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DUBAI DEAL IS DUMB
Feb. 21, 2006
Let me get this straight. We are engaged in a war against Iraq and
Afghanistan. We might be planning a war against Iran. We are
fighting a war against terrorism. In order to effectively fight the
war on terrorism, our federal government must spy on American
citizens. This includes tapping our phone lines, capturing our
emails, opening our mail, and seizing our bank and medical
records. Furthermore, none of this federal spying and
eavesdropping should be subject to court oversight, as it might
jeopardize "national security."
However, while the Bush administration is telling the American
people that they need not be afraid their personal liberties are
disappearing, it is giving its approval for the transfer of six major
U.S. ports to a United Arab Emirates government-owned and
President Bush assures the American people that the UAE is our
ally in the war on terrorism. However, he fails to mention that at
least two of the 9/11 hijackers were from there. He also doesn't
mention the fact that the UAE was one of only three countries in
the entire world to formally recognize the Taliban regime in
Afghanistan. Neither does he mention the fact that "investigators
have found signs that money used to finance terrorism flowed
through Dubai banks." (Source: New York Daily News)
If Congress doesn't intervene, the UAE-owned company will soon
take control of facilities in the ports of New York, New Jersey,
New Orleans, Miami, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. To which
Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma said, "Handing the keys to US
strategic ports to a regime that recognized the Taliban is not a
sound next step in our war against terror." That's putting it mildly.
Coburn also warned that the Dubai Ports World agreement "could
seriously undermine our national security." Indeed it could.
Consider the fact that less than 5% of goods received at our
nation's ports are inspected.
A New York Representative was even more direct. Vito Fossella
said, "We cannot cede control of strategic assets to foreign nations
with spotty records on terrorism." He added, "The lack of
transparency has left many questions unanswered as to why the
UAE would be granted control of United States strategic assets."
Add to the Dubai deal an outlandishly ludicrous policy regarding
legal and illegal immigration and one must question not only the
strategies of this White House but also the motives!
For example, what has Bush done to deport the thousands of
potential terrorists from known terrorist nations that currently
reside in the United States? Nothing. Instead of subjecting the
American people to unconstitutional abridgements of their
liberties, he should be using the power of his office to rid America
of people from terrorist nations that are walking freely in our
It is a fact that Middle Eastern Muslims are living and working in
the United States in gigantic numbers. Thousands of them are
working in hi-tech, governmental, and manufacturing jobs. They
are also found in our military and law enforcement agencies in
large numbers. Thousands more are here on student visas, and
many more are using marriages to American women to gain entry.
In fact, only Hispanic numbers are growing faster.
Walk just about anywhere in downtown Detroit, Michigan, and
one will hear the bells of Mosques ringing out loudly and often.
The same could be said for parts of many large American cities.
One published report I read said that there are more Mosques
currently being built in the United States than churches! This has
long been true in Great Britain. Now it's occurring in America.
Can you imagine the United States allowing Japanese and German
people unrestricted access to America during World War II? In
light of this, how can President Bush look the American people in
the eye with a straight face and tell us he is fighting a war on
terror? If it wasn't so serious, it would be hilarious!
Furthermore, what has Bush done to stop the deluge of illegal
aliens that are pouring across our borders? Nothing. Not only has
he done nothing to stem the tide of illegal immigration, he has
advanced policies that have induced the rapid expansion of illegal
Instead of asking the American people to surrender their liberties,
he should be doing everything he can to stop the entrance of
potential terrorists into our country! It is absolutely ludicrous to
send an army half way around the world to fight terrorists and
leave our own borders wide open!
And now President Bush wants to turn American ports over to
Middle Eastern control. This is dumb. No, this is insane!
I can already see Washington's response to the next terrorist
attack: martial law declared against American citizens or actions to
the same effect. But, of course, the welcome mat will still be out
for illegal aliens and Middle Eastern Muslims.
Never mind that it was Bush's policies and inactions (along with
those of his predecessors) that allowed the 9/11 hijackers to legally
enter and live in the United States. Never mind that it is his
policies and inactions that continue to make America vulnerable to
It seems the only thing people in Washington, D.C., know how to
do is squander tax dollars and expunge constitutional liberties.
They seem inept at doing anything else!
When will the American people wake up to what politicians of
both parties are doing to them? At this point, I'm not sure they ever
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