Rand Simberg wonders
if her hypothetical replacement would be an improvement. But commenter David cites a much larger issue:
On the other hand, not firing her sends a terrible message - failure doesn’t matter. It’s better to fire her than not.
In the same thread I made two observations about Napolitano's "the system worked" speech (bear with my typos):
There;s something about Napolitano’s remarks that stanbd out in my mind. Recall the famous quote:
“And one thing I’d like to point out is that the system worked. Everybody played an important role here. The passengers and crew of the flight took appropriate action. Within literally an hour to 90 minutes of the incident occurring, all 128 flights in the air had been notified to take some special measures in light of what had occurred on the Northwest Airlines flight. We instituted new measures on the ground and at screening areas, both here in the United States and in Europe, where this flight originated.”
She’s identifying random citizens as part of the system. Random citizens roughing up perps. This has to be some kind of leftist heresy.
Of course, the only part of the system she addressed was the response - not prevention, which is DHS’s nominal reason to exist.
When guys with known terrorist connections can get on a plane and Cat Stevens can’t, something is not working.
To refresh memories, Cat Stevens's 2004 encounter with no-fly lists is reported here.