Washington: President bush was unaware of the pending sale of shipping operations at six major U.S. seaports to a state-owned business in the United Arab Emirates until the deal already had been approved by his administration, the White House said Wednesday.
Defending the deal anew, the administration also said that it should have briefed Congress sooner about the transaction, which has triggered a major political backlash among both Republicans and Democrats.
Rest of the story is here:
Bush Unaware of Ports Deal Before Approval
What I want know is if Bush didn't know about the sale, or who the buyer was, just who the hell set this up without telling their fearless leader, besides informing Congress.
This concerns our national security, and Chertof is one of those who signed off.
The 12 people who signed off on this deal:
Treasury Secretary John Snow (Chairman)
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff
Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez
Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez
D.O.M.B. Director Joshua Bolten
U.S. Trade Representative (to the WTO) Robert Portman
Chairman of Council of Economic Advisors Edward P. Lazear
Director, Office of Science & Technology PolicyJohn H. Marburger, III
Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Stephen Hadley
Assistant to the President for Economic Policy Allan Hubbard
What the fuck! Did Cheney do this.
Here's a little more from Think Progress via Buzz Flash:
Administration Failed To Conduct Legally Required Investigation Before Approving UAE Port Deal 2/22