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Why Does The Guy I Just Poisoned Look So Sick?

Some Republicans are just so appalled that fear of A-rabs would torpedo the Dubai ports deal:


GOP lawmakers: Fear fueled ports criticism
United Arab Emirates
By LARA SUKHTIAN
Associated Press Writer

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Four U.S. legislators visiting this city at the heart of a collapsed ports management deal stressed Sunday the United Arab Emirates remained one of America's strongest allies in the fight against terrorism.

The deal gave the Emirates-based Dubai Ports World control of six U.S. ports, but an uproar from the American public and Congress pushed DP World to withdraw.

The lawmakers, all Republicans from Georgia, said the controversy over the ports deal was largely a result of lack of knowledge about the transaction, and political expedience.

. . .Isakson, Sen. Saxby Chambliss and congressmen Phil Gingrey and John Linder agreed the Emirates would remain a strong ally.

"Our countries have been friends and will continue to be friends," Chambliss told The Associated Press after meeting with executives from Dubai Ports World and Emirates Vice President Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum.

Publicly, some U.S. officials said they had security concerns over having foreign companies control American ports. A Sunday editorial in one of the Emirates' leading English-language dailies accused the United States of racism and double standards.

"Other foreign-owned companies run U.S. ports _ but they were not Arab. That is the message. And we got it," said the Gulf News editorial.

Linder said the use of fear tactics by some politicians to garner support was key in provoking the uproar.

"The American people thought it was a bad deal because they have been made to fear it. The Democrats jumped on it a couple weeks ago because we're in a political season, and Republicans responded to try and outdo them," Linder said.

So Democrats were the ones who have been exploiting and fanning xenophobia against Arabs? I must have missed the part where they ran a campaign ad comparing their opponent to Osama bin Laden or where they said to arrest every Muslim that enters Georgia.