U.A.E. Threatens Retaliation
The United Arab Emirates is furious over the killing of the buy out of Penninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation and is threatening retaliation. Not militarily, but economically by refusing the docking of any and all ships American ships including U.S. naval vessels as well as against lucrative deals for Boeing.
The Emirates Group airline will decide later this year whether it will buy Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner or its competitor, Airbus A350. The airline last fall placed an order worth $9.7 billion for 42 Boeing 777 aircraft, making Dubai Boeing’s largest 777 customer.
Oh well, now that the ports are safe. Oh wait…never mind.
The family-ruled sheikhdom may buy as many as 50 wide-body aircraft from Boeing and Airbus during the next four years, according to Aerospace Enterprise officials.
The UAE military also bought Boeing’s Apache helicopters. Meanwhile, Boeing has been in talks with the emirates to try to sell its AWACS planes.
Well killing these deals only makes sense, after all we don’t want to arm a rogue terrorist nation right? And who knows maybe the U.A.E. will decide to move forward less vigorously now on reforms to reduce money laundering as well.
And we had better get on our representatives and senators to kill this too,
Several businesses have expressed concern that the controversy over the $6.8 billion ports deal could damage trade with the UAE. Dubai is one of the seven emirates. The United States and the UAE are meeting next week for a fourth round of talks to sign a free-trade agreement.
Free trade with a terrorist nation?!?! What are those idiots in Chimpy’s Administration thinking?
But when it comes to the emirates’ cooperation in the war on terrorism and in intelligence gathering, there is concern that some help may be pulled.
“If we reject the company in terms of doing the [ports] work, they are going to lose a lot of face. In the Arab culture, losing face is a big deal,” a former government official said. “We risk losing that help. It is not an empty threat.”
Yeah, but they’re terrorist anyway, so who cares, right?