Paul, over at his pad, made the following observation about Dubai Ports World and its incredible bravado.
From an article in the Washington Post:
“DP World officials suggested yesterday that within days, Peninsular & Oriental’s operations will belong to them, no matter what Congress does.”
With all due respect folks, you might have been wise to consider a different choice of words there. What’s the future hold? Lemmee see. (holding hands up to forehead) It’s coming to me, yes, it’s coming to me, I can see — I can very clearly see a bunch of really pissed Americans kicking your sorry butts all the way back to Dubai.
And another thing. You DP World folks might just want to consider using a spokesperson named Jim Smith or something. Anything but Sultan Bin Sulayem. Somehow I think that name doesn’t do much to reassure us that our ports are going to be in good hands.
DPW is a bully, just like its administration bedmates, and Paul’s right, they win no points for smart PR. The sad truth is that this only plays into the hands of the Arab-phobes opposing the deal for that reason alone.
It distracts people from the real issue — Bush’s steadfast commitment to the deal, bucking, seemingly senselessly, Congress and the public. What this deal with the UAE represents is way more than a port management enterprise. It is jockeying for a choice military staging area for future Gulf “activities”. That kind of strategery trumps everything for the Bushies.