[Marxism] Homeland Futility
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Wed Dec 3 08:30:32 MST 2008
Janet Napolitano = Homeland Futility
Janet Napolitano’s Sorry Service in Arizona Makes Her a Terrible Choice
for Homeland Security Secretary
By Michael Lacey
Consorting with anti-immigrant enforcers, indulging rank opportunism,
and adhering to failed policies seem an unlikely recipe for change we
can believe in. And yet this very cocktail of mediocrity — stirred by an
early endorsement of Barack Obama — has thrust Arizona Governor Janet
Napolitano into the heady midst of Washington's inaugural speculation.
She finds herself on the president-elect's short list for a cabinet
seat, as well as on Saturday Night Live's hot seat for parody.
The governor captured the front page of American journalism this month
with the announcement that she is the frontrunner to take over the
Department of Homeland Security. Napolitano must protect this nation's
borders and ensure our safety from terrorism and natural disasters while
overseeing billions of dollars in contracts in service of theses goals.
Janet Napolitano has considerable experience failing at administrative
But it is her role in securing Arizona's frontiers that bears scrutiny.
Confronted with a border state's unavoidable immigration challenges,
Napolitano defended the citizenry with a devil's pitchfork. Her
multi-pronged strategy: embrace the nation's most regressive
legislation; empower a notorious sheriff using cynical political
calculations; employ boots on the ground.
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