Monday, December 28, 2009

Janet Napolitano: Clueless in Washington

Buy this woman some flip flops. Janet Napolitano is back pedaling on her stunning assertion in the aftermath of the attempted bombing of flight 253 that America's security apparatus was in good working order. Consider the following statement on ABC News.

"I think the important thing to recognize here is that once this incident occurred, everything happened that should have. The passengers reacted correctly, the crew reacted correctly, within an hour to 90 minutes, all 128 flights in the air had been notified. And those flights already had taken mitigation measures on the off-chance that there was somebody else also flying with some sort of destructive intent.

So the system has worked really very, very smoothly over the course of the past several days."

The good news is that Ms. Napolitano has abandoned her delusional assertions without a regimen of psychotropic drugs. This morning, Ms. Napolitano expressed some belated and tenuous acquaintance reality as exemplified by this morning's words of retraction.

“Our system did not work in this instance,” No one is happy or satisfied with that. An extensive review is under way."

The bad news is that the US government seems to have learned little if anything at all. More cumbersome security measures seem to be in the works, perversely reassuring an anxious public by harassing them with security measures proven to be unproductive, such as random searches. Avoiding a young Arab who looks fidgety and strip searching a 90 year old lady doesn't help anyone. Conversely, there are Christian Arabs and Muslim Arabs who are deeply ashamed of what is being done in the name of Islam. Such people would be very happy to fight terrorism with us. There are Shiites Pakistan and Sunnis in Iraq who know of the terror and heartbreak of a suicide bombing who would be helpful allies if we only reached out to them. We must first know of their existence and then reach out to them.

We also might want to study the success that the Israelis have had with G-d's help in thwarting terrorism. Lately, American diplomats have proven remarkably insensitive to Israel's efforts to fight terrorism. Consider the following incident that was reported in the Jerusalem Post.

"In January 2008, the Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria filed complaints with the Foreign Ministry after both US Security Coordinator Lt.-Gen. Keith Dayton and then-consul-general Jacob Walles refused to roll down their windows or open their car doors and show identification papers at a checkpoint.

However, Israel's ire reached a new level after an incident on November 13 in which a five-car convoy of consulate vehicles with diplomatic plates arrived at the Gilboa crossing.

According to a detailed official Israel Police description of the incident obtained exclusively by The Jerusalem Post, the drivers refused to identify themselves or open a window or door. The drivers, according to the report, purposely blocked the crossing, tried running over one of the Israeli security guards stationed there and made indecent gestures at female guards. "

It is essential not only to identify enemies but to identify friends. With credible reports of other aspiring hijackers lurking in the shadows, it is essential to find and reach out to potential allies. The US is doing a great job of offending allies and vainly kissing up to our sworn enemies.

When Nidal Malik Hasan went on his deadly shooting spree, it later turned out that there were countless warnings from fellow soldiers that were ignored for reasons of political correctness. The deaths in Fort Hood were 100% preventable. This is an unspeakable tragedy. We must honour those murdered in Fort Hood by learning from our mistakes there.

It now appears that Iran is in for more unrest. The last revolution in Iran was in winter of 1979. Reports coming out of Iran indicate that the latest unrest is more violent and fearless. Police cars are being burned A Basij militia member was beaten and stripped naked. Demonstrators are calling in some cases for a secular republic. Additionally, Ali Mousavi, nephew of Husein Mousavi, the defeated opposition candidate has reportedly died of a gunshot wound. Additionally, his body has disappeared from the morgue, according to the website.

The most dangerous time of a revolution is soon after victory. The assorted armies that fought a despotic government then want to press forward with their respective agendas. They can often take their battles to the street after a hated dictatorship has been overthrown. This is what happened when the Baby Doc dictatorship was overthrown in Haiti in 1986. Are we ready for the new Iran that seems to taking place? Do we have any idea with whom we can speak?

We are fortunate that we have been spared another 9/11 type catastrophe. In any organisation, it is a blessing when ineptitude is merely embarrassing rather than catastrophic. In a war, ignoring intelligence can have deadly consequences.

It is all to easy to laugh at Janet Napolitano's almost delusional cluelessness. Unfortunately, she is probably reflecting a prevailing mentality in the circles of government. For our own sakes, we must demand better. Sphere: Related Content

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