Lying or incompetent? The Janet Napolitano edition

October 28, 2011

So, which is it, Madame Secretary? Or is it both?

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet “The System Worked” Napolitano testified before the House Judiciary Committee and did her best Sergeant Schultz impression, claiming she knew nothing about Operation Fast and Furious (aka Gunwalker) until Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed late last year:

House Republicans on Wednesday turned their sharp questioning over “Operation Fast and Furious” toward Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who acknowledged her agents were twice told to “stand down” in deference to what she called a “very troublesome” operation.

Napolitano, at one point likening the questioning to a cross-examination, said repeatedly she only learned of “Fast and Furious” after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in December. She emphasized the operation, conceived and run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, “was an ATF operation,” under the auspices of the Justice Department, not her department.

Well played, Janet! Denying knowledge of Gunwalker while pointing a big finger at Justice! Guess your boss isn’t the only one who can throw people under the bus.

Call me “cynical,” but Secretary Napolitano’s testimony lacks a certain something… Let’s call it “credibility.”

Look at the facts: Janet Napolitano was Governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009, when Barack Obama appointed her DHS Secretary. Arizona has a huge problem with cartel-related smuggling and violence. She would have been intimately familiar with the problems on her southern border. It is inconceivable that, both as the immediate past governor of a key state, a cabinet official,  and head of the agency charged with security of the US border, she would not have been briefed on a major cross-border gun-smuggling operation, particularly when we were running it.

Consider also that Dennis Burke, her former chief of staff when she was Arizona’s governor and a senior adviser to her at DHS, was the US Attorney for Arizona during Operation Fast and Furious and participated in the inter-agency task force overseeing the operation fiasco.

This is Napolitano’s former chief of staff, someone she worked closely with for years, whom she probably helped get the US Attorney’s job, and who was her protege in Arizona politics. Does she seriously expect us to believe he never briefed her, never even mentioned it to his friend and mentor? Remember, Gunwalker started in mid-2009; Agent Terry was killed in November, 2010.  For over a year, Burke told his friend the Director of Homeland Security nothing? Nor was she briefed by anyone at the DoJ?

Seriously, Janet?

Lying, incompetent, or both, folks. You make the call.

RELATED: Earlier posts about Gunwalker.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


I’m starting to really like Jan Brewer

May 21, 2010

The Arizona governor cleverly uses the deadliest weapon in politics, mockery, to make fools out of the, well, fools who have criticized the state’s new illegal immigration bill without reading it:

I might have to donate to her reelection bid, if she keeps this up. Rolling on the floor

(via Ace)


But he was only an amateur terrorist

May 10, 2010

For those inclined to dismiss the Times Square jihadi as an “amateur” or with some other words meant to pooh-pooh him as nothing to really have worried about, consider the likely effect had the bomb gone off:

If you wanted to do a lot of damage with a well-rigged car bomb, the junction of West 45th Street and Broadway in midtown Manhattan, where Times Square narrows into an asphalt bottleneck, would be the place to pick. If the bomb planted in a green 1993 Nissan Pathfinder SUV on the evening of May 1 had exploded, here’s what would have happened, according to retired New York police department bomb-squad detective Kevin Barry. The car would have turned into a “boiling liquid explosive.” The propane tanks that the bomb comprised would have overheated and ignited into “huge blowtorches” that could have been ejected from the vehicle. The explosion, lasting only a few seconds, would have created a thermal ball wide enough to swallow up most of the intersection. A blast wave would have rocketed out in all directions at speeds of 12,000 to 14,000 ft. per sec. (3,700 to 4,300 m per sec.); hitting the surrounding buildings, the wave would have bounced off and kept going, as much as nine times faster than before. Anyone standing within 1,400 ft. (430 m) — about five city blocks — of the explosion would have been at risk of being hit by shrapnel and millions of shards of flying glass. The many who died would not die prettily. A TIME reporter familiar with the ravages of car bombs in Baghdad describes how victims appeared to be naked because a fireball melted their clothing onto the surface of their skin.

And, contra the President’s fool of a counterterrorism adviser, the only reason Times Square didn’t come to resemble downtown Baghdad circa 2006 was a combination of the bomber’s incompetence and the alertness of some street vendors and a homeless guy. The Department of Homeland Security and the rest of the security services had nothing to do with it, just as they had nothing to do with defeating the guy who tried to blow up NWA 253 over Detroit. We were lucky and incompetent; he was unlucky and incompetent.

But what happens when the luck turns?

(via Gabriel Malor on Twitter)

RELATED: Tim Cavanaugh at Reason wants DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano fired, unless she can demonstrate some heretofore missing competence.

LINKS: Sister Toldjah on AG Holder’s sudden discovery “homegrown” Islamic terrorism.


Signs of the times?

December 28, 2009

Hmmm… Variations on “Janet Napolitano is an idiot” have replaced long-time champ “near-naked Brazilian carnival babe” (or something similar) as the top search finding this blog.

I dunno. In difficult times such as these, I’d much rather contemplate the good things in this world and turn my eyes toward beauty, wouldn’t you?

And what a beautyLove Struck


Janet Napolitano asks for a mulligan

December 28, 2009

Realizing she had shoved her foot so far into her mouth that she was chewing her ankle, Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano now says the system “failed” when a jihadi and would-be bomber got on board Flight 253:

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the aviation security system failed when a young man on a watch list with a U.S. visa in his pocket and a powerful explosive hidden on his body was allowed to board a fight from Amsterdam to Detroit.

