Robert J. Caldwell of the San Diego Union-Tribune posts one of the most eloquent defenses of the defunct Dubai deal. While I don't agree, I have to admire the skill with which he argues his case.
If the UAE really can't understand why we (as in a large majority of U.S. citizens) had a problem with the arrangement, then I don't know if they're smart enough to be as valuable as Caldwell claims. A sophisticated ally will not only comprehend the apprehension of the American people, but respect it as well.
I give the UAE enough credit as our ally to believe that they get it.