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The Port Deal Payback

©06 The Media Desk

If it smells dirty, if it looks dirty, if it feels dirty....

      President Bush is all behind the sale of the British Company that owns several US ports to a company that is owned by the government of Dubai in the Unite Arab Emirates.
      There's a reason why.

      The UAE has an INSIDER in the administration greasing the wheels for the transfer. We won't go into the shaky record on Islamic Terrorism the UAE has here and now, no, we won't. This isn't about them, this is about US!

      Something that would be of great interest is how much the company or the Dubai Government or even the UAE itself funneled through various proxies either to W or the RNC to get the appointment.

      Call it what you will ... tit for tat, politics as usual, quid pro quo, favors, good ol' boys, paybacks, cost of doing business, conflict of interest... makes you wonder what's more important to politicians. no, nevermind, we all know what's important to politicians -themselves.

Dubai, 24 January 2006: - Global ports operator DP World today welcomed news that one of its senior executives, Dave Sanborn, has been nominated by US President George W. Bush to serve as Maritime Administrator a key transportation appointment reporting directly to Norman Mineta the Secretary of Transportation and Cabinet Member.
  The White House has issued a statement from Washington DC announcing the nomination. The confirmation process will begin in February. Mr Sanborn currently holds the position of Director of Operations for Europe and Latin America for the Dubai-based company
  Mohammed Sharaf, CEO, DP World said: “While we are sorry to lose such an experienced and capable executive, it is exactly those qualities that will make Dave an effective administrator for MarAd.  We are proud of Dave’s selection and pleased that the Bush Administration found such a capable executive. We wish him all the best in his new role.”
  Ted Bilkey, Chief Operating Officer, DP World said: “Dave’s decades of experience in markets around the world, together with his passion for the industry and commitment to its development, will allow him to make a positive contribution to the work of the Maritime Administration. We wish him well for the future.”
  Mr Sanborn, a graduate of The United States Merchant Maritime Academy, joined DP World in 2005. He previously held senior roles with shipping lines CMA-CGM (Americas), APL Ltd and Sea-Land and has been based, besides the US, in Brazil, Europe, Hong Kong and Dubai during his career.  He has also served in the US Naval Reserve.
  Mr Sanborn is due to take up his new role based in Washington DC later in 2006.

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             Most. Interesting. Eh?


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