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March 7, 2006

The Ports Fiasco

Again, this is only something I’ve followed halfway. The question of whether a company owned by the government of the UAE should be allowed to take over operations of our ports is a tough one, especially when you consider the fact that they are an ally of ours. Personally, I’m not entirely swayed either way, but I can say that they may have too great of a financial interest in operating the ports to then turn around and compromise security. But, with port security as lax as it is now, I don’t know it would even make a difference.

But the Democrats have jumped on this one with quite a fervor. Part of me says that’s just political, and they’re using everything they can to tarnish Bush. But they keep saying things that make me think that’s not all this is about.

They want the US Government to nationalize port operation.

John Edwards (D, NC) on Meet The Press Sunday:

Well, I don’t think we should discriminate against anybody, including Dubai, the UAE, but I have a different view about what we should do.

I think that this is sufficiently important to the safety and security of America that American companies should be doing it. I would start by saying companies that are owned by foreign governments should not be operating or providing security for our ports.

I’d like to go further than that and say foreign companies shouldn’t be doing this. We ought to be doing it ourselves. I think there’s a practical issue with that, which Jack just made reference to, that they’re already doing so much. So I—that’s the starting place.

But at the end of the day there’s a simple solution. The simple solution so that we don’t discriminate against Arab country—countries, which I think is a terrible idea, the simple solution is America and American companies need to provide this—operate the ports and provide security.

Hillary Clinton (D, NY) on Fox23 News – Albany:

After her speech, Mrs. Clinton’s number one topic of interest–her opposition to the Bush administration’s plan to turn over some operations of some U.S. ports to an Arab-based company and a bill she’s co-sponsoring to stop it.

Senator Hillary Clinton: “We don’t let foreign companies even, let along foreign governments, own or manage our airports, and since 9/11, it’s become even clearer to people how essential our ports are to national security. We’ve been fighting since 9/11 to get adequate resources.”

Let’s call this what it is. They want to bring the operations of the ports back into US hands. Of course, it’s widely been reported that there are no US companies that do this sort of thing. I can’t think the Democrats would be very happy if Halliburton decided to start expanding their business in this area, so it’s clear to see what they want. They want to bring this into control not of US companies, but of the US Government.

Always remember what they think: “You cannot professionalize, unless you federalize.” – Tom Daschle

We’ve seen the tremendous security brought about by the federalization of airport screeners. Of course, the security increase is to Democratic politicians, as they have a whole new union of federal employees to vote for them, and not that our skies are safer, but they got what they wanted out of the deal. Do we really think that the US Government operating our ports is any safer than a UAE company with a financial stake in doing the job right?

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:03 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || Trackback URL || Categories: Libertarianism, News, Politics, Terrorism


  1. I’ll be honest, I appreciate their candor. The most logically consistent argument I can think of for opposing the DPW deal is that the ports need to be run by the federal government. Any argument short of that simply falls apart.

    So now, we get to see the opposition of the deal for what it is. Nationalist socialism. Hey, that sounds like…

    Comment by Wulf — March 7, 2006 @ 11:32 am
  2. Good point Brad.

    Comment by Lucy Stern — March 7, 2006 @ 7:29 pm

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