Friday, March 10, 2006

U.S. Entity?

Today, Lieboy said:
My administration was satisfied that port security would not have been undermined by the agreement.
I'm concerned about a broader message this issue could send to our friends and allies around the world, particularly in the Middle East. In order to win the war on terror, we have got to strengthen our relationships and friendships with moderate Arab countries in the Middle East. UAE is a committed ally in the war on terror. They are a key partner for our military in a critical region.

And outside of our own country, Dubai services more of our military -- military ships -- than any country in the world. They're sharing intelligence so we can hunt down the terrorists. They've helped us shutdown a worldwide nuclear proliferation network run by A.Q. Khan. UAE is a valued and strategic partner. I'm committed to strengthening our relationship with the UAE and explaining why it's important to Congress and the American people.

Oh yeah? Well, start explaining. Bush is more concerned with how the UAE perceives his dealings than our opinions. He tries to terrify people about a "war on terror" and tells us that UAE is an ally in his war. Um, how many troops did they send to join his "coalition" of the brown nosers or what other kind of assistance did they provide? None, nothing. The A.Q. Khan/UAE connection to which he referred happened in 1991. What have they done for us lately? Two 9/11 hijackers were from the UAE, banks in UAE financed terrorism, and the UAE recognized the Taliban regime. These are some of Chimp's friends and allies? Hmmmm. Bush: Ports Deal Collapse May Hurt U.S.(The Guardian)

US Entity - Sheikh Mohammed

Few potential buyers meet requirement for a ‘US entity’

The Dubai government’s pledge to sell P&O’s US business to “a US entity” goes against a decades-long trend during which American shipping and port operations have gradually been bought by foreigners.

Given the shortage of sizeable US terminal operators capable of raising the several hundred million dollars required for the transaction, the facilities could end up in the hands of a financial buyer such as Blackstone. The private equity group is believed to have expressed interest in the operations.
“There are not that many that are actually American-owned that are big enough to take over five operations,” he said. “It’s a fairly short list if it has to be American-owned.”

Blackstone, KKR May Team With Do Amoral in Portugal

March 10 (Bloomberg) -- A group of buyout firms including Blackstone Group LP and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. may team with Portuguese entrepreneur Miguel Pais do Amaral in a bid for the country's biggest telephone company, said people with knowledge of the talks. .....

Private equity buyout firm, theBlackstone Group.

Another Dubai Company Operates 12 US Ports

A Dubai-owned company has since January provided services in 12 US ports and to the US Navy, the Time magazine revealed Friday, March 10, as Dubai Ports World bowed out of running six US port facilities to quell an outcry over security concerns.


Blackstone Group
•Senior Chairman: Peter G. Peterson
•Chairman and CEO: Stephen A. Schwarzman
•President: Hamilton E. (Tony) James

Carlyle Group explores acquisition of port operations

Via Information Clearing House,48 Minute Documentary on the Carlyle Group.

Special Counsel to Carlyle, and advisor on foreign policy to Lieboy, James Baker.
The India connection.


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