Yeah, don't think I haven't been reading up on the sale of American shipping control to Dubai and the fact that ol' Dubya is gonna defend this bonkers call with a veto, if necessary.
This may make some sort of financial sense, but any sense it does make is getting blown out of the water by the symbolism of the matter. And to have Chertoff (the guy who got excoriated all last week over not knowing how to respond to a hurricane) go on TV and defend the call by saying he has "assurances," well that makes me even more hesitant to think about this rationally.
Think about it, since September 11, right wing punditry has been drilling into us the need to follow 'common sense' over 'political correctness' wrecking our security measures and now they're calling us 'racist' for balking at this deal? We were the guys and gals trying to point out that there are good Arabs and bad Arabs and making distinctions whilst y'all were waggin' fingers in our faces and say "dirty hippies, look at how those Arabs and Muslims reacted to a cartoon."
Well, enjoy that shoe on the other foot, fellas. You drill Arab = bad into the heads of Americans for long enough and when you sell anything to an Arab country that might have the smallest of tangents in relating to national security, you're going to have problems. Then you sell our shipping industry to Arabs, the shipping industry in our most strategic, valuable and culturally important ports, and you wonder why we hesitate?