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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:14 PM
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Heritage Foundation on why UAE's tie to 9/11 doesn't matter
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MONEY, MONEY, MONEY blah blah blah...

Free Trade with the UAE Supports America's National Security Interests


by Daniella Markheim and Anthony B. Kim
WebMemo #1006

March 4, 2006 | |

The sale of port facilities to Dubai World Ports, a government-owned company in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has sparked an outcry that now threatens Americas free trade agenda. Legitimate concern over the sale has led Congress to review the oversight of foreign direct investment in the U.S. Some in Congress, however, would move beyond that inquiry and use national security concerns as an excuse to erect barriers to trade. Their proposals include halting free trade negotiations with the UAE, requiring annual congressional certification of existing trade agreements, and subjecting major foreign investments to congressional approval.

Protectionism of this sort is no way to boost national security. In fact, it would do the opposite. Protectionism would endanger U.S. prosperitythe cornerstone of securitystrain relationships with important allies in the war on terrorism, and make it more difficult to use trade as a tool to spread American values and bolster U.S. interests. A successful strategy for improving national security must include free trade and investment.

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Last week, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Rob Portman re-emphasized this point by warning that canceling this port deal would be contrary to U.S. beliefs that fighting terrorism means promoting policies that create opportunities for people to improve their lives and the lives of their families. The opportunity to promote economic freedom in the UAE through free markets and free trade should not be sacrificed in the current debate on the port deal.

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These results support the 9/11 Commissions recommendation that a comprehensive U.S. strategy to counter terrorism should include economic policies that encourage development, more open societies, and opportunities for people to improve the lives of their families and to enhance prospects for their childrens future.

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http://www.heritage.org/Research/TradeandForeignAid/wm1...


Isn't the UAE as rich as shit stinks?
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AX10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:14 PM
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1. See my sig line, regarding The Heritage Foundation.
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FloridaPat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:40 PM
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2. See all the little repubs lined up in a row.
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CAG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:41 PM
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3. And what would they say if Clinton did this???? Hmmm, I wonder....
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Sensitivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:57 PM
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4. The Repukes would IMPEACH HIM
Without any good reason it now appears.
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BlueManDude Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 07:43 AM
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7. by this logic we should have free trade w/ Cuba as well?
where do they stand on that?
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auburngrad82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 07:04 AM
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5. Right wing think tank n/t
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BlueManDude Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 07:42 AM
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6. ...because whatever Bush wants is OK with us. n/t
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Neil Lisst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 08:21 AM
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8. Heritage Foundation = nerds who couldn't run a lemonade stand
... and make a profit.

Oh, but they love to blather on about "free trade."

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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 08:26 AM
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9. And tax-exempt all the while. nt
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