Wednesday, February 22, 2006

PORTS.....AGAIN

So now the White House is saying that Bush really didn't know about the sale of six International Ports on the east coast.

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.

Update:

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

4 comments:

karena said...

Grandpa,
I said in my comment below I didn't think the dipshit knew. I don't think he has a clue about anything. I lay dollars to donuts that they let him pick Bernie Kerik (sp?) as his head of DHS knowing that old Bernie had a love nest he was using for his mistress that tax payers provided for 9/11 recovery workers so when it blew up in Bush and Bernie's faces they could step in and rescue Bush with Chertoff, a neo-con's wet dream. They probably let him pick old Harriet for SCJOTUS so when that blew up they could force in their real choice, Alito. Bush is not smart enough to pull this off. Hell, they don't even tell him when they have to evacuate the White House and hustle Pickles and Nancy Reagan into a bunker while he bike rides. They also don't tell him when Cheney gets drunk and accidentally shoots his buddy in the face. I bet Bush was drunk off his ass that night too, leaving fat-ass Hastert as possibly the only sober person in the entire line of succession in charge. If Hastert was drunk, good God, no telling who would run the joint. I bet Clinton and Gore had the good taste to alternate drinking duties!

Grandpa Eddie said...

Karena,
I totally agree with you. I've thought for quite a while now that Bush is just a stooge for the real power brokers...Cheney and Rove.

somadude said...

I knew that I saw a list of the 12 who signed off on this deal somewhere!

A quick Google Blog search brought me straight to my old friend Eddie!

Thanks!!!

Grandpa Eddie said...

Somadude,
You're welcome, my friend. Glad to be of service.
It's good to hear from ya, pal.