Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Something else Back Door George and I can agree upon

We're both glad he's not serving another term as governor here in New York. He did come up with some good ideas about health care coverage here in New York (before he tried to gut them last year). Now, it seems, we both agree: country who's banking system transferred money to 9/11 hijackers and country who refused to cooperate in tracking down Osama's bank accounts (hat tip to Think Progress) SHOULD NOT get control of our ports, to say nothing about a free pass to ownership without investigation. Are these people serious?

The Judy Miller Wiretap times notes:

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 — The Republican governors of New York and Maryland on Monday joined the growing chorus of criticism of an Arab company's takeover of operations at six major American ports. Both raised the threat of legal action to void contracts at ports in New York City and Baltimore.

"I have directed the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to explore all legal options that may be available to them in regards to this transaction," Gov. George E. Pataki of New York said in a statement.

Representative Peter T. King, a New York Republican, said the review was conducted in just 30 days — far too little time to vet the company thoroughly. "There wasn't a full investigation in the context of a post 9/11 world," he said.
Wow, even Peter King getting some face time.

The full story, from those red sox owners, here.


Blogger Ram-O said...

I dunno. I gotta admit I feel uneasy about the whole uproar. I certainly understand the concerns and trust me I'm no fan of the UAE, but something about this whole thing smacks of anti-Arab bigotry.

For one thing, I'm not sure that just cause the company's from the UAE mean the ports will be less secure. The ports are pretty much a big blind spot in security to begin with, and rather than address the real problem, people are getting in a hysteria about an Arab company taking over. Reminds me of the "security concern" of Japanese-Americans sabotaging the ports during WWII.

Do people really think this company is gonna allow terrorists to sneak through the back door just cause they're HQed in the UAE? Doesn't seem like a very good business decision on their part, and like I say there are huge security holes that need to be patched to begin with-- this Arab firm should be the least of people's concerns when it comes to port security.

Now, I do think the Bush Administration did this the wrong way (as they are so adept at in their shady awarding of gov't contracts). Furthermore the deal should be delayed pending a thorough investigation and some concern is warranted, but the level of hysteria surrounding this is reaching racist levels in my opinion.

The upshot is Bush is looking like a real asshole cause of this whole thing and is stupidly expending very limited political capital on a patently unpopular position.

So you could say I got mixed feelings on the subject.

8:29 PM  
Blogger Ruby K said...

Hey Zappy,

Thanks for stopping by, brother. Here's my thing on this: I agree that a lot of people are up in arms about this, and some of them for the wrong reasons.

I think the Republicans are up in arms about this because this move potentially takes away their biggest weapon in the mid-term elections: security. To the people that have been bludgeoned with Osama=Saddam=Taliban=Iraq, it looks like we're handing over the reigns to those dangerous Arabs! They've been trained to link all Arabs together, so why is Bush suprised that his grassroots are frothing at the mouth on this?

For me, my problem with it is: it now appears they skipped the 45 day research period completely, folks like Bush and Rumsfeld didn't know about this deal till THIS PAST WEEKEND, Head of the Treasury Snow is making 31 million dollars of the sale, the Carlisle group also stands to make some gain from the sale.

What's nice about it is that it gives the Republicans a chance to see King George for what he is: a business friendly president who wants things his way without obstacles. He's been selling out labor, the environment, human rights for the last 5 years and it didn't matter that much in Bushland. But now, he's doing it to his own bread and butter and the masses are screaming.

I'd love to be in the meeting when Hastert and Frist sit down with him and try to talk him out of that veto.

12:53 AM  

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