We are under attack again. But the person that is in charge of protecting our nation's homeland is asleep at the wheel. Between changing what a terrorist act is, now a 'man-made disaster', and labeling returning troops a threat of becoming 'right-winged extremist', Janet "The Ice Cream" Napolitano has allowed our security to become even weaker.
If you were not aware the latest threat comes not from a possible 'man-made disaster' but from a lowly pig virus out of Mexico designated as H1N1, swine influenza. The Center for Disease Control initially thought that the virus was most likely a swine virus. However the DNA of this flu virus has a 'never-before-seen' combination of avian, swine and human viral components. In Mexico there have been 20 confirmed deaths, a possible 40 more deaths and over 1,000 people infected. Humans have been known to contract swine flu from pigs but have never been able to pass it to other humans, that is until now. Yet our borders have not been closed to travel from this country. This virus that is now easily passed from human to human is a threat to our national security. Why is this point so important? Because this virus is new and can be passed from human to human it meets two criteria for a possible pandemic crisis that could spread around the world.
Mexico has taken some drastic steps to ward off further passing of this virus. They have closed schools, museums, cancelled government sponsored gatherings, telling their populace to avoid crowded places such as movie theaters and the subway as well as handing out free face masks. Yet not a word from the Department of Homeland Security Chief, "Ice Cream" Napolitano on what the U.S. will do. We should shutter our borders. Restrict travel to that area of the world. Contain the crisis where it is but this may all be too late. The CDC reports that there have been eight confirmed cases in border states Texas(2) and California(6). But in the mean time wash your hands!
We already have the Mexican drug wars spilling over into our border states with nothing in place to stop or repel it. Who is to say that this variant of the flu is not the creation of some Al-Qaeda bioweapons plot. They know that our borders are as hole-filled as a slice of swiss cheese. They know that we no longer quarantine and detain people who are infected with diseases. They know a lot about our weaknesses but we have become noticeably weaker with this latest presidential administration.
Who is Janet "The Ice Cream" Napolitano? How is it that a former U.S. Attorney and former Attorney General for the state of Arizona not get it about law enforcement? Her claim to fame was that she was the governor of a border state. Then she should know the perils we face with the Mexican invasion now combined with an influenza strain that has mutated and is being ferretted across our borders in human cargo. This is another Obama appointment that is lacking in substance and ability. But just like his resume is thin on achievement so too are his appointments.
We have to protect our borders. We have to protect our populace. But with a government that is lax on law enforcement how can we? We should bring our DHS up on charges if we are not protected siting dereliction of duty. Otherwise disband this cabinet level position and go back to where we were pre-9/11. We are just as safe now as we were then.
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