February 9, 2007, - 11:36 am
By Debbie Schlussel
So we thought we finally got rid of our terror-lovin’ friends of the United Arab Emirates, when AIG acquired the U.S. ports contract from Dubai Ports World a/k/a “DP World.”
Not so fast. It appears the DP World/U.S. ports problem is manifesting itself all over again, according to the Wall Street Journal’s “Washington Wire,” by John Harwood:
PORT-SECURITY FEARS could shape congressional debate on U.S.-Peru trade pact. House Democrats Murtha of Pennsylvania and Taylor of Mississippi warn Dubai Ports World has operations in Peru and could gain “new rights” to operate in U.S. under the deal. A spokesman for U.S. Trade Representative Schwab calls that concern “a red herring,” noting exceptions in the agreement for national security.
“Red herring”? Methinks not. After all, isn’t this the same administration that supported the last Dubai Ports deal and had its national security people approve the deal?
Why, yes, it is.
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