February 22, 2006

Follow the Money

Under normal circumstances, I would be in complete agreement with Kevin Drum, the political animal of the Washington Monthly and Dennis the Peasant that there was nothing unusual or particularly dangerous about having a foreign company, even one owned by an Arab country, managing a US port. And I am very concerned about the message being sent to the Muslim world by the out cry against Dubai Ports World doing exactly what UK based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company has been doing for a long time or what China based China Ocean Shipping Company run on of the largest port facilities in the Port of Long Beach in California.

However in the case of Dubai Ports World something else may be going on. In January of this year the following announcement was published in AME Info which calls itself, "the Ultimate Middle East Business Source."

Global ports operator DP World today welcomed news that one of its senior executives, Dave Sanborn, has been nominated by US President George W. Bush to serve as Maritime Administrator a key transportation appointment reporting directly to Norman Mineta the Secretary of Transportation and Cabinet Member.

And Ed Brayton of Dispatches from the Culture Wars, makes the following interesting prediction and observation:

"I'll make a prediction: if you do some digging, you'll find that the company in question, Dubai Ports World, and/or its CEO, Edward "Ted" H. Bilkey, has financial ties to someone high up in the administration or among high-powered Republican interests. It's the only reasonable explanation. Can you even begin to imagine the outrage if this was a Democratic president? The right would literally be drawing up the impeachment papers and pushing for treason charges."

I hope that if there is a Congressional investigation of this deal, it will focus on the money and ties to the Bush Administration and not simply be a forum for Arab and Muslim bashing.

[Thanks to Ed Brayton for the AME Info reference also]

Posted by Duane Smith at February 22, 2006 9:33 AM | Read more on Current Events |

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Apparently, it is John Snow who is going to make a bundle from the Dubai deal.

Posted by: coturnix at February 22, 2006 10:47 AM

There are articles on MSNBC and ABC News saying Bush didn't know about the deal until after the fact and didn't learn about it till several days ago...

Posted by: afarensis at February 22, 2006 11:34 AM

There are many things that the President "didn't know." Each is intended to give him cover but they actually make him look ignorant and out of control.

Posted by: Duane at February 22, 2006 11:52 AM

The UAE company in question, just also happens to be a big investor in Neil Bush's software company. The more,that I look at this deal, the more that it stinks.

Posted by: Dewey K Rivkin Jr at March 2, 2006 9:09 AM

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