Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Dubai and Our Ports...Just Getting Started

THIS I FIND a little hard to believe. The White House is now saying that Bush didn't know about the Dubai ports deal until after it was approved. "He became aware of it over the last several days," says Scott McClellan.

And there is more...The NY Times reported today that this sort of deal is actually governed by
law -- a law that says when 'the acquiring company is controlled by or acting on behalf of a foreign government,' a 'mandatory,' 45-day investigation must be completed. But here's the thing: that was never done in this case. And to make matters a bit more unclear, 'Administration officials...could not say why a 45-day investigation did not occur."

You can read the law for yourself at the NYTimes.

I still stand by my initial reaction to this whole issue, but I'm wavering a little. This 'oops, we didn't mean to mislead you' routine by this Administration is getting -- OK, has gotten -- really old. Skepticism is to be expected.


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