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Subject: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: GUEST,friendly guest
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 09:12 AM

I couldn't believ this one. Can anyone stop this madman's actions? Let's just open up the entire country to the Arabs and let them take it. Or as my friend calls them, the Islamotards.



BUSH HANDS CONTROL OF MAJOR US PORTS TO UNITED ARAB EMIRATES


The World Today - Monday, 20 February , 2006 12:22:00
Reporter: John Shovelan
ELEANOR HALL: The Bush administration is facing criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike over its decision to allow an Arab company to run six major US ports.

Senior Republican Senator, Lindsay Graham, says the decision to give the United Arab Emirates' government-owned ports company control over the operations of major ports in the United States was "unbelievably tone deaf".

The UAE was used by some of the 9/11 terrorists as both an operational and a financial base.

But administration officials say they did impose conditions on the UAE company before approving the deal.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: Amos
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 09:44 AM

Beat me to it!

Ain't this a hell of a note? You don't suppose Michael Moore was right, do you?

I have no data on who these guys actually are he wants to give this contract to, but tone-deaf is the understatement of the decade. Talk about politically thick!

A

"From Washington, John Shovelan reports.

JOHN SHOVELAN: After the London-based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company was bought last week by the Dubai Ports World, a state-owned business from the United Arab Emirates, the Bush administration had to examine the implications for national security.

The Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, said the Government built in "certain conditions or requirements that the company had to agree to".

But those conditions and requirements haven't been made public because they're classified. But the Secretary said the administration was satisfied with the company's response, and it could go ahead and operate the important US ports.
..

JOHN SHOVELAN: That approval has resulted in an alliance of conservatives and liberals who want the deal overturned. Talk radio has also begun to campaign for a reversal.

Martin O'Malley, the Mayor of Baltimore - one of the major ports which will now be operated by the Arab company - called for the President to intervene.

MARTIN O'MALLEY: Can we, as a country, take a gamble by allowing another country to be in charge of our security? This is not Republican or Democrat. This is about the safety of our country. We're going to take this as far as we can, because our national security is at stake.

JOHN SHOVELAN: Respected Republican Senator Lindsay Graham says the decision is out of touch.

LINDSAY GRAHAM: It's unbelievably tone deaf politically, at this point in our history, four years after 9/11, to entertain the idea of turning port security over to a company based in the UAE who avows to destroy Israel.

So I'm not so sure it's the wisest political move we could've made. Most Americans are scratching their head, wondering why this company from this region now?

JOHN SHOVELAN: Californian Democrat Senator Barbara Boxer agreed.

BARBARA BOXER: It is ridiculous to say you're taking secret steps to make sure that it's okay for a nation that had ties to 9/11 to take over part of our port operations in many of our largest ports. This has to stop.

We have to have American companies running our own ports. Our ports are soft targets, we're very worried about them. Al-Qaeda has said if they attack, that's one of the places they're looking. So this should be a no-brainer. "

Sheeshe.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: Ebbie
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 10:38 AM

It will be interesting to see the reaction to this from our resident Bush Fervorentis.

I would imagine the main danger to our ports - and thus our nation - is that it would make employment at our waterfronts of those who plot harm to us a desirable and more easily obtainable goal for years to come.

I understand the deal is to be finalized today.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: Little Hawk
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 11:08 AM

I was wondering when this matter would make its appearance on Mudcat. I'm really surprised it took this long.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 11:30 AM

So a load of big ports are going to be run by a big company specialising in running ports. Wow.

Also, who thinks the best way to prevent terrorism is black list countries, and tell them that they can't be trusted with this? Or might actually dealing with the moderates, letting them work in 'the Great Satan' be more productive.

Think how the reformation of Christianity happened. 1500 years after the start of the religion, enough of the normal people of the faith were asking why what they were seeing did not fit with what the preists were teaching. Eventually the teaching changed.

Enough of the same is true for Islam today, but we must not stop the people learning about the world, for how else can they question?


