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Bush didn't even know about the UAE port deal

It’s bad enough that all the usual checks on big national security deals like this were bypassed, it’s worse that the Secretary of Defense had no idea what was going on, but it is unfathomable that the President himself would be unaware that operations at six American ports had been sold from the British to the United Arab Emirates (motto: enjoy our beautiful beaches and relax before your next jihad destination!).

Well, unfathomable only if you think this “president” is actually in charge of anything. (Who’s corporate America’s good little boy? Who’s a good little president? You are, boy! Good boy, good president! Now roll over…)

WASHINGTON – 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.

Defending the deal anew, the administration also said that it should have briefed Congress sooner about the transaction, which has triggered a major political backlash among both Republicans and Democrats.

Bush on Tuesday brushed aside objections by leaders in the Senate and House that the $6.8 billion sale could raise risks of terrorism at American ports. In a forceful defense of his administration’s earlier approval of the deal, he pledged to veto any bill Congress might approve to block the agreement.

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