Tuesday, March 14, 2006

The Ports and UAE

Let me get this out of the way. I was against this port deal.

Now, my reasons for this are legitimate, based on truth and logic. Not half truths and outright lies perpetrated by the left and thier media stenographers.

Lets go over some of the half truths and lies:

1. They would own the ports.

This lie was told almost from the moment the story broke. The Port is owned by the local Port Authority. What was happening is that this company would take over operations of terminals in numerous ports. A port is made up of MANY terminals. Think of an airline running a terminal at an airport. they have thier emblems there. The planes, baggage cars etc.

2. They will be responsible for security

No, again, this was trumpeted far and wide by democrats such as Biden. The Port Authority and the Coast guard provide security. You dont see security guards with "Delta Airlines" patches running around the airports do you? This is no different.

Dubai ports World already runs ports in the US. Miami comes to mind. China also runs ports in this country.

No one complained before because this was a purely political manuever on the part of the democrats to demonize the Bush administration once again. they misled the public about the facts and took thier marching orders from the union that really control the ports.

As for the unions, it has been asked why there are no american companies who do this sort of work? Short of Halliburton. The answer is they do, but do not want to deal with corrupt unions who's only goal is to milk them dry into bankruptcy.

Why am I against this after seemingly defending the deal?

This company is owned by the government of the UAE. A government that supports Hamas, does not recognize Israel, and has supported terrorism in the past. I know they allow us to dock our ships in thier ports, and they are a strategic ally in the WOT. But the bottom line is that I dont want this government making money here. money they could funnel to terrorists. We would effectively be funding terorism against ourselves.

Yes I realize this is already occuring every day, but why make it worse.

but at least my reasons are based on facts and honesty. Not demagoguery and partisan politics.

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