Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sleep Good At Night... "Our System Worked"!

When Janet Napolitano was interviewed on CNN's Sunday show "State of the Nation," she said, “One thing I want to point out is that the system worked. Everybody played an important role here. The passengers and crew of the flight took appropriate action.” She was referring of course to the failure of  the would be bomber (I don't even want to print his name and add to his fame by other terrorists) following his failure to bring down a flight just outside of Detroit on Christmas Day.

That is one of her most stupid statements to date. The system obviously did not work because if  it had worked the "passengers and crew of the flight" would not have had to take any "appropriate action"!

It took almost 24 hours for Secretary Napolitano to come up with a clarification of her shockingly stupid statement. The Obama robots scrambled come up with "It was taken out of context."

Obama backed Napolitano's analysis as correct, saying that "once the suspect attempted to take down Flight 253, after his attempt, it's clear that passengers and crew, our homeland security systems and our aviation security took all appropriate actions." What actions were taken other than armed law enforcement taking the terrorist into custody AFTER the plane landed and he was subdued in flight?

"Everybody played an important role here," Napolitano said on CNN's "State of the Union." "The passengers and crew of the flight took appropriate action, within literally an hour to 90 minutes of the incident occurring all 128 flights in the air had been notified to take some special measures in light of what had occurred on the Northwest Airlines flight." Wow! They managed to notify ALL of the flights in the air somewhere between 60-90 minutes! How many of those had already landed? How many more flights were taking off after the incident and how far had they traveled before they received the notice? What special measures could they have taken after they were airbourne and their passengers "cleared" to fly? "Watch for smoke coming from someone's underwear"?

The terror suspect didn't "attempt" to attack the plane, he DID attack it and luckily he failed to reach his objective. That my friends WAS a terrorist attack.

Don't worry Obamabots, Janet Napolitano won't leave.If she were to resign, then the Obama administration will be in deeper do-do and more embarrassed than it already is.

As bad as the total failure of the national security system was to stop the terror attack looks now, it would look even worse if the secretary of Homeland Security resigns.  There are lots of reasons why Napolitano's leaving would be bad for the administration.

For one, Napolitano's resignation would remove any deniability for the failure to stop the attacker. I do feel that some of the blame deserves to be put on security in the Netherlands and Nigeria for failing to catch the suspect's explosives. Also, Napolitano is in hot water not because of a personal scandal  but rather because the department she runs failed to recognize the suspect as a threat and stop him from being allowed to fly to the U.S. If the scandal were personal, Napolitano could leave government and take the scandal with her.

The sad truth is that our federal government seems unable to protect us from being killed or attacked in large numbers and we wind up doing it ourselves. Airline passengers  have prevented airline attacks in progress for the third time! The Shoe Bomber's attempt, last week's attack over Detroit and Flight 93, the passengers of which prevented it from being bloodier than the terrorists intended.

Napolitano won't be fired of course, because she is a Cabinet official, which is important for two political reasons. If she goes, it would be the highest-profile resignation in the administration after a year of significant departures, including the White House counsel, the communications director, and one of the biggest scammers of all, Van Jones. And the most important reason: the administration would enter a long confirmation circus in the Senate that would give Republicans a chance to openly tear apart Democrats on national security at the start of an election year. Democrats won't want that battle at the start of the midterms by getting in a national security debate.

The White House knows all of this and it will do with Napolitano what it does with Joe Biden after his media will hide her. Napolitano is here to stay, at least until the next attack that is hopefully thwarted by alert passengers or citizens. She can handle the job. She can do it all. Why else wouldn't there be a full-time person heading up the TSA? Who's in charge of making sure Grandma is stripped searched? (Besides Grandpa, that is).

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