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: leftydee
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 11:30 AM

Does anyone else feel that the current administration is not all that patriotic but very loyal to their class? The wealthy shore'nuff seem to grease each others pocketbooks.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: Little Hawk
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 11:47 AM

It's absolutely fascinating how the politically partisan are capable of interpreting any situation whatsoever to support and justify their own long-established views.

This is as true of the Right as it is of the Left. Matter of fact, it's universal! ;-) It's as true, for example, of George Bush as it is of Osama Bin Laden. They all interpret everything to confirm their established ideas of good and bad, right and wrong, "us and them".

Observe the endless play of this pernicious and essentially thoughtless tendency on this very forum...where new situations and new subjects keep arising, but old fossilized opinions and prejudices never change.

Mark Twain would enjoy watching it all, I'm sure.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: Teribus
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 11:54 AM

Well at least Bunnahabhain, has got the right handle on it.

If any of the others who have contributed to this thread looked up Kingdom Holdings or Investments (I think it's called), based on your reaction to this news you would be utterly amazed at how much of America is "owned/run" by Arabs.

This particular Company would also have been in the forefront of implimenting the ISPS codes for all the ports they run and run rather successfully. This was the scheme introduced by the current administration to reduce the risk of nasty things being smuggled into the US.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: Little Hawk
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 11:57 AM

For instance, Hitler was galvanized in the last days of his life in the bunker, to hear that FDR had died. He actually thought it would turn things around and paralyze the Allied cause! That was a spectacular example of believing what you want to believe, regardless of reality.

People who hate Bush will hear this story about the Port Security sale and react with outrage and glee...as it will prove once and for all that he is an utter disaster for America and the world.

People who hate people who hate Bush will hear this story and react with annoyance and contempt at yet another feeble attempt by "liberals" to smear a "great statesman" whom they admire and support. It will prove once again to them that liberals are unscrupulous and mean-minded naysayers of all that is worthwhile in life.

It's all so tawdry and predictable. Is there anyone out there with an original thought or an unprejudiced mind? If so, we could use that person right now.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: Little Hawk
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 11:59 AM

Bingo! You're right on time, teribus. As dependable as the sunrise.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: Little Hawk
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 12:00 PM

But I don't mean that you're the person with the original thought. Sorry, but no cigar. You're like a cheerleader, you never fail the team.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: Little Hawk
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 12:02 PM

The home team, I mean.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: GUEST,friendly opinionated guest
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 12:52 PM

Hey some people agree, some disagree and some like LH are afraid to take a stand based on their own opinions.

I'd like to examine the hiring practices of that company. I bet they marginalize and preclude women.

I'm still waiting for the reformation of Christianity. But Bunnahabhain can believe the white, christian male written textbooks.

Sell the whole country to the Arabs and take away all the equality and freedom we women have won since 1923. Put us in veils and keep us off the streets. I'll become a terrorist myself then. It might be soon.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: GUEST,outraged friendly opinionated guest
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 01:24 PM

Yeah, this is the guy I want to be the CEO of Security at our New Jersey shipping ports. He'll fit right in.


CEO of DP International: Mohammed Sharaf


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: GUEST,ofog
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 01:31 PM

here's more:
Feb. 20, 2006 — Democrats and Republicans are challenging the Bush administration's plan to give a company based in the United Arab Emirates significant control over the nation's biggest ports — including New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami and Philadelphia.

The Bush administration has approved the sale of British firm P&O, according to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. The administration refuses to release specifics about the selection process but reiterates that Dubai Ports World was carefully vetted and poses no threat.

"We make sure there are assurances in place in general sufficient to satisfy us the deal is appropriate from a national security standpoint," Chertoff said Sunday on ABC News' "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: Amos
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 01:32 PM

LH,

Tell ya what, pal; when your government starts accelerating the long and slimey slide toward right-wing extremism, let's see if your enlightened and vaguely condescending attitude maintains its delicate and even-handed balance.

I do not, by the way, disagree with any of your exterior, transcendent pronunciamentos, but, as the old song says,

They say in Harlan County, there are no neutrals there;
You'll either be a union man, or a thug for J.H. Blair
Which side are you on?
Oh, which side are you on?


