Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened. -- Winston Churchill

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Michael Chertoff Needs to Go

Michael Chertoff was grilled before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, over his handling of Hurricane Katrina. This as a sharply critical committee report from House Republicans is to be released.

Chertoff, you may recall at the time of Katrina, told us that everything was being done as it should be, in disdainful bureaucratic double talk. We could all see for ourselves from live reports that was patently untrue.

Blame extends beyond Chertoff. The Mayor of New Orleans was woefully incompetent, only outdone in ineptitude by the Louisiana Governor. Hopefully the voters will take care of Negin and Blanco.

President Bush, who ultimately should have been on top of the Federal effort, deserves blame as well. He should have stepped in early when it became clear to anyone with eyes that it was a fiasco. Now he should fire Chertoff, and not just as an exercise in post facto blame fixing.

The Homeland Security Secretary is a critical position for our country. We will sustain another terrorist attack. It's just a matter of time, no matter how well our intelligence and law enforcement agencies perform. It's impossible to have perfect results all the time, and it only takes one miss.

His performance in Katrina has shown him to be incompetent to handle an actual major crisis in real time. Our country can't afford that, it's a matter saving people's lives. Chertoff is probably a great infighting bureaucrat. But we need more. We need a true leader in his role.

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