<br><br><br>link<br><br><br>We were talking about it here on this forum a week and a half ago, yet the president and Rumsfeld (who is on the panel that approved the contract) both have claimed they didn't learn about it until this Monday.<br><br>
admittedly, i haven't been following the news well this past week, but i don't understand the outrage on this issue.<br><br>port security is still in the hands of the coast guard and U.S. customs agents. that's not changing. we're talking about the management of the ports; not the security. correct?<br><br>this just seems like one of those false outrage issues that is good for getting out the votes . . . except that both sides of the congressional aisle are willing to take the same side. <br><br>--<br>"I am mindful that diversity is one of the strengths of the country" --president bush on 9/27/05
Well from what I'm reading in the UK press - it wasn't a deal until February 13th. Guardian was reporting on Saturday 11th, that Singapore's PSA had dropped their bid, leaving DP World as the only remaining bid on the table. P&O shareholders were due to vote on the deal at a special general meeting on Monday.<br><br>So by that fact - "the deal" didn't exist before February 13th and nobody could have known about it. However, there is nothing to stop the committee from reviewing the potential buyers during the preceding 3 month bidding period. So (guessing) that the committee reviewed DPW and PSA and all the other bidders, at least until they dropped out of the race, and had already come up with their recommendation prior to any papers being signed or votes being taken.<br><br><br>- This is gonna get pretty interesting. <br>- Define "interesting". <br>- Oh, God, oh, God, we're all gonna die..
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Yes, Feb 13. I believe that's the day we began discussing this deal with the linked story from Forbes. link<br><br>The president (today: "He became aware of it over the last several days," McClellan said.") and Rumsfeld (link) claim they didn't know until this week, several days ago, making it Monday, Feb 20.<br><br><br>Sounds to me like the backpeddling has begun. If the politics of this continue to backfire I'm certain the president will soon be claiming himself totally unaccountable for the decision. Rush has changed his opinion and now blames the democrats for this whole "tsunami" and that the UAE controlling the ports is a fabulous idea, and so the massive spin begins and Clinton and Liberal Media and rascist liberals are all being blamed for this being a story.<br><br>Meanwhile, away from all the hysterics, Sen. Kerry is doing exactly the right thing: link <br><br>
from a buddy:<br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>We implicitly trust an Arab run company to manage our ports. At the same time, we explicitly distrust Americans who make international phone calls and check out library books.<p><hr></blockquote><p><br><br>--<br>"I am mindful that diversity is one of the strengths of the country" --president bush on 9/27/05
It was Faulty Intelligence Gary !! .... Faulty Intelligence !!!<br><br><br>They thought Quail was in the Bush !! <br><br><br>WHat a Fsck -UP!! .......... Bush,... not the deal !!<br><br>David (OFI)<br>
Sure. Riiiiiiight. <br><br>And Ken Lay didn't know Enron was being sucked dry. And Dennis Kislowsky didn't know his shower curtain cost $6000 in TycoBucks. And hey, I didn't know I was short! <br><br>So tell me Mr. Prezeedint, If'n youse din' know 'bout dis 'til t'udder day, howzit dat youse knows enough to be soooooo korn-fee-dint in th' deal. Huh? HUH??? <br><br>
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