I'm not sure this is what the Godfather meant

In one of the three now classic “Godfather” movies, Marlon Brando, as the Godfather, Don Corleone, had a line that went something like...”Keep your friends close, your enemies closer.” These seem to be the current bywords of the Bush administration.

Last week the Bush White House waved off any concerns of having a company in the United Arab Emirates , (UAE), be responsible for control and responsibility over the day-to-day operations of six American seaports.

Bush and his advisors are ready to give control over seaports in New York , New Jersey , Baltimore , New Orleans , Miami and Philadelphia to DP World, (Dubai Ports World), for a reported $6.8 billion dollars. This contract includes the security for the above mentioned ports. (Can you say wolf in the hen house?)

This is the same administration that says that they can't be bothered to take the time to get warrants to listen in on phone conversations and e-mail missives from American citizens, because THAT might endanger our security. Oh, and lets don't forget, they're also interested in what library books you read.

If Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and crew cannot trust American citizens, and feel they must spy on them by circumventing the Constitution, how do they think a $6.8 billion dollar paycheck from the UAE will keep us safe?

The UAE, according to the CIA fact book, looks stable, they seem to have a stable government, and a high standard of living. However, their geographical proximity makes them an easy place from which to ship drugs, and WMDs or their components such as the nuclear components shipped from Iran , North Korea and Libya , none of which are friends of ours.

I have no idea why the decision was made to use DP World rather than a company from the U.S. , (Where is Haliburton when you need them?), but I figure it has something to do with dollar signs and zeros, (lots of them).

Bush, and his string pullers, had better wake up, and fire DP World, before bombs in one or all six ports blow up in their collective faces.

The words for the week are: Common sense.

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