Excellent job of reporting, Bill Tucker, Dobbs thanked his correspondent, wondering aloud why the government sees no problems with having the United Arab Emirates, a company based there, take over our vital seaports. Tucker had left out any opposing points of view, although he quoted the concerns of a liberal Democratic senator and a defense analyst from a liberal-leaning think tank.
Tucker opened his taped report noting that the company, Dubai Ports World, is set to take control of operations in ports in the United States including the ports of New Orleans, Miami, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and New Jersey. After airing a clip of Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) criticizing the contract, Tucker reminded viewers that The UAE was home to two of the September 11 hijackers.
While Tucker noted that a spokesman at the Treasury Departments Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS ) refused to comment, he aired reaction from The Brookings Institution senior fellow Michael OHanlon , who said ports were essentially on the front line in the war on terror so allowing a foreign firm to operate a port is sort of like allowing a foreign firm to operate a U.S. military air field in a traditional conflict.
Not all security experts share OHanlons concern, among them the Independent Institutes Dr. Ivan Eland . The former Congressional Budget Office defense analyst disputed OHanlons military air field comparison and told theBusiness & Media Institute that Dubai Ports World has an especially strong interest in operating safe and secure ports, adding that a guilt-by-association connection of a UAE-based company to 9/11 hijackers is like calling all Californians mass murderers because Charles Manson was from California.
How do we know that any American company running the port could not be infiltrated by terrorists? Eland asked. In fact, the fact that two of the 9/11 hijackers were from the UAE leads to greater scrutiny on Dubai Ports World. If any terrorist incident occurred in one of their ports, they could lose much business worldwide. He added, This would probably not happen to a port operated by a company from a non-Arab country.
The Business & Media Institute has previously chronicled the anti-free market biases of CNNs Lou Dobbs.
CORRECTION: The recurring feature on business outsourcing on Lou Dobbs Tonight is entitled Exporting America. It was incorrectly labeled Outsourcing of America in the lead paragraph.