Saturday, February 25, 2006

Old News But Relevant.

The story about Richard Clarke leaking some vital information about Osama Bin Laden is finally getting some attention. However, it is being used as a club to beat up on the Dubai Ports World deal. The story goes like this.

The CIA had a fairly good fix on Osama Bin Laden (OBL) and was going to thump him. A plane from the UAE was spotted at the location of where OBL was, so the thumping was called off (why? Anyone who associates themselves with terror leaders such as OBL should know he is targeted and that such targeting may include large quantities of non-discriminatory explosives). Richard Clarke with permission of the CIA (the CIA disputes this claiming they never gave Mr. Clarke license to discuss the matter) talks to two UAE figures. One of them was Sheik (say it shake) Mohammed Bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi UAE Chief and Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid ruler of Dubai. The story then reports then goes onto to note that the UAE Chief of Staff was indeed hunting in Afghanistan at the time of the contemplated attack.

Okay, we have two separate figures here. Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid of Dubai and Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi. It sounds like if anyone tipped off Osama Bin Laden it was Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi. So what you say, it proves the UAE is hostile to the US. Well, this is like saying since Governor Doyle of Wisconsin (a wholely owned subsidiary of the Teacher's Industrial complex ) opposes school choice than so too does Karl Rove and hence the United States of America.

For the story I relate see this Free Republic reprint of a Human Events article.

The ChiComs run a US port, why not Dubai?