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Chertoff Has 'Few Days Left,' Sources Say (In other words, he is toast)
HumanEvents ^

Posted on 03/03/2006 7:44:17 PM PST by AZRepublican

n the aftermath of the public revelation of the presidential "teleconference" and mounting criticism of the performance of Michael Chertoff, Administration sources told HUMAN EVENTS today that the secretary of Homeland Security has "only a few days left" in the Bush Cabinet.

As one source acquainted with the former federal prosecutor and U.S. appellate judge said under promise of anonymity, "They will give [Chertoff] a little time so it won't hurt his reputation too much, but he's probably got only a few days left."

For weeks, Chertoff has been under fire from Capitol Hill and the media for his performance during the disaster last year. In addition, more criticism has been fueled by his clash with former FEMA Director Michael Brown in the so-called post-Katrina "blame game." (See HUMAN EVENTS' exclusive report, "Brown: White House Made Me Scapegoat," in which he says, "They’ve got to keep me out there as a scapegoat. If they get rid of Chertoff, they have no new scapegoat. Then it goes to the White House.")

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: buschcabniet; chertoff; chertofffired; dhs; fema; notbreaking
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1 posted on 03/03/2006 7:44:23 PM PST by AZRepublican
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To: AZRepublican

Put Gen Honore in


2 posted on 03/03/2006 7:47:30 PM PST by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (Charlie Mike, son))
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To: bnelson44

Why anyone would want that job is beyond me.


3 posted on 03/03/2006 7:49:06 PM PST by Perdogg (The Opinions expressed by Perdogg are correct and should be relied upon)
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To: AZRepublican
(anonymous)Administration sources

Call Dan Rather....?
4 posted on 03/03/2006 7:49:07 PM PST by FreedomNeocon (I'm in no Al-Samood for this Shi'ite.)
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To: bnelson44
Put Gen Honore in

I like that idea!!


5 posted on 03/03/2006 7:49:11 PM PST by Pyro7480 (Sancte Joseph, terror daemonum, ora pro nobis!)
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To: Perdogg

AGREED!ITS AN IMPOSSIBLE JOB.


6 posted on 03/03/2006 7:52:40 PM PST by golfisnr1 (Democrats are like roaches, hard to get rid of.>)
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To: AZRepublican

I'm getting a little tired of this source said and anonymous source said. If you can't report, then don't. And it is that easy.


7 posted on 03/03/2006 7:52:44 PM PST by Herford Turley (Conservatism will save America)
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To: FreedomNeocon

I was listening to Hugh Hewitt tonight...he had Mort Kondrake and Bill Sammons as guests...and he asked both if they had heard the rumor about Chertoff leaving...and they both said yes...but no confirmation..

That was before this thread came out...


8 posted on 03/03/2006 7:54:03 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: AZRepublican

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1589564/posts


9 posted on 03/03/2006 7:54:06 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo
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To: Pyro7480
Chertoff is a political animal. I have felt all along that he was in over his head with the entrenched civil service workers of Washington D.C.
10 posted on 03/03/2006 7:55:17 PM PST by OKIEDOC (There's nothing like hearing someone say thank you for your help.)
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To: Phsstpok; Cboldt; Bahbah; Peach; Mo1; prairiebreeze

PING


11 posted on 03/03/2006 7:55:18 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: Perdogg

It would be great for maybe two years. then you do the consulting gigs. Brown said he got a pay increase in this deal. Looks like chirpoff threw brown under the bus and now HE is being thrown under the bus.


12 posted on 03/03/2006 7:55:36 PM PST by fooman (Get real with Kim Jung Mentally Ill about proliferation)
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To: AZRepublican
Chertoff Has 'Few Days Left,'

What's he dying of? Unsightly stubble?

13 posted on 03/03/2006 7:56:00 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all.)
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To: bnelson44

"Put Gen Honore in "

I'll second that.


14 posted on 03/03/2006 7:57:20 PM PST by ndt
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To: OKIEDOC

Its overwhelming alright. I guess that's why Tom Ridge left.


15 posted on 03/03/2006 7:58:09 PM PST by tirednvirginia
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To: ndt

Rudy, Rudy, Rudy.


16 posted on 03/03/2006 7:58:47 PM PST by tirednvirginia
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To: bnelson44

What is "homeland security" if not a military/inel/logistics operation? Yet we have since staffed the department with a lawyer and a horse show manager. Talk about being "stuck on stupid".


17 posted on 03/03/2006 7:59:09 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (A Liberal: One who demands half of your pie, because he didn't bake one.)
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To: Txsleuth

anonymous sources....

time will tell


18 posted on 03/03/2006 7:59:43 PM PST by prairiebreeze (Casey Sheehan, thank you for your service. I'm proud of you. Even if your own mother isn't.)
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To: Texas Eagle
Yeah, I was wondering the same thing. Maybe he is dying laughing at the AP correction to this weeks drive by shooting of the President. On Friday the loons at AP put out the truth.
Clarification: Katrina-Video story ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) _

In a March 1 story, The Associated Press reported that federal disaster officials warned President Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees in New Orleans, citing confidential video footage of an Aug. 28 briefing among U.S. officials.

