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25th April
written by Sean Noble

DHS Secretary Napolitano has “apologized” to the American Legion for her the report by DHS that warned of various conservatives being potential terrorists.

The Saturday edition of the Arizona Republic covers the heat that Napolitano has taken for this report and a variety of clumsy moves.  Reporter Dennis Wagner called me yesterday to get my take.  I told him that I didn’t think she would resign or get fired, and that I was disturbed by her willingness to call conservatives “terrorists” while at the same time refusing to call members of Al-Queda terrorists – or to even use the words terror or terrorism.  That, I said, made me question her understanding of the true threats we face from actual terrorists.

Wagner didn’t use my central thesis, but instead some side comment.  Of course, I’m not surprised.

Still, Sean Noble, a Republican political consultant and blogger, said Napolitano’s mistakes are stunning because of her background and her position in the Obama administration.

“If she’s surprised by the criticism, then she wasn’t thinking about the level of responsibility that she has,” he said. “There is partisanship, you bet. But that’s how the game is played.”

The problem with that quote is that it’s taken out of context, and implies that I think this is all a game.  National security is not a game.  Napolitano is facing severe criticism because people are worried about her judgment. And I remain concerned.

This story covers a statement released by Congressman Shadegg.  He and I have not talked about this issue, so I was a little surprised at how similar our thinking was on this.

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  1. Elle

    Someone once pointed out to me that when you are in a position with the Administration, be it Secretary of State, Secretary of Transportation, etc., the better at your job you are, the less you get talked about in the media. Generally speaking, if you are constantly getting talked about, something is probably wrong. That theory doesn’t bode well for Janet…

  2. 25/04/2009

    Remember that the Bush admin DoD started to post interviews in full audio. I’d say it’s worth recording for any future interviews you do so that you can report in total. In all dealings with MSM it’s worth the effort.

    I have been doing interviews of late with the craft brewing community and always record them to keep a copy in case I need it.

  3. Thomas

    The problem with this issue is that the damage that was done was too personal to a lot of Americans. Shrugging off responsibility and using the “partisan politics” cop out only works with certain issues. National Security is one of those pesky issues that just bugs Democrats because it doesn’t lend itself to easy deflections. A lapse of judgment is one thing, pushing this issue indicates a lack of character. She and Joe “The Hammer” Biden should sit down together for tea and talk about each others gaffes

  4. Frankie

    It’s not all that surprising that you and your former boss think alike. Also, you of all people should know that if there is a point you want to get across, and a quote you want the press to use, that is all you can say. The more you talk to a reporter, the more quotes he has to use as he will. Stay on message and these quotes won’t happen.

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