Thursday, February 23, 2006

"There is a very serious question as to why the records are not going to be maintained on American soil subject to American jurisdiction," said Peter King, the Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, and a leading critic of the deal...

Leaks fuel anger at White House over ports deal - Times Online

No, it is not xenophobia or racism. It's national security, stupid. We should be questioning why any foreign company is gaining a controlling ownership interest in something as sensitive as half-a-dozen ports, and why that deal happened with White House assistance and secrecy.

Now, those who point out that two of the 9/11 hijackers came from the United Arab Emerites are missing the point. That alone is no reason to disqualify the company. Over al, the UAE is one of our stronger allies in that part of the world. The serious question is over our ability to control what and who enters and leaves our nation. And that question should be asked whether the purchaser is from the UAE or the UK.

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