Congressmen Investigate Port Deal

Posted: February 20, 2006 in National, Politics

From the Washington Times. The Bush Administration shoots itself in its political foot, again.  

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle yesterday threatened a congressional investigation of a deal to give control of six U.S. seaports to an Arab company, while one key Republican said the Bush administration’s security reassurances were not adequate.
    Democrats also are threatening legislation to block foreign governments from operating U.S. ports.
    “I think we’ve got to look into this company. I think we’ve got to ensure ourselves that the American people’s national-security interests are going to be protected,” said Sen. Evan Bayh, Indiana Democrat. “And frankly, I think the threshold ought to be a little higher for a foreign firm. There can’t be a choice between profits and protecting the American people.”
    The classified deal would let Dubai Ports World (DPW) of the United Arab Emirates run ports in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Miami. London-based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co., which had been running the six ports, was bought last week by the government-owned DPW.
    Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who appeared on “Fox News Sunday” with Mr. Bayh, called the deal “tone-deaf politically at this point in our history” and agreed that “we certainly should investigate it.”
    “I’m not so sure it’s the wisest political move we could have made. Most Americans are scratching their head wondering why this company, from this region, now,” Mr. Graham said. “I don’t think now is the time to outsource major port security to a foreign-based company


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