Bending the Third Rail
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Thursday, March 09, 2006
The Key Graf
Really glad I could find this picture of Bush convincing Republicans to go along with the Dubai ports deal.

Think that Democrat and anti-Dubai-port-deal folks won with the announcement that Dubai was giving up control of the U.S. ports?

"Because of the strong relationship between the United Arab Emirates and the United States and to preserve that relationship, DP World has decided to transfer fully the U.S. operation of P&O Operations North America to a United States entity," DP World's chief operating officer, Edward H. Bilkey, said in the statement that Warner relayed to other senators. The announcement did not specify which American company would be involved.
Dubai will retain ownership and control, but simply shift the letterhead to an American firm. It'll be the same deal, but now they'll have to pay a fee to an American company to use it's residency to get around the Congressional objections. Republicans will crow that it's adequate protection for Amurika, Lieberman and his DLC cohorts will go along, while other Democrats will complain. Those complaining Democrats will be labeled obstructionists, the public will yawn, the deal will go through and Bush will have won.

See how well a unified guv'ment works?

Added: In this fantastic (and longish) post at Digby's site by Lucian Truscott IV, the dots get connected between Dubai, James Baker, Carlylse, Bush Sr. and Bush Jr. One tidbit, the guy who "vetted" the deal was the same guy that "vetted" Dan Quayle for Vice Presidential candidate.

Nuff' said.

Update #2: Hey, how about Halliburton! I thought only someone like Monty Python could come up with stuff like this.
Blogger spocko said...
Nice graphic. Yep. And of course this will fly. Remember this is the country where Anderson Consulting changed their name to Accenture and nobody remembers they were the ENRON ADVISORS! They got off scott free. The Accountants took it in the shorts, but the consultants skated away.

Blogger Doctor Biobrain said...
Sorry bud, but your image is wrong. That isn't a picture of Bush running a shell-game. He's clearly the one being played; and it's probably Dubai that's running the game on Dubya.

But seriously, assuming this is just a shellgame, I'm not so sure that Republicans are going to fall for this one. I know that we often portray them as mindless sheep (which is largely correct), but it isn't quite that simple. Otherwise, they wouldn't have protested this deal in the first place. They really are upset to see Bush's actions going against his rhetoric, and won't necessarily be placated by a simple con-game. So you shouldn't be surprised if this doesn't work.

Blogger GreyHair said...
Well....we'll see!!