Of course, I am sure this simplistic dualism will not last a moment in the pure-white heat of your laser-like vision, but it might come to pass, some day, that you will be facing a similar question for your own beloved land.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: kendall
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 01:32 PM

Doug, where are you? Is this one of the things Bush has done for us?


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: jacqui.c
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 01:39 PM

Can't see that that website gives any information that would make me think that this man is a rabid terrorist, just waiting for the opportunity to strike at the West.

I must admit that it does seem a bit strange to give handling of port security to an organisation based in a country that appears to have been supporting fundamentalist moslem terrorists but, based on the performance of companies in the USA and the UK maybe they can't do any worse. How many American and British companies are operating in the Arab world?

Maybe this is an opportunity for both countries to show that it is possible to co-exist in peace.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: GUEST,ofog
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 01:50 PM

"Can't see that that website gives any information that would make me think that this man is a rabid terrorist, just waiting for the opportunity to strike at the West."


Who said or implied that? I merely found his picture so that people will know just what he looks like.

Well, Halliburton does a brisk business in the Arab world. I'm sure that suggests that both areas of the world can co-exist in peace. or not.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: Amos
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 01:52 PM

I'd like to think so, Jacqui, and I am certainly aware that the knee-jerk press has tried to electrify the issue to make it as controversial as they can. After all, that's how you sell papers, right?

But the thing is we are talking about ports here, the most complex, high-volume ports inthe world, and a perfect window for a covert attack. If there are extremist Islamists in the world with mayhem on their minds, finding a way into the graces of Arab management of US ports would be an almost irresistible opportunity for them; if I were intheir shoes I woudl certainly consider it a godsend. Safe haven of operation on U.S. soil, where no-one will look twice at yuou even if you wear a djellaba and wish everyone L'a'bess, Salaam aleikum.

I guess it really depends on how you size up the degree of, intensity and scale of the opposition. It is easy from within our pleasant boundaries of life to forget what CAN happen. I certainly don't think such thoughts should rule our lives OR oour policies; but nor should they be forgotten in a rush of misplpaced good-will. It is a tricky balance to strike, but my sense is this decision does not strike it well.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: gnu
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 01:55 PM

Nobody in the USA smart enough to run the ports? Maybe Garge could check out the OTHER alumni of Business Administration from the University of Arizona, USA?

Or Washington, or Stanford, or MIT, or...

If he really wanted international flavour, he could check out the Transportation Planning and Engineering alumni from The University of New Brunswick, Canada. I hear they are top notch, intelligent, creative, good looking... maybe a little overweight, but I hear they work cheap, so...

Hehehe... Arizona... hehehe. I wonder why he chose UA? Maybe he heard it was a dry warm?


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: GUEST,Q as guest
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 02:06 PM

Ho-hum. The Dubai conglomerate is a big multinational with a proven management record. International business long ago passed oil as the major income generator for Dubai; even its luxury hotels exceed the oil figure.
The security nonsense is a red herring. As with the former British managers, the U. S. will continue to handle security in the ports.

Next thing you know someone will worry about Nestle's (Swiss) control of many U. S. foods and liquors because part of the ownership seems to be in the hands of Arabs- gee whillikers, they are going to poison us! And the Chinese will worry about being poisoned by Starbucks coffee as the Washington concern tries to supplant the 'tea in China' with their product.

We live in a multinational world and must learn to live and work with it or crawl into a shell.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 02:18 PM

wrong Q. They do not have a proven record as a US port security company.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: Ebbie
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 02:26 PM

"But the thing is we are talking about ports here, the most complex, high-volume ports inthe world, and a perfect window for a covert attack. If there are extremist Islamists in the world with mayhem on their minds, finding a way into the graces of Arab management of US ports would be an almost irresistible opportunity for them; if I were intheir shoes I woudl certainly consider it a godsend. Safe haven of operation on U.S. soil, where no-one will look twice at yuou even if you wear a djellaba and wish everyone L'a'bess, Salaam aleikum. Amos"

My point exactly and much better put.

