The Ports Scandal

March 9, 2006 at 6:42 am (Politics, Republican incompetence)

Republicans actually fighting the President, Bush back against the wall, questions about security, yadda yadda yadda, you have probably heard about all that. In this article I was taken by the very last sentences:

New York Rep. Peter King, the Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has floated a proposal under which DP World would subcontract operations at the terminals to U.S. companies. DP World still would get the profits, but would have access to no security information.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairwoman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has put forth a similar proposal.

Let me make sure I am crystal clear on this one. We stay in charge of port security (which, if you have been listening to right-wing automatons lately, we were never in jeopardy of giving up), but we just farm out the profitability of port management? How is that more politically tenable than the previous deal? Can you imagine a Republican sock puppet going to his constituents and actually saying, “don’t worry folks, we will be doing all the work, the Sultan of Dubai will just get all the money.” Doesn’t that make us, like, Mexicans? Please Republicans, press this forward as a “compromise.” Please.



  1. TSS said,

    As far as I can tell no one outside of Bush’s inner circle wants the UAE to run any ports. It’s probably being overly cautious, but I must admit I don’t want them running any ports either. If we’re going to kick the UAE out of the deal, it means little more than fear mongering unless it’s coupled with funding for better port security. The ports are unsecure enough to make sneaking a nuke in easy now, regardless of who coordinates loading and unloading.Aside: the UAE is receiving the most advanced F-16s in the world, block 60. We trust them enough to do that (though I’m certain we wouldn’t do that unless we knew how to defeat them).Aside 2: I find it amusing that the Democrats are happily jumping on the "scary Ay-rab" bandwagon when it suits them. Aside 3: This is what Bush gets for sowing the seeds of anti-Muslim sentiment.

  2. jones said,

    the democrats are awful. i’m voting third party again in 2008, but i’ve got to find a candidate over thirty five to run on my "keg party" platform.

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