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So, not long after reading about President Bush’s staunch defense of the corporations of the United Arab Emirates as plucky entrepreneurs who deserve the same opportunities as Great Britain, and strongly implies that it’s the forces of racism and intolerance holding them back, I see this little gem in today’s White House Briefing OPINION column, in reference to Al Gore’s denunciation of post-9/11 American abuses against the Arab world in (gasp!)… Saudi Arabia:

The comments stirred an angry reaction on the right and in the blogosphere, and also drew a rebuke from Peter Wehner, director of the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives, which was e-mailed to reporters and others Tuesday. “It is noteworthy that Mr. Gore would travel to Saudi Arabia — a repressive society which is the home of Osama bin Laden and most of the terrorists who executed the worst attack on the American homeland in our history — to criticize (inaccurately) our government’s response to that attack.”

Umm… so which is it? Are Arab nations the underdog standardbearers of free enterprise, swimming against the tide of racism and paranoia, or are they hateful enemies of democracy who want to destroy us for our freedoms?

For me personally, there’s not a whole lot of difference between Saudi Arabia and UAE. I think they’re both unreliable and faithless “allies,” but in terms of where they stand with BushCo, I’m pretty sure the country that got slammed is far more favored and influential. As Froomkin helpfully reminds us:

But doesn’t the White House’s new get-tough rhetoric on Saudia Arabia clash somewhat with this memorable photo of Bush holding Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah’s hand as the two men walked through a field of bluebonnets at Bush’s Crawford ranch last spring?

Mwahahahaha… You just can’t make this shit up.

9 comments February 21st, 2006 at 05:40pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Dubai Ports World,Favorites,Politics,Wankers

Bush Takes A Principled Stand In Favor Of Terrorism

So much for the ignorance defense…

President Bush said Tuesday that the deal allowing an Arab company to take over six major U.S. seaports should go forward and that he would veto any congressional effort to stop it.

“After careful review by our government, I believe the transaction ought to go forward,” Bush told reporters who had traveled with him on Air Force One to Washington. “I want those who are questioning it to step up and explain why all of a sudden a Middle Eastern company is held to a different standard than a Great British company. I am trying to conduct foreign policy now by saying to the people of the world, ‘We’ll treat you fairly.’ “

*steps up*

Because Great Britain is not a terrorist breeding ground, and ports and military shipments are the kind of things you don’t want to let terrorists anywhere near, ever.

(“Great British”??? Jesus wept.)

But hey, George, if that’s where you want to draw your line in the sand, if you want to use your first-ever veto to facilitate terrorist access to our major ports and shipments of military supplies, please, you just go right ahead. If we’re really lucky, your veto gets overruled, and you get a double whammy: You reveal the insincerity of your war on terror for all to see, and you get publicly emasculated by your own tame Republican Congress (and maybe one less American city gets slagged by a container nuke, which, contrary to popular belief, we liberals are not in favor of).

1 comment February 21st, 2006 at 04:42pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Dubai Ports World,Favorites,Politics,Wankers

You’re Doin’ A Heckuva Job, Snowy!


The Dubai firm that won Bush administration backing to run six U.S. ports has at least two ties to the White House.

One is Treasury Secretary John Snow, whose agency heads the federal panel that signed off on the $6.8 billion sale of an English company to government-owned Dubai Ports World – giving it control of Manhattan’s cruise ship terminal and Newark’s container port.

Snow was chairman of the CSX rail firm that sold its own international port operations to DP World for $1.15 billion in 2004, the year after Snow left for President Bush’s cabinet.

The other connection is David Sanborn, who runs DP World’s European and Latin American operations and was tapped by Bush last month to head the U.S. Maritime Administration.


The Daily News has learned that lawmakers also want to know if a detailed 45-day probe should have been conducted instead of one that lasted no more than 25 days.

According to a 1993 congressional measure, the longer review is mandated when the company is owned by a foreign government and the purchase “could result in control of a person engaged in interstate commerce in the U.S. that could affect the national security of the U.S.”

No, fast-tracking the turning over of port control to a terrorist country isn’t fishy at all; no reason this should impact Bush’s anti-terror bona fides at all, right? This new whiff of complicity and favoritism makes it even more, well, true to form.

But why am I reading about this in the NY Daily News and not the NY Times?

1 comment February 21st, 2006 at 09:06am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Dubai Ports World,Politics,Wankers

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