[Marxism] Homeland Futility

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
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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