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jbfam4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:52 PM
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Happy Now?

Happy Now?
Friday, March 10, 2006; Page A18

THEY SPEND drunkenly, they fail at oversight and they can't stop the administration from abusing detainees or tapping phones. But never call the members of Congress powerless: Yesterday, in the exalted name of anti-terrorism, the Senate rebelled against its Republican leadership and joined the House in a vote to prevent a company based in a moderate, friendly Arab country from making a minor investment in the United States. When it became clear that some such blocking measure would pass, Dubai Ports World threw in the towel, announcing that it would sell all of its U.S. operations, including the management operations of six U.S. ports it recently acquired, and do business elsewhere.

Of course, the speed of that announcement illustrates a critical point: that this investment always was a business decision, not the early stages of a covert attack on Baltimore. Quite rightly, the company and its Dubai-based owners -- who are stunned, apparently, by the unexpected reaction to what they thought was a routine business deal -- didn't want their country's and their company's names dragged through the mud, so they cut their losses. Besides, it seems that the European port operations that Dubai Ports World acquired when it bought Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co., the British company that has run the six U.S. ports, are more profitable anyway. The result: Dubai Ports World will now run only ports where cargo is packed and sent to the United States, instead of managing ports where that same cargo is unloaded.

But our brave new Congress has achieved more than the irrational spiking of one business deal. It has also sent a clear message to the Arab world: No matter how far you move along the path of modernization and cooperation, Americans may be unable to distinguish you from al-Qaeda. Dubai welcomes hundreds of ship visits every year from the U.S. Navy and allied ships. It has worked with U.S. agents to stop terrorist financing and nuclear cooperation. But none of that mattered to the craven members of Congress -- neither to the Democrats who first sensed a delicious political opportunity nor to the Republicans who then fled in unseemly panic. As to long-term damage to the United States' security, economy and alliances? Not of concern to the great deliberative body.

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Virginia Dare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:53 PM
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1. Smokescreen, nothing more...EOM
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electropop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:56 PM
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2. Clueless.
UAE is a serious threat, as a major funder of Osama, source of 2 hijackers, and the royalty (who own DPW) are social buddies with Osama.

WaPo, you're completely wrong.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:01 PM
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3. Moderate, friendly Arab country?? It's a friken DICTATORSHIP!!!
Again, I ask the question: WHY was it mandated that the IRAQI people MUST be "freedom loving" yet we cheerfully do business with DESPOTS????

UAE Supreme Council? Seven absolute rulers, no elections, no rights except the ones they grant? Hunky dory!!! Pakistan?? Musharraf?? Military dictator, absolute ruler? HUNKY DORY!!!

Iraq--naaah, the "freedom loving peoples" didn't ASK for democracy, but we are gonna shove it down their throats....suuuuuuuuure!!!!!
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European Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:03 PM
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4. Isn't that the same WP that supported war on Iraq for what they might do.
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