been on the radar for months and all but a few minor details had been wrapped up. He said lawmakers had already adjusted their schedule once to avoid conflicting with another Congressional visit to Iraq in an effort not to strain American officials and troops. Four Republicans and two Democrats were scheduled to go to Iraq after a stop in Jordan to review a facility for training the Iraqi police.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/04/politics/04king.html?...
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madeline_con Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-03-06 11:47 PM
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1. So fly Iraqi Air.
If every reporter, missionary and terrorist can get there, surely this ninny can figure out a way to get to Baghdad!
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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-03-06 11:53 PM
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2. Mr. King is learning that W plays rough
You do his bidding, all is fine. McCain learned this when he ran against W.
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pnorman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:30 AM
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3. That Peter King was the same guy who said in 2004:
"It's all over but the counting. And we'll take care of the counting."

http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/2004votefraud_review....
(I've seen the video clip of that many times, but it doesn't seem to be available any more.)

pnorman
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radio4progressives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:36 AM
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4. omg i never ever saw this before...
shit, this needs to be posted all over DU!

holy crap. thanks for posting it here!
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pnorman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:16 PM
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5. That video clip mentioned above,
is on a free (plus S&H)) CD that can be ordered here: http://www.solarbus.org/election/cd /

Get it, it's well worth the effort.
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