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Friday, February 24, 2006

Rush is FOR the Ports Deal and Related News

Find out why here and and here and quotes here for a "shortened" version.

In other related news:

U.A.E. Gave $100M for Katrina Relief

Bob Dole Consults for Dubai Ports Co. and:

In a letter to Sen. John Warner, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Dole – a member of the committee - wrote:

"I am deeply concerned that the proposed transfer of seaport operations to a company controlled by the United Arab Emirates government might compromise our ability to effectively control our ports and harbors.”
Via Townhall.com:

Some people think the deal is Good for America (but also think people who don't think the deal is good are just being racists. Nice. Also that we are grandstanding).

Andy McCarthy thinks that, given the UAE's lack of religious tolerance, refusal to acknowledge Israel, ties to terrorists, etc.,

This transaction needs a long, careful look. It doesn't need stone-throwing from opportunists who would be better advised to check their own glass houses. And it doesn't need bully-pulpit demagoguery.

You don't need to be an “Islamophobe” to have doubts here. You just need to have an IQ of about 11.
The Heritage Foundation has some Pro-Deal "Facts and Recommendations".

At Human Events, Robert Spencer has written a column titled Port Jihad, which says:

That Bush feels compelled to say “to the people of the world, ‘We’ll treat you fairly’” betrays a peculiar insecurity where he should display a robust and unapologetic self-confidence. He is trying to demonstrate to a world awash in anti-Americanism that America is not as bad as all that, but in doing so he only lends credence to the anti-American charges (for if there weren’t substance to them, after all, why would he feel the need for the gesture?) and manifests the mistaken belief that “they hate us” because of something we have done, which we can undo with the proper display of good will.

In this he again shows complete unawareness of the jihad ideology which remains constant while the pretexts and grievances that fuel it shift. No amount of good will can possibly efface the jihad imperative to subjugate the world under the rule of Islamic law, which is the avowed program of jihadists everywhere.

The UAE may be the most reliable ally the United States has ever had (and of course it isn’t remotely that) and there would still be no way for it to ensure that Dubai Ports World hires no one with jihadist sentiments. The situation in the Islamic world makes it quite likely that Dubai Ports World will be sending at least a few mujahedin to work in these American ports, and that they will be able to work there unhindered. The 9/11 hijackers used the UAE as a base of operations and source of financial support; have Emirati authorities cleared the country of jihad sentiment since then? On what basis can this be assumed?
Human Events also has the reactions of four US Senators on the Ports Deal: McCain, who supports the President; Kyl, Frist, and Santorum, who question the deal and ask for more investigating.