Friday, February 24

PORTS' DEAL: THE PLOT THICKENS !!!

Question becomes: are the President of the United States and the Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Chertoff, who were oblivious to the UAE-owned Dubai Ports World deal at the outset, now giving us a portion of the real story or are they still being misled by their staffers?

Why I ask this? Because WorldNewsDaily is now reporting a significant broadening of the scope of the deal that has a foreign government-owned entity assuming operations' management responsibilities for a number of American ports.

Indeed, Jerome R. Corsi reports the following:

Dubai Ports World is scheduled to take over operations at 22 U.S. ports, not six as previously reported by most major media.

According to the website of P&O Ports, the port-operations subsidiary of the London-based Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co. (P&O), DPW will pick up stevedore services at 12 East Coast ports including Portland, Maine; Boston; Davisville, R.I.; New York; Newark; Philadelphia; Camden, N.J.; Wilmington, Del.; Baltimore, Md.; and Virginia locations at Newport News, Norfolk, and Portsmouth.

Corsi continues:

Additionally, DPW will take over P&O stevedoring operations at nine ports along the Gulf of Mexico including the Texas ports of Lake Charles, Beaumont, Port Arthur, Galveston, Houston, Freeport, and Corpus Christi, plus the Louisana ports of Lake Charles and New Orleans.

This, of course, squares with information I cited in my earlier post of today. If we keep pulling on this thread, the president's suit pants may drop to the floor!

Maybe the center-right polibloggers who initially questioned this deal and then came around quickly to the legitimacy of the president's defense of UAE ought to get off the ice for awhile and take a breather. All of those triple sow cows, triple lutzes, and double toe loops to the music of the White House must be exhausting.

Meanwhile, the plot thickens, as does the political stew of mendacity.