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December 28, 2009

Our Homeland Security Secretary is an Airhead (and our state department and president not much better)

Topics: Political News and commentaries, Understanding Islam

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano apparently believes that airline passenger safety should depend on terrorists having faulty bomb trigger mechanism and a heroic Dutch passenger jumping in to prevent the plane from being blown up.

How else should one interpret Napolitano's "airhead" statements that "everything happened that should have" and that "he was stopped before any damage could be done," after an al Qaeda bomber "stashed explosives in his underwear, cakewalked onto a US-bound airliner after averting scans on two continents," and was subsequently stopped only when the trigger mechanism failed to ignite properly and a heroic passenger jumped on him from across the aisle to stop him from blowing the plane up and killing everyone on board?

The NY Post writes:

An al Qaeda bomber stashing explosives in his underwear cakewalked onto a US-bound airliner after averting scans on two continents -- but the federal Homeland Security chief incredibly claimed yesterday that "everything happened that should have."

"This was one individual literally of thousands that fly and thousands of flights every year," said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who called flying "very, very safe."

"And he was stopped before any damage could be done . . . Once this incident occurred, everything happened that should have."

Napolitano's all-is-well assessment ran counter to that of her boss, President Obama, who called for a total review of procedures at US airports.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told NBC's "Meet the Press" that Obama had ordered a full appraisal of anti-terror flight regulations, "to ensure that there is no clog in the bureaucratic plumbing of information."

Napolitano's astonishing claim in the aftermath of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's failed bombing over Detroit led Rep. Peter King (R-LI) to respond, "The fact is, the system did not work."

As Robert Spencer points out, unless the "system" was consisted of relying on passengers to tackle jihadists (as Jasper Schuringa, the Dutch passenger on Flight 253, subdued Abdulmutallab), and trusting that jihadis' detonators will malfunction (as did Abdulmutallab's), Napolitano's statement couldn't possibly be farther from the truth.

In reality, nothing worked. Nothing at all, both in terms of security procedures for individual air passengers, and in terms of the larger strategy for dealing with jihad terrorism.
And as Spencer goes on to point out, not only was the Flight 253 incident a massive and unmitigated disaster, the incident likewise demonstrates the failure of long-term our State Department's and DHS' anti-terror strategies to ignore the jihad doctrine and reach out to people they deemed to be "moderate Muslims" have likewise not worked:
Educated at the British International School in Lome, Togo, he was a classic recipient of Western largesse designed to win over the loyalties of Muslims. Yet his encounter with kindly non-Muslim Westerners spending their lives to educate him and his peers did not blunt the fervor of his jihadist fanaticism. And as a rich man's son, he once again gives the lie to the firmly and widely held assumption that poverty causes terrorism. All the aid programs based on the assumption that poverty does cause terrorism and that money for schools and roads and hospitals would win over Muslim hearts and minds have not worked, and will not work.

All the concerted efforts by the State Department and DHS to ignore the jihad doctrine and reach out to people they deemed to be "moderate Muslims" have likewise not worked. According to the Nigerian newspaper This Day, when Abdulmutallab was at the British International School, "he was known for preaching about Islam to his schoolmates and he was popularly called 'Alfa,' a local coinage for Islamic scholar." This illustrates yet again that, contrary to the popular view, Islamic jihadists present themselves among their fellow Muslims as the exponents of authentic Islam, making their case from the Qur'an and Sunnah -- and those Muslims who oppose jihadist violence and Islamic supremacism have never successfully refuted their arguments. Outreach to moderate Muslims has not aided in this effort, and has deceived the general public into thinking that the influence of peaceful Muslims over jihadists is much larger than it actually is.

As far as the DHS and Janet Napolitano are concerned, the Flight 253 incident is a massive and unmitigated disaster, showing the complete and abject failure of their anti-terror policies across the board. The Flight 253 attempted jihad attack shows that the American response to jihad terrorism has failed not just in one detail or a single area. Rather, the failure is massive, comprehensive, all-encompassing. The anti-terror approach adopted since 9/11 is not working, and is never going to work. Until it is scrapped, there will be many, many more incidents like the one on Flight 253. But rather than have the decency to admit the truth, the DHS chief is putting on a brave face and pretending that up is down and down is up. And the President keeps golfing.

Americans surely find little comfort in knowing that what stands between their safety and the terrorists are Obama-appointed airheads like Janet Napolitano, a state department that ignores the jihad doctrine and focuses on winning over Muslim hearts and minds while depending on reaching out to people they deem to be "moderate Muslims" - who are anything but "moderate," and a president that would rather "reach out" to the Muslims that want to kill us instead of recognizing - they want to kill us - and they need to be stopped before they accomplish their objective.

Update: Now Janet "The System worked" Napolitano acknowledges that the system failed. Someone must have given her a clue as to how ridiculous her earlier statement was.

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Posted by Abdul at December 28, 2009 6:03 AM

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