A day after saying the system worked, Napolitano said her words had been taken out of context. She said Monday on NBC’s “Today” show that “our system did not work in this instance.”

Besides, it’s not their fault; they inherited the situation from Bush. Or something.

And here’s video of Janet trying to explain why she’s not an inept bumbler.

Heckuva job, Janet!

LINKS: More from Sister Toldjah, Bill Kristol, Hot Air, and Power Line.


Can we all agree that Janet Napolitano is an idiot?

December 27, 2009

Regarding the attempted Christmas Day bombing of NWA Flight 253 by a Nigerian jihadi, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said:

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Sunday that the thwarting of the attempt to blow up an Amsterdam-Detroit airline flight Christmas Day demonstrated that “the system worked.”

I suppose that’s true, if your “system” involves a brave Dutch passenger and an improperly constructed bomb. Worked like a charm, Madame Secretary. Indeed, the design shows a Wile E. Coyote level of genius!

Of course, this is the same Secretary Napolitano who issued the infamous right-wing extremists report that was such a  shoddy piece of work it wouldn’t have even passed a freshman remedial research course, so perhaps we should have expected such a boneheaded statement.

Oh, and I suppose the system was working today when another Nigerian went nuts and had to be pulled off the same flight? (UPDATE: He may have been legit … or it may have been another dry run.)

I feel so secure about flying. Don’t you? Nailbiting

(via QandO)

RELATED: Michelle Malkin adds another item to the myth of the poor, oppressed jihadist. ABC News explores the Yemen connection. (It’s kind of hard to be working alone when al Qaeda builds the bomb for you…) In fact, he may have links to the imam who was the spiritual mentor to Major Hasan, the jihadi behind the Ft. Hood massacre. He was certainly on a list, but why not the no-fly list? By the way, the bomber’s father tried to warn us. Meanwhile, Scotland Yard is looking into a possible UK connection. Richard Fernandez looks at the plane’s schematics to determine just what Abdul Mudallad had in mind. Fausta calls it the Flying Dutchman Security System. Finally, via The Jawa Report we get a link to a video about binary explosives and how little is needed to cause a lot of damage.

Let’s all say it together, now:  They’re still trying to kill us.

UPDATE: Jonah Goldberg wants this “patently unqualified hack” fired.


Priorities

November 9, 2009

A Muslim traitor decides to wage jihad and murders 12 soldiers and civilians while wounding 30 others at Ft. Hood. What is the priority of the Secretary of Homeland Security? Could she be exploring the possibility of other Muslim-American soldiers turning on their comrades? Is she directing an investigation into jihadist penetration of the Armed Forces? No, she has something far more important to do in the wake of the worst terrorist incident on US soil since 9-11: making sure there is no backlash against Muslims.

The U.S. Homeland Security secretary says she is working to prevent a possible wave of anti-Muslim sentiment after the shootings at Fort Hood in Texas.

Janet Napolitano says her agency is working with groups across the United States to try to deflect any backlash against American Muslims following Thursday’s rampage by Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim who reportedly expressed growing dismay over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Refresh my memory, but have there been any documented anti-Muslim incidents in the US in the last eight years? And I mean serious incidents, not the “Someone looked at me funny” encounters that CAIR likes to claim are “hate crimes.” Truth be told, Americans have been remarkably restrained. And yet Janet Napolitano sees it as her primary duty to worry about a “backlash” that has never materialized.

Unbelievable.

And isn’t that last quoted paragraph a peach? Hasan “…reportedly expressed growing dismay….” No, Mr. Associated Press Reporter, it was a bit more than that. Hasan attended a radical mosque, the imam of which was a spiritual adviser to three of the 9-11 hijackers. Major Hasan spread anti-American propaganda and defended suicide bombings. His fellow mosque-members described him as a typical fundamentalist who firmly believed that “jihad” meant fighting and killing. This wasn’t someone “dismayed” at a war, as if he were an average protester. This was a devout Muslim who felt it his duty to wage jihad fi sabil Allah – “war for the sake of Allah.” A duty that came before his oath of loyalty to his comrades and to the United States.

But rather than investigate the ideology that lead Major Hasan to commit treason, rather than take a long, hard look at the role Islam and the doctrine of jihad played in this, Secretary Napolitano worries about a backlash, transferring the onus of responsibility onto the true targets -us- and once again pandering to Muslim victim-hood: the threat as Napolitano sees it is from angry, irrational redneck Americans, not radicalized Muslims bent on jihad. It’s just this kind of political correctness, the kind that lead Hasan’s fellow officers to ignore the obvious signs of coming trouble for fear of being accused of “Islamophobia,” that got those people at Ft. Hood killed.

And until Janet Napolitano and the whole US government take off the politically correct blinders and deal honestly with the nature of the threat we face, we are running every day the risk of another Ft. Hood. Or London. Or Madrid. Or Bali.

Priorities, Madame Secretary. Priorities.

RELATED: Former US Army officer Ralph Peters is angry. Justifiably so. Dr. Rusty Shackleford points out that there is nothing sudden about Sudden Jihad Syndrome. In the peace-of-mind department, the threat from home-grown jihadis is growing.

(hat tip: Power Line)


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