Thursday, February 23, 2006


Bush was at it again today trying to smooth the roiled waters that have arisen since the announcement of the sale of US ports to a company from the United Arab Emirates.

From Bush:

Bush, talking to reporters at the conclusion of a Cabinet meeting earlier Thursday, said that "people don't need to worry about security."

"The more people learn about the transaction that has been scrutinized and approved by my government," Bush said, "the more they'll be comforted that our ports will be secure."

Say what!? We're supposed to expect safety and security from a state owned company where the state was one of only three that recognized the Taliban as the official government of Afghanistan, and....really really big and here....have been/were/are still financial supporters of al Qaeda.

More from AP via Yahoo News:

Sen. Carl Levin also questioned the UAE's past record on terrorism matters, saying the country backed the Taliban and allowed financial support for al-Qaida. He said the UAE has an "uneven history" as "one of only a handful of countries in the world to recognize the Taliban regime in Afghanistan" He added that millions of dollars in al-Qaida funds went through UAE financial institutions.

Levin at one point noted that a special commission that investigated the terror attacks against the United States on Sept. 11, 2001 concluded that "there's a persistent counterterrorism problem represented by the United Arab Emirates."

"Just raise your hand if anybody (at the witness table) talked to the 9-11 commission," commanded Levin. There was no response among the handful of administration representatives.

You can read the rest of the article here:

Senator Challenges Ports Deal Procedure


Granny said...

Okay so now it's "my" government (Bush). Funny and here I thought it was ours.

Silly me.

Grandpa Eddie said...

Hell, it ain't been our govmint since Nov. 2000.