About Janet Napolitano’s statement that the Christmas Day terrorist attack does not appear to be part of a larger plot: the bomber tells us otherwise:
American officials have cause to worry there may be more al Qaeda-trained young men in Yemen planning to bring down American jets.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, charged with the attempted Christmas Day bombing of Northwest Airlines flight 253, told FBI agents there were more just like him in Yemen who would strike soon.
And in a tape released four days before the attempted destruction of the Detroit-bound Northwest plane, the leader of al Qaeda in Yemen boasted of what was planned for Americans, saying, “We are carrying a bomb to hit the enemies of God.”
I’ve seen a number of people call for Janet Napolitano to resign, but her resignation would not make us any safer. The person who is wholly responsible for our safety and security is currently relaxing in Hawaii. He is the one who sets the goals for Homeland Security. Napolitano’s claims that the system worked even though Abdulmutallab managed to get on the plane with an explosive is not just a reflection of Napolitano herself; it’s a reflection of how the Obama administration views national security. If she leaves, Obama will fill her position with someone just like her. The bench of pansy-assed Homeland Security Secretaries is a deep one. We won’t be any safer until we have a president who takes national security and the war on terror seriously.
If you’re waiting with bated breath for the president to say something about the attempted bombing, he will “likely” address it in the next few days.