25 February 2006

UAE gave $1 million to Bush Library Foundation

Why does Dubya keep defending the sale of our ports to a a terrorist-friendly company controlled by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) despite the bipartisan backlash and despite the UAE's known ties to anti-American terrorism?

Could it have anything to do with the fact that the UAE gave $1 million to the Bush Library?

From the Associated Press via Chron.com:
A sheik from the United Arab Emirates contributed at least $1 million to the Bush Library Foundation, which established the George Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station.

The UAE owns Dubai Port Co., which is taking operations from London-based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co., which operates six U.S. ports. A political uproar has ensued over the deal, which the White House approved without congressional oversight.

The donations were made in the early 1990s for the library, which houses the papers of former President George Bush, the current president's father.

The list of donors names Sheik Zayed Bin Sultan al Nahyan and the people of the United Arab Emirates as one donor in the $1 million or more category.

The amount of the gift grants them recognition on the engraved donor wall in the library entrance or on the paving bricks that line the library's walkways, according to library documents.

Roman Popaduik, chairman of the Bush Library Foundation that collects donations, said he could not discuss details of the gifts except to say the amount category and whether it was before or after 1997.
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