January 6th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Should Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano be fired?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

In light of the botched Christmas Day terror attack - some are suggesting it's time for heads to roll in the Obama administration. And quite a few fingers are pointed at Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
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For one thing she couldn't wait to utter the inane comment, "the system worked," right after someone tried to blow an airplane out of the sky. She later clarified her remarks…but the damage was done.

Republican Senator John Kyl, from her home state of Arizona, told reporters he no longer feels "totally safe" with his former governor in charge of homeland security... Kyl said this with Arizona's other Senator - John McCain - by his side. Quite a different tune from last year - when both Republicans cheered her nomination. Other Republicans have actually called for the secretary's resignation.

Defenders of Napolitano say it's one of the toughest jobs in government - managing 20-plus agencies and a nearly $50 billion budget. And there is precious little in Janet Napolitano's background that qualifies her to be in charge of homeland security.

At the end of the day, the buck stops at the top. It's one thing for President Obama to express righteous indignation - which he did yesterday - but quite another to lead by example. The president is already developing a reputation for being indecisive, wishy-washy, governing by consensus, etc. Here's a chance for him to break out of that.

Besides, if he fired Napolitano, it would likely get a lot of other people's attention in government.

Here’s my question to you: In the wake of the latest attempted terror attack, should Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano be fired?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

D. writes:
Napolitano did a reasonable job as governor of Arizona, but she is in way over her head in her present position. You could see it by the expression on her face during her "the system worked" comment. The head of Homeland Security is a major-league job. So much for political appointments. Maybe Obama should put Dick Cheney in that position.

Arlene from Wiesbaden, Germany writes:
No way, Jack. Her remarks were taken out of context. She has explained them. I do not expect our Commander-in-Chief to throw a qualified and competent secretary under the bus for an error not of her making.

David from Georgia writes:
Jack, I don't believe she should have ever been appointed. Any excuse to fire her suits me. Her record on illegal immigration should have disqualified her. The most important thing Homeland Security needs to do is close our borders. This lady thinks the illegal invasion from Mexico is good for our country. Even if the Mexicans were acceptable, how do we know how many are from Mexico and how many are from the Middle East? The smugglers are hardly going to screen their clients.

Troy from Fairview, Texas writes:
Janet Napolitano was never qualified to be the Secretary of Homeland Security in the first place… Napolitano has no formal law enforcement experience, NO CIA experience, NO FBI experience, NO Secret Service experience and NO business being in charge of anything having to do with those issues. You do not hire a lawyer to protect America from terrorists, Jack. That is not their expertise.

Dominic from Chicago writes:
Am I the only one noticing that once again, the FBI and CIA aren't sharing information? It sounds just like the conversations we had after 9/11. I don't think Napolitano should be fired, I think that the FBI and CIA should play nice with the DHS and share their intel. Isn't that why we created the DHS to begin with?

Laura from Raleigh, North Carolina writes:
Well, Jack, it’s like this: With the way things are going, she is likely to receive a Nobel Peace Prize because she had good intentions.

Filed under: Janet Napolitano
soundoff (238 Responses)
  1. MARK PRIBBLE Anna Illinois

    YES. They should start with her and work their way down. Replace all those fools with people that will do their job, and not do nothing while drawing a big paycheck

    January 6, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  2. Cousin Vinny Connecticut

    Yes, and when she gets fired, Jack, it will prove that "the system worked"!!!

    January 6, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  3. Mike J.

    Sure, I think this would be a tall feather in the caps of the Republicans, something they can use in upcoming elections. But, in all fairness they should first remind us of how many were fired in Bush's staff after 911. Many of his stooges were allowed to keep their jobs long after they proved incompetent.
    Let's not forget that Bush was the one who swatted the hornets nest after that first sting. It was his reckless, ignorant post 911 actions that has left Obama with trying to contain the swarm. It seems as though Obama is trying to bring together key individuals to assist in cleaning up this mess, let's give him a chance.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  4. Grant from Idaho

    Jack: Instead, we should fire Senator Demint for holding up the nomination of the head of the TSA for political gain.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  5. Lynn, Columbia, Mo.

    Personally, I'm tired of listening to the Republicans. All they want to do is stir up... well you know. They need to ignore Sen. DeMint and vote on hiring the head of the TSA. At least Pres. Obama didn't say "Heck of a job, Napo".

    January 6, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  6. A. Smith, Oregon

    Security analysts are now openly questioning if the CIA deliberately aided or refused to pass on the information they knew about the Nigerian Muslim bomber to the TSA authority's who would have immediately blocked the bomber from boarding his Detroit bound flight.

    Are some of the CIA members acting out of loyalty to former vice-president Dick Cheney? Dick Cheney has repeatedly criticized President Obama's roll back on both wars and shutting down all of the CIA secret prisons around the world including that at Gitmo. All of the former CIA directors WARNED President Obama that there would be problems if he proceeded.

    Is the ability of the Nigerian Muslim bomber to get onto his International Flight the result of a power vacuum within the CIA agency between those still loyal to Dick Cheney and want President Obama to fail? Is this precisely what the former CIA directors warned President Obama about?

    It is one thing for Rush Limbaugh to wish and hope for President Obama to fail, but yet another for the CIA agency to wish and act in such a similar manner.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Probably not. However, shortcomings were clear, and it only takes one incident to kill a couple of hundred people. The system needs to improve.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  8. Mari Fernandez, Utah

    Republicans will shout, "fire her!" And the rest of us, sane people, say whoa there. It was not Napolitano's fault that security in Amsterdam failed. Nor is it her fault, that people arriving from international flights, making a connection to domestic flights are no put through security again.

    By the way, wasn't it George W. Bush who promised after 9/11 that he would beef up security?

    January 6, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  9. Kevin Lunenburg MA.

    There's no doubt that the secretary's remark about the system working left a lot of people flummoxed. That was even worse than telling us to seal our homes with plastic and duct tape. The system is flawed and needs to be fixed and soon. While we don't need a knee jerk reaction like we've had in the past, we need an executive decision now and we need it implemented quickly. A good first step would be for her head and those of several others to roll. There's enough angst in the country now, we don't need people feeling at risk because of some government screw up.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  10. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    NO. She said a dumb thing that she corrected 24 hours later. Unless she DID something to require firing, which there's no evidence she did thus far, she should be safe.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  11. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    To be fired and then be replaced with someone else that's just as incompetent Obamas track record with hiring qualified people suck's.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  12. Anthony from NJ

    Janet Napolitan has proven her naivete and incompetence. If you know the "Peter Principle" she's been promoted way over her head. It's wonderful to have all this diversity but even better to have the most qualified in place. I don't care who's the first this or the first that. I simply care who's the best!

