Janet Napolitano's appearance on CNN this morning, in which she tried to put a happy face on the fact that a known terrorist sympathizer got onto a flight bound for America and nearly brought it down:
NAPOLITANO: What we are focused on is making sure that the air environment remains safe, that people are confident when they travel. And one thing I'd like to point out is that the system worked. Everybody played an important role here. The passengers and crew of the flight took appropriate action.
NAPOLITANO: Within literally an hour to 90 minutes of the incident occurring, all 128 flights in the air had been notified to take some special measures in light of what had occurred on the Northwest Airlines flight. We instituted new measures on the ground and at screening areas, both here in the United States and in Europe, where this flight originated.
NAPOLITANO: So the whole process of making sure that we respond properly, correctly and effectively went very smoothly.
So the "system" consists of hoping there is an alert Dutch filmmaker on board, and that the terrorist's detonator fails?
The idea that responding to terrorist attacks, rather than preventing them, constitutes "success" is eerily reminiscent of our policies pre-September 11.
More from our bizarre Homeland Security head's interview:
She needs to be replaced by ordinary american citizens that step up to the plate like they did on 911 and men like Pat Tillman that gave up his NFL career to join the army.We don't need goverment to protect us.We have patriots among us.....
She wasn't fooling anyone when she said the system worked. If there had been 20 other jihadis with similar explosives that boarded planes out of Amsterdam, it would have only taken one detonator that worked to turn it into a system failure.
The real question is will our technology outpace jihadi creative paths for matrydom...? I think it's doubtful.
Every time this happens, it cost us millions, if not billions. Good reason not to fly.