The big deal is that two of the 9/11 hijackers were from the UAE, and the UAE has historically been a haven for people with ties to terrorism. That doesn't mean that this company has ties to terrorism, or that the UAE government harbors or sympathizes with terrorists, mind you.
Here's a quote from the article on CNN:
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush on Tuesday defended a deal that would let a United Arab Emirates-based company run some key U.S. seaports, telling reporters that he would veto any bill to hold up the agreement.
Bush, who has yet to veto a bill during his administration, warned that the United States is sending "mixed signals" by attacking a Middle Eastern company after the ports were run by a British firm for several years.
Lawmakers who have called for the deal to be blocked need to "step up and explain why a Middle Eastern company is held to a different standard," he said.
Among the lawmakers from both parties threatening to hold up the deal is Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.
"If the administration cannot delay the process, I plan on introducing legislation to ensure that the deal is placed on hold until this decision gets a more thorough review," Frist, a Tennessee Republican, said.
The administration has faced criticism this week over its decision to let a subsidiary of UAE government-controlled maritime management firm Dubai Ports World run ports in New York and New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Baltimore, Maryland; Miami, Florida; and New Orleans, Louisiana.
So answer the poll question, and by all means explain your answer below.
My thought is pretty much this - I don't care if you're Osama Bin Laden or the Prime Minister of Great Britain, I don't want a foreigner controlling US ports, plain and simple. I think this sort of thing should be in control of Americans. That's my gut feeling.
The only problem is, with companies being so multinational these days, what really is an "American company" anymore?