    January 6, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  13. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, NY


    If anything, the Christmas Day attack should prompt a push for term limits.
    Since September 2001, where is the legislation mandating air marshalls for every flight and body scanners at every airport ? Why is the TSA ban on carrying matches and lighters onto airplanes being allowed to expire ?
    Ms Napolitanos' inadvertant malaprop may or may not warrant firing, but the malfeaseance of our elected Representatives certainly warrants term limits.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  14. frankie

    Everyone seems to be forgetting that the Jihadist terrorists and particularly the underwear bomber, are the ones to blame for the attempt to bomb that plane.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  15. Scott Stodden

    Yes Jack she should be fired and should have been fired as soon as she said "the system worked" when clearly the system is not working at all. I never supported Janet Napolitano to be in charge of Homeland Security because of experience but hey I never supported President Obama for lack of experience as well. So Jack are we at all convinced in this country by now that President Obama is not ready to answer that call at 3am? I so predicted that he was inexperienced to be President and then to have Janet Napolitano in charge of Homeland Security I so wish Hillary and Bill were in office right now, Iam a very liberal Democrat who will be voting for Mitt Romney come 2012 believe that Jack unless Hillary runs as an independent.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    January 6, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  16. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    No she should not be fired.

    And I wish we would stop with this testosterone chest pounding, sort of like the inane statements of zero tolerance, or the buck stops at the top. This closed mind set does nothing but create rigid boundaries within a system where no thought or reality gets in and nothing of value gets out. Where there is no imagination and creativity, where there are no successes and failures to learn upon, only fear and shame. All there is room for in a system like this is another hormone fueled belief, my way or the highway.

    Napolitano can only improve from this point. Let us allow her to get better.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  17. Fred Brun

    Hi Jack,

    She should be fired ASAP. Her incompetence in word and action is breathtaking. Why was she hired in the 1st place for this position? Obama should have paid attention when she claimed that, all the terrorist from 9/11 came from Canada. That kind of ignorance borders on fantasy land. I am glad she is one of your politicians and not ours.

    Fred Montreal, Canada

    January 6, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  18. GW Sparks

    Yes about 9 months ago! Is anyone doing their job, that we the people have elected them to do, If so WHO, am I'm missing something?

    January 6, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  19. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, come on. If we fired everyone in D.C that was stupid, or didn't know their jobs, the city would be a ghost town. Janet can't help it that her mouth works faster than her brain, and firing her would only mean a NEW idiot in charge. Let Obama keep his chosen idiots around, they can only serve to remind us that the head idiot chose them.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  20. Kari

    Janet Napolitano is a total incompetent joke. She has no clue what is going on and has no prior experience to support appointing her to this critical position. Isn't this the same partisan hack who came out last Spring and announced that the only thing America has to fear is "Right-Wing Extremists" and "Disgruntled military veterans"?

    January 6, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  21. mitchell, arkansas

    No. John Brennan should be. He is the counter-terrorism Czar, and former cia guy? He should have made sure information was being shared.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  22. Pastor Kwame Adjei Boateng

    Did money exchanged hands in Nigeria and in Holland.Thank GOD that HE saved HIS Anointed One -President Obama.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  23. Linda in Arizona

    Well, it sounds like you're looking for a scapegoat, Jack. Her statement about the "system working", while dumb, was clearly referring to what happened AFTER the attempted bombing, not before. You media jackals ran with the repukes on it though, and mis-reported it ad nauseum, and pretty much ad infinitum. Personally, I never thought she had any qualifications for the HS secretary's job. I live in Arizona, and while she was a hard-working governor, I never saw any flashes of brilliance, and her security experience was zero. While not the worst appointment Obomber made, she certainly wasn't the best either. Come to think of it, I can't think who the "best" might be. I don't think the crotch bomber's ability to get as far as he did was her fault though, so why should she take the fall?

    January 6, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  24. Ed Norton, Eastside

    Well Jack, after the terror attempt, Janet Napolitano was a dead ringer
    for Herman Munster caught in headlights.

    I don't think she is prepared to handle security of the country. She may
    be more qualified to handle less serious events like the running of the
    bulls, but not the security of the country in the wake of terrorism.


    January 6, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  25. Denis Duffy

    Napolitano was never qualified to do the job. She is a political appointee with no experience in keeping this country safe. Another failure by the messiah Obama.

    Pittsburgh, Pa.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  26. Andy Garriott

    Lebanon, Indiana

    Janet Napolitano SHOULD BE FIRED. This is another example of why we shouldn't allow the government anymore control of other programs. Not only should she be fired, but there needs to be more people held accountable.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  27. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Jack, this is what you get when you appoint a politically correct cabinet instead of a qualified cabinet. Yes, Napolitano should be fired, but her boss doesn't have the executive experience to recognize poor performance.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  28. Carl D.

    The answer is Yes,Yes and Yes. She is totally worthless in my opinion,Next!

    January 6, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  29. Jeff In Minnesota

    Why? It wasn't DHS's fault that they were out of the loop. Apparently between the CIA, NSA and the State Department, they all knew what was going on and just didn't share the information to DHS. This is a bureaucracy problem, not a leadership problem. Change leaders and you still have the bureaucrats running the operations. Until those people either get a clue or get fired, we'll still have the problems.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  30. Terry from Zion, IL

    No. The terrorist boaded the plane in Amsterdam so she had no control of their security checks and holds no responsibility.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  31. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    Haven't we had enough scapegoats already? The Secretaries of every organization are only able to control what comes across their 'radar'. If a person or a group chooses to squelch a possible threat, they'll do it especially if if 'shows up' one of their 'buddies'.

    Where do the limits on intelligence begin and end, especially when there is a 'covert' operation in progress? Certainly an agent doesn't want or need to get 'caught' making a scheduled call to his boss.

    Motives can be concealed, too, by person(s) who believe we need another 'panic' like 9/11.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  32. Terry, Chandler AZ

    As you can read, I live in Arizona. I voted for Janet. That does not mean that I am in full support of her in position as Homeland Security Secretary. Her comments demonstrate that she is not qualified for the position. And if if she was qualified, she must resign to show her full support of what her boss is attempting to accomplish.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  33. Jeff Crocket in New Britain, CT

    Holder, Napolitano, Clinton, and Panetta should all go.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  34. JaneE

    Why not just ask if Democrats should be held to a higher standard than Republicans? Do the people who let AbdulMutallab on the plane answer to DHS? Do Northwest airlines operations in Africa and Europe have to follow US guidelines? Why not go after the people in congress who vote against screening equipment and staffing of DHS positions? When we find out who dropped the ball, and why, then we can determine who to discipline or fire.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  35. Paul from Phoenix


    The Homeland Secretary position was created so Security information would all flow to one source. Clearly, she does not understand this, as evident not only by the plane attempt, but even what should be simple security situations like White House dinner events. She needs to go.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  36. Dave , Munhall , Pa.

