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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Letter to White House re Dubai

I just sent the following e-mail to the White House. As far as I can recall, this is the only time I've ever written to the White House. I hope I don't regret it.

Hon. George W. Bush
President of the United States
White House
Washington, D.C.

RE: Proposed deal to turn over six American ports to a Dubai, UAE corporation

Dear Mr. President:

Greetings from Springfield, Illinois, adopted home town of Honest Abe Lincoln.

Presently, everyone is focusing on the security issue with regard to the above matter. I suggest that there is another issue. An issue that is equally important as security. An issue that, by all appearances, is virtually being ignored by the media and politicians alike.

Please don't let this deal go through without a proper discussion and debate of the potential impact this government owned corporation could have on U.S. commerce and the U.S. economy, and, ultimately, the world economy.

I am concerned that the government of Dubai, as owner of the corporation, could at some point become displeased with some aspect of American life, whether political or social or economic. If that were to happen, they could turn their displeasure against us by blocking the loading and unloading of cargo at U.S. ports. If such an event were to happen, it would create a devastating and far reaching economic calamity.

It has recently come to my attention that the government of Dubai has used internet filters to block its citizens from accessing various U.S. web sites. We don't know why they have taken this action. We can only guess that some political, social, or economic aspect of these web sites has displeased Dubai.

I hope it's not too much of a stretch for you to imagine, as I can, that if given the power, it is conceivable that Dubai could block the loading and unloading of cargo at U.S. ports for some unknown reason.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Marie Carnes

Posted by Marie at February 28, 2006 4:48 PM


It's a fine letter. I'll be interested to hear what you receive in return. I always figured that writing to this president is a waste of my time.

Posted by: Kem White at March 1, 2006 6:16 AM

I figure this guy is pretty much sheltered from things like e-mail from his staff, and has probably never even seen one. I just wanted to go on record on this issue.

I just heard on the radio that he's in Afghanistan and India today.

Posted by: Marie at March 1, 2006 1:57 PM

Marie, I figure the same would go for other foreign companies that run ports or terminals. China, for instance.

On the other hand, maybe in this globalized economy of ours, where people here and abroad vote with their dollars and euros, this is something we're going to have to get used to. God knows the United States has used remorseless and unrelenting economic and military pressure against nations with which it's displeased. We, the people seem fine with that, with little demand for an accounting of the human cost. And on the other hand, we, the people seem impervious to the implications of the way we live: the foreign energy supplies we consume, the cheap foreign goods we consume, and now the cheap foreign money we consume to pay for our war.

Posted by: Dan at March 1, 2006 2:48 PM