On the Waterfront: Time to Give Ports Back to the Mafia

Rush Limbaugh says that instead of turning our ports over to the United Arab Emirates, we should hand them off to Halliburton. Who else can handle such a huge operation, he asks. Well, there is someone else and they happen to have a track record on the docks. I say, let's give the ports back to the mafia. In World War II, the feds handed security for the port of New York over to Lucky Luciano. So what if they had to spring him from the joint in exchange for protection? The plan worked -- German U-boats never landed at Battery Park and if they tried -- well, fuhgeddaboutit. Now is not the time to break with tradition. Let's keep homeland security in la famiglia.