I have not been following the broohaha about US ports being owned and operated by a company from the United Arab Emmerites very closely.
But I will make this observation. It strikes me as racial profiling. Just because a company is Arab in nationality, should we assume that it will shelter terrorists or even commit terrorist attacks against us? Some of the people screaming and hollering about this are the very ones who will cry about racial profiling if an Arab person is stopped and searched at the airport.
It's not like the ports have been US O&O; a British company has been running them for years.
And something else - aren't there a lot of politicians who cry about our imagine in the world and about how the Iraq war has runied it by setting us up against Arabs? Aren't many of these politicians the ones objecting to this deal? But I've got to ask - what better to improve our image in the Arab world than to develop lasting and meaningful economic relationships with Arab companies?
My gut is that there are a lot of politicians putting a chance at political posturing over principle on this one. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.