Napolitano ushers in new era of political correctness as Homeland Security chief
By Rick Saunders
Janet Napolitano, The Chosen One’s selection for Secretary of Homeland Security, recently gave an interview to the German online version of Der Spiegel, in which she kow-towed to the First Rule of the Party Line: “Evil shall never be called by its true name.” In the interview, Napolitano stated that neither she nor presumably her underlings will, in the future, use the term “terrorism” to describe that which normal people–thus excluding most Obots–would identify as the wide spectrum of deadly mechanisms being used by Islamist jihadists against everyday Americans.
Because she never used the word “terrorism” in her testimony before the Senate last week, Napolitano was asked in the interview: “Does Islamist terrorism suddenly no longer pose a threat to your country?”
Her response: “Of course it does. I presume there is always a threat from terrorism. In my speech, although I did not use the word ‘terrorism,’ I referred to ‘man-caused’ disasters. That is perhaps only a nuance, but it demonstrates that we want to move away from the politics of fear toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that can occur.”
Napolitano’s blurb is tantamount to asserting, for example, that “peace through strength” had nothing to do with the winning of the Cold War and that preparing for “all risks that can occur” properly includes the danger of invigorating and emboldening our enemies with the sweet, faintly almond fragrance of appeasement.
Neville Chamberlain would be proud. By whispering sweet nothings into the ears of the cave-dwellers who so desperately want the sever the head of western civilization, we can finally have peace in our day.
The laissez-faire, pillow-talk foreign policy approach of the Obama administration aside, some things simply do not compute. The hijacking and intentional piloting of three civilian aircraft into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon are merely “man-caused disasters?” Semantic gymnastics on this order would tie the most talented of Orwellian linguists into knots.
Henceforth, pursuant to Napolitano’s surreal spin on reality, that fellow who confronts you in the parking lot, points a Glock at your head and demands the contents of your wallet will not be deemed a “robber.” Instead, he must be referred to in politically correct terminology as an “involuntary wealth re-distributor.” A Muslim jihadist who boards a subway train and detonates himself along with a few hundred other travelers will now be deemed to be a “mass transit interrupter.” Kinda like those guys did in Madrid and London.
This, Virginia, is the species of intellectual claptrap which now characterizes the mindset of the head of the federal agency charged with the duty to provide “security” for the “homeland.” Sleep tight, America.
Indeed, for those familiar with Napolitano’s prior history as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona (appointed by William Jefferson Clinton), as Arizona Attorney General and finally as Arizona Governor, these verbal games should come as no surprise. There, Napolitano honed her skills at “nuancing” reality into PC-acceptable images, particularly with regard to the issue of illegal immigration. For those who are unfamiliar with her stance on the topic, and as a preview of coming attractions in the days ahead when the United States will face ever-increasing threats from Islamist terrorists–yes, here at America’s Right, we insist on calling evil by its true name– take a look at a couple of past America’s Right posts: Mexican Government-Sponsored Call Center for Illegals Raises Questions about Napolitano, and Napping On Duty. For those still on the fence with regard to the danger of this mentality of political correctness in general, try Coddling Ourselves Into Oblivion.
Back in Arizona, Napolitano did backflips to avoid using the term “illegal alien” when, as a matter of fact, illegal aliens by the thousands were pouring over the southern border each week. Quick to criticize the federal government–i.e., the Bush Administration–when she was no longer U.S. Attorney in Arizona, but ignoring–go figure–her own feckless efforts on border enforcement while she was there, she continually resisted any local attempts to stem the tide of illegal aliens. Her weapons included bromides like “show me a 50-foot wall and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder,” (wow, if that doesn’t get her a spot on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show, nothing will) and “immigration reform [a.k.a. amnesty] is the answer.”
In her 1984 lexicon, these folks were, instead, “undocumented immigrants.” Among the “undocumented immigrants” who entered the country illegally while Napolitano was either (a) the Justice Department’s chief law enforcement representative in Arizona, (b) Arizona’s chief law enforcement official, or (c) Arizona’s governor, was one Erik Martinez.
On Tuesday, September 18, 2007, Martinez, an illegal alien from Mexico, was jaywalking across 24th Street north of Thomas Road in Phoenix. Martinez had, in 2006, been deported following a felony theft conviction. Shockingly, he had re-entered the United States. Illegally. Again.
Phoenix Police Officer Nick Erfle saw Martinez jaywalking and was attempting to stop him for questioning. Martinez–presumably back in Phoenix only to find day-labor tasks that Americans won’t perform–pulled a gun and shot Officer Erfle point blank in the face, leading to his death one hour later. Martinez fled the scene, carjacking a motorist’s vehicle. A short time later he was cornered by other Phoenix Police officers and, when he refused to surrender and threatened the officers, was dispatched to his fate.
Tragically, the same species of story regarding the assaults upon and murders of scores of American law enforcement officers and Border Patrol agents–not to mention ordinary citizens–could be repeated time and time and time again but with different surnames . . . without phasing Napolitano or her characterization of these people.
Her performance in Arizona on the issue of illegal immigration was, to utilize mixed-company terminology, abysmal. Yet from the looks of things so far, she intends to bring the same brand of “change” to the Department of Homeland Security regarding Islamist terrorists that she brought to the State of Arizona regarding illegal aliens. Not good.
“Man-caused disasters?” In this, the era of Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano, how about we discuss “woman-caused disasters?”
Rick Saunders is a freelance writer who splits his time between endeavors in southern California and the American southwest. He began writing for America’s Right in December 2008.