When the ports deal was scuttled, the GOP was once again caught between their racist base and their corporatist overlords-- much as they are when it comes to immigration. But, even though the right-wing pundits tried to accuse the left of racism over the matter, it's something much less pernicious than that. The simple question is this: what is the nation supposed to think when the American government's official stance is "Screw buying American-- let's outsource!"
President George W. Bush approved Dubai's $1.24 billion takeover of Doncasters, a British engineering company with U.S. plants that supply the Pentagon, the White House said on Friday.
The decision, announced by White House spokesman Scott McClellan, followed a congressional uproar over security fears that scuttled another Dubai state-owned company's plan to acquire operations at major U.S. ports.
The interagency Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States sent its confidential recommendation on the Dubai takeover of Doncasters to Bush on April 13.
"The president this morning accepted the committee's recommendation," McClellan said. "The committee recommended approval of the transaction after closely scrutinizing it and concluding that it would not compromise our national security."