Karl Rove, Rush Limbaugh, and the hawks have done it again. The fell-through Dubai-Ports deal is a backroom deal between the White House Hawks and the prospective firms--all in a diversionary tactic to get the deal to Halliburton--one of the only American firms that can easily handle the task. The priceless element of this: Democrat Chuck Schumer believes he came up with the idea.
This is the information I have.
On the evening of December 21, 2005--Bush had just secured an extension of the Patriot act until July. He wrote a memorandum for the Secretary of Transportation, and then met privately with a few advisors (Rumsfeld, Rove, Cheney, Card) and discussed how the Patriot Act would get through. In this private discussion, Rove proposed the idea of creating a diversionary tactic through an upcoming ports deal. Cheney and Rove toyed with this idea at length, as card and Bush worked on the details of how to get the Patriot Bill into a sure-win situation with Congress. Rove noted that the next years elections would weigh heavily on the Senator's decisions vis a vis Terror, an issue which Bush had been dropping in the numbers--and seemed vulnerable. If the Democratic leaders would believe the opposition of a Islamic ports deal could be their opportunity to out-do Bush on his hiterto strongest issue--they would all but secure that the deal would fail, and they would be ahead on the issue of Terror--right before the elections. In the process, Halliburton could be subtly offered up through channels as a "lesser of two evils" alternative. Si vis pacem, para bellum
I don't know if this is true, but it wouldn't surprise me a bit. I wouldn't put anything past Rove and his chimpy little puppet.