Tuesday, February 21, 2006


UAE Port Deal: Prez Asks

Elephant Answers

Today President Bush asks, "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?"

Elephant answers:

Great Britain is a democracy, not a sultanate.
Great Britain hasn't laundered money used in 9/11 attacks.
Great Britain wasn't one of the three countries that recognized the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan.
Great Britain wasn't reported by the Treasury Department as being uncooperative with post 9/11 efforts to track down Osama Bin Laden's financing.
Great Britain isn't home to the company that CSS (Current holder of this contract) was sold to (it was sold the the UAE Company) and a Great British Citizen wasn't the former head of CSX (that would be Secretary Snow, who approved the deal).
Great Britain hasn't been a transshipment point for nuclear technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea.

Does that answer your question King...err. President Bush?

And like his promise to veto the highway bill, the anti-torture amendment, and other legislation, it's a false promise. AND when Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Coburn are singing the same tune you can probably count on a veto proof majority (especially in an election year) to step up to kill the deal.

PREDICTION: By the end of the week the Administration will have largely backed down on this deal or at the very least, will be singing a different tune. The life span of this veto threat is probably close to that of a fruit fly.

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