    NO ! ! ! Did Bush / cheney quit when they ignored the intelengence that they were given about 9/11 ? NO ! Janet Napolitano did not sit around reading about the Little goat trying to think of what to do , she did her job. A misstatement is not the same as doing NOTHING !!! Other than good Bourbon ain't nutin PROOF ! ! !

    January 6, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  37. Karen from Naples

    SHOW her the DOOR.
    Anyone in that position that would come on TV and say
    that" the system worked" should be fired ASAP. All
    that proves is that Janet N. is an another incompetent
    federal worker. More heads should roll in the CIA, FBI or
    whatever agencies knew about the "underwear bomber".
    I am so sick of stripping in the security line at the airport.
    Bring on profiling, leave us old ladies ALONE!!!

    January 6, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  38. Kim Smith, Dodge City, Kansas

    Homeland what? We are certainly safe from old ladies carrying too much shampoo or make-up aboard domestic flights, but very little security exists for someone entering from a foreign country. I'd say firing would be too good for the Secretary of Homeland Security since her lack of ability resembles negligent behavior.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  39. Bisu Sinha


    Security breach occured at a different country and thanks to BUSH/CHENEY, the people in that country hate us. So, I would not fault Mrs Napolitano for what BUSH/CHENEY did to us.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  40. Nancy from Colorado

    Jack, you are getting my dander up! By the grace of God, now the Administration knows where the real weaknesses lie in the CIA, and will do what is necessary. I don't believe in firing good people for the actions or non actions of others. I believe in this President and thank God for him. Now, quit being such a panderer to the people whose only goal is to bring him down. Use your pulpit to help, not to undermine.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  41. Jim in Kansas City

    Why? She's only guilty of being no more proactive than the administration in managing policy and practices. Everything being done is in response to something happening. Nothing proactive or managed is taking place. Makes one wonder what we'll learn isn't getting handled next? Makes one wonder why the administration would want to take on health care.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  42. Annie, Atlanta

    Because some kid stuck explosives in his drawers and got on a plane in Amsterdam, headed for the US? Maybe the ticket agent who sold a one way ticket to a guy with no luggage deserves more scrutiny. If we fired people in DC for stupid comments, there'd be no one there.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  43. Vernon Fueston

    Let's not forget that Napolitano's remards were part of a coordinated White House response. Three days after the attack, when we already knew that the bomber had traveled to Yemen to pick up a bomb and when law enforcement already knew that bomb was a very sophisticated chemical device, President Obama told the country that the terrorist was a "lone and isolated terrorist." The original plan from the White House was to keep the sheep calm. I find that insulting and it's not Napolitano that I'm angry with.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  44. Gail, Plano,Texas

    Janet Napolitano should not be fired. She should resign.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  45. B. Gris from Connecticut

    Hello Jack,
    Last April, I sent a letter to Napolitano's office, voicing my opinion and concerns about her background relative to the task at hand in her current position. Last week, I sent her another letter regarding the Detroit episode along with a copy of the previous April letter. I said it to her before, and I've said it to her again, RETIRE ... return to practicing law where you can only hurt one person at a time. PERIOD.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  46. John, Fort Collins, CO

    Because of all the complexities, the head of Homeland Security needs to be the strongest analytical mind in the country; someone with the abilities of a Bill Gates. In addition, the task of solving all these security communications and coordination problems is so critical it needs to be given priority on a par with the World War II Manhattan Project. Janet Napolitano appears to be a good, experienced person who was placed in the wrong job.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  47. Tina Tx

    Yes and Dick Cheney needs a job. Put his old behind back to work and let him finish ticking off the rest of the world. He is good at that.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  48. Jim from Chicago

    Nah, this is just another example of Republican hypocrisy. Where were these same partisans when Condi Rice stated that no one could have imagined terrorists flying loaded airplanes into skyscrapers mere months after getting memos describing that precise tactic. And what about. "Bin Laden determined to strike the U.S."? Just more stupid partisan games.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  49. Jim in Alabama

    The problem is NOT Napolatino! Its the presence of turf wars that exist between the major intelligence agencies and the lack of a government that will come down HARD on them and force them to cooperate and share information in a timely manner. This was also a problem before 9/11 and has still not been corrected. Damn it, do it now!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  50. Donna Beavers - Dallas, Texas

    Janet N.'s coverup comment: "The system works" is right up there with "You're doing a helluva job, Brownie." In both cases the exit doors are open immediately. No excuses. No second chances. Our lives depend on it.

    Donna Beavers Dallas, Texas

    January 6, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  51. Layne Alleman

    Jack, I think the real question is, why was this woman hired in the first place? They said it was her experience as a governor of a border state, so I guess that means she is supposed to have answers to violent situations (RIIIIIIGHT). Come on Jack, only fools believe that anyone is EVER appointed to ANY government position on real credentials. It"s all a huge, sick game, and we're the dumb bananas that keep electing their bosses. Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  52. Chris


    Yes Napolitano should go, and replaced with Wes Clark or Clark Kent Erwin.
    We had enough incompetence under Bush and cronyism never is a good substitute for competence.

    Benson, AZ

    January 6, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  53. David


    I don't believe she should have ever been appointed. Any excuse to fire her suits me.

    Her record on illegal immigration should have disqualified her. The most important thing Homeland security needs to do is close our borders. This lady thinks the illegal invasion from Mexico is good for our country. Even if the Mexicans were acceptable, How do we know how many are from Mexico and how many are from the middle east. The smugglers are hardly going to screen there clients.

    As much as I hate to agree with Dick Cheney I do think border protection needs to reflect our recognition that we are in a war. All our borders, not, just mexican, need to be guarded from enemy attack.

    We could use some of the troops being wasted overseas to guard them.

    David in GA

    January 6, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  54. Donald in CA

    Should cheney and bush been fired after 9/11?

    January 6, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  55. steve- virginia beach

    She should have never been nominated or confirmed due to lack of qualifications. She confirmed this when she proclaimed her opposition to securing our borders. She needs to be fired for failing to provide the necessary managerial leadershiop to prevent this incident. And Obama needs to be fired for nominating her to head a national security agency instead of someone among the most qualified for the job.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  56. Robert in Atlanta

    Why in the you know what should Napolitano she be fired because a lazy Belgium did not think it was suspicious!
    By the way who and where is the Middle Eastern looking guy that said the bomber was from the Sudan!!!!!!
    NO her FAULT

    Rep just want Obama to look bad. Yall are so obvious!!!!!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  57. Adrienne

    Uh.. no, Jack. No.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  58. Jon

    Both she and the Director of National Intelligence should be shown the door. Who knows who had what information, but enough is enough. Share what information you do have so things like this can possibly be avoided in the future!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  59. Ron Meyer

    Good piece. Yes, she should be fired.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  60. Melody Varner

    I live in AZ.
    I say firing one now is secondary to getting to the root of the proccess.
    Heck, I say go back and fire the LA Queen..Desiree Rodgers first!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  61. Dave in MO

    Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job.... If Obama learned anything from President Bush he should have fired her by now! Change are more of the same Jack?

