Theodore's World: Clueless Napolitano Now Concedes System 'Failed Miserably'

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December 29, 2009

Clueless Napolitano Now Concedes System 'Failed Miserably'

Clueless Napolitano Now Concedes System 'Failed Miserably'

It took a tough question from Matt Lauer, but after having laughably claimed that "the system worked," DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has now conceded the obvious: that the security system that permitted Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to board NWA 253 with explosives "failed miserably."

On Today and in other interviews this morning, Napolitano attempted to use her own ignorance as a shield. Each time she was hit with a hard question, her response was to the effect "yeah, we're wondering about that ourselves." She also continued to point the finger back at George Bush, repeatedly mentioning that the security procedures in place were formulated under the Bush administration. Whatever happened to "change you can believe in"?

But back to Today, where Lauer laudably asked Napolitano the necessary question: how could she possibly have claimed, as she did yesterday, that the "system worked"?

MATT LAUER: You made a comment over the weekend and I want to call attention to that because a lot of people are disagreeing with it this morning. You talked about this incident aboard this Northwest flight and you said "when it came right down to it, the system worked." A lot of people don't think the system worked at all, that the only thing that prevented outright disaster was luck. Can you respond to that?

JANET NAPOLITANO: Sure, I think the comment is being taken out of context. What I'm saying is that once the incident occurred, moving forward, we were immediately able to notify the 128 flights in the air of protective measures to take, immediately able to notify law enforcement on the ground, airports both domestically, internationally, all carriers, all of that happening within 60 to 90 minutes, so --

LAUER: So you're only talking about what happened after this man tried to ignite this explosive device on the plane.


LAUER: You would then concede that the system prior to that, the system that's supposed to prevent something like this from happening, failed miserably?

NAPOLITANO: It did. And that's why we are asking a lot of the same questions I heard you asking before this interview. How did this individual get on the plane? Why wasn't the explosive material detected? What do we need to do to change perhaps the rules that have been in place since 2006 for moving somebody from the generic database to more elevated status. All of that under review right now.

LAUER: So many man-hours, so much money, Madam Secretary, has gone into securing fliers in this country and around the world, and so let's talk about it: how does a guy who's on this general terror list, who then buys a one-way, trans-Atlantic ticket with cash, checks no luggage, a man whose own father has written a letter to authorities both in his own country and U.S. embassy authorities, saying he's worried that his son has become more radicalized and might attempt some kind of a suicide mission. How is this guy not the perfect candidate for a strip search or a full-body scan?

NAPOLITANO: I've asked the same questions.

We've got another question: what is Janet Napolitano, head of a department that she now admits "failed miserably," still doing in office?

Note: As part of her "it's Bush's fault" defense, on Morning Joe Napolitano mentioned that young Umar had been issued his US visa "in June, 2008," i.e., during the Bush administration. OK, but that would have been before his father was frantically trying to alert the Obama admin that his son had apparently turned into a terrorist.



Wild Thing's comment........

I know they’re not being followed because Obama doesn’t want to be perceived as profiling his own. There is no reason this terrorist should have been on any flight heading this way.

She also continued to point the finger back at the Bush administration, repeatedly mentioning that the security procedures in place were formulated under the Bush administration.

Obama has been President for a year. If something needed to be "fixed", why didn't he fix it? Oh, I forgot, his idea of "fixing" the problems is shutting down Gitmo, prosecuting CIA agents, reaching out to terrorist nations, etc. etc.

Each time she was hit with a hard question, her response was to the effect "yeah, we're wondering about that ourselves."

Good Lord - and these are our LEADERS.


I say she needs to be waterboarded. heh heh

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Posted by Wild Thing at December 29, 2009 04:47 AM


Clinton had Reno. Obama has Napolitano. Two totally clueless, tasteless lezzies who think being in total control of all situations is a good thing. It was Reno who controlled what happened at Waco, Ruby Ridge and with Elian Gonzalez (who is now a good little member of the communist party, something his mother didn't want for him.)And look at what Napolitano is doing. going down the same path.

