Islamofascist Chickens Coming Home to Roost
As Digby notes, the outcry over the port situation really is a kind of poetic justice for the Bush Administration. This is a group of folks who have demagogued the issue of terrorism since 9:45am EST September 11, 2001. They made their case to invade Iraq by insisting there were operational, financial and ideological ties between Saddam and Al Qaeda. Now they hand over management of some of the nation's largest ports to a country with ACTUAL ties to Al Qaeda? Did they think nobody would notice?
Whatever you think of the Dubai deal, the irony there is delicious.
Digby also notes, as I said in an earlier post, that this is just about the rich getting richer:
The Dubai firm that won Bush administration backing to run six U.S. ports has at least two ties to the White House.
One is Treasury Secretary John Snow, whose agency heads the federal panel that signed off on the $6.8 billion sale of an English company to government-owned Dubai Ports World - giving it control of Manhattan's cruise ship terminal and Newark's container port.
Snow was chairman of the CSX rail firm that sold its own international port operations to DP World for $1.15 billion in 2004, the year after Snow left for President Bush's cabinet.
The other connection is David Sanborn, who runs DP World's European and Latin American operations and was tapped by Bush last month to head the U.S. Maritime Administration.
You knew somebody had to be paid something for this to go through with such little fanfare.