I guess, in keeping with the perverse, “Murphy’s Law” kind of quality to this whole story, this would have to be the primary item exported from the ports in question, wouldn’t it (as opposed to hula hoops or tennis balls).
The impression I get from reading this story, though, is that this port deal is really a “quid pro quo” for the UAE’s continued military support to us in the region, including the al-Dhafra Air Base. Of course, this won’t be a factor against Iran because neither we nor Israel will launch an attack on that country…right?
And there’s such transparency concerning any possible entanglements that could exist between UAE financial representatives and al Qaeda, as we know (and by the way, read "A Non-Show Of Hands" at the end to REALLY get a "comfort level" with this whole thing).
At least, for comic relief, Philadelphia’s City Council proves to us that they’re so knowledgeable in world geography that they can be abrasive, confrontational and generally obnoxious anywhere.