Friday, February 24, 2006
1. We haven't exactly had a lot of problems with the UAE.
2. This is a business deal (an acquisition; contracts exam flashback imminent),
day to day operations shouldn't change much, and as for security, that's our job
no matter who is in charge.
3. All of that aside, they're OUR ports, so we should have Americans running
them (can I join the AFL-CIO now?). Not Brits, not Arabs, not Scots, not
Japanese, not even Australians. As my friend pointed out, the President
rides around in Cadillac for a reason.
4. If I hear you say that President Bush is selling the ports to Arabs, I might lose
it. I heard this enough times over the past week that I had to go back to what
I had read originally, and sure enough, yup, it's the Brits selling the ports.
So basically, this change hardly registers on my meter. I guess it called attention to the issue of who runs our ports, which is good, but sale or no sale has no effect on the fact that I don't particularly care for them being run by foreigners (am I a xenophobe yet?), whoever they may be.
UPDATE: Jonah Goldberg has an NRO column on the topic here.
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