The Dubai Ports Deal: Politics and National Security

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Democrats have dreamed about a chance to outflank President Bush on national security. Now, his own administration may have handed opponents an issue. At his cabinet meeting today, President Bush again defended allowing an Arab company to control terminals at ports in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami and Philadelphia. He called Dubai, part of the United Arab Emirates, "a valuable partner" in the war on terror. But Republican leaders in Congress, right-wing talk radio and neo-conservatives are apoplectic. How serious is the threat to national security in this era of globalization? Is the opposition bashing an Arab country that wants to be friends? Do those details and nuances matter in an election year?
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Wong's article sectarian violence after attack on Shiite mosque

Dubai Ports World

President Bush on takeover of American ports by Dubai-owned company

Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States

Polman's article on friction over Dubai

Zogby on the 'Dubai Ports' debate

Women's Health and Human Life Protection Act (SD HB 1215)

Partial Birth Abortion Act of 2003

Roe v Wade, Supreme Court on (1973)



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