Janet Napolitano, who has yet to be confirmed as HHS Secretary (unless they snuck her through the back door with (Kathleen Sebelius) is on a one woman crusade to brand herself in everyone’s mind as the most bumbling, ridiculously inept Cabinet Secretary Ever:
“Can somebody please tell us how U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano got her job?” asked Canada’s National Post in an editorial April 22. “She appears to be about as knowledgeable about border issues as a late night radio call-in yahoo.”The National Post’s question was triggered by an interview Ms. Napolitano gave to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) April 20, in which she claimed some of the 9/11 hijackers entered the U.S. through Canada. (All 19 came directly to the United States.) A few weeks earlier, in a speech to the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., Ms. Napolitano said: “One of the things that we need to be sensitive to is the very real feelings among southern border states and in Mexico that if things are being done on the Mexican border, they should also be done on the Canadian border.”
There are a few differences between Canada and Mexico which Ms. Napolitano overlooked. Canadians are not flooding illegally into Montana or Michigan. Drug cartels aren’t shooting it out in the streets of Vancouver and Winnipeg. Though some highly potent marijuana makes its way from British Columbia to Washington state, drug smuggling across our northern border is miniscule compared to our southern border.
“Ms. Napolitano’s words…have triggered a rare unanimity of opposition in Canada,” noted Lawrence Martin of Toronto’s Globe and Mail.
Offending our neighbor and close ally is the worst of Ms. Napolitano’s blunders in her brief tenure, but by no means the first.
In an appearance on CNN on April 19, Ms. Napolitano declared that entering the United States illegally is not a crime. Shouldn’t the head of the Department of Homeland Security know that illegal immigration is illegal?
Shortly after assuming office, Ms. Napolitano banned the use of the word “terror” to describe events like 9/11, or “terrorist” to describe those who perpetrated them. Mass casualty attacks would henceforth be known as “man-caused disasters,” she decreed.
But then DHS used the word “terrorist” in a fact-free report approved by Ms. Napolitano to describe veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who might join right wing groups. The American Legion demanded an apology from Ms. Napolitano, and on April 24 received it: “I offered (American Legion national commander David Rehbein) my sincere apologies for any offense to our veterans caused by this report,” she said.
Ms. Napolitano was governor of Arizona when President Obama chose her to head DHS. She had no discernable qualifications for the job, and has demonstrated repeatedly she lacks the judgment for such an important and sensitive post.
Can’t argue with that, certainly. Although now that she’s pissed off our Northern neighbor, maybe she should seal the Canadian border to keep the Canucks from cleaning her clock.