February 25, 2006


GOP Leaders Draw Back From Bid to Block Port Deal (Jonathan Weisman, 2/25/06, Washington Post)

A Dubai company's offer to delay taking control of terminal operations at six U.S. ports, combined with aggressive White House lobbying, has tempered a rush by congressional GOP leaders for quick action next week to block the $6.8 billion transaction, which has triggered a political furor.

U.S. Intelligence Agencies Backed Dubai Port Deal (Walter Pincus, 2/25/06, Washington Post)
A former senior CIA official recalled that, although money transfers from Dubai were used by the Sept. 11 hijackers, Dubai's security services "were one of the best in the UAE to work with" after the attacks. He said that once the agency moved against Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan and his black-market sales of nuclear technology, "they helped facilitate the CIA's penetration of Khan's network."

Dubai also assisted in the capture of al-Qaeda terrorists. An al-Qaeda statement released in Arabic in spring 2002 refers to UAE officials as wanting to "appease the Americans' wishes" including detaining "a number of Mujahideen," according to captured documents made available last week by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. The al-Qaeda statement threatened the UAE, saying that "you are an easier target than them; your homeland is exposed to us."

One intelligence official pointed out that when the U.S. Navy no longer made regular use of Yemen after the USS Cole was attacked in 2000, it moved its port calls for supplies and repairs to Dubai.

Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Tuesday praised the "superb" military-to-military relationship with the UAE, saying, "In everything that we have asked and work with them on, they have proven to be very, very solid partners."

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 25, 2006 7:20 AM

But what does Joe Wilson have to say about this?

Posted by: Genecis at February 25, 2006 9:10 AM

Today's story is a piece with Krauthammer's stand-down in Friday's Washington Post. You get some grumbling, calls for hearings and a few new rules to issue to the media in an effort to save face, but in the end the deal goes through, despite some holdouts on the left and right, who either think there is no war on terror, or we have no need of solidifying ties with any allies in the key parts of the world where the war is being waged.

Posted by: John at February 25, 2006 10:11 AM

or oppose free trade

or privatization of previously governmental functions

or hate Arabs....

Posted by: oj at February 25, 2006 10:14 AM

NRO and others are pointing to polls on the issue and statements and still predicting massive negative impact on Bush and the GOP in fall '06. We'll see.

Posted by: AWW at February 25, 2006 4:44 PM


It's all the same guys who were sure that the opposite problem, Bush's protectionism in the steel tariffs, spelled his doom.

Posted by: oj at February 25, 2006 4:58 PM

given that bill buckley is as defeatist as dean, i don't pay much attention to what they say at the corner. when they aren't patting each other on the back, they are whining about something or other. post-menstrual ninnies the lot.

Posted by: toe at February 25, 2006 4:59 PM

toe, I don't bother with NRO anymore either, but be careful about ageist slurs pls.

Posted by: erp at February 25, 2006 5:47 PM

Toe, Erp - I check out NRO much less frequently than I used to.

Question - this port thing (to me) is starting to be similar to the Miers thing. Initial anti-Bush reaction, then there was an anti-anti-Bush reaction, and then Bush folded. I'm just wondering if we are in the anti-anti-Bush period now and then Bush loses on this port deal.

Posted by: AWW at February 25, 2006 9:21 PM

AWW -- Since we don't have all the facts and he the president does, it's much easier to wait until it all shakes out. I trust that he will do what he thinks best and that's good enough for me.

Posted by: erp at February 25, 2006 11:03 PM


The Senate GOP could stop Miers--they can't stop the port deal.

Posted by: oj at February 26, 2006 8:07 AM

OJ - Then why is all the reporting talking about Congress blocking the deal? Poor reporting?

Posted by: AWW at February 26, 2006 3:49 PM


Think the reporters even grasp the law?

Posted by: oj at February 26, 2006 4:04 PM