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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

About the Port Deal: Bloggers Left and Right Are All Over the Map on This One

California Conservative was among the first Right blogs to question the proposed award of a contract to administer six major American ports to a company owned in part by the government of the United Arab Emirates.

But as answers have come forth from the White House and elsewhere to the many questions about the proposed contract, California Conservative has moved from the opposition column to a position of being satisfied with the explanation.

Over at Hotline's Blogometer, William Beutler offers a comprehensive rund0wn of who is and has been saying what on the issue on the Left and Right sides of the Blogosphere. Also here.


PoliPundit's D.J. Drummond has the list of the top 25 U.S. ports, plus a balanced analysis of the proposed deal, including this interesting observation:

"The Department of Transportation notes that freight comes into and out from the United States in a number of ways, including seaports but also airports, trucks, and rail. So in addition to ships, you have to worry about trains, planes, trucks and automobiles bringing in bad people and dangerous weapons.

"And as for the ports, I personally worry less about the most significant ports, which also attract the bulk of attention from law enforcement and the DHS, than I do about the hundreds of small ports which get very little attention at all.

"If I was going to sneak in a WMD, for example, I wouldn’t try New York or Houston or Long Beach, but rather one of the places no one ever thinks about. Just like the coyotes who have been bringing illegals across the border have done for more than a century."

The U.S. has 361 seaports. The proposed deal causing the controversy covers only six of the largest.

Go here for the rest of Drummond's post.