The Bush administration is not selling the ports. A British company that has had the contracts to run the ports is being sold by it's owners to a company owned by the UAE. The operating rights were sold long ago. Yes it would be nice if we ran our own but apparently there isn't an American Company with the expertise and price
to compete. Now having said that, bet the vast majority of the employees of these companies are Americans right on up to the senior managers. Yes they may send over one or two foreign employees but would be willing to bet they are the best and the brightest with a reasonably long history
with the company.
The real problem with the ports is we have to depend on the original shipper for what is in a container. The shipper's invoice is what tells the port authority and shipping
agents whether it's hazardous material and needs special handling, etc. Of course a terrorist wouldn't list the real contents if they wanted to ship something in. It would be so easy for the crazies to load up an entire container with c-4 and ship it over here. With the average container ship carrying around a 1,000 containers that get offloaded and trucked out in less than 24 hours, it's impossible to inspect even a minuscule number. A container load of C-4 would make a lot larger hole than Timothy McVeigh,s little bomb. Frankly, I'm surprized that there hasn't been a coodinated attack using loaded containers. Could it be we are keeping them too busy in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Me thinks this flap about the port operating company is being blown way out of proportion for political reasons. If we are going to deny this company the right to operate, then we'd better be kicking out every other foreign company operating at our ports.
BTW, both east and west ports for the Panama Canal
are being run by a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chinese Communist Army. Now there is a scary thought.