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Napolitano’s Comments Were Taken in Context With Administration Stance on Defense

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano

Secretary of Homeland Defense Janet Napolitano continues to be under fire for her asinine comment over last weekend regarding the terrorist on the flight from Amsterdam to Detroit who came close to blowing up an airliner on approach to Detroit.

Her comment was that “the system worked.”  The last time I heard such a moronic statement about a government system “working” was when Greenpeace climbed Mount Rushmore and flung a banner across the faces of the presidents and the politically correct head of monument security said “the system worked.”

It’s true that the Obama Administration doesn’t bear sole blame for this embarrassing and potentially deadly failure in national security.  After all, they are only in their first year in charge of defense, and they’re working mostly with what was already in place under the Bush Administration.  This failure is not the Obama Administration’s alone, nor is it even mostly their fault.

But there are disturbing developments in the executive branch under President Barack Obama, and the Obama Administration must accept accountability for those.  What do I mean?

Napolitano, of course says she was “taken out of context.” I can certainly appreciate the fact that people are often taken out of context; liberals do this to conservatives all the time.

I could even sympathize with the possibility that she might have misspoken.  All of us at one time or another get our words mixed up and say something that in retrospect we ourselves would admit make no sense.  But this isn’t really what she did, and it isn’t really what she admitted she did.

Ironically, the opposite is true in Napolitano’s case: her comments were must definitely taken in context–in context with this incident, and in context with the previous actions of herself and President Barack Obama.

Those actions and statements include referring to terrorism as “man-caused disasters” (liberals love euphemistic nonsense that dilutes and obscures both the impact of an evil act, and the moral culpability of those who commit it), calling pro-lifers “terrorists,” revising the terrorist alert system from several colors to one (the white flag), thinking of terrorists as “misunderstood persons” or “neighbors with a beef,” and thinking of the War on Terrorism as an “Overseas Contingency Operation” or as I prefer, “That Unpleasant Afterthought.”

Debbie Dingell of the Democrat National Committee was on hand in the video to defend Napolitano and made this statement:

“Terrorists tried to divide us. Republicans are letting them divide us. It’s not appropriate and it’s not fair.”

No, terrorists try to kill us…and unfortunately that seems to be a stark truth which is beyond the grasp of most liberals.

Liberals seem to remain committed to the naive nonsense that if you just try to “understand” terrorists and be nice to them, they’ll be nice to us.  President Obama made it clear before the election this was his strategy for “defending” America, and his Apology Tour and the Bowing Barack since being elected has continued to re-enforce that perception.

Dingell said fighting terrorism isn’t a Democrat/Republican issue.  While I wholeheartedly agree with this statement in its most forthright sense, unfortunately actions speak louder than words.

Republicans have always and remain committed to fighting evil and defending our country from attack.  Democrats in Washington, however, seem to remain as committed as ever to concentrating on undermining our Constitution with a socialist domestic agenda while desperately trying not to get distracted by all these “icky people shouting overseas.”

That mindset and that approach do not constitute “defending the country.”  It’s going to get more Americans killed if Democrats in Washington don’t pull their heads out of whatever dark spot they’ve shoved them and start dealing decisively with evil.

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4 Responses to “Napolitano’s Comments Were Taken in Context With Administration Stance on Defense”

  1. We all make mistakes but the biggest mistake we can make is to not correct our errors. Here is another blunder of Janet N•

