Just to update the list of Bush cronies who left the corporate world to be appointed by the Administration to oversee their former industry – Selling Our Ports to the Terrorists edition:
Dubai Ports World acquired the port operations of the American rail company CSX in 2004 for $1.15 billion. John Snow, President Bush's treasury secretary, was chairman of CSX before joining the administration in 2003.I just don't see how they're going to weasel out of this one. It looks like congress has the votes to override a veto, and in any case, how does Bush defend this deal, which he claims to have first heard about over the weekend, but is supposed to have an extensive 45 day review period?
A senior executive of Dubai Ports World in charge of its European and Latin American port operations, David Sanborn, was named by Bush last month to head the U.S. Maritime Administration. The agency advocates for the U.S. maritime industry under the Department of Transportation.