Skip to comments.Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is not fit for position, recent events prove
Posted on 12/29/2009 4:25:03 PM PST by My Favorite Headache
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is living proof you can not only take the girl out of New York, but take New York out of the girl as well.
Napolitano was born in New York and yet takes so little interest in us that as recently as last April she seemed unaware of some basic facts regarding the attack on the World Trade Center.
That became apparent in an interview with Canadian television. Napolitano suggested that the Canadian and Mexican borders warranted equal attention.
"Yes, Canada is not Mexico. It doesn't have a drug war going on," Napolitano said. "Nonetheless, to the extent that terrorists have come into our country ...it's been across the Canadian border."
The interviewer inquired if the terrorists included those who had staged the 9/11 attacks.
"Not just those, but others as well," Napolitano said.
The Canadian ambassador to the U.S., Michael Wilson, subsequently lamented that "misconceptions arise on something as fundamental as where the 9/11 terrorists came from."
"As the 9/11 commission reported in 2004, all of the 9/11 terrorists arrived in the United States from outside North America," Wilson noted. "They flew to major U.S. airports. They entered the U.S. with documents issued by the United States government. No 9/11 terrorists came from Canada."
Napolitano announced through an aide she had "misunderstood" the interviewer and had actually been speaking about the lone would-be bomber who had been caught crossing from Canada into Washington State in 1999.
Napolitano then made a declaration no homeland security chief should ever have had to make, most particularly one born in New York.
"I know that the Sept. 11 hijackers did not come through Canada to the United States," she said.
No doubt some Canadians saw a certain irony on Christmas Day, when the undies bomber aboard a flight from Amsterdam attempted to destroy an airliner descending into Detroit, just across a river from Canada.
An Islamic extremist who never should have been allowed on an airliner in the first place had passed through security with a high explosive. He likely would have killed all 289 aboard were it not for his bungling and the heroism of a Dutch passenger.
"The system worked," Napolitano had the nerve to say.
No doubt some Canadians discerned a pattern when Napolitano responded to the ensuing uproar over her remark by saying she had been "taken out of context."
"Our system did not work in this instance," Napolitano now said.
In both instances, Napolitano flip-flopped after saying something ludicrous while playing politics. That is particularly reprehensible in time of war, but it is not surprising, for she is a politician by profession.
By all accounts, she was a pretty good governor in her adopted state of Arizona, certainly much better than the one we have in her native New York.
She is a disgrace as the secretary of homeland security. That job should be held by somebody who has some working expertise and no agenda other than to keep the innocent as safe as possible.
I hate to admit it, but President George W. Bush was right to appoint a cop to head homeland security. He just picked the wrong one when he chose Bernard Kerik, who is also a crook.
In making that mistake, Bush was no doubt looking for some of the magic that has transformed New York into America's safest big city, a phenomenon in which Kerik played no significant role.
Our new President could get some of that magic from those who really did make it happen.
Our present police commissioner, Raymond Kelly, is one.
Former NYPD Commissioner and LAPD chief William Bratton is another.
There is also John Timoney, who went from the NYPD to become top cop in Philadelphia and then Miami.
Put one of those truly talented souls in charge and the system might actually work, eh?
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2009/12/29/2009-12-29_put_real_cops_in_charge_of_security.html#ixzz0b7wTaDT3
She fits right in with the rest of Obama’s armature hour.
I’m surprised she hasn’t ordered troops to the canadian border over this.
She isn’t fit for anything other than a dyke bar.
GOP — call for her resignation loud and clear. Gross dangerous incompetence with the lives of Americans.
For God’s Sakes let’s leave her alone lest we get a Himmler or something similar in her position.
She probably has but Zero is still “thinking” about it.
Competence is not something 0bama wants in Secretarial appointments. Czars know what they’re supposed to do, and competence in all things that value America is also not part of their jobs, either.
I’m all for William Bratton. He did a lot of good out here in LA. Regardless, J Nap has got to go.
If Obama had any professionalism at all he’d fire her
Re: Zero’s amateur crew
I agree completely ... Zero is not up to the job, and 70-90% of his czars and appointments are not up to their jobs.
Amateur hour in DC ... “An amateur is generally considered a person attached to a particular pursuit, study, or science, without formal training or pay. An amateur receives little or irregular income from their activities, and differs from a professional who makes a living from the pursuit and typically has some formal training and certifications in the domain.”
(translation - not a professional, novice, over paid)
Chinese Proverb ... when you see turtle on top of fence post, do not ask “why is turtle on fence post?”. Instead, you should ask “WHO put turtle on fence post”.
How about James Crowley
“...Secretary Janet Incompetano...”
The woman should have never been placed in this position in the first place. She is clearly in over her head, and that is an extremely dangerous situation for everyone in the Country. If she had any sense she would step down, but I fear who Obammmy would trot out next.
I’m surprised she hasn’t whacked some “domestic terrorists” in East Texas in response to this.
She too busy putting oathkeepers and tea baggers on terror watch list to worry about a raghead