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Why is Janet Napalitano still Secretary of DHS?

Tim Cavanaugh wonders if her latest utterances (not much different than her previous ones) are enough to finally get her fired?  I don’t know, but to say I have no confidence in her abilities would be an understatement.  Every time she has opened her mouth to comment on a security situation, she’s been wrong.  As Cavanaugh notes, that’s a reason to be concerned:

But it’s more than a joke because not all the people making those wildly wrong claims about Shahzad’s background and motivation were pundits or minor potentates like New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The “one-off” attack line came from the highest official in the American government charged with preventing attacks exactly like Shahzad’s: Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

It was her department which released the confidential memo, essentially a republishing of the scare-mongering Southern Poverty Law Center’s dubious assessment of supposed right-wing hate groups, in which DHS warned against “returning veterans” being a threat.  It has appeared, at least to many, that she is more concerned about the possibility of a domestic, right-wing problem than facing the facts that the recent threats and failed bombing attempts have all come from international Islamic terrorists.

This is an obvious politicization of her office. (Napolitano’s favored targets — health care protesters and disgruntled veterans — are distinguished not by their propensity toward violence but by their opposition to the administration.) But if you believe in the necessity of a Department of Homeland Security, every day Napolitano is in charge of it creates an actual risk to life and property. Napolitano has a positive burden of proof: She needs to demonstrate some understanding of how to do her job, or she needs to be fired, for the security of the United States and the safety of the American people.

I have to agree – at every opportunity she’s downplayed the real and emphasized that which hasn’t materialized yet. She seems, like much of the left, to be obsessed with the possibility of domestic right-wing violence with little or no evidence of its existence.  That speaks to me as politicizing the problem based on an agenda.  We don’t need a politically driven hack in the highest domestic security position in the nation.  Perhaps it’s time for President Obama to say “heckofa job, Nappy” and help her transition into a less demanding profession – that of a retired politician, or perhaps a political science professor at a backwoods college somewhere in the NorthEast.

~McQ

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19 Responses to Why is Janet Napalitano still Secretary of DHS?

  • And to think that Janet Napolitano  has been mentioned as a possible future SCOTUS Justice.  Add her with the most likely next nominee for SCOTUS Justice, Elena Kagan, and you have two of Obama biggests “brown nosers”.  Have either of these two ever been even a judge of traffic court ?
    Both are either incompetent or inexperienced, like their sponsor, Barack Obama.

    • To Imeme, given his actual curriculum vitae, Napolitano looks like a Pro.

  • We don’t need a politically driven hack in the highest domestic security position in the nation.

    We don’t need one in the White House, either, but there he is.  Then again, it’s not inconceivable that Obama will remove Napolitano, he’s been willing to throw people under the bus, and I think she crossed the line into political liability already.  I wonder if they’re just waiting for the right opportunity.

  • help her transition into a less demanding profession – failed bureaucrat.
    There, FTFY…

  • The Left wouldn’t recognize reality if it were a dog and bit them on the ass.

  • Sadly McQ, something will have to go “boom” before she finds herself collecting her pension.

  • Wow.  Because she’s concerned about domestic terrorism — a real possibility given all the whackos who talk about ‘civil war’ and have threatening rhetoric, signs, etc. — she’s somehow not concerned also about al qaeda?   If you look at what the agency puts out, it’s far more obsessed with al qaeda and talks more about those threats than domestic threats.   But domestic threats are real, we learned that from Timothy McVeigh.  To ignore the potential threat would be foolhardy.
    Just because there is a legitimate fear of domestic terror (right or left) doesn’t mean there isn’t even more concern and work being done about Islamic extremist terror.    Attacking Napalitano for this frankly sounds really whiney and paranoid.   Plus she’s far better qualified for her job than Ridge was — and Neo saying Kagan isn’t competent must be from a parallel opposite universe.   Kagan is one of the most brilliant legal minds out there, even those who disagree with her respect  that!

    • Because she’s concerned about domestic terrorism — a real possibility given all the whackos who talk about ‘civil war’ and have threatening rhetoric, signs, etc.

