Please be patient with me, I am still working on this….
I am just curious about something. Has anyone considered what the consequences of pulling out of this deal with Dubai might be? At the very least, I would think we could say bye-bye to any hope of using their airspace in case we decide to do something about Iran. You could probably forget any cooperation on the GWOT.
Most likely, those would be the smallest consequences. It might get worse, like the UAE actively helping Al-Qaeda…
Look what I just found:
DP WORLD EXECUTIVE NOMINATED FOR PRESITIGOUS US GOVT
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
Mr Sanborn currently holds the position of Director of
Operations for Europe and Latin America for the Dubai-based company.
For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
January 17, 2006
The President intends to nominate David C. Sanborn, of Virginia, to be Administrator of the Maritime Administration of the Department of Transportation. Mr. Sanborn currently serves as Director of Operations for Europe and Latin America at DP World. Prior to this, he served as Senior Vice President for North America Service Delivery at CMA-CGM (America) LLC. Mr. Sanborn also served as Vice President for Network-Operations for American President Lines, Pte. Ltd. Earlier in his career, he served as Director for Operations for Sea-Land Service, Inc. Mr. Sanborn is a retired Lieutenant Junior Grade for the United States Naval Reserve. He received his bachelor's degree from the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
Looks like Mr. Sanborn is qualified, but the timing of his nomination right before DP World is to assume P&Os ports is odd...
Now this is starting to bother me again...