Sunday, December 27, 2009
If you think that an effective anti-terrorism program consists of arresting perps and prosecuting them, then the "system worked." If you think that it might require more than that, then this is farookin' asinine. Janet Napolitano really needs to go.
There's no point in getting rid of Napolitano. Obama wouldn't nominate anyone more effective. This is what he ran on, doing away with the Bush approach of seeing a terrorist under every rock (or in every passenger seat) and being proactive before the fact. Now we wait and see what's going to happen and once it does we make new rules to make sure nobody tries it again. In Obama world if we'd tried to keep the Nigerian "student" off the plane, many more Nigerians would have been radicalized and would hate us plus it would have been unfair profiling. And that's bad. Maybe just as bad as if he'd actually blown the plane up.
So a "human caused disaster" was narrowly averted by some combination of Muslim terrorist incompetence and intervention by a brave passenger and Janet Napolitano thinks the system "worked"?
Perhaps it depends on what the meaning of "worked" is?
Napolitano was worse on ABC's This Week. Even my husband who is pretty uninterested in anything remotely political turned to me and said, "The system worked? I thought the passengers did everything."
Robert Gibbs wasn't much better - and may have really been worse. He kept talking about how the underwear guy was on the "watch list" and that list has 550,000 names on it and was based on only unsubstantiated information. Has the government never heard of computers? It's not like some clerk would have to dig through all 550,000 names by hand to see if the guy requesting the visa is on the list. And that's the other thing. This was not an American citizen to whom we feel we need to give the benefit of the doubt since the info about him was unsubstantiated. This was a foreign national; if he was on any list that should have put the kibosh on his visa until he could be checked out. Which point, thankfully, Ruth Marcus actually made.
Honestly, I would have felt better if those two had blamed it all on the Bush system and sworn to fix it than I do hearing them make excuses and argue that the system worked.
The CNN interview Napolitano did is pretty straightforward. I watched it a few times, and it is clear to me that we have all been deputized -- we, as passengers, are part of the "system." I am going to wear a badge the next time I board a flight, although, frankly, we don't need no stinkin' badges.
She's had a bad year, and speaking on TV is not her strength. There is no good way for her to spin this, and Napolitano should not have tried. If President Obama wanted to be clever, he'd appoint a Republican to replace her.
Think Rudy Giuliani would take the job if Obama offered it to him?
Think the Democratic Senate would approve him?
Think again. Still, it would be a clever move if Obama would do it.
Clever. Obama. Think again. :)
"In Obama world if we'd tried to keep the Nigerian "student" off the plane, many more Nigerians would have been radicalized and would hate us plus it would have been unfair profiling. And that's bad. Maybe just as bad as if he'd actually blown the plane up."
The solution is painfully simple. Racially Profile the HELL out of the searches and when you catch one of them...fast track the prosecution and give them a chance to meet the seventy virgins.
Sooner of later they will HAVE to run out of virgins.
It's hilarious to watch Liberals try to reason with 7th century fanatics and try to find the clean end of the turd to pick up.