Wednesday, March 01, 2006

The UAE Port Debacle

This is a subject that everyone is writing about lately. Since I am pressed for time this morning, I will provide links to some of the articles that I think address this issue quite well.

The first is from There are dozens of comments from many people who either agree or disagree with what the ADL proposes: to freeze the seaport contract with the UAE due to the current ongoing Israel boycott. I think that is a good point. However, when you read the comments, you will find that the first commentor apparently thinks that the UAE and US seaports deal "is none of Israel`s business." That could be considered a valid point for those who do not see the need for the U.S. to stand by Israel. However, because of the biblical mandate that most evangelical Christians see as necessary when defending and standing with the Holy Land, I see it as a valid reason to at least delay the contract. And, if the UAE refuses to end the Israel boycott, it would be a good indication that they aren't really siding with us in the war on terrorism. This would allow us just one reason for a way out of the deal (IMHO).

In a way similar to the Harriet Meirs nomination rejection for Supreme Court judge, it appears that President Bush is not backing down even though many people have legitimate concerns about the UAE port deal. Ultimately, President Bush escaped the controversy when Meirs did the right thing and decided to withdraw from her nomination. Maybe it would be best for the UAE port deal to end in a similar manner, but I doubt that they would willingly give up such a huge deal.

Not surprisingly, Bill Clinton weighs in on the issue. Is it just me or does his position sound a bit wishy-washy? For example. What is he truly saying in this statement:

"I don't think there is any question that this (state-owned Dubai Ports World) is a reputable company," Clinton said. "And there is no question that the United Arab Emirates is a good ally of America. But all of us are feeling that we want to maintain the maximum control we can over our national security. This is one area where we have really failed."

With the complicated mess that this UAE port deal has caused, I do agree that we should take our time and at least use the 45 day review idea before making a final decision on this matter.

What do you think about this debacle?


Susan Smith said...

Great post Christine. Keep up the good work!

Much love from SC. (ss)

Anna said...

Hi Christine -

You hit the nail on the head. As far as I am concerned, I think it's a mistake for ANY other nation to be allowed to control our ports in any way, shape or form.