The Army Corps of Engineers considers a breach a hole developing in a levee rather than an overrun. The story should have made clear that Bush was warned about floodwaters overrunning the levees, rather than the levees breaking.

The day before the storm hit, Bush was told there were grave concerns that the levees could be overrun. It wasn't until the next morning, as the storm was hitting, that Michael Brown, then head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Bush had inquired about reports of breaches. Bush did not participate in that briefing.

Most people who actually listened to the tapes knew the AP was lying.
19 posted on 03/03/2006 8:00:39 PM PST by Tarpon
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To: bnelson44
Put Gen Honore in

That would be a demotion... promote him to JCOS or SECDEF.

20 posted on 03/03/2006 8:00:59 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: tirednvirginia

whats a movie about notre dame football got to do with this thread? /? :-)


21 posted on 03/03/2006 8:01:37 PM PST by 537cant be wrong (vampires stole my lunch money !)
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To: golfisnr1

RUDY GIULIANI


22 posted on 03/03/2006 8:02:04 PM PST by HHKrepublican_2 (OP Spread the Truth....http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1535158/posts)
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To: AZRepublican

I don't have any problem with Chertoff, but I do think we could do better.

Maybe Giuliani will give it another thought...how great would that be? He'd not only be amazing at it, but it would take him out of contention for '08, which, from my perspective, is a good thing. I like him, but not for President.



23 posted on 03/03/2006 8:02:56 PM PST by zbigreddogz
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To: AZRepublican

If we were to believe the "mounting criticism" and requests for resignation against this person or the other that has occurred in the last 5 years from the MSM and from the democrats and from the 'anonymous" sources, there would be nobody left in the Bush administration to run the place.


24 posted on 03/03/2006 8:03:11 PM PST by adorno
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To: HHKrepublican_2

That's what I'm saying!

Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!


25 posted on 03/03/2006 8:04:06 PM PST by zbigreddogz
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To: Txsleuth

We'll see -- I don't have a strong impression of him right now.


26 posted on 03/03/2006 8:05:31 PM PST by Peach
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To: tirednvirginia
Well a person has to feel for the guy.

I don't know why they didn't tap someone like Tommy Franks, General Honore or some other hard nose in place of a bureaucrat like Chertoff.

Employees up in in these various government departments are playing political territorial games with Americas security.

I would love to hear Honore tell Kennedy, Turdbin and Schumer to quit being stuck on stupid.
27 posted on 03/03/2006 8:07:58 PM PST by OKIEDOC (There's nothing like hearing someone say thank you for your help.)
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To: Herford Turley
I agree. Too many on our own side are exhibiting those same "endearing" qualities found among the left wing media. All along the real target for the Left was Bush. Throwing Brown and Chertoff under the bus only encourages them.
28 posted on 03/03/2006 8:08:51 PM PST by Oklahoma
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To: Txsleuth

If you have a potentially huge problem, create an equally huge government bureaucracy, throw lots and lots of money at it, create flow charts so we will know in which direction to point fingers, say lots of reassuring things about preparedness. Congratulate yourselves and thank lots of elected officials for their "leadership". Everyone feels better, except some of us.


29 posted on 03/03/2006 8:11:35 PM PST by Bahbah (An admitted Snow Flake and a member of Sam's Club)
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To: prairiebreeze
Yes....we will see....I do remember the sometimes contentious confirmation hearings for Chertoff though...and I bet that Bush does NOT want to have to have someone go through that again...

So...unless it is Chertoff's decision, I doubt he will be gone.
30 posted on 03/03/2006 8:12:39 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: operation clinton cleanup

Director of Homeland Security is like Sec. of the Army. It would not be a demotion.


31 posted on 03/03/2006 8:12:53 PM PST by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (Charlie Mike, son))
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To: Oklahoma

Yep. If you can't report it, then don't. How long has Chertoff been there now?


32 posted on 03/03/2006 8:13:26 PM PST by Herford Turley (Conservatism will save America)
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To: HHKrepublican_2

I think I heard that Guiliani was asked when Ridge left...and he didn't want it...(he makes more money on the private circuit...plus, he can run for POTUS better if he isn't tied down to that job)


33 posted on 03/03/2006 8:14:26 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: AZRepublican

I like the guy. Everyone forgets homeland Security Dept was a DEM idea. Bush did not want this. Remember? The media went APE over that. So now we have a bigger Gov. entiity that is useless. He should have stayed as a Federal Judge where he had a job for life. It is a shame this guy got put into this job and wasn't he there for a short time before Katrina. He gave up alot to serve in a measly job with no thanks.