IF the ports are run - and staffed - by Americans, regardless of their heritage or ethnic background I will be much less taken aback. That is what tends to happen in this country by Japanese-owned companies.

I'd still like to hear from DougR and Martin. (Criminy- never thought I'd say that.)

Incidentally, Little Hawk, I think you're using too broad a brush when you proclaim that we will respond predictably according to whether we are Bush supporters or anti-Bush. I see no evidence to support you. Except maybe for the T. *G*


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: Donuel
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 02:40 PM

Rice is in full talk circuit mode to defend the wisdom of this sale.
I wonder if the ditto heads will still fall in line.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: Little Hawk
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 03:08 PM

Teribus is one of the most notable automatic responders, Ebbie. ;-)

There are plenty of things I have strong opinions on, Guest. Regarding this matter...I don't figure I really know enough about it yet to justify a rock solid opinion. The USA owes a lot of money to various foreign countries for oil and for manufactured goods. If they all called those debts, the USA would be in deep trouble, and so would the world economy. I imagine the selling off of American assets will continue at quite a pace, given that circumstance. The Arabs and China will be buying up America with American dollars.

No, I am just recommending a little self-observance rather than an automatic gleeful rush to the standard opinion of one's choice around here, which is either "I hate Bush. He's an idiot." or "you people who hate Bush are all idiots".

You see, the main reason we all love our most strident opinions is...it makes us FEEL really good voicing them. That's my opinion. It enhances our sense of identity. (And like you...I just love my own opinions! I'm willing to talk about them till your ears fall off. Sometimes.)

I suspect that this deal with the ports has been done either to shore up the sinking financial ship of America or to line the pockets of some very wealthy people...or both. But that's mere speculation on my part. I don't know. I'm not in a position to know.

Regarding covert attacks on America...I think if the present administration felt that it needed such an attack to get the public onside for another war, it would be happy to do almost anything to help enable such an attack to happen. But again, that's just my opinion, based not on any quantifiable facts or inside information, just on a sort of general gut feeling. About as dependable as most other people's opinion, in other words.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: Donuel
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 03:16 PM

The beauty part:

If anything should happen, its not Homeland Security's fault - its those durn Arabs again.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: GUEST,foog
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 03:29 PM

thank you for sticking out your handsome neck LH. I knew you had some kind of opinion. My opinion is just that, as well.

Donuel. Au contraire, it will be Homeland Security's fault. They head up the FIUS committee. They are brokering this deal. Yes, HS believes this is a good idea. Newthink in full force!

foog (friendly opinionated outraged guest)


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: artbrooks
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 03:54 PM

Uh-huh...and Hutchinson Whampoa Ltd.'s management of the ports at either end of the Panama Canal has resulted in the total ban of US shipping, as predicted by various people in 1999.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: gnu
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 04:10 PM

? Art? No US shipping through the Panama Canal? Wha??? Did I read that right?


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: artbrooks
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 04:21 PM

Sarcasm, gnu...or maybe it's irony. Yanks mostly can't do irony, though.

That is what a lot of people on the far-right fringe were saying when the Panamanian government contracted with a Chinese company to manage the Canal ports several years ago.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: Cluin
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 04:33 PM

"...when your government starts accelerating the long and slimey slide toward right-wing extremism...

It's happening now, Amos. Things happen in Canada about 5 or 6 years after the USA. That's why Canadians pay so much attention to what happens in your country, politically. It's like a view of the future for us. Not a nice one at this time.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: Little Hawk
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 04:37 PM

That was sarcasm, Art. Definitely sarcasm.

Irony is a bit different. It's more like when you have someone who is totally paranoid and figures everyone is out to get him, and he becomes so dangerous and obnoxious because of it that finally almost everyone IS out to get him or at least they seriously don't like him. One day he gets blown up by his own security minefield while trying to spy on his neighbours who he is sure are planning to deactivate it so they can enter his yard and kill him. That would be ironical.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: Little Hawk
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 04:41 PM

Yeah, that's right what gnu says. We watch the USA like hawks (hmmm) because we can see the nasty future happening there right across the border.

