Members of Congress are right to be holding firm on the need for a credible investigation into the plan to turn over significant operations of six major U.S. ports to an Arab nation with a mixed record on terrorism. Revelations Monday that the U.S. Coast Guard had security concerns about the company raise questions anew about why the full 45-day review process was not followed by the interagency panel that approved the deal.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairwoman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, emerged from a briefing Monday about the Coast Guard questions saying she was “more convinced than ever that the process was truly flawed.”
And it’s amazing that Cabinet officials with relevant oversight authority, including the secretaries of Defense, Treasury and Homeland Security, knew nothing about the sale until it hit the newspapers — nor did President Bush, who nonetheless stuck to his talking point that there is no big difference between a British firm and an Arab firm running our ports.
Wow. Really? Good luck selling that. Most Americans don’t see it that way. In fact, 70 percent of Americans, including 58 percent of Republicans, oppose the sale, according to the latest CBS News survey.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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