34 posted on 03/03/2006 8:17:33 PM PST by therut
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To: Bahbah

I just can't imagine Bush wanting to have to go through the process of choosing someone else..and the TORTURE of a confirmation hearing...

for a Department that he probably KNOWS was not that great of an idea...but, that all-knowing 9/11 Commission and the dems just HAD to have one...(don't forget the Jersey girls)...


35 posted on 03/03/2006 8:18:00 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: OKIEDOC
Civil service workers excepted, Chertoff was put in to buffer the administration from people with common sense in regards to border security.

I only caught a glimpse of him, but he reminded me of movie maker John Waters.

36 posted on 03/03/2006 8:20:09 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: therut
Everyone forgets homeland Security Dept was a DEM idea.

Your comment bears repeating. The Dems should be reminded of that at every opportunity.

37 posted on 03/03/2006 8:31:39 PM PST by Ben Hecks
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
I posted my thoughts on FEMA here.

The logistics/military aspect is significant, but FEMA won't ever figure it out.

38 posted on 03/03/2006 8:36:18 PM PST by Richard Kimball (I like to make everyone's day a little more surreal)
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To: bnelson44
Director of Homeland Security is like Sec. of the Army. It would not be a demotion.

Maybe, but I doubt he would want such a position, although we sure need someone like him.

39 posted on 03/03/2006 8:40:40 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: AZRepublican

Maybe SOME DAY they'll figure out LAWYERS cannot do EVERYTHING!


40 posted on 03/03/2006 8:40:53 PM PST by goodnesswins ( "the left can only take power through deception." (and it seems Hillary & Company are the masters)
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To: Ben Hecks

Thought Dept. of Defense was for defending this country.

Silly me.


41 posted on 03/03/2006 8:47:55 PM PST by Finalapproach29er (Americans need to remember Osama's "strong horse" -"weak horse" analogy. Let's stop acting weak.)
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To: fooman

It would be great for maybe two years. then you do the consulting gigs. Brown said he got a pay increase in this deal. Looks like chirpoff threw brown under the bus and now HE is being thrown under the bus.


Lurch didn't realize that when he threw Brownie from the bus, he was tethered to Brownie. It just took a while for the slack to be taken up.


42 posted on 03/03/2006 9:00:50 PM PST by Tulsa Ramjet ("If not now, when?")
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To: AZRepublican

Lurch Chertoff will now be heading up the Port Operations in New Orleans for DP:

Chertoff: Hey, Bubba, how do I get some of those speaking gigs?
Bubba: Hea hea, (gravely voice) well, ya just gotta believe you are the right person for the job, and you....
Chertoff: Are there any forms I need to fill out?


43 posted on 03/03/2006 9:02:57 PM PST by Tulsa Ramjet ("If not now, when?")
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To: Texas Eagle
What's he dying of? Unsightly stubble?

Nope. He has a terminal case of skeleton-face.

44 posted on 03/03/2006 9:07:28 PM PST by Migraine
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To: AZRepublican

My Prediction: Chertoff will be nominated to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals opening left by Roberts elevation to the court (or maybe for Alito's seat in the 3rd circuit).

He was an appeals judge on the 3rd circuit before taking this position, having been nominated by Bush and confirmed handily by the Senate. So it should be easy to get him back on the courts. That won't be seen as a demotion I suppose, and it would reward him for taking the risk of taking the DHS job and giving up his lifetime appointment on the bench after only 2 years on the job.

I never liked Chertoff as the pick. He was a good conservative justice and it made no sense to pull him out of the judicial system, there had to be others suitable for the DHS slot after that NY guy fell apart (can't remember his name).


45 posted on 03/03/2006 9:12:15 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Finalapproach29er

Can't have those rowdy military folks running around with guns.


46 posted on 03/03/2006 9:24:54 PM PST by Ben Hecks
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To: Tulsa Ramjet

I remember thinking this at the time...


47 posted on 03/03/2006 9:29:17 PM PST by fooman (Get real with Kim Jung Mentally Ill about proliferation)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Bernie Kerick


48 posted on 03/03/2006 9:32:16 PM PST by txrangerette ("We are fighting al-Qaeda, NOT Aunt Sadie"...Dick Cheney commenting on the wiretaps!!)
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To: Txsleuth

but .. "they" - whoever that is - have been saying Rummy is leaving, Cheney is leaving, Powell is leaving, Rice is leaving. Powell was the only one they got right.


49 posted on 03/03/2006 9:43:36 PM PST by CyberAnt (Democrats/Old Media: "controversy, crap and confusion" -- Amen!)
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To: Pyro7480

It would be interesting for Bush to order Gen Honore to take charge of FEMA and bring Rudy G in for Homeland security. Give the general a thousand military personnel as his staff and let them "tame" FEMA. If the civilians in FEMA can't pull their weight...then can say adios to their career. This is the only thing that will fix the whole FEMA situation.


50 posted on 03/03/2006 9:48:50 PM PST by pepsionice
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