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JANET NAPOLITANO: INCOMPETENCE, PLAYING POLITICS OR SOMETHING ELSE? (Updated)

Update: 04-27-09  Why Janet Napolitano is fronting the Administration's public face on the flu outbreak?

It seems that the Obama Administration has failed to fill the position of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services or any of the 19 key departmental position.

I was also very much surprised that the President was out playing golf while his "staff" was busying announcing a "public health emergency." It seems that Obama has claimed that the situation is under control and that his team (DHS Secretary Napolitano, ex-CIA operator John Brennan as the Deputy National Security Adviser and the only one with medical training, Dr. Richard Besser from the Centers for Disease Control.) Not exactly encouraging.

Original blog entry ...  

With the headlines screaming ominous warnings about the widespread appearance of a previously unknown “swine flu,” the possibilities of a major pandemic, why is the Secretary of Homeland Defense NOT taking proactive measures to screen or test passengers arriving an U.S. ports from Mexico and attempting to shut down border crossings before a major outbreak occurs in the United States.

Headlines from the DrudgeReport which are used by many of the major news media as an idea source book or showprep on issues of importance ...

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US says not testing travelers from Mexico for flu

According to Reuters Alert Net …

“The United States is not testing airplane travelers from Mexico for the swine flu virus that has heightened fears of a possible pandemic, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said on Sunday.”

" ‘Right now we don't think the facts warrant more active testing or screening of passengers coming in from Mexico,’ she said at a White House briefing.”

There is no doubt in my mind that this will be a major test of the Obama Administration should this “swine flu” become a major problem in the United States and be associated with a significant loss of life. And I am still worried about Vice President Biden’s pronouncement that Obama will face a real test in the near future and appear to the American Public as failing to do the right thing.

Certainly Janet Napolitano’s reputation is one the line. And a shaky reputation that is – she has no real experience other than being a Governor of a “border state.” She has no direct experience in military or intelligence matters. Why people feel that governors of  border states have excellent credentials on immigration and security is beyond me. One only need look at Arnold Schwarzenegger to see another liberal “know nothing” political hack  in high office.

She fits the classic profile of a democrat nominee for high political office: a democrat, a woman and a lawyer. In addition, many compare her to a previous Administration democrat, Janet Reno. And like the other Janet, questions continue to swirl through the political community about her sexuality. To the good side, she appears to be well-liked by Arizonans and is said to be single-mindedly focused on her job.

I also remain worried about what the Administration may do to “capitalize” on this upcoming emergency – per Rahm Emanuel’s prescription that a good crisis should never be wasted in moving your political agenda forward.

Be well, be safe and take care of yourself and your family first.

-- steve

Research Links:

Reuters AlertNet|US says not testing travelers from Mexico for flu

OneCitizenSpeaking|Just asking: how will Obama spin this "emerging" swine flu crisis to his political advantage -- to grab even more government power?


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