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Good for Dubai.&#160 Maybe.

Looks like Dubai Ports World is pulling its management out of those US ports.

Bowing to ferocious opposition in Congress, a Dubai-owned company signaled surrender Thursday in its quest to take over operations at U.S. ports.

“DP World will transfer fully the U.S. operations … to a United States entity,” the firm’s top executive, H. Edward Bilkey, said in an announcement that capped weeks of controversy.

Which is probably what should have been done in the first place.&#160 Why those ports aren’t already&#160 under American control in that fashion is beyond this scribe.

Relieved Republicans in Congress said the firm had pledged full divestiture, a decision that one senator said had been approved personally by the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates.

Translation:&#160 “Good.&#160 Now maybe we can save our political asses come November.&#160 With any luck, the voters’ memories will prove to be short on this one, as well.”

“The devil is in the details,” said Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, reflecting a sentiment expressed by numerous critics of the deal.

The devil is always&#160 in the details, O Dingy One.&#160 You’re just pissed because you’re afraid you won’t be able to use it against the GOP in the midterms.

The announcement appeared to indicate an end to a politically tinged controversy that brought President Bush and Republicans in Congress to the brink of an election-year veto battle on a terrorism-related issue. The White House expressed satisfaction with the outcome.

“It does provide a way forward and resolve the matter,” presidential spokesman Scott McClellan said.

I wouldn’t be so sure of that, Scotty.&#160 Mark my words – Bush has finally given the Donktards something with which to beat him about the head & shoulders.

You guys just watch and see if this doesn’t become W’s “read my lips” moment – the issue that, combined with his seeming lack of concern for our borders, does him and the Republican Party in.

With any luck, it’ll wake up the conservative base of the GOP, and ensure that no one named Bush ever&#160 gets a chance to occupy the White House again.


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