March 14, 2006


South Florida two-way trade increases nearly 12%: Big ticket items and the rising price of imported fuel helped lift South Florida's two-way trade to almost $66 billion in 2005. (JANE BUSSEY, 3/14/06,

International shipments through South Florida rose by almost 12 percent in 2005, spurred on by surging demand for big ticket items in South America and the rising price of imported fuel, according to a report printed in WorldCity magazine. [...]

The total international shipments both in and out of South Florida ports reached $65.9 billion, according to Commerce Department numbers that are analyzed by WorldCity. That figure was a historic high, although the South Florida Customs District, which extends from Fort Pierce to Key West, has slipped from the 12th largest district to the 13th largest in the past two years.

According to WorldCity, Brazil and Venezuela held the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in terms of two-way shipments, including almost $9 billion in two-way trade for Brazil and $4.3 billion for Venezuela.

If WMD enters the country on a cargo ship it will most likely come from our declared enemy in Venezuela, not an ally like Dubai that runs the best ports in the world.

New York's Port, Beyond Dubai (Mark Berkey-Gerard and Pat Arnow, 13 Mar 2006, Gotham Gazette)

For many New Yorkers who make their living from the city’s harbor, the high-pitched, month-long debate over the so-called Arab takeover of the port was beyond baffling.

Dubai Ports World, a company owned by the United Arab Emirates, was going to operate only one facility in New York -- a port terminal that handles just cruise ships, not cargo. (It would also have shared control of another terminal in New Jersey.) But there are seven other port facilities in New York Harbor, and the company would have had nothing to do with them.

Faced with ever-increasing opposition in Congress fueled by public opinion, DPW announced that it was dropping the port deal, and would "transfer" the lease to an American company. But even if the deal had gone through, Dubai -- despite what politicians and columnists said over and over again -- would not have “owned,” “controlled” or “taken over” the ports. The port is owned by the taxpayers and controlled by state and local governments. The lease that DPW had purchased from a British company was simply to manage the facilities.

“It’s not like foreigners are just coming in and doing their own thing,” said Captain Timothy Ferrie, a ship pilot and president of the Maritime Society of New York City. “There’s American involvement every step of the way.”

Those who know the waterfront best also point out that foreign companies –- even some with close ties to governments that the U.S. considers dangerous –- have been operating on the waterways for years. A high-ranking official in the Communist Party in China is in charge of a company that for the past ten years has managed a facility on Staten Island that not only handles cargo ships, but also deploys military equipment for the U.S. Army.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 14, 2006 10:57 AM


Posted by: Hugh at March 14, 2006 11:59 AM

Admittedly it's an unlikelihood, but the hysterics are convinced it's imminent.

Posted by: oj at March 14, 2006 12:03 PM


Did you ever read Peggy Noonan's piece (from Sept. 1998) about the near inevitability of an attack in New York? Granted, she was speaking quite generally (and in her unique 'sweeping' style), but there you have it.

Actually, the biggest threat (via cargo) is probably from some rogue Chinese general or satrap, who thinks he is advancing history by hurting America.

If Hugo Chavez uses WMD against the US, VZ would be an American colony within two weeks. He's all bluster, and the Monroe Doctrine would keep any and all foreigners quite far away from that scene (including the UN).

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 14, 2006 1:29 PM

Inevitable? She was writing after NYC had been attacked.

Posted by: oj at March 14, 2006 1:34 PM

Well, you could have fooled most of the American security apparatus, no? Certainly the political classes didn't care. Nor the media.

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 14, 2006 2:36 PM

The WTC hired John O'Neill to head security.

Posted by: oj at March 14, 2006 2:41 PM

The WTC was a semi-private outfit and they were smart enough to know the buildings were a target. They were trying to prepare. They picked the best man for the job, and on that terrible morning, he stood in the courtyard and knew exactly who was responsible. Had he lived, Janet Reno, Jamie Gorelick, Louis Freeh, George Tenet, Madeline Albright, and Bill Clinton would have been under a much brighter spotlight after the attack.

No one in DC wanted to remember Feb. 1993. And it seems clear now that the limited damage from the truck bomb (which could never have knocked down a tower) allowed everyone to sleep for another 8-and-a-half years.

There can be no excuse now, for the government, the media, or the general public. While I do not believe some apocalyptic day of terror is imminent, there will be something. Tanker trucks, bombings of crucial bridges, a halting attempt to use bioweapons, a railroad chemical explosion, a dirty bomb, something.

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 14, 2006 6:53 PM


Yes, they'd been attacked so they hired him.

Posted by: oj at March 14, 2006 7:13 PM