For everybody who thinks it is "racists" to object to Dubai having access to our strategic assets, check this out:RESPONSE TO TERROR; SUNDAY REPORT:
Long Before Sept. 11, Bin Laden Aircraft Flew Under the Radar.
Nov. 18, 2001 edition of the Los Angeles Times
For years, Persian Gulf state elites hunted rare birds of prey, houbara bustards, in the bleak hills surrounding Kandahar. In the late 1990s, according to former U.S. and Afghan officials, a number of prominent Persian Gulf state officials and businessmen flew into Kandahar on state and private jets for secret hunting expeditions.
For days at a time, the hunters would roam the hills, releasing falcons trained to catch the bustards. Some satisfied hunters heaped donations on their Taliban hosts, officials saidÂand on Al Qaeda leaders who occasionally joined them.
Among the reported visitors were high-ranking UAE and Saudi government ministers. According to U.S. and former Afghan civil air officials, the hunters included Prince Turki al Faisal, son of the late Saudi King Faisal. He headed that nationÂs intelligence service until late August, maintaining close ties with Bin Laden and the Taliban. Another visitor, officials said, was Sheik Mohammed ibn Rashid al Maktum, the Dubai crown prince and Emirates defense minister. Via This Modern World
Why anyone (Democrat, Republican or Patagonian) would believe ANYTHING that George Bush said, or would take at face value ANYTHING issued by the Bush White House is completly beyond me.
UPDATE: Bush accidentally makes sense: "This deal wouldn't go forward if we were concerned about the security for the United States of America." - Via Kos