It's kind of like living next to Germany in early 1939. You just know there is serious trouble on the way.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: number 6
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 04:46 PM

"I see the bad moon arising.
I see trouble on the way.
I see earthquakes and lightnin'.
I see bad times today."

sIx


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From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 07:07 PM

"Take the bathroom on the right"


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 07:11 PM

More and more, the thought of outsourcing our government takes on a certain appeal.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: Once Famous
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 07:12 PM

This deal will not go through and righfully so.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: Ebbie
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 07:25 PM

May I quote you, MG?


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: Little Hawk
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 07:27 PM

Martin is more flexible than some here assume. He also detests Ann Coulter.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: number 6
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 07:38 PM

Selling off one's country is considered treason ... What the Bushites are doing (selling off to China and now the ports to the UAE), they attribute to free trade.

Foolestroupe ... caught John Fogarty on Austin City Limits Saturday nite .. he did sing that line.

sIx


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: Amos
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 08:22 PM

Martin:

Glad to hear you say it. Is it true, as LH says, that you despise Ann Coulter? If so, what about her?


A


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: Bobert
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 08:37 PM

Well, I'm sure I in for yet another Mudville butt whup here but...

... I am less concerned about the contract going to an Arab company becuase I fear that all Arabs are my enemy that the entire idea of continued outsourcing that hurts American empolyees...

Posr security ain't rocket surgery so I'm not going to listen to arguments that the Egyptian company (think Halliburton here) is the only company capable of providing these services...

If the world is going to get beyond wars and more wars we are going to have to start trusting one another at some point in time...

Just hate to see more jobs lost here while Boss Hogs uis doing so well...

So to my friends here in Mudville: We're just going to have to agree fir different reasons...

Bobert


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: freda underhill
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 09:19 PM

15 of the 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia. Shouldn't that tell Bush something?


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From: freda underhill
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 09:25 PM

and Bobert, this could be a time for that old Arabic saying, "trust in God but tether thy camal".


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: Bobert
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 09:27 PM

Well, Bush is incapable of listening to anyone other than his tiny circle of neocon freeks, Freda... But you allredy know that...


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: Ebbie
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 09:33 PM

Darn, darn, darn, dang, dagnab it... I had read and summarized and backed up and clickied then with the slip of a finger, poof! it was all gone.

Suffice to say that it is Britain that is selling the business to the UAE, the business headquartered in Dubai. A friend of mine's husband has lived and worked in Abu Dhabi for many years, coming home only about every six months. He likes it there but there has been the occasional tense moment. I seem to remember it wasn't that long ago that foreigners were urged to remove themselves.

I read most of the British commentary in The Independent. Then Fox News had a report that quoted the company itself.

"We are confident," they said ", that the DP World purchase will ensure that our operations continue to meet all relevant standards in the U.S. through ongoing collaboration between the port operators and American, British, Australian and port security officials throughout the world."

"Lawmakers are upset that P&O, which runs 100 ports in 19 countries, is being purchased by DP World with the approval of the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), a 12-member panel chaired by Treasury Secretary John Snow and comprised of members of the departments of State, Defense, Justice, Commerce and Homeland Security."

Note the good-judgement-proven power houses...


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: freda underhill
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 09:34 PM

The good thing about this is that sometimes people can put up with more and more extreme, irrational behaviour from a person, justifying it in some way, and then the person goes and does something that can't be justified in ANY way, and it forces all those people to examine the trail of destruction that led up to this point..... and get the guy certified (I was talking about Bush then, not Martin!).

and for an examination of that long and winding, trail of destruction, open the door to the funny farm


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: freda underhill
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 11:22 PM

"the wisdom of Ann Coulter"


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Subject: RE: BS: Bush Gives US Port Security to Arabs!
From: Little Hawk
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 11:46 PM

She's got more dough than all 3 of us. Now that is sad!


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