The person who coined the phrased “You get what you paid for…” clearly doesn’t have a clue about how the United States government works. At a time where federal workers’ salaries are drastically on the rise (especially for folks earning six figures) at taxpayer expense, our government is becoming increasingly inept. Case in point: Consider the recent foiled bombing attempt in Detroit.
As you are probably well aware, on Christmas Day, 23 year old Umar Farouk Abdulmatallab attempted to destroy a passenger aircraft traveling from Amsterdam to Detroit. After his device failed to detonate, he was subdued by a traveler onboard (important note: this wasn’t one of those expensive government workers whom we’re paying six figures). He also sustained injuries to his…well…his lower regions where the bomb was strapped (Poor guy. Guess he won’t be getting any…never mind.). Not so amusing was the fact that a person on a terrorist watch list was able to use a U.S. visa to board a plane, conceal a dangerous explosive, and – had his own stupidity not been in the way – put the lives of close to 300 people in danger. To add fuel to fire (pardon the expression), even Umar’s own father, a high ranking Nigerian official, expressed concerns to the U.S. about his son’s radical ties. Geez. Did I miss anything?!
Shortly after that, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano responded to the incident by declaring that “…the system worked.” Uh…come again? She later backtracked on her comment by indicating that she was referring to the system of how flight agencies and law enforcement are notified and how they react in the even that incidents occur. Well, I’m glad to know that when things go down, Secretary Napolitano will be the first to know. But preventing said incident? That’s another story.
House Rep. Peter King (R-NY), a high ranking member of the Homeland Security Committee, and several other politicians and talking heads were quick to attack Napolitano…as they should be. While it may be unfair to hang bad political soundbites over people’s heads, we have to be critical when government officials drop the ball on issues of national security and/or quality of life without owning up to their responsibilities. We put President Bush’s feet to the fire when he commended former FEMA Director Mike Brown while New Orleans drowned. Similarly, the “Mission Accomplished” banner has become an ironic symbol of failed political soundbites. So if we can be critical of Bush and many others of his ilk for making failed declarations, this should not stop with Janet Napolitano. Indicating that their system of counterrorism works the day after a terrorist is allowed to board a plane is farcical.
As far as I’m concerned, she needs to be fired…along with about 50% of this current administration. For that matter, Obama needs to be brought to bear for making the appointment. And just for good measure, all the folks who co-signed on her appointment – on the left and the right – need to be dropkicked. Quite frankly, there is too much to risk her by having more cronies heading up critical departments of our government. We’ve already seen what can happen when clueless people are left to control important areas. As much as I don’t want to contribute to already staggering unemployment rate, it’s time for the woman to turn in her papers.