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    Carter backs Bush's stand on seaport-operations deal

    Carter backs Bush's stand on seaport-operations deal
    Former President Jimmy Carter downplayed criticism of White House support of an Arab-owned company's purchase of a major seaport-operations firm.
    BY LESLEY CLARK
    lclark@MiamiHerald.com

    WASHINGTON - President Bush is taking a battering from fellow Republicans, even the governors of New York and Maryland, over the administration's support for a decision that gives an Arab company control of some commercial operations at six major seaports -- including Miami-Dade's.

    But he got a boost Monday from an unlikely source, frequent critic and former president Jimmy Carter, who downplayed fears that the deal poses a risk.

    ''The overall threat to the United States and security, I don't think it exists,'' Carter said on CNN's The Situation Room. ``I'm sure the president's done a good job with his subordinates to make sure this is not a threat.''

    The show of support from the Democrat, who has not hesitated to criticize Bush, underscores the odd political lines that have emerged since news broke last week that the United States gave the thumbs-up to the $6.8 billion sale of the British firm P&O Ports to a company owned by the United Arab Emirates.

    Both Democrats and Republicans have called on the president to scrap the deal. On Monday Republican Govs. George Pataki of New York and Robert Ehrlich of Maryland questioned the decision. And congressional outrage persisted even as the White House signaled it's unlikely to block it.

    Political analysts suggested that challenging the president gives Republican lawmakers a chance to deflect Democratic criticism.

    ''This is a homeland security, national security issue and I think Republicans think they own this issue and they don't want to give Democrats an opening,'' said Stuart Rothenberg, editor of The Rothenberg Political Report, a Washington newsletter.

    REPUBLICANS WORRIED

    Republicans said they're simply worried no one was paying enough attention to security concerns.

    ''After Sept. 11 we can't blindly follow the president in a way that seems to create a homeland security concern,'' said Rep. Mark Foley, a Palm Beach County Republican. Foley said he's working on legislation to give Congress the authority to approve or reject all applications made through the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States, the top-secret group that OK'd the transaction.

    Port security officials have dismissed the congressional concerns, but Republicans suggest an administration that is usually politically attuned has sorely misread public reaction.

    ''I don't know if they were tone deaf, but they certainly didn't have a pulse on what people were thinking in terms of security,'' said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Miami Republican. She and Foley plan news conferences today in Miami. ``We haven't forgotten Sept. 11. I know the president hasn't either, but that has to extend to more than just speeches.''

    Traveling with the president, White House spokesman Scott McClellan on Monday repeated the administration's contention that the sale was thoroughly vetted by a ''rigorous review process.'' His comments came after he was asked if Bush was ''comfortable'' with the deal after Sunday morning talk shows featured Republicans criticizing it.

    The Port of Miami-Dade is taking a neutral position, stressing that DP World would only be the majority owner in one of three terminals. But Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez said Monday the matter ``raises issues.''

    At Miami's port, P&O Ports owns 50 percent of the Port of Miami Terminal Operating Co., which handles about half the cargo containers at the port.

    Senate hearings are already planned and Sen. Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, vowed Monday to push legislation to block the sale if President Bush doesn't act by March 2 -- the day the sale is set to close, affecting ports in Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans and New Jersey, as well as Miami.

    Visiting Dubai, Undersecretary of State Karen Hughes sought to rebuff suggestions that Congress' criticism is based on anti-Arab sentiment, according to the Associated Press.

    ''The lawmakers are questioning about security concerns in light of the fact that a couple of the Sept. 11 hijackers did come from the United Arab Emirates,'' Hughes said, adding that the Middle Eastern nation has been ``a strong partner in the war against terror.''

    PREJUDICE ALLEGED

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington group that seeks to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims, said some of the reaction smacks of prejudice.

    ''No one seems to be criticizing the company itself, but they're most concerned with the religion and ethnicity of its owners,'' said spokesman Ibrahim Hooper. ``It's what we have to deal with in the post-9/11 era.''

    But lawmakers like Ros-Lehtinen, who is aiming to become the next chair of the House International Relations Committee, were unapologetic about their stance.

    ''They've been a strong ally, but what about tomorrow?'' Ros-Lehtinen said of the United Arab Emirates.

    Miami Herald staff writer Steve Harrison contributed to this report from Miami.
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    OH MY GOD...I guess if there were any question that this poses a threat, it has now been answered by the best friend a terrorist ever had.

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    Re: Carter backs Bush's stand on seaport-operations deal

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    Carter backs Bush's stand on seaport-operations deal
    Former President Jimmy Carter downplayed criticism of White House support of an Arab-owned company's purchase of a major seaport-operations firm.
    BY LESLEY CLARK
    lclark@MiamiHerald.com

    WASHINGTON - President Bush is taking a battering from fellow Republicans, even the governors of New York and Maryland, over the administration's support for a decision that gives an Arab company control of some commercial operations at six major seaports -- including Miami-Dade's.

    But he got a boost Monday from an unlikely source, frequent critic and former president Jimmy Carter, who downplayed fears that the deal poses a risk.

    ''The overall threat to the United States and security, I don't think it exists,'' Carter said on CNN's The Situation Room. ``I'm sure the president's done a good job with his subordinates to make sure this is not a threat.''

    The show of support from the Democrat, who has not hesitated to criticize Bush, underscores the odd political lines that have emerged since news broke last week that the United States gave the thumbs-up to the $6.8 billion sale of the British firm P&O Ports to a company owned by the United Arab Emirates.

