posted on Mar, 9 2006 @ 01:32 PM
Despite the headlines today that the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 62-2 against the sale of terminal operations of US ports to Dubai World,
the deal, in which those operations change hands to an UAE corporation has indeed gone through today.
I know it sounds impossible, with the nearly unanimous anger that the announcement of the sale of such a sensitive US resource caused, but as of
today, it's a done deal.
Here's the story from London's respected MarketWatch, sort of a British version of the Wall Street Journal (I've shortened the address with
tinyurl, to make it easier to find):
Yeah, buddy. You didn't really think that with this kind of money at stake a little thing like National Security was going to get in the way, did
There is a common legal principle that when a deal is done, it's much harder to undo. If the opponents to the UAE deal were really serious about
stopping this travesty, they could easily have prevented today's closing from happening simply by filing suit, but it would have taken the
involvement of the US Attorney General, who is basically the legal representative of the United States of America. I don't want this thread to be
moved to the political ghetto, so I won't explain why we're not going to see Atty General Gonzalez going to bat against Dubai Ports World, but any
of you who've looked into the financial histories of the leader of the free world will understand why this is so.
I'm interested in the opinions of the ATS community on this one. Are you surprised to learn that the deal which puts the operations of 6 US ports in
the hands of a company from a country that is a state sponsor of terrorism has gone through in the midst of all the supposed opposition to this deal
in Congress? Not to mention that more than 85% of Americans are opposed to this deal as seen in polls in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and
Sleep well, fellow Americans.
[edit on 3/9/2006 by vuoto]