September 7, 2007, - 9:45 am

HUH?!: “Serpenthead” Says We Must Be Unsecure Before We Can Be Secure

Get a load of the absurd and lying comments DHS chief Michael “” Chertoff made in a “pre-9/11 anniversary” interview with USA Today.
First, there’s this:

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says public opposition to a host of new border security programs stalls government efforts to tighten security.

9/11 Fatigue: The Michael “Serpenthead” Chertoff Story

You know what he’s talking about. In his usual line of discussion, he doesn’t think America can secure the border until we let 20 million illegal aliens become instant citizens. It sounds a lot like John Kerry’s “I voted for the war before I voted against it.” Chertoff’s version is I vote for zero security and absolute chaos before I vote for security.
Then, there’s Chertoff’s list of programs that he says DHS wants to enforce against illegals and other national security malefactors, which he claims that so many other groups oppose.
The problem is that at least two of the programs have been opposed by someone in a very key position: Michael Chertoff, himself. More John Kerry-esque stuff.
For example, Chertoff cites opposition to:

A requirement that U.S. citizens show passports to come back into the country from Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
The rule is in effect for air travel and set to take effect Sept. 30 for land and sea crossings.
Opponents succeeded last winter in getting the rule relaxed for children 15 or younger who have parental permission and a birth certificate.

WRONG. The opponent was Chertoff, himself. After Congress made this the law, and allow those 21 and under (and even some as old as 23, in some cases) not to have to produce passports at border crossings and water ports. As I noted, back in February, Chertoff announced his executive decision to relax the passport rules at a speech to the Detroit Economic Club. He chose to do this to appease Muslims and others who whined about this having a “chilling effect” on “field trips” and “sports competitions” for kids. Because no-one under 21 (or even 23) would ever bear an ill will toward America and want to enter our country to do the nation harm. Right?
Then, there is Chertoff’s hypocritical statement about 9/11 fatigue:

Chertoff says he worries that the public is suffering “fatigue” after six years of counterterrorism efforts abroad and at home.
On border security in particular, he says, he is determined to make “very clear the consequence of dropping our guard.”

Look in the mirror, Serpenthead. The man with the biggest case of 9/11 fatigue is the one he’ll see in it. And the most damaging case, too.
It’s hard to believe that a man who’s made it his career to butt-kiss and pander to Islamists is lecturing us about 9/11 fatigue. When you meet with and fete two well-known agents of Iran and Hezbollah—-you’re not exactly the one to tell America about 9/11 fatigue.
You’re the one who needs to take a heavy does of the antidote.
Don’t forget: Recently, Chertoff Only the clueless would not realize that they are right here, NOT “half a world away.”
When I think of 9/11 fatigue and who has fallen back to sleep, Chertoff is our decade’s Rip Van Winkle.

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6 Responses

Is that like voting for it before you vote against it?

TheOmegaMan on September 7, 2007 at 1:46 pm

Chertoff is no warrior. We need warriors. A few months ago, a friend gave me a copy of the DHS assessment on how terrorists can exploit weaknesses in the immigration system in order to infiltrate. I didn’t even bother to read it. The enemy is already here.

undaunted on September 7, 2007 at 3:46 pm

9/11 fatigue? What the hell is “9/11 fatigue”?
Since you will never see the pictures of what happened that day on “mainstream” television (except for a few excerpts on The Day itself), and in all the time since there have been only two productions that even attempt to capture the reality of that day, and what we now face (“The Path to 9/11” and “Flight 93”), how the hell can anyone be “fatigued” by all this supposedly endless, interminable coverage of that seminal event?
I swear, Debbie, you’re making me crazy (though it’s not really your fault, of course) — this incredible daily parade of administration officials who do not have even a CLUE about what’s happened in the world since Munich, 1972 (for the U.S. specifically), and since 1948 for Israel, and what’s going on right now (Islamic Jihad in Germany, anyone?) is about to send me screaming into the night! Ms. Myers may be a complete dolt (obviously, she is), but Herr Chertoff appears to be completely oblivious to the real world, living his little insulated, fantasy life in D.C. — the only thing that could possibly be worse: a Democrat president and his or her appointees to these offices; we can kiss our collective asses good-bye, should that ever occur.

theendisnear on September 7, 2007 at 10:15 pm

Chertoff seems to be one more clear example of a Bush crony who is totally unfit for the job (reminds me of Gonzales). Where does Bush get these losers? It says a lot about Bush; he is known by the company he keeps as well as the blunders he makes personally.
I have, in the past, usually taken the position that the Senate should confirm any reasonable nominee that the President proposed for various offices. From here to the end of the current administration, I think they should block all appointments to all positions. Bush has demonstrated an unwillingness to appoint fit personnel for the very important national offices. It needs to be taken out of his hands.

Dr. D on September 7, 2007 at 10:23 pm

Posted by: theendisnear at September 7, 2007 10:15 PM
Bush has demonstrated an unwillingness to appoint fit personnel for the very important national offices. It needs to be taken out of his hands.
theendisnere, Glad that you see Chertoff, Condi, Karen Hughes for what they are…. mere symptoms of a dangerous desiese: a corrupt and timid president/commander-in-chief. As they say, fish starts rotting in the head first. A good observation, none-the-less.

Alert on September 7, 2007 at 11:43 pm

They keep their heads stuck in the sand and promote open borders. How can you fight a war on Terror when you leave your back door, ‘open’.

mark on September 9, 2007 at 8:02 am

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