But this is a stunning revelation:
President Bush was unaware of the pending sale of shipping operations at six major U.S. seaports to a state-owned business in the United Arab Emirates until the deal already had been approved by his administration, the White House said Wednesday.I can't for the life of me imagine what good that admission could do for Bush. He had to have known about this... Just check out all the administration connections to Dubai Ports World; more from the same MSNBC article:
Sen. John Kerry sent a letter to Treasury Secretary John Snow, seeking full disclosure on the deal with DP World.And thankfully even Republican lawmakers are abandoning the administration ship on this. The most straighforward bitchslap at Bush being this:
"As you know, the CSX rail corporation, where you previously served as chief executive officer, sold its port operations to DP in 2004," wrote Kerry, D-Mass., in a letter. "Moreover, the presidentÂs nominee for administrator of the Maritime Administration, David Sanborn, was DPÂs head of operations for Latin America while this transaction was being reviewed ..."
While House spokesman Scott McClellan dismissed any connection between the deal and David Sanborn of Virginia, a former senior DP World executive whom the White House appointed last month to be the new administrator of the Maritime Administration of the Transportation Department. Sanborn worked as DP World's director of operations for Europe and Latin America.
Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C., expressed the anger of many lawmakers when she sent Bush a one-sentence letter that read:Please, oh please let this be the beginning of the end of the miserable, horrible little man with the miserable, horrible little mind now squatting in our Whitehouse. And to be hoist on his very own national security petard would be the most wonderful irony of all.Dear Mr. President:
In regards to selling American ports to the United Arab Emirates, not just NO - but HELL NO!