    Both Democrats and Republicans have called on the president to scrap the deal. On Monday Republican Govs. George Pataki of New York and Robert Ehrlich of Maryland questioned the decision. And congressional outrage persisted even as the White House signaled it's unlikely to block it.

    Political analysts suggested that challenging the president gives Republican lawmakers a chance to deflect Democratic criticism.

    ''This is a homeland security, national security issue and I think Republicans think they own this issue and they don't want to give Democrats an opening,'' said Stuart Rothenberg, editor of The Rothenberg Political Report, a Washington newsletter.

    REPUBLICANS WORRIED

    Republicans said they're simply worried no one was paying enough attention to security concerns.

    ''After Sept. 11 we can't blindly follow the president in a way that seems to create a homeland security concern,'' said Rep. Mark Foley, a Palm Beach County Republican. Foley said he's working on legislation to give Congress the authority to approve or reject all applications made through the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States, the top-secret group that OK'd the transaction.

    Port security officials have dismissed the congressional concerns, but Republicans suggest an administration that is usually politically attuned has sorely misread public reaction.

    ''I don't know if they were tone deaf, but they certainly didn't have a pulse on what people were thinking in terms of security,'' said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Miami Republican. She and Foley plan news conferences today in Miami. ``We haven't forgotten Sept. 11. I know the president hasn't either, but that has to extend to more than just speeches.''

    Traveling with the president, White House spokesman Scott McClellan on Monday repeated the administration's contention that the sale was thoroughly vetted by a ''rigorous review process.'' His comments came after he was asked if Bush was ''comfortable'' with the deal after Sunday morning talk shows featured Republicans criticizing it.

    The Port of Miami-Dade is taking a neutral position, stressing that DP World would only be the majority owner in one of three terminals. But Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez said Monday the matter ``raises issues.''

    At Miami's port, P&O Ports owns 50 percent of the Port of Miami Terminal Operating Co., which handles about half the cargo containers at the port.

    Senate hearings are already planned and Sen. Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, vowed Monday to push legislation to block the sale if President Bush doesn't act by March 2 -- the day the sale is set to close, affecting ports in Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans and New Jersey, as well as Miami.

    Visiting Dubai, Undersecretary of State Karen Hughes sought to rebuff suggestions that Congress' criticism is based on anti-Arab sentiment, according to the Associated Press.

    ''The lawmakers are questioning about security concerns in light of the fact that a couple of the Sept. 11 hijackers did come from the United Arab Emirates,'' Hughes said, adding that the Middle Eastern nation has been ``a strong partner in the war against terror.''

    PREJUDICE ALLEGED

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington group that seeks to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims, said some of the reaction smacks of prejudice.

    ''No one seems to be criticizing the company itself, but they're most concerned with the religion and ethnicity of its owners,'' said spokesman Ibrahim Hooper. ``It's what we have to deal with in the post-9/11 era.''

    But lawmakers like Ros-Lehtinen, who is aiming to become the next chair of the House International Relations Committee, were unapologetic about their stance.

    ''They've been a strong ally, but what about tomorrow?'' Ros-Lehtinen said of the United Arab Emirates.

    Miami Herald staff writer Steve Harrison contributed to this report from Miami.
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    OH MY GOD...I guess if there were any question that this poses a threat, it has now been answered by the best friend a terrorist ever had.
    You must be terribly conflicted on this one pwrone. You either have to side with Carter or take a position against your American Idol Dubya. I know I'm conflicted. I never thought I would ever be on the same side of an issue as Dr. Fristenstein.

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    Re: Carter backs Bush's stand on seaport-operations deal

    Quote Originally Posted by pwrone
    Carter backs Bush's stand on seaport-operations deal
    Former President Jimmy Carter downplayed criticism of White House support of an Arab-owned company's purchase of a major seaport-operations firm.
    BY LESLEY CLARK
    lclark@MiamiHerald.com

    WASHINGTON - President Bush is taking a battering from fellow Republicans, even the governors of New York and Maryland, over the administration's support for a decision that gives an Arab company control of some commercial operations at six major seaports -- including Miami-Dade's.

    But he got a boost Monday from an unlikely source, frequent critic and former president Jimmy Carter, who downplayed fears that the deal poses a risk.

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    OH MY GOD...I guess if there were any question that this poses a threat, it has now been answered by the best friend a terrorist ever had.

    Bush and Carter. One terrorist supporting another? That must have really rocked your boat Pwrone to read that.

    Lions, Tigers and Bears, OH MY! Whatever shall you do? :rolleyes:


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    Re: Carter backs Bush's stand on seaport-operations deal

    jimmy carter has been undermining American interests a LOT longer than GWB has been looking out for them...I have to believe that when carter approves of something, anything, it cannot be good for America. He has never failed to support a terrorist when given a chance.

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    Re: Carter backs Bush's stand on seaport-operations deal

    Quote Originally Posted by pwrone
    jimmy carter has been undermining American interests a LOT longer than GWB has been looking out for them...I have to believe that when carter approves of something, anything, it cannot be good for America. He has never failed to support a terrorist when given a chance.
    So in essence, since Carter is supporting Georgie's postion, you do not support Bush's approval of the Arabs to take over the ports? And since you are implying that Carter is supporting terrorists with his postion, then Bush too is supporting terrorists?
    I hope you support Bush's postion on this issue pwrone. To think that I am on the same side of the fence on an issue with you leaves me to fear that it will no doubt do irreparable damage to my psyche. :eek:

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    Re: Carter backs Bush's stand on seaport-operations deal

    A milestone in establishing Foriegn policy objectives for the future.
    We'll just do the opposite of what Jimmy Carter wants.
    Brilliant!!!

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