    January 6, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  62. J, Utah

    Not her fault security screwed up at the European airport. Yes, she may say dumb things at times, but haven't we all.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  63. Donald Rhodes

    Yes... Fire the seat warmer

    January 6, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  64. Randy Rawls

    Napolitano should be fired. How many instances of incompetence does it take to convince the President he made a miserably bad appointment?

    January 6, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  65. Deb

    Most definitely yes. She is more concerned with empire building as is everyone in DHS/TSA . Give us more money and more staff ,then try to fix us. Hire screeners to detect behaviors for secondary secreening and call them Behavior detection Officers. Our secuiry plan equals a junior college curriculum for its expertise and experience.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  66. Rob

    No matter what the Republicans will never be happy with anyone working for Obama. I just keep in mind that the worst attack on the US by terrorists came under the Republican watch.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  67. linda

    Yes! along with pelosi, reed and whole bunch!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  68. lynn

    Of course she should not be fired! She was not where the problem came from and to fire her would be an empty, stupid gesture. We've had too many political decisions and not ones based on facts and reality.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  69. Cliff Strome

    Look at the risk/benefit ratio, fire her! If we don't move like this is
    serious business, not a playground for gov't jobs, this is a matter
    of life and death, our survival. What did she know and when did
    she know it? Take no prisoners, dump the excuses and toss out
    the blabberers. Action not words, results not excuses. Now's the
    time to get real! Have a nice flight!!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  70. Ed

    I don't really think the Bush people did a better job. After all, they failed every test of every security mechanism throughout his terms. Realistically, in the years after 9-11, Al Qaeda probably didn't have the preperations made for another major attack, and all the minor ones were in Iraq.

    She didn't do better or worse than the Bush people. They just didn't try against Bush after 9-11. Its coincidence only.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  71. Norman Hartz

    she should indeed be fired. I emailed Obama when he was considering her and told him she is a light weight.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  72. Susan Martin

    She should be fired based on her stupid comment alone. There is no way to repair the damage to her reputation after that, especially when we all know that she was not qualified in the first place. In rare occasions, intellect or emotional makeup can substitute for experience. Her comment shows that that is not the case for her in this job.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  73. Tony

    I have to say that she should be fired, mainly due to her initial response to the incident.........""the system worked. Obviously her depth of understanding of the incident was shallow and her experience wasn't there to assimilate the information and assess it accurately at the get go.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  74. Mrs. Warren

    Yes, of course she should be fired, and more importantly, she should never have been hired. And if Mr. Obama reads this poll and the majority thinks she should be fired, that's when his finger-in-the-wind reflex will kick in and she'll be gone. Can you run one on whether we should fire him, too?

    January 6, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  75. Kevin

    Get rid of her....she was never qualified to begin with....she is clueless.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  76. Ed from Ohio

    Absolutely fire her! Then WE can say 'the system works"!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  77. Jim

    Absolutely, but will it happen? No! There is no accountability, had this been a republican president, the democrats would be screaming for her head, but she is a democrat so nothing will happen. It is disgusting that our security has politics tied to it, wonder what Obama would do if that plane would have gone down and everybody on board was his biggest finance doners, hmmmm makes you wonder.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  78. Gray

    I would think those more directly responsible for analyzing intelligence should be the ones relieved of their duties. Napolitano's said something stupid-that's not enough to warrant a firing. There'd be plenty cabinet posts empty if that was all it took to lose your job.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  79. Leslie mcMichael

    Absolutely NOT.. Of course she shouldn't be fired. She (Napolitano) .. didn't do anything wrong. And if you think the Prasident can just pack her up and stick someone else in there to do the job any better.. you can forget it !

    The way I see it, having ONE government secretary oversee 20 agencies.. is rediculous.. Maybe we should add more cabinet members.. (LOL)

    January 6, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  80. Roger West Bend, WI.

    What in her working history qualifies her, and who put her there, than fire her.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  81. Brent Ashcroft

    Yes Jack, and in addition to that Obama should be impeached, and the greatest portion of the Behind Door Democrats should lose their bid to make additional Laws in this Country. If they don't then hopefully God really needs to Bless America.
    Brent from Idaho

    January 6, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  82. R Martin

    Sadly Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is but one more political appointtee being repaid for her campaign support. It Matters not whether one is qualified. It does matter how much campaign support is rewarded, foten to the detriment of public welfare.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  83. DC

    I questioned her qualifications when the POTUS nominated her but I decided to give her and the President the benefit of a doubt. It may now be clear that she is in over her head.

    It's time to go...

    Tallahassee, Fl

    January 6, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  84. Robert Herbst

    I'm a democrat and a veteran; I feel Napolitano should be canned. We need a retired general who has anti-terrorism and political experience in charge of homeland security.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  85. Carl Stoyan

    Napolitino first burst on the scene with the uninformed assertion that the 911 terrorists came from Canada.
    The fact she discribed a defective bomb as an example of the system working doesn't surprize me at all. If terrorism's goal is to create fear, what an allie they have in her.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  86. Scott

    yes, she should be fired.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  87. Antoine

    Maybe. Maybe Not. In any case the grounds should not be political and based on whether she really dropped the ball. After all, the person did board the plane in another country! If you look at the previous Bush administration, there were a number of folks who did not qualify to have there positions (ie, FEMA chief Michael Brown).

    January 6, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  88. Steve

    Absolutely. She is arrogant and clueless. She hasn't even moved to fire the agent who let the person enter the secure area at Newark. The TSA security cameras at that location weren't working. She shouldn't be either.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  89. John

    Homeland security is a rubber meets the road job. We need qualified people for it, not like some of these other jobs. I vote Fired!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  90. Bob in Texas

    In a word, YES! Her inane comment was not a mistake, it was a poor attempt at spin. We don't need a spin master (aka liar) at the head of one of the most import agencies in government. We need a clear-eyed truth teller.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  91. Dick in Redding

    At the very least, Americans deserve an experienced individual in this important, not an ideaolog. Try Ray Kelly of New York for example.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  92. kathleen

    yes, it would show some strength by the seemingly weak President.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  93. lance

    why? did she do any less than many of bush's cronies. they did not connect the dots in 911...training for pliot licences but not interested in landing instructions..its just the same

    January 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  94. Jenny-Kansas City, MO

    I'll be brief. The woman is in way over her head. Get her out now as she has made one too many mistakes to date. The president would benefit by appointing someone with a law enforcement background. The DHS is so huge that few are qualified but the president owes it to the American people to make an effort to find a competent appointment. Spare us one more day with Janet.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  95. David A Whitaker

    No Jack everybody just want to fire people did we ever think that the other side is pretty darn good at what they do. We're playing catch up with this war terrorist we played catch up in the jungle of Vietnam. As long as we will have a open society we'll always have these intrusions. This is the cost of democracy.


