Senator Susan Collins has a Surprise
Citing broad gaps in U.S. intelligence,
the Coast Guard cautioned the Bush administration that it was unable to determine
whether a United Arab Emirates-owned company might support terrorist operations,
a Senate panel said Monday. The surprise disclosure came during a hearing
on Dubai-owned DP World's plans to take over significant operations at six leading
U.S. ports. The port operations are now handled by London-based Peninsular &
Oriental Steam Navigation Company. “There are many intelligence
gaps, concerning the potential for DPW or P&O assets to support terrorist
operations, that precludes an overall threat assessment of the potential”
merger,” an undated Coast Guard intelligence assessment says.
Coast Guard Has Port Co. Intel Gaps
When I agree with Bill Bennett you know Bush is on the wrong side
of an issue. Let's also remember that Senator Collins is a Republican.
Today we get another piece of the puzzle the Bush administration
didn't want us to now. The Coast Guard warned the Bush administration that U.S.
intelligence couldn't fill in gaps related to possible terrorism ties of the UAE-owned
company, DP World. It's what I asked earlier. The foundation of my argument from the start.
See, it's really simple. Because of George W. Bush's incompetence
on handling intelligence, which includes cherry-picking Iraq intelligence, abusing
CIA operatives in favor of Porter Goss aligned cronies, even outing a covert
CIA operative, not to mention breaking the law over the NSA illegal spying issue,
we don't trust the president or the Republicans who control Congress, especially
on matters of national security.
If you look at Iraq today, the president's credibility goes down
even further and because Republicans in Congress blindly back him, they aren't any better.
The Dubai port deal is only complex if you haven't been paying
attention or have been in a coma for the last few years.
As for Thomas Friedman and the race baiting crowd, are you calling
the Coast Guard racist? I'd like to see anyone make that charge fly.