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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Things You Won't Read On LGF (a Bushworld Subsidiary)

Charles "Squeaky" Johnson gingerly cut-n-pastes on the "hand the ports to the U.A.E" lunacy, being careful not to say anything bad about the Closer-In-Chief. The Angels don't like that.

For the average minion, avidly reading LGF, some reassurance might come from being told the decision was carefully reviewed by a super-duper double secret committee made up of senior administration officials, like, for example, the Secretary Of Defense. As Chertoff said:

SEC. CHERTOFF: We don't take a risk. What we do is we require a very careful review —we have the FBI involved, we have the Department of Defense involved —of what the challenges are..."
Phew. Well, that's okay then. And of all the departments involved, knowing that Defense has carefully reviewed the matter and signed off on it should make us all sleep easier.

SEC. RUMSFELD: "I am reluctant to make judgments based on the minimal amount of information I have, because I just heard about this over the weekend..."

Well, heck. Anyone can miss a meeting, right?

UPDATE. It seems The Commander didn't know anything about the U.A.E. takeover of 6 major U.S. ports either:

By TED BRIDIS, Associated Press Writer
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.
In this article, Press Secretary McClellan says this:
"The president made sure to check with all the Cabinet secretaries that are part of this process, or whose agencies or departments are part of this process," the spokesman said. "He made sure to check with them — even after this got more attention in the press, to make sure that they were comfortable with the decision that was made."

"And every one of the Cabinet secretaries expressed that they were comfortable with this transaction being approved," he said.
Except Rumsfeld, as quoted above, didn't say anything like that. Ooops.

UPDATE #2... From "cleter" commenting at FDL:
In the Nov 6 Independent on Sunday (London) was this little tidbit:Dubai
International Capital, also gov't owned, "has invested $ 100m in a Carlyle

How cosy! Carlyle is, of course, a Bushworld Enteprise. So don't expect Squeaky Johnson to comment on this.

1 comment:

Pere Ubu said...

Of course, they didn't do the legally required 45-day investigation, either.