sam's notes

notes on government, sports and popular culture

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

...In spite of conservative opposition to the takeover of operation at six major American ports, I had to believe there was more to the story. Here's an important point in this N.Y. Times article about possible legal action to prevent the takeover:

"Officials of Dubai Ports world's North American subsidiary, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the political delicacy of the situation, said the critics' fears were misdirected because the Coast Guard and the United States customs authorities, not the terminal operators, are responsible for checking incomong cargo, passengers and crews as well as for planning and maintaining port security."

My prediction is President Bush will resist political pressure and let the deal go through. But individual states certainlt have the right to protect their interests through legal means.


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