    January 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  96. Rich Goodrich

    Napolitano has to go. It's not all her fault, but Obama has to demonstrate how serious this is. Can't just let the head of homeland security skate free on this.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  97. larche osborne simmons

    Yes, fire them all...

    January 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  98. Al

    Hell yes she should be canned!! What a mistake she is turning out to be. You need experience to do that job. Thier is NO On the Job training!!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  99. Dominic

    From Chicago, IL

    Am I the only one noticing that once again, the FBI and CIA aren't sharing information? It sounds just like the conversations we had after 9/11. I don't think Napolitano should be fired, I think that the FBI and CIA should play nice with the DHS and share their intel. Isn't that why we created the DHS to begin with?

    January 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  100. Sam S

    Should Rumsfeld or the FBI Director have been fired immediately after 911? Oh yea I forgot, they were the strong ones on defense and national security.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  101. stephen

    I would like to know how many terrorist plots were foiled last year. As my memory servers they were quite a few that were broken up. If she dint get credit for then she should not get fired for this.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  102. Kwame from Potsdam

    That is like asking why dont we have secretary of the TSA?Would that same question be asked if every carbitnet member was filled?I bet you would want the head of the TSA instead of Napolitano.People including you Jack are basing this assertion on a misinterpreted statement to which she later corrected.Shame on you.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  103. Joan Francone

    If Napolitano doesn't resign she should be fired. She is not qualified for the job.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  104. Martin

    Yes. As you so well stated, Ms. Napolitano is not qualified to run such a large, diverse, and critical organization. Is it asking too much to have the head of Homeland Security have some military experience?

    January 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  105. B. Ann

    Yes,yes, yes! Fire her! She does not instill confidence.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  106. Ron from Oklahoma

    Hmmmmm. Why fire her? The Conservatives say that the Government should only be involved in the military and NATIONAL security. If that's so (and it's not) then the AIRLINES should be responsible for the security of their passengers – NOT the Government. But the tickets would go sky high then (and more passengers would die) if that were to be the policy. The Conservatives seem to be saying that the Government should subsidize the airline companies. Where do you stop? They just want to blast the Obama administration – even if it makes hypocrites out of those Conservatives. Go figure.


    January 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  107. Richard

    Come on Jack, perfection would be nice but there are millions of Jihadists running around and our intelligence forces can do a lot, but not predict at 100 percent. The question is not axing Napolitano but getting all the silos to link the intelligence files together. Each of the bubble headed “keep it secret from others” are the problem. Deflate the other agency heads and put an end to the separation, egotistical, power usurpers. We hear the media blat about passenger gripes, the hell with passengers, you want to fly safe then clam up. Don’t like it, walk or drive yourself. What a whiner world we have become.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  108. Lynda Levesque

    She has no business being the head of Security of the United States.
    Her prior coments about our troops, and this recent statement does not make me feel secure. She says some pretty wackie things. Just because she was a governor of a state on the Mexican Border does not qualify her for this position. She should be replaced!.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  109. David from UT

    I have a question for you, Jack. How long did Donald Rumsfeld stay until he was fired? Eight years ago, it was considered unpatriotic to complain about how the president was handling the war on terror. Today, even former vice presidents think it's okay. And yet, we complain there's not been any change?

    January 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  110. Dimple


    if person who is assigned a job & can't do it properly the person should put their paper down or they should be fired. No arguments! Here we are talking about the security of our country. Everything is secondary our country & it's people are what matters.


    January 6, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  111. Lee

    Someone has to take the fall lest it fall on Obama. If not her, then who? Judging by her original response, she did not recognize that much of the blame of the failure falls on her department. I say that earns her the sack.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  112. lynn

    Enough with the scapegoats! It's a stupid way to run the country and I'm sick of it.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  113. Eric from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    I am a Homeland Security graduate student going to school to make a difference. I am appalled. I expect more from our nations leaders and Ms. Napolitano is no exception. I would feel better with someone that has a law enforcement, criminal justice, or other more relevant resume to bring to the table. Do you mean to tell me this is the best we can come up with? Remember that since 911 many programs out there focus on educating specifically in Homeland Security through our colleges and universities, not to mention our vetted professionals from the military. In short we have no excuses here either.There is no reason not to find someone with a more suitable and action oriented background be it be education and/or practical experience. She failed, seems ill prepared. Its time to move on and get to work on this issue SERIOUSLY.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  114. Felicia (Georgia)

    No, Janet should not be fired. The system worked on that day because ordinary people took charge. We, as Americans, must take more of an aggressive approach to protecting our country...meaning we are a part of the system. Look, no one person can handle the total protection of this country, but together all of us can. Now, lay off her, and get to keeping eyes, ears, and minds open to terrorist behavior. P.S.–Much thanks to the Dane who sprung into action first.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  115. Bijan

    Yes. She said the system worked, but if it did we wouldn't be talking about it.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  116. trey

    $70 billion a year, and even with the suspects father calling authorities to issue a warning the feds still blow it??? The ENTIRE Homeland Security Department should be fired! The airlines should provided their own security – just like all other industries!!!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  117. Jim in Rochelle,IL

    Yes, the sooner she's fired the better off we'll all be.
    Napolitano is as qualified to be Homeland Security Secretary as I am to be Chief of Surgery at the Mayo Clinic.
    P.S. I've worked construction my entire life.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  118. Ted Clemens

    Absolutely Jack, for all the right and important reasons you have listed!!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  119. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    The bucks stops at the top, period! Imagine the time to get someone approved again and imagine the security risk from that transition; that would be irresponsible and full of consequences! People are just expecting to have someone fire to feel good and from political habits. I beleive people learn from mistake and deserve the right to repair them...otherwise nobody would ever keep a job! There are exceptions of course when and if a person does not care to change and repair then the only option would then be to fire the person; but this is not the case here!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  120. katiec Pekin, IL

    No, she should not be fired.
    The lack of communication within our areas designated to keep us safe, their priorities of building empires, gaining power and never, never share with the "enemy" have been going on for years.
    Once again, Jack, miracles do not happen overnight, regardless
    of your demands. Nor does reorganization etc. This incident is
    bringing these downfalls to light and hopefully they will be resolved.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  121. Luci - Illinois

    No. There was precious little in Bush's background and he was voted in as President.....twice, how stupid. Good job Brownie....
    He also got us in a war in Iraq to get even with Sadaam for his Daddy.
    Give her a chance.
    Did you buy your unders too tight or something, you have been acting like a Repub for six months or so. I used to wait for you to be on and now can't wait for you to be over.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  122. Russell Dion

    She never should have been appointed! More than half the people that Obama has appointed has NO background in the position that they now preside over. I had hoped that things would start to change, but now I know that America has been duped again. A very disgruntled independent voter.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  123. john f

    Napolitano should be fired

    January 6, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  124. paul

    I say hire Jack.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  125. Clay

    Janet was the head of Arizona Security and Law enforcement before she was governor.
    This deal was not her fault as she was not informed and didn't even know about it until after the fact. I believe She is a good person for the job & will have learned from this. We better keep her..

