Re: Is this Homeland Security?
I don't believe this would have been a problem. They weren't buying ports. They were leasing terminals within ports just like an airline leases terminals at Kennedy or Logan, etc. Security at these ports would have still been in our hands and not by just the Coast Guard. Many people don't know but we have Seals, and SF/Delta operatives, working undercover at most of the major ports around the globe. We have for decades. They follow the international shipment of arms, and since 9/11 have been looking for, and following, terrorist related shipments.
This was a political issue and the democrats wanted to use the populations unease towards muslim nations to take away the edge the republicans have regarding the anti-terrorist/military agenda.