08 January 2010

Who Would've Thought That a Public Official Would Be So Incompetent?

File Photo of Janet Napolitano

President Obama's national security team and the folks that keep America from getting blowed up has been, thankfully, a pretty decent bunch of individuals. However, one official stands out worse than a turd on the Thanksgiving table, and no Marueen Dowd puff pieces on Janet Napolitano's "determination" are going to prevent her from getting inevitably axed for gross incompetence. Here's the latest embarrassing statement to the press, which Jim Hoft has a transcript of, saying that the lone suicide bomber concept was something that caught Homeland Security with its pants down:

Question: What was the most shocking, stunning thing that you found out of the review? And, Secretary, to you, as well...
SECRETARY NAPOLITANO: I think, following up on that, not just the determination of al Qaeda and al Qaeda Arabian Peninsula, but the tactic of using an individual to foment an attack, as opposed to a large conspiracy or a multi-person conspiracy such as we saw in 9/11, that is something that affects intelligence.
Has she been on planet Earth the last 10 years? The typical stereotype of a suicide bomber (the 18-30 year old male who becomes disenchanted and decides to achieve martyrdom through mass atrocity) was the case here. The President promises a detailed bi-partisan review of the matter that will, hopefully, involve some "reassignments" of Napolitano and that other guy who didn't want his skiing vacation interrupted.

As an aside, this could go hand-in-hand with the much needed bipartisan inquiry into why the VA is having so many problems, which Army Sergeant has a great piece about.

5 comments:

Nicholas Blendy said...

Secretary Napolitano's public response to the attack was abysmal. Hopefully, we'll find out what happened behind the scenes after the bipartisan commission convenes.

But the bureaucratic monster that is DHS also contains the former INS (Immigration and Naturalization Services) now ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). This is the area where she is the Democratic leader with the most expertise, and she is pretty much indispensible to the Dems for immigration reform. I suspect that's why she's not on the chopping block for the underpants bomber, but it's pretty ridiculous how massive and unruly DHS is as an arm of the Executive branch. And the justification for putting so many agencies under one umbrella was to ensure more effective communication so that we don't have situations exactly like what just happened in Detroit arising.

But instead of fixing this problem, we'll probably have Republicans blaming President Obama for failing and Democrats blaming President Bush for creating DHS. Good times.

Nixon said...

Dead-on accurate comment. Check out this story about Napolitano, definitely a lot of politics going on and not very much security.

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