    January 6, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  126. James Proctor, Lincoln NE

    Yes, Napalitano should be fired. She is in charge of insuring the
    safety of millions of Americans and needs to be held accountable.
    She is not supposed to be just a figureheed for the Dept of Homeland

    January 6, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  127. ray in TN

    it is sort of like asking you, jack, to be the pilot of my plane and you can learn as you fly.

    i didn't think she should be removed before, but i am beginning to think the appointment was based on favors and not qualifications.

    ray in TN

    January 6, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  128. Mike

    She should resign or be fired. She had no idea how to publicly respond to the incident as evidenced by her "system worked" comment, and she has lost the confidence of most of the public. She can't be effective in the position any longer.

    Stoughton MA

    January 6, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  129. Sue Supplee

    No, she should not be fired. She should be supported to help make improvements in the system. It's time we all grow up and work together to solve problems for the security as well as the maturity of our Country and those making these important decisions. Let's learn, not condem and more on for betterment!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  130. P.Napthine

    If it happens on your watch, it doesn't matter how high up you are on the 'seniority' ladder you are responsible when things slip through the net due to your employees laxness. Pour encourage les autres.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  131. Barbie from Hollywood, CA

    Gee... a woman's head should be the one that rolls? Hers, instead of some of the many OTHER agencies abroad and within the DoD and the Pentagon? She is NOT the weakest link, Jack–and I don't think she deserves to take the fall for all the other breakdowns in communications which occurred before the terrorist climbed on that Detroit-bound plane in Holland. How about rolling the head of the Republican politician who has been blocking the appointment of the man from Los Angeles to head the TSA (allegedly because he might allow the TSA personnel to unionize)? Let's start with him, and work our way UP for a change.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  132. Courtney H

    Your kidding, right? Was anyone fired when Richard Reid conducted the exact same failed attack? This is the real world and mistakes will be made. Maybe you should be aiming those daggers at the head of the Counterterrorism Center.

    Napolitano was a successful state Attorney General and Governor. That alone qualifies her to lead a Department that really needs management and leadership over all else. Too many disparate agencies roped into one unwieldy behemoth.

    BTW, nice recitation of Republican talking points, but not really very useful to getting anything accomplished.

    Finally, the buck stops at the office of the President. Would you be demanding the President resign over a failed terrorist attack. If so, Bush should have resigned back in 2001 and it would have saved us all a lot of trouble.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  133. Steven

    Most Definitely! … and Jimmy Carter should replace her! He knows how to deal with terrorists!!
    Steven from NYC

    January 6, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  134. Craig Richey


    Firing Napolitano would be a symbolic gesture only. A political stroke. This is not her fault or Obama's. The system that failed was put into place by the administration of George W Bush. It is unbelievable to me that the stated failure was to 'connect the dots', this being the same terminology used after 911 that led to the creation of the department of Homeland Security, which was supposed to integrate the different arms of the intelligence community and get them sharing necessary information. To me the appropriate response is to re-evaluate this system and improve it, or perhaps the entire department should be eliminated.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  135. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    Napolitano should already be gone. I never liked her as this Secretary anyhow. Put a Terrorism expert in the job instead of rewarding political favors. We have a Joint Chiefs of Staff for the Military,why not have a Joint Council for Homeland Security? Knowledge from many disciplines is needed to perform the demands of this job. Too many for one person alone and especially when they have no experience. I'm starting to believe that most decisions of this Administration are not well though out as they should be.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  136. james bandauskas

    Dear Jack,

    I lived in Surprise, Az for five years.

    When Janet left office as governor the people were so happy. She was so pro illegal immigrant if was scary. Then we heard she was going to be the head of homeland security we almost dies.

    Yes she should be fired.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  137. Rob

    Yes, fire her!

    As someone who has been "on the security list" for several years and a victim of 9/11, I am glad a known terrorist is allowed to fly into my country without the hassles I have to deal with every time I fly on a domestic flight. I would probably have an easier time flying if my parents were to call me in as a terrorist but I don't want to take that chance!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  138. Michele From Arizona

    Obama will not fire Napolitano, she will resign if she becomes a liability. Obama does not have the guts to fire anyone.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  139. Will from San Jose, CA

    The botched attack seems like something that should have been handled at a much lower level then the Secretary position. If she directly hurt the investigation prior to the flight then sure she should be fired, anything less then that and it's purely a political move which does nothing to make us any more or less safe.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  140. Dennis-Calif

    Hello Jack,
    Absoulutely the director of Homeland Security should be fired.In fact she should have never been hired to begin with.How do you make someone without any law enforcement experience the director of a law enforcement agency.This is not her first blunder.Thats the problem with our political system.It's not what you know it's about who you know.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  141. W. Simpson

    Yes, along with the Tzar's & lobbyist's he's hired. Where's the change we voted for?? Winn

    January 6, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  142. Christine Cilch

    Yes, Fire her...!! I could not believe she had less than the sense God gave her and stupidly made such a statement...!!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  143. Ted Clemens from Virginia Beach, VA

    Absolutely Jack, for all the right and correct reasons you have detailed!!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  144. Douglas Howell

    Absolutely! Fire her!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  145. andrew in aberdeen, nc


    Why would you expect the president to fire someone with no experience? Recognizing that she is not qualified due to her lack of experience should lead one to believe that the president's lack of experience was the reason she was appointed to begin with.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  146. Paul

    The only thing that comes to mind is "Heck of a job, Brownie". How many Bush officials were fired after 9/11? How many Bush officials were fired after the outing of a CIA agent? How many Bush officials were fired over the firing of Federal prosecutors? How many heads rolled when Bin Laden escaped(?) at Tora Bora. This list goes on and on and the Republican senators who are now demanding that heads roll remained quite silent during the Bush dynasty.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  147. Robert

