Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Is Janet Napolitano Really That Dumb?

The Secretary of Homeland Security seems to be well above her pay grade.  Janet Napolitano doesn't seem to have a clue about issues like border security or how to characterize the attempted bombing in New York City.

The better response came from a street vendor who was the first to report the incident.  Aliou Niasse said in an interview for the London Times “I didn’t see the car pull up or notice the driver because I was busy with customers. But when I looked up I saw that smoke appeared to be coming from the car. This would have been around 6.30pm. I thought I should call 911, but my English is not very good and I had no credit left on my phone, so I walked over to Lance, who has the T-shirt stall next to mine, and told him. He said we shouldn’t call 911. Immediately he alerted a police officer near by,” said Mr Niasse, who is originally from Senegal and who has been a vendor in Times Square for about eight years.  (Highlights added)

In charity one could say that the Secretary of Homeland Security is the head of an agency that should not be.  And that is probably true, the amalgamation of agencies that was done during the Bush Administration brings together logic only a government agency could understand.  But the current secretary seems even less prepared to do the job than several of Obama's other cabinet picks.  That is not a very high standard, considering his picks at Treasury and Justice, but even there she falls below the norm.

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