..."No secretary of homeland security would sit here and say that a system worked prior to this incident which allowed this individual to get on this plane," Napolitano said.I would have far more respect for the women had she said, "You know what? We messed up--big time. The system failed--I failed--the American people. For that reason, I am asking the President to accept my resignation." Instead, her weasely words which are obviously designed to cover her own buttocks merely underscore the failure.
Her comments marked a change in tone from the day before, when she lauded security officials' handling of the affair.
"I think the important thing to recognize here is that once this incident occurred, everything happened that should have," she said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. "We trained for this. We planned for this."
On CNN's "State of the Union," she said: "One thing I'd like to point out is that the system worked."
The statement was swiftly condemned.
"Success is stopping these attacks, not responding to them," Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., told Fox News.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., told CBS' "Face the Nation" that the system "failed in every respect."
On Fox News, Napolitano clarified Monday that she was referring to security precautions that went into effect for other flights following the incident in Detroit.
"My comment was that once this incident occurred we were able to immediately notify the 128 flights already in the air from Europe," she said. "We were able to immediately institute new security precautions. ... And we were immediately able to provide additional security for the traveling public."...
Update: Guest-hosting for Rush Limbaugh today, Mark Steyn called her Janet "Incompitano." Too funny! However, I'm rather partial to Janet "Nincompoopitano" myself.