    Jack, fired for what, a misstatement? No, she shouldn't. You know well as I do that Kyl and McCain are playing politics. I think to fired bueaucrats and politicans often misstake facts. Republicans are going all out to try to discredit this administration.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  148. betty withers

    Why? /because data in data bases over which she had no authority was not combined? Because commentators take a comment out of context and distort her statement to the point of lying? That problem of sufficient information existing to have prevented an attack was identified after 9/11 and it has not be addressed. And Secretary Napolitano is responsible for that why? Because she failed to pick up words carefully enough not to leave unscrupulous press and opening to distort her statement/

    January 6, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  149. Cheryl Ann

    What qualifications does former governor Napolitano have? The leader of Homeland Security would be better to have a high-level military background or an experienced international security consultant.
    The problem is not just the Christmas Day attempted bombing. It's airports not being consistent in following their basic regulations. It's about Newark airport not having enough sense to realize their cameras were not recording. A major government shake-up is needed with the CIA. They seem to keep dropping the ball and not filtering info to other group. AREN"T WE ON THE SAME SIDE??? I'd like to see Oliver North step in when he's healthy.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  150. Tracy

    Jack, you are begining to sound as if you miss the previous 8 years under Pres. Bush, and you have jumped on the bandwagon that daily trounces on the Obabma administration for just about everything.

    Yes, the events of the 25th could have been horrific, Napolitano made an error in her statments – which she quickly ammended.

    As for her co-statesmen no longer supporting her, what a surprise.
    No republican misses an opportuntiy to point out the flaws of the Obama administration.

    If folks spent just half the time trying to improve the workings of the government as they do trying ti dismantle it, we would be light years ahead. But then we would be short of daily headlines.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  151. Tom

    I think she should be fired immediately. Actually, she should have offered her resignation by now, out of respect for the Presidency. Doesn't anyone "fall on their swords" anymore? Honor and integrity demand it.

    Stuart, FL

    January 6, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  152. Danny Camden

    I think homeland security should be closed. Dont we waste enough money as is on all the saftey bureaus we have? Maybe the FBI and CIA should just do their job and we wouldn't have this problem in the first place...

    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." – Benjamin Franklin

    January 6, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  153. Dick in Redding

    At the very least, Americans deserve an experienced individual in this important position, not an ideaolog. Try Ray Kelly of New York for example.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  154. Jacqueline Washington

    Janet should be fired only after Desiree is fired first.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  155. Carol

    It's a real shame that Obama has appointed people to posts they aren't experienced enough or capable of manning. Janet is just one more example of his naivete`. Because of his own inexperience, good people's characters are being ruined. She needs to gracefully admit her shortcomings and step down. In fact she should not have accepted the post in the first place. No one will feel safe under her watch. Our country is taking great risks as the inexperienced take over!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  156. murph

    No, George Bush had the perfect answer when he promoted his National Security Advisor to Secretary of state.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  157. Ralph Spyer chicago Il

    Janet Napolitano job is political she has to lie,evasions,folly,hatred and schizophrenia and I am proud of her.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  158. Jim Miller

    Napolitano should certainly be fired...those at the top take all the credit when things go right...they should take the fall when things go wrong. What this country needs is an Israeli "Mossad" type individual who can get to the heart of the matter and cut through the political correctness which is hampering our ability to make progress in ensuring the safety of our citizens. It's time for a true professional to be put in charge of the protection of our homeland security.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  159. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    Yeah, they could fire Napolitano. That should be the cosmetic effect of doing the right thing. The people they should fire are the ones who didn't take head of the underwear bomber's father's warnings, the people who gave him a multiple entry visa, despite his lack of a passport, the people who sold him a one-way ticket and the people who let him on a flight to a northern country in the dead of winter, despite his only having light clothing. Am I the only one who smells a conspiracy to waste lives to make President Obama look bad?

    January 6, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  160. Larry in Maine

    Yes she is an IDIOT. She cannot even tell a good lie.


    January 6, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  161. Mary in NC

    I was going to say.. "Just get the woman some really good help!" The truth is I don't know if it would help to replace her or to do something symbolic. I'm smart enough to know that I'm not qualified to answer the question! But I believe Obama is qualified and will do what is necessary. That's why I voted for him!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  162. robert schiavone

    the whole system is a mess and until we start getting rid of the people in charge at all levels of security we will never fix any of this. ever. she is USELESS! we should be embarassed

    January 6, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  163. Larry Wiley

    Of course she should resign to set an example of accountable behavior.

    More importantly, she should never have been appointed to this position in the first place. Just another example of a woefully unqualified but well connected politico in a key position where she hasn't got a clue.

    Heck of a job, Janet!

    Larry Wiley
    Princeton, NJ

    January 6, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  164. Al Krueger

    Yes. She simply is not qualified. More time will not change that fact...

    January 6, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  165. fred baldowsky

    It is an interesting question because it would only be asked of a Democratic president.. In spite of the numerous successful terrorist attacks on American soil during the previous administration first year in office., I do not recall vociferous calls by the media or the major opposition party members for the sacking of the Bush/Cheney appointees. I think these calls for Ms. Neopolitano's head are unseemly, unpatriotic, and merely partisan attacks swallowed by media personalities without any careful consideration. I agree with President Obama that we should gather information and THINK before taking ill considered actions..

    January 6, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  166. Charles

    You complained about the Bush administration's strong hand policies, yet you quip about Pres. Obama's indecision. I would call his (Obama) leadership thoughtful and painstaking, such as his decision to escalate the war on Afghanistan. I am sure his ultimate decision came about from long hours pondering the fate of American lives. Pres. Bush and the republicans did not care about the entire country, only the rich (i.e. Cheney). Pres. Obama at least listens to the views of the country. Leaders must make hard decisions. Great leaders understand that for a group, company, nation to be successful it will be a collective effort. Bush did not understand that. In the end, make up your mind Jack, pick a side and stay on it.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  167. Marvin L Eason

    No, this incident cannot be boiled down to one person not doing their job, and it seems she is being made the scapegoat. Did we call for President's Bush's impeachment when 9/11 happened successfully?

    She was write in that the attack was prevented, so something did work.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  168. Mike Boudreau

    NO; Let's give a huge department that is hard to manage to another person so they can take a year to learn it; that's stupid; also give POTUS a break...wishy washy; just because Bush 2 went at things like a drunken bull even if it was wrong doesn't mean our current Pres should also; you need to work through complicated problems not cowboy it

    January 6, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  169. Joe Miszkiel Murfreesboro, Tn.

