Deconstructing Janet Napolitano’s fatuous statements *UPDATED*

By now, you’ve all heard that Janet Napolitano, the head of Obama’s Department of Homeland Security, is going around saying that the system worked perfectly when a guy on the US no-fly list, who had been turned in by his own father, boarded a plane and detonated a bomb, only to be foiled by a bad detonator and alert passengers.  I leave it to Jonah Goldberg to write the perfect obituary for the administration’s attempt to aggrandize itself on this one:

Understandably, the White House is trying very hard to get out in front of the would-be Christmas bomber story. The head of the Department of Homeland Security isn’t helping. I watched her on three shows and each time she was more annoying, maddening and absurd than the pevious appearance. It is her basic position that the “system worked” because the bureaucrats responded properly after the attack. That the attack was “foiled” by a bad detonator and some civilian passengers is proof, she claims, that her agency is doing everything right. That is just about the dumbest thing she could say, on the merits and politically. I would wager that not one percent of Americans think the system is “working” when terrorists successfully get bombs onto planes (and succeed in activating them). Probably even fewer think it’s fair that they have to take off their shoes, endure delays and madness while a known Islamic radical — turned in by his own father — can waltz onto a plane (and into the country). DHS had no role whatsoever in assuring that this bomb didn’t go off. By her logic if the bomb had gone off, the system would have “worked” since it has done everything right.

UPDATE: Wait! Wait! This just in: The system does in fact work. Known black Muslim security threats may be getting a pass, but our security forces are still targeting the real threat:  they’re going after rich blond women, just the way they should.

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  • socratease

    Someone on Ace pointed out that, with this incident, the woman who instituted the phrase “man-caused disasters” has rediscovered the usefulness of the term “terrorism”.  But it only applies when it fails to kill anyone, thereby allowing Napolitano to claim that she’s successfully stopping terrorism.  When she fails, well, that wasn’t really “terrorism”, it was just one of those things that happen.
    Back in March, in an interview with Der Spiegel, Napolitano boasted:
    “Our policies will be guided by authoritative information. We also have assets at our disposal now that we did not have prior to 9/11. For example, we are much better able to keep track of travelers coming into the US than we were before. The third thing is to work with our international partners and allies to make sure that we are getting information and sharing information in an appropriate and real-time fashion.”
    Looks like her information isn’t quite as authoritative as she thought.


    The failed detonator and the quick responsive action taken by a Dutch citizen is what saved the passengers.
    Homeland Security is an oxymoron and the Head Moron is Janet, for the moment. The real problem is the absence of acknowledgment to address the harsh realities.   It only took one terror attack  for Israel [Entebbe] to shore up security for El Al and their passengers.  Sadly, we have succumbed to PC bullsh*t and created a living detonator.

  • Ymarsakar

    The Left is correct in that profiling does not work. After all, we have just seen how the Left does profiling when it comes to black skin color and religious motivations such as Hasan.
    You don’t want the Left to be doing any profiling, for chances are more likely that they’ll lock up their profiled political enemies rather than the desired target.
    Only propagandized fools think conservatives shouldn’t profile because profiling doesn’t work. It works fine for us because we’re the ones doing it.

  • Ymarsakar

    Once again we see that it is individual skills of people that affect tactical outcomes. Don’t rely on the government to save the strategic bacon. They don’t care about saving anything except what they can steal for themselves.

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