This whole thing about Dubai taking over one of our ports for terriorist purposes is so funny. I know a little about Dubai because I have a relative who has worked there on and off. Quotes from relative are "Damn it's so hot and you can't get a beer there." and "Gas prices can't go high enough for me."
Number one is we don't have to worry about any actual citizen of Dubai working at one of our ports. They don't work. Work is for Pakistanis and East Indians, who are shipped into Dubai to do the work. Dubai citizens shop, because they have lots of money to shop with. There's a reason Calvin Klein opened a private boutique in Dubai. He can make money there. Lots of it.
Carrie Fisher had an article in the New York Times Travel Magazine about her visit to Dubai and how all you can do there as a tourist is shop. The entire country is dry, so partying is out. But there is a one million square foot MALL there:
The BurJuman offers a million square feet of luxury and comfort. Over 190 prestigious stores, including Louis Vuitton, Donna Karan, Escada, MaxMara, Polo Ralph Lauren, DKNY, Calvin Klein and more.
So I don't think we have to worry about any Dubai war on Christmas.
All we're doing by selling them our ports is giving them more money with which to buy luxury goods from us, except that those luxury goods probably aren't manufactured here either. Oh, well. Maybe if we're really good allies to them and keep watching Dancing with the Stars instead of doing our science homework, we will be lucky enough to get a low wage job in retail at a fancy Dubai mall. Been listening to Billy Bragg a lot lately (love the greatest hits cd) and he's right: The Third World is just around the corner.