Secretary Napolitano was right that our system worked. Our system, put in place by President George W. Bush and Attorney General Ashcroft, is designed to throw up interference — to increase the probability of failure by our enemies at each step, so that it is unlikely that any attack can actuallyÂ succeed. And this is what happened. Mistakes were made, but their system is more brittle than ours, so we win.
Even liberal Republicans are attacking DHSSec Napolitano for her words, so she may not be long for government work. It may be that she has simply failed to thrive, Republicans want a scalp, and Democrats want a DHS Secretary who won’t be a liability when they get around to fighting for comprehensive immigration reform.