I've not mentioned the ports deal because I think it's mostly bullshit. The Democrats are rightly chewing it like a piece of red meat because they can score political points--doing so, however, is aligning them with the ugliest of rabid isolationists and Xenophobes on the Right.
That's not to say there aren't genuine concerns behind the deal. I think Administration officials and their connections to Dubai need closer scrutiny, as does port security in general. Now people are talking about the lack of scrutiny most incoming containers receive, which is good. Also in need of scrutiny is the priority given to corporate profits over every other aspect of society. But mostly this is much ado about nothing, particularly in comparison to the other scandals of the Dubyai Administration.