Editors Correction: Below was my knee-jerk reaction to the mainstream media's portrayal of the UAE/British port transaction. What makes this a correction is that after getting some actual facts about the event, that happened last year btw, The Lunch Counter is now supportive of the deal. Since 9/11/2001, we have no stronger or more strateigically important ally in the war on terror. The additional 'help' that will also come with the deal will be enhancing, not degrading our security. I guess you could say I was against the deal before I was for it.
Permitting a company from the United Arab Emirates to be in charge of any of our ports, let alone the ports of New York and New Jersey, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Miami is, by any measure, increasing the risk of a breach in security, IE. another attack. The issue of who controls our ports during wartime, when the enemy comes from that part of the world, need not be determined by the Department of Treasury. If you believe that is OK, then you also have to believe that it would be OK to let a Mexican company take control of our border with them.
This is no more a treasury issue than nuclear technology is an issue for the Department of Commerce. That debacle, courtesy of the late Ron Brown and Madeline Albright (the Clinton years), gave communist China and North Korea a 25 year forward leap in nuclear weapons technology, making them the threat that they are today.
Meanwhile, the FBI is investigating a truck driving school, where Muslims are turning out in record numbers to obtain commercial driving licenses with hazardous material certification. Are you beginning to see dots being connected?
President Bush is right that a terrorist only has to be lucky once. So why should we be making it easy for them? Get mad, get involved, write your state and federal representatives and tell them you want a qualified U.S. company doing that work, if not the Department of Defense or Homeland Security. No contracts with a bearing over our security should be outsourced. To the UAE, we have to cover our own ports ourselves. Nothing personal.