Posted by: Lynn at December 29, 2009 08:16 AM

Yeah, Lynn and if our former leaders, Military and civilian have no respect for this Administration what does that say about the world. Putin and his ilk have got to be laughing themselvs sick with joy that We as a Country have become so weak, inept and incapable of dealing with this menace, or the world.

Posted by: Mark at December 29, 2009 08:25 AM

Blame Bush although what he put in place worked for 7 years.

Posted by: BobF at December 29, 2009 09:35 AM

...And, This blaming Bush is hollow everybody knows there has not been an attack on the US in 8 years and since this meely mouth CS came into power there have been several.

They are NOT isolated attacks they are planned and coordinated by Moslim Extremists. Regardless what Barry Soetoro wants so badly to believe. They will continue until 1. this administration 'gets' gone or 2. They grow up and start acting like the adults they are not.

President Bush, amid all his faults, did keep his promise to keep the country safe from Terrorists Attacks, this he did. Now this corrupt administration's appeasement policies are coming "home to roost".

Posted by: Mark at December 29, 2009 09:37 AM

This entire damned administration fails miserably at everything except destroying America. A ragtag bunch of Marxists and muslims, full of their own self importance and brainwashing, trying to prove again that totalterian government does not work.

Posted by: TomR at December 29, 2009 12:57 PM

WT, yes, waterboarding proves, waterboarding works.

Posted by: Jim at December 29, 2009 02:28 PM

Janet Napolitano is just another manifestation of total incompetence that is fostered by the Democratic Party. Every miserable Anarchist, Communist, Islamist, Queer or complete idiot they can find resides within the current administration. They still enjoy a filibuster proof majority, we can change that, not with media or GOP help, but with grassroots support.

Scott Brown is running to fill the Massachusetts Senate seat vacated by the dead Ted Kennedy.
Want another Ted Kennedy sloth in Massachusetts??

That's what the GOP wants. This is a chance to break the Kennedy monopoly and get a conservative into office and upset the monopoly democrat blockade in Congress. It comes as no surprise to me that GOP U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown has been all but abandoned by the same national Republican committees that pumped hundreds of thousands in campaign cash to former governors Mitt Romney and William Weld during their long-shot bids for U.S. Senate. The snub has outraged local Republicans who say national conservatives should be jumping at the chance to nab the first open Senate seat in decades despite Brown’s tough odds in the Jan. 19 special election.

He needs our support and funds, the RNC is disenfranchising another new comer and playing that same old game. You can join his campaign support group to help him win in January, time is of the essence. At the same time we can work to remove incumbents who perpetually enslave us and serve themselves. I want them all out but, here is a very short list of the 535 we need to remove. Back to sharpening stakes here Boss!!!

Dems to be defeated in 2010...
Bayh (D-IN)
Bennet (D-CO) --
Boxer (D-CA) -- Support Chuck DeVore
Burris (D-IL) Zippity Do Dah -- Open Seat
Dodd (D-CT)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Feingold (D-WI)
Gillibrand (D-NY) -- Special Election
Inouye (D-HI)
Kirk (D-MA) -- Special Election
Leahy (D-VT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Murray (D-WA)
Reid (D-NV) PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE - Encourages Senators to steal as a matter of course....
Specter (D-PA) -- CHANGED PARTIES -----Support Pat Toomey
Wyden (D-OR)

Posted by: Jack at December 29, 2009 04:35 PM

Jack Pat Toomey almost won last time but Bush caame to help spectre and toomey was forced out, Good man he'll get in this time with or without the RNC.

Posted by: Mark at December 29, 2009 09:46 PM

Lynn, I AGREE, and they are so similar.

"Clinton had Reno. Obama has Napolitano"

I am sooooo sick of these jerks constantly
blaming Bush. The lefties are horrible at
taking responsibility for anything or
facing up to their lies. grrrrrrrrrr

Jack thanks for that and the link.

Posted by: Wild Thing at December 29, 2009 11:45 PM