Tuesday, January 11, 2005

The Department of Homeland Security: A History

President Bush today announced that he was nominating Michael Chertoff to head the Department of Homeland Security. After the debacle with Bernard Kerik, it is a safe bet that the Bush administration thoroughly vetted Chertoff before announcing his nomination (note to future presidents: you know when your nominee is in trouble when you wish he had only nanny problems). Whether Chertoff proves to be a good pick will depend on whether he has the administrative skills both to run a large department and to work with other departments (including the soon to be created Department of Intelligence).

On the lighter side, some observations about the progression of the men who have headed, would have headed and will head the department:

Maybe Bush thought that bureaucracy would scare away the terrorists so he created a new department and installed Tom Ridge, who looks the part of the ubiquitous bureaucrat.

After Ridge announced he was stepping down, Bush must have decided that it was now time for phase two of the war on terrorism, that it was time to show that we really meant business (the M&Ms alerts must not have been terrifying enough). Kerik looked macho enough, a guy you wouldn’'t dare mess with or else he would pin you to the ground (that he looked vaguely like Jesse Ventura didn'’t hurt).

After Kerik was exposed as a joke of the highest order, Bush must have decided that macho was out but that it was still important that the new secretary personally be able to scare away the terrorists. Chertoff looks evil. Who knows, his eyes may even be able to penetrate the mountains of Tora Bora and conclude that game of Where’s Osama. I'm just glad Chertoff is on our side.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job making fun of national security. Do you want to belittle anything else? Maybe you'd like to draw a map of our missile silos for any terrorists out there who'd like some enriched uranium...


1/11/2005 06:19:00 PM  
Blogger sling said...

lol.. you kids are ridiculous..

1/12/2005 07:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its yau
ur blogs are too political, blog about what ur doing kid~! :-p

1/12/2005 09:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you ever heard 'that 20/20 is hindsight,' or maybe the phrase 'anyone can play monday morning quarterback?' I think its pretty cheap of you to insult the President for trying to protect this nation. If you have a problem with homeland security fine but don't make light of him trying to find candidates that he believes would do their best to protect this country.

If you have a problem with the candidates, fine, but don't do it after they have been debunked by others. That is just piggy-backing. Also, if you have a problem with homeland security - do not play the partisan game and blame just the president. Remember it wasn't the President who created the concept. I will let you put on your specs and figure out who did for yourself.

1/12/2005 04:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can personally confirm that Dept. of Homeland Security nominee Michael Chertoff has not been afflicted with the Zoe Baird syndrome (aka nanny problem). A friend's sister babysat Chertoff's child(ren?) for many years at his Mountainside, NJ residence.

POYS might remember this girl actually.

- mister burp 1506

1/12/2005 06:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can personally confirm that Chertoff is one sexy man. I'd like to let him run his tongue over MY department of homeland security!

1/13/2005 01:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I concur with 4:05:59, it's just like being the person who says "I told you so". Piggybacking isn't just wrong, it's annoying too.


1/16/2005 02:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is my firm belief that the current administration has many security goals for this country. Although most of them seem to have stemmed from a lack of peaceful negotiation efforts to secure our nations integrity, values, and relationships with foreign powers. the responsibility of the presidents relations with international neighbors should be held to the same standards that we would show our next door neighbors. this country was built on a foundation of equal rights for ALL PEOPLE that is something that makes me proud to be an American citizen. the view that the current administration is preaching reflects an America that is not afraid to act with intolerance and harsh judgment of one people(Arabs). This dangerous silhouette is turning Americans into political social religious ideolistic facists. the people want to believe in there country,they want to belive that their country is doing the right thing. Belief in ones country can make us strong. Furthermore, people should keep in mind, the resolve that rash judgment and retaliation has lead people to in the past. It gets more people killed and more human rights violated. fighting fire with fire just makes things hotter. but if you just try putting a little water on it, the fire just might go out....Did bush ever take the time to address the nation of what the terrorists wanted,well if he did i didn't hear it. All i heard was osama has WMD, terrorists are hiding WMD, The middle eastern countries are helping them hide WMD, Iraq has them, saddam is an evil dictator, and most disturbing of all "we want to liberate the people of Iraq"...The only one of those excuses used to start this war that turned up to be fact was that, saddam is an evil dictator...Keep in mind, this war started with a terrorist attack by a terrorist group. Not an oil producing nation in tyranny. now the liberation of another country has become the focus of the current administration, and fuel for the fire that burns in the hearts of the American people. While social revolutionary bills get passed;like the patriot act 1, the use of secret courts,new classified laws, military tribunals, judging people under these new laws without any legal course of action, detaining them in complete secrecy, and not even giving them the rights that we swear to protect as americans.This attack on social rights is risking the entire future of freedom in America. that is not a risk that i will support, and is not the plan of action for a true American that believes in life, liberty, and the, presuit of happiness.

7/20/2005 10:04:00 PM  

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