And The Award Goes To....

My friend Ed Morrissey started the Capt. Louis Renault award a couple of years back to hightlight some of the more amazingly clueless statements uttered in front of the camera.  Well here we are - 8 days into a new year and we have our first Capt. Louis Renault Award winner.  The first award of 2010 goes to homeland security director Janet Napalitano who said yesterday that she was shocked, SHOCKED I tell you to discover that Al Qaeda was determined to use suicide bombers to attack the US.....


The Chicago Sun Times has a transcript of entire press conference including the comments above....


Q What was the most shocking, stunning thing that you found out of the review? And, Secretary, to you, as well.

MR. BRENNAN: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is an extension of al Qaeda core coming out of Pakistan. And, in my view, it is one of the most lethal and one of the most concerning of it. The fact that they had moved forward to try to execute this attack against the homeland I think demonstrated to us -- and this is what the review sort of uncovered -- that we had a strategic sense of sort of where they were going, but we didn't know they had progressed to the point of actually launching individuals here. And we have taken that lesson, and so now we're full on top of it.

SECRETARY NAPOLITANO: I think, following up on that, not just the determination of al Qaeda and al Qaeda Arabian Peninsula, but the tactic of using an individual to foment an attack, as opposed to a large conspiracy or a multi-person conspiracy such as we saw in 9/11, that is something that affects intelligence. It really emphasizes now the renewed importance on how different intelligence is integrated and analyzed, and threat streams are followed through. And, again, it will impact how we continue to review the need to improve airport security around the world.

If this information is "shocking" and "stunning" to Secretary Napolitano, one has to wonder a) where she has been for the last several decades and b) just what WERE her qualifications to be DHS secreatary.  I mean seriously, if she had no clue that Al Qaeda was determined to use individual suicide bombers to attack people then she is either not been paying attention or has been ignoring reality which either way disqualifies her for the position that she holds.


Written by LL.