    I am a citizen of the United States and I have a friend that is from Paris, France here on a student visa with a double masters degree working on his PhD in International Finance. Noureddine Feddane has been here since 2005. His visa is valid until March of 2010, his passport is valid until 2014, and his I-20 is current. He is not what people call an 'illegal immigrant.' In 2008, he fell in love and married a U.S. citizen that just happens to be addicted to prescription medications. Noureddine knew nothing about this until June of 2009 when she had surgery for a work related accident. But he was arrested due to her mistake of being over medicated. The real truth is that she was taking advantage of him and when his money was gone so was she.
    He was placed in detention and scheduled for deportation. My friend has been in a detention center in Pompano Beach Florida for 5 months now. This couple has lost all there savings on lawyers, she lost her job, and they are in the process of losing their home. All this was caused because ICE has the wrong person in jail.
    I have written many letters to Janet Napolitano, Senator Bill Nelson, Representative Ginny Brown-Waite and even President Obama. But no one will listen. What is illegal in this case is the way DHS is treating this guy, who is 51yrs old and has never even had a traffic violation. While in the detention center, they have abused him, he was beaten by another detainee, denied him food and proper medical treatment. Noureddine is diabetic and they will not give him the proper food or medical attention. The phone system is very poor and hardly works. I suspect that they plan it that way so the detainees cannot contact their lawyers and family. I fear he will be next on the long list of persons that have died while in detention.
    Until you go to one of these detention centers and see with your own eyes, you will not believe what America is doing. I was shocked, on my first visit and after almost 6 months of seeing what happens and how they have to live, I am still in shock. It is all about the money. My friend has never cost America anything until they locked him up. He is in a private prison owned by a company called GEO based near Miami, Florida. They are paid very well by our tax dollars, but the treatment is unbelievable. I wonder how many politicians have stock in this company. They are doing quite well even in a bad economy. Feel free to watch them at GEO on the NYSE.
    Six months ago I had no idea that we treated immigrants in this way, especially when they are here legally and have done nothing wrong. I knew nothing about ICE and how they operate illegally. I was under the impression that DHS was here only to protect us from terrorists. And I had no idea of the millions of our tax dollars were being wasted to imprison people that could be out of detention and have their family support them until a decision is made in immigration court. I do not understand why we have to pay our hard earned tax dollars to house and feed persons that are not dangerous.
    When they have to lock up a man who has done nothing wrong, make him spend thousands in fees, ICE is giving way too much importance to them selves. How can we turn such educated people away simply to boost the ego of ICE officers and add another number to the Janet Napolitano deportation list, so that the Obama Administration can look like it is doing its job of 'cracking down on criminals?'
    Something has to change soon. I feel it is my duty as an American to let as many people as possible know the truth. I visit the detention center every Saturday and spend the rest of the week writing letters. This Christmas, lets do something worthwhile. Let’s go back to protecting the country rather than making up stories to justify the expansion of a national security complex. Let’s end businesses profiting from immigrant detention and restore our image as a nation of immigrants.

  2. We all make mistakes but the biggest mistake we can make is to not correct our errors. Here is another blunder of Janet N•

    I am a citizen of the United States and I have a friend that is from Paris, France here on a student visa with a double masters degree working on his PhD in International Finance. Noureddine Feddane has been here since 2005. His visa is valid until March of 2010, his passport is valid until 2014, and his I-20 is current. He is not what people call an 'illegal immigrant.' In 2008, he fell in love and married a U.S. citizen that just happens to be addicted to prescription medications. Noureddine knew nothing about this until June of 2009 when she had surgery for a work related accident. But he was arrested due to her mistake of being over medicated. The real truth is that she was taking advantage of him and when his money was gone so was she.
    He was placed in detention and scheduled for deportation. My friend has been in a detention center in Pompano Beach Florida for 5 months now. This couple has lost all there savings on lawyers, she lost her job, and they are in the process of losing their home. All this was caused because ICE has the wrong person in jail.
    I have written many letters to Janet Napolitano, Senator Bill Nelson, Representative Ginny Brown-Waite and even President Obama. But no one will listen. What is illegal in this case is the way DHS is treating this guy, who is 51yrs old and has never even had a traffic violation. While in the detention center, they have abused him, he was beaten by another detainee, denied him food and proper medical treatment. Noureddine is diabetic and they will not give him the proper food or medical attention. The phone system is very poor and hardly works. I suspect that they plan it that way so the detainees cannot contact their lawyers and family. I fear he will be next on the long list of persons that have died while in detention.
    Until you go to one of these detention centers and see with your own eyes, you will not believe what America is doing. I was shocked, on my first visit and after almost 6 months of seeing what happens and how they have to live, I am still in shock. It is all about the money. My friend has never cost America anything until they locked him up. He is in a private prison owned by a company called GEO based near Miami, Florida. They are paid very well by our tax dollars, but the treatment is unbelievable. I wonder how many politicians have stock in this company. They are doing quite well even in a bad economy. Feel free to watch them at GEO on the NYSE.
    Six months ago I had no idea that we treated immigrants in this way, especially when they are here legally and have done nothing wrong. I knew nothing about ICE and how they operate illegally. I was under the impression that DHS was here only to protect us from terrorists. And I had no idea of the millions of our tax dollars were being wasted to imprison people that could be out of detention and have their family support them until a decision is made in immigration court. I do not understand why we have to pay our hard earned tax dollars to house and feed persons that are not dangerous.
    When they have to lock up a man who has done nothing wrong, make him spend thousands in fees, ICE is giving way too much importance to them selves. How can we turn such educated people away simply to boost the ego of ICE officers and add another number to the Janet Napolitano deportation list, so that the Obama Administration can look like it is doing its job of 'cracking down on criminals?'
    Something has to change soon. I feel it is my duty as an American to let as many people as possible know the truth. I visit the detention center every Saturday and spend the rest of the week writing letters. This Christmas, lets do something worthwhile. Let’s go back to protecting the country rather than making up stories to justify the expansion of a national security complex. Let’s end businesses profiting from immigrant detention and restore our image as a nation of immigrants.