Current Events: The Dubai Port Deal

The United Arab Emirates company (under the control of the Dubai government) seeks to take over half a dozen major ports in the United States. President Bush is in favor of offering these ports to this middle eastern group.


It is one of a select few organizations that had direct relations to the Taliban, widely known for their connections to al-Qaida and the attacks on 9-11. The official 9-11 Commission concluded that “there’s a persistent counterterrorism problem represented by the United Arab Emirates.” Nuclear material was also passed unnoticed through other Dubai-owned ports, which involved Iran and Libya. Finally, two of the 9-11 hijackers came from the country of Dubai.


It would seem not. Only 4-5% of all cargo is actually inspected in most of our ports as it is. This already is a security problem that needs to be addressed. Handing over any degree of control to a middle-eastern country with questionable ties to terrorism, especially the previous link to the Taliban, surely won’t improve matters. 

Despite the issue being rather complex, it all boils down to the fact that the middle-east is rampant with terrorism, particularly via Islamic extremists. President Bush has instilled such fear into the American people that the reaction to the port deal should come as no surprise. Bush recently had this to say about the issue:  

“I don’t understand why it’s OK for a British company to operate our ports but not a company from the Middle East when we’ve already determined security is not an issue,” Bush told reporters aboard Air Force One after Frist urged the administration to block the deal. The Bush administration argues
the deal was properly approved and poses no security threat.

Perhaps it’s because England is currently our most trusted ally, and all the problems involving islamic extremists are coming out of the unstable countries in the middle east. Iraq. Iran. Libya. Etc. It’s amazing that Bush doesn’t understand this. He claims security is not an issue, but he doesn’t explain how this can be true. England has proven to be a trustworthy nation, while the majority of middle-eastern nations have proven to be, at the very least, questionable. 


The American people were polled and only around 30% approve of the port deal, and many within the Senate and the House, including the majority leader of the Republican Party (typically those that blindly support Bush) are against the idea. The President insists that it will happen anyways, and is thus ignoring the will of the people. Once again he has forgotten that his job is to protect and serve the American people. And if he isn’t listening, what does that say about our “great leader”?


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