I think this is what Dana is trying to get at when he says the "Bush is right about the ports." My point is simple: the world is drifting dangerously toward a widespread religious and sectarian cleavage — the likes of which we have not seen for a long, long time. The only country with the power to stem this toxic trend is America.
People across the world still look to our example of pluralism, which is like no other. If we go Dark Ages, if we go down the road of pitchfork-wielding xenophobes, then the whole world will go Dark Ages.
There is a poison loose today, and America — America at its best — is the only antidote. That's why it is critical that we stand by our principles of free trade and welcome the world to do business in our land, as long as there is no security threat. If we start exporting fear instead of hope, we are going to import everyone else's fears right back. That is not a world you want for your kids. - Thomas Friedman/NY Times
I agree, but I still believe I can object to the controll of US strategic assets by foriegn giovernments without being a "racists".
It is not "arabs" I am concerned about. Nor do I think that the UAE's ruling class is much of a threat. They are the level headed business men that Bush loves so much.
However, Bush has given the less level headed of the world many many reasons to hate and fear us. People who hate and fear us have decided to work out that hatred and fear of the United States through terrorism.
These terrorists (like two of the 9/11 hijackers) are culled from places like the UAE's middle and professional class. These middle and professional class terrorists are the very people that will staff the Port of Newark's Dubai administrative operations. These people have access to detailed schedules, blue prints, and passwords.
Given all of that, prudence demands that the UAE ports deals gets significant scrutiny.