Democrats asleep at the switch on national security
Screenshot of Janet Napolitano, she of the “system works”, anti-terrorism operation in the USA, taking in the energizing President Obama at the SOTU speech the other night:
Keep in mind that this person is in charge of HOMELAND SECURITY—keeping the country safe from terrorism, securing the borders, the whole bit.
So has she been keeping the homeland secure? Probably not. The same day of the SOTU speech, she skipped out on the Congressional comittee that oversees the DHS:
Top Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee publicly scolded Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for failing to show up at a Wednesday hearing where the committee examined the attempted Christmas Day suicide bombing of Northwest Flight 253. One Democrat on the committee said he wanted to know “where the hell” Napolitano was.
That evening, Napolitiano did prominently show up at the Capitol to attend President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. But earlier in the day, she dispatched Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Jane Holl Lute to testify on her behalf in the Homeland Security Committee on what went wrong in the homeland-security process that allowed would-be suicide-bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to board a plane bound from Amsterdam to the Detroit.
Democrats openly expressed their dismay with Napolitano as the hearing proceeded. Rep. Chris Carney (D.-Pa.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Management, Investigations and Oversight, said during his question period: “I am very dismayed that the Secretary herself isn’t here. I mean it’s probably fair to ask: “Where the Hell is Secretary Napolitano?”
Rep. Jane Harman (D.-Calif.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Intelligence, said: “I would like to welcome our witnesses but comment on the absence of Secretary Napolitano. This is the committee with primary jurisdiction over the Department of Homeland Security. She is the secretary of Homeland Security. She is in Washington, D.C. She was invited to testify at this very important hearing, and she should have been here. … I am very personally disappointed that she isn’t here.”
Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson (D.-Miss.) rebuked Napolitano for a lack of courtesy in dealing with the committee. Thompson said during the hearing that he had spoken with Napolitano just two days before and that there had been no discussion of her not attending.
Apparently the only things that keeps America safe from terrorism are faulty underwear detonators and fellow passengers who decide to take matters into their own hands.
That should be enough, because “the system works” and those in charge of our safety have better things to do—like napping in front of 60 million people while the President rambles on about how we are going to be safer because Democrats run the government now, and giving the finger to your congressional oversight committee.
It’s funny, because I’ve been told for several years by my leftie friends that it was Republicans that didn’t take governing seriously.
Just as disturbing, is that this story is not getting any real play in the media, not that I should be surprised. I can only imagine the uproar if these things occurred in a Republican administration. And I seem to recall Democrats criticizing everything the Bush administration did to try and stop terrorism. Now that Democrats run all facets of the Federal government, they’re asleep at the switch—literally. God help us.