I won’t go into all the details of the foiled plot to blow up the Northwest flight on Christmas Day. You probably already know enough about that. What’s really fascinating—or is frightening the right word?—is the reaction of Janet Napolitano, head of the Department of Homeland Security.
To any observer with a critical sense at all, this episode was a complete breakdown in security. The only reason the plane didn’t blow up was because a passenger took it upon himself to attack the bomber and snuff out the threat. Yet her first response was to claim that this entire scenario showed just how wonderfully the security system was working.
After the whole world either reacted with befuddlement or outright disdain for her remarks, she did the typical political/bureaucratic backpedal: she was taken out of context, she claimed. In other words, it wasn’t her faulty reasoning, but it was others who had twisted her words. That response elicited equal disbelief and mirth. She has no credibility. Some commentators have called for her resignation. I think that’s a great idea.
Napolitano was the one who originally decided that there was no more War on Terror; we should instead refer to man-caused disasters. How nice.
I’ve even read that she is on Obama’s short list for the United States Supreme Court. Talk about a high threat level! Can you imagine what an addition she would make to the Court? She would only increase the problem we already have.
Here’s another example of how she would contribute:
Yes, we are in trouble.