Saturday, February 25, 2006

Sober second thoughts needed on the ports sale.....

Welcome Instapundit readers! Thanks Glenn!
Anything that ultimately ends up improving security will be a plus

Glenn has re-evaluated his initial concerns about the Ports sale

If security is so tight at the ports , how can there be so much theft?

Nationally, $10 billion to $12 billion in merchandise is stolen annually.
More info here on the ports

Security still leaves a lot to be desired

"The Government Accountability Office, a watchdog arm of Congress, concluded in an April 2005 report, "An effective port security environment may be many years away."

Specifically, it cited the vulnerability of cargo containers to tampering at their points of origin overseas, where the agency found only piecemeal inspections.

One month after the GAO release, the Congressional Research Service, in a report to Congress, wrote that despite progress in port security, "many security officials still describe seaports as `wide open' and `very vulnerable' to terrorist attack."

One of the chief complaints has been a lack of funding. Critics note that the federal grant money earmarked for safeguarding the nation's ports typically totals in the hundreds of millions of dollars each year, while aviation security gets billions in grants and a far higher profile."

Solid allies?

We're not playing poker here.One major mistake and it's game over.It seems that the condition precedent for this deal or any to go through would have been much better funding and security to already have been in place. It's not. Why take the additional risk? If this deal is so important then they can take the additional 45 days to vet the deal thoroughly and hopefully they can leave their partisanship outside the room as it's too important an issue.However the security situation is not going to be improved in 45 days if it still has major gaps 4 years after 9/11.Any further scrutiny will be a plus as it seems that this seemed like just another deal that was rubber stamped and was only given a cursory once over.There's either a War on Terror or there isn't.As one well known President said " trust, but verify".


Ron said...

In my opinion, the overriding aspect to this argument is: No Arab Muslim country should have ownership or control over any key security element of my country.


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