Napolitano Returns to Politics of Fear, Uses ‘T’-Word, May Be Stripped of PC Crown

In March of 2009, Homeland Security Director Napolitano told Spiegel this in an interview now famous for its politically-correct feelgood libfluff:

“SPIEGEL: Madame Secretary, in your first testimony to the US Congress as Homeland Security Secretary you never mentioned the word “terrorism.” Does Islamist terrorism suddenly no longer pose a threat to your country?

“Napolitano: Of course it does. I presume there is always a threat from terrorism. In my speech, although I did not use the word “terrorism,” I referred to “man-caused” disasters. That is perhaps only a nuance, but it demonstrates that we want to move away from the politics of fear toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that can occur.

Frankly, I never thought the term “man-caused disaster” was worthy of a politically correct bureaucrat, because it profiles men (the proper term should be “person-caused disaster”), but how far Napolitano has fallen from her core PC principles since the Fruit of the Doom undiebomber’s attempted man-caused disaster:

“As part of the ongoing review to determine exactly what went wrong leading up to Friday’s attempted terrorist attack, we are looking not only at our own processes, but also beyond our borders to ensure effective aviation security measures are in place for U.S-bound flights that originate at international airports,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a statement Thursday.

Oh my — the “T” word! But Janet hasn’t totally sold our her PC principles, because it’s still only an “attempted” terrorist attack. What was “attempted” about it? It was a terrorist attack — just because the guys skivvies didn’t fully explode and the plane didn’t explode in mid air doesn’t mean it wasn’t a terrorist attack. It was attempted murder, but it was an actual terrorist attack.

But anyway, looking back at Napolitano’s interview with Spiegel in March, she assumed her agency was much more competent that it really was:

“Napolitano: Our policies will be guided by authoritative information. We also have assets at our disposal now that we did not have prior to 9/11. For example, we are much better able to keep track of travelers coming into the US than we were before. The third thing is to work with our international partners and allies to make sure that we are getting information and sharing information in an appropriate and real-time fashion.”

Uh, yah!

Politically speaking, Napolitano is now the most explosive pair of underwear in Obama’s cabinet, so rumors are swirling that he’ll light the fuse on her shorts and kick her out the door.

In the meantime, David Broder is not only trying to single-handedly save Napoltano’s job, but he seems to be saying that she should run for president or something. Wow, now that would be a “people-caused disaster”!

Broder’s column confirms two things: 1) he’s an idiot, and 2) he wasn’t on Northwest flight 253 on Christmas day.

(h/t Cypress Times)

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