In addressing Congress for the first time yesterday, new Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano did not, even once, use the word “terrorism.” Not once.
As the woman charged with protecting the nation, terrorism should be a priority, not something avoided out of the hope to maintain a politically correct stance toward those who dream of our destruction. Instead, the former Arizona governor focused on her department’s role in responding to natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina.
To me, it looks as though Napolitano seems to be adopting, with respect to the safety of the nation, the same species of politically correct, illegal immigrant amnesty-favoring policies she embraced while U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona, Arizona Attorney General and Arizona Governor, the same policies and perspective and attitude which has now made Phoenix a home away from home for Mexican drug cartels, and the No. 2 ranking world capital for kidnappings, right behind Mexico City.
Her recent statement that violence in Mexico has not crossed the border into the United States was completely asinine, and was reminiscent of Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf–better known as Iraqi Information Minister “Baghdad Bob”–explaining on Iraqi state television that the Americans were not taking the airport, that the Americans were bogged down in the sands of Iraq, retreating at the mere sight of Saddam “Spider Hole” Hussein’s Republican Guard. Just like Baghdad Bob, Napolitano has lost touch with reality — not a quality we want in a Homeland Security chief.
Back in mid-December in these very pages, we warned that America should be wary of Napolitano and be on the lookout for “more PC-speak and a much kinder, gentler approach to dealing with the tsunami of illegal immigrants now flooding across the border and over the nation.” It seems as though the same PC attitude has spread to the threat of radical Islam.
This isn’t a threat which will go away if ignored. Terrorism will not cease to be if we somehow quit talking about it, and nix any security-related ideas that could possibly offend these animals. Napolitano is treating radical Islam like someone at a cocktail party she doesn’t want to talk to — if I don’t look at them, and if I don’t mention their name, perhaps they’ll just stay on the other side of the room. Jihad doesn’t work that way. While we nap because of Napolitano, they organize, they get stronger, they recruit, they foment their hatred of everything we stand for.
We are in for a very rough ride.