John Cole and ED Kain cannot get their head around my call for Napolitano to be fired. It may be a cultural hangover from my British youth but in my view, when government reveals itself as incompetent in tracing potential terrorists, even when basically handed them on a plate, someone needs to take the fall. That person need not be directly personally responsible for the mistake, but since the error that could have led to the preventable deaths of scores of people comes under Napolitano’s broad responsibility, she should go.
One of the federal government’s core responsibilities is public order.
That isn’t accountability, that is meaningless symbolism and scapegoating. And it doesn’t sound British to me, it sounds like something out of Shogun. Should she just disembowel herself on the Capitol steps so she no longer has to live with the shame?
And what would her quitting accomplish? As we have no idea if she even is at fault, since Sullivan is calling for her head PRIOR to the review, we might be forcing out a competent executive in a time of turmoil for either an unknown entity or, more likely with the way the Republicans are jamming up appointments, no one at all. That would make us all safer, wouldn’t it?
Look, I understand the desire for accountability, but accountability means that someone is responsible for the things they have done. For some reason or another, we have swung from the Bush doctrine of no accountability no matter how bad you have screwed up to pre-emptive firings. Rahm might have done something ten years ago, let’s call for his resignation and then investigate. Napolitano may or may not have made a mistake, let’s fire her then find out. I’m hard pressed to figure out which approach to leadership and accountability is dumber and worse for the nation.
And I would like to add that the public is behaving quite admirably. I haven’t seen any panicking or craziness on the part of the American people. The gibberish and silliness has been left to certain political leaders and the cable news channels. Most Americans are just pissed off flying became a bigger pain in the ass.