      Where the F*ck have you been for the last 10 years?  Do you recall all of the DC posturing during the Bush years about domestic terrorism from the Left, with all the talk about assassination, threatening rhetoric, signs, etc.???  But then I guess that any such talk from the left is all right and those folks don’t rise to the level of “Whackos” from the right.  Tell you what Erb –  do one thing for all of us.  Show us one single act of Domestic Terrorism besides Tim McVeigh that originated from the Right.  And then when you sit and look at all the myriad examples you can bring to bear, stop and then look at the violence that has been generated by the Left just in the past year – not even thinking about Al Qaeda, just the left.  Note a bit of a discrepancy there?

      Next time you want to deliver some Democratic Talking Points, try a little harder to disguise the fact that you are nothing but a Shill for the Dems!

      PS – When you look at Kagan’s credentials, consider her role in throwing ROTC and military recruiters off campus.  For any sane person, you calling Kagan brilliant should automatically trigger warning bells.

      What a Buffoon!

      • Tim McVeigh was a neo-Nazi. That has nothing to do with the American conservative movement or things to the right in general. A neo-Nazi is not interested in limited government, traditional moral principles, or economic freedom. McVeigh worked off the the racist tract “The Turner Diaries,” which, if you needed to find some sort of parallel narrative you might look toward Louis Farrakhan or Jeremiah Wright, whackos like that, or their followers.

    • All your other blather aside for the moment, Scott. On what do you base the claim that “Kagan is one of the most brilliant legal minds out there?”

      Saying that she was the head of Harvard Law School doesn’t establish that, nor does saying that she is Solicitor General. She has published almost nothing. She’s never written a single judicial opinion. Show me the evidence of her “brilliant legal mind,” please. You clearly won’t need much time to tell me because you surely know what you based the claim on. Make your case right down below.

    • “Kagan is one of the most brilliant legal minds out there, even those who disagree with her respect  that!”

      Even if that is true, how is that relevant to homeland security? Legal issues are why we have an Attorney General.

    • As long as Obama was friends with Ayers, worked with him politically, lets him visit the White House, then the Left should have NOTHING to say about domestic terrorism worries.

    • Once again Erb is but a one-shot cowboy.  He makes claims he cannot defend, just spouts his Dem Talking Points and then crawls back under the rock from which he came.

    • SIgh…get help Erb. Get help!

  • Why?
    Same reason Rumsfeld remained SecDef as long as he did –
    Failure has no consequence in D.C.
     
    (I usually don’t feel comfortable with gumball reasoning… but… what the hell… it’s Monday.)

  • Napolitano’s favored targets — health care protesters and disgruntled veterans — are distinguished not by their propensity toward violence but by their opposition to the administration.

    I suggest that the problem is the JaNo, like the other thugs in the regime, are more concerned about defending the regime than the country.  This is the sort of behavior that characterizes third-world dictatorships like Cuba, North Korea, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, etc.  L’etat c’est moi.

    Let’s harken back to the last couple of years of the Bush administration.  Do you recall the term “existential threat”?  It gained considerable cachet with the left, and was used by them to argue against military action against just about any country or group on earth: “Well, they can’t kill EVERY SINGLE American, so they aren’t an ‘existential threat’, so we shouldn’t do anything against Iraq or AQ (and we’re only doing anything now because Bush is a warmonger who wants blood for oil).”

    Let’s assume that the left takes this “existential threat” stuff seriously.  Now, what poses an existential threat to the left, and more specifically to the Obama regime?  It isn’t foreign terrorists: even a major attack on the US isn’t likely to topple Imeme, and, indeed, one could argue that such a thing would actually strengthen his position as 9-11 did for Bush (“Let’s all come together to face this foreign threat”).  The thing that poses the greatest threat to the regime IS the right: an agitated, energized right that can’t wait to vote him and his gang of thugs and clowns out of office.  The demonization / criminalization that we see in response is easy to understand when one considers the liberal mindset and playbook:

    1.  They believe that conservatives are evil

    2.  They have had great electoral success in the past by balkanizing Americans along racial and socio-economic lines, pitting one group as a direct threat to another

    3.  They saw the electoral boost Bush got from opposing a terrorist threat, and seek to coopt that issue for themselves.  Trouble is, the “terrorists” are other Americans

    So, is it any wonder that JaNo worries more about the right-wing threat than about foreign terrorists?