    In one word, to be politically correct we don't mean to offend you it's not really about you and we found the perfect new job for you, yes

    January 6, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  170. Pete Montano

    No system is perfect and Homeland Security is a very complex system. People learn by their mistakes. If Napolitano is fired, it should be on the basis that she is fundamentally unqualified to hold the position.....although how can this be since she was appointed to that position based on her qualifications?. In any event, she should NOT be fired as a result of one botched terror attack....because there will be others. Are you going to replace every head of Homeland Security everytime there is a botched terror attack? We can further minimize the risk by improving the system, but the American people need to understand that the risk cannot be eliminated and replacing Napolitano if she is as qualified as the next person to hold that position, is not going to fix the problem.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  171. Robert

    Yes, Yes a thousand times Yes! Janet Napolitano has proven to be a disaster as DHS secretary. The American people not only call for her to be fired or resign, they demand it.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  172. Jerry

    Fired for what? The State Dept. controls embassies and visas. If anyone should get fired it's Hillary Clinton. But even that would miss the point. Is it really even Hillary's fault that some moron in the embassy didn't flag this guy and at least have him reapply for his visa or at most put him on the no fly list instead of just the watch list. I don't want a President who fires someone for a PR blunder. As far as I can tell it is the State Department that royally screwed this up , just like they screwed up the no fly list before 9/11 (look it up).

    January 6, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  173. chris forest

    Prior to her DHS cabinet appointment, Janet Napolitano had no experience in either Law Enforcement or Emergency Management. Only at the top of government do we ever find people like this. Small wonder why we have major security gaffes like the attempted Christmas day bombing. Yes it's time for her to go.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  174. Terry Sparks

    It is unfortunate that Mr. Obama appoints people for political reasons. Ms. Napolitano has NO qualifications for the position she holds. She is not prepared for the job and she plainly doesn't understand the magnitude of national security. I was living in AZ (2003 if my memory is correct) when she thought shutting down a major gasoline pipeline to Phoenix was no big deal. She left the state. Result – shortages and high prices. Fire her? YES and do it now.

    Ballwin, MO

    January 6, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  175. Luis

    If every time some lower level employee fails to do his job another cabinet member has to be fired, then very soon we will have to replace the whole Presidential Cabinet. Of course not, in the end it was not her fault. Someone else much lower than her was the person responsible and that is the person who should face the responsibility.


    January 6, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  176. Rob

    Honor and integrity left DC when Bush and Cheney were elected.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  177. Joyce

    This was and is and always should be a position filled by a profesionally trained security agent and not a political payoff. The President should try to find such an individual as soon a possible.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  178. Stana Hardy, Arizona

    Yes, Napolitano, as Governor of Arizona, did nothing to protect our southern border turning a blind eye to the illegals coming into our country. – She never has anything of substance to say and while listening to her, she definitely gives one the idea she is in over her head; we may all suffer for her short-comings.

    I believe she was appointed to her position as Homeland Security Director simply because she supported Obama's campaign, she is a woman, and she is gay.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  179. Steven Homan

    NO, I believe the administration has done a decent job so far, but Secretary Napolitano needs to identify the failure, and make sure this type of infiltration doesn't happen again. Regards, Steve

    January 6, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  180. Erwin

    Should Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano be fired?... Are you mad?... I have no idea what some folks want anymore, if our government officials don't say anything, they get criticized, if they do come out to the public, and make a slightly mistake, they get crucified!... Why are we playing politics in the wake of a failed terrorist attack?... This is a time of unity and support among ourselves, let's not point fingers at anybody, we must stop the blaming game, otherwise the terrorist win... Whatever happen to united we stand?
    Let secretary Napolitano, do her job.

    Erwin – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  181. Victor A. Smith

    McCain and his Republican buddy knew darn well she couldn't handle the job when they endorsed her. Their plan was they would then be able to see the Democrats embarrassed when she ultimately failed as she has. Politics, as always, is a very , very, dirty business that has nothing to do with what's good for the people. It is just what's good for me and will it help me get re-elected.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  182. Charles in Aspen

    The best protective measure we can institute for America's security is to fire Napolitano as soon as possible. She calls for extra screenings. What I want to know is who screened her qualifications? That person, or the members of that committee, should also be held responsible.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  183. Bill, York SC

    The only way this president is going to get his cabinet and advisers under control and begin to be the commander-in-chief instead of a titular head, is to, as we used to say in the military, 'create a significant psychological event in their lives.' The best way to accomplish this is to call a news conference at noon and fire her publicly on the spot. If that isn't enough, do the same to the other members of his "staff of advisers", one at a time, and keep it up until they get the message. This may also serve to raise his stock value with the America People. Contrary to what Ms. Napolitano just said, I DO expect close to 100% success.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  184. Joseph Bagley

    It's scary to think that the head of our homeland security is clueless to what transpired and how serious it was. Is she trusted to fix this mess? The President has already stated that the system failed. Janet Napolitano remains clueless, even after the President's statement. She should resign or be fired. I don't like using the word "incompetent", but in this situation, Secretary Napolitano surely deserves the label.

    Joseph Bagley – Jacksonville, FL

    January 6, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  185. Sue

    I feel even more vulnerable than ever after her inane comment and now I wonder who and where they will target nex.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  186. Michele Foster

    Yes I think they should fire her. I have no confidence in her now that she said the system had worked. The system that worked was the bravery of the passengers on that plane. If her system had worked, he would not have ever gotten on the plane in the first place. We cannot afford those kind of errors !!!!!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  187. Ron

    Experience required to match the position? Surely you jest. Obama is perhaps the least experienced president ever elected. As to your question, since it's nearly impossible to fire a President, I would say yes, but I would add a few more names to the unemployed list.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  188. Paul

    Yes. Can her. Former President of American Airlines Robert Crandal has already agreed to serve on Cavuto's show. I don't often agree with you but you are laser clear and on target. Time for the President to walk his talk . No better topic to start such a strut.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  189. curtis

    Should there be a firing? Not long ago a news team made a wiiner call on one of our election. The results were wrong should there have been firing or did the same people do a beter job? A replacement makes a mistake should ther be another firing, where would it stop? How much of this type choas do to our so treasured security?

    January 6, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  190. Vig

    Hold on. Before you ask for the head of Janet Napolitano, it seems to me that Obama kept lounging in Hawaii after the crotch bomber attempted to blow up the plane. Why wasn't he in contact with his systemic security apparatus to advise, get information and inform? If anyone's head should roll it should be Obama's. He should stop his cockadoodle-doing and get to work.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  191. sandy e

    I think the Arizona senators owe her their support. In the years they have "served" in the senate, I could name several acts they promoted which ranks up there as wrong. Perhaps they should consider, cast the first stone if you are innocent of any wrong doing. I agree with President Obama, pointing fingers or making judgemental and harmful comments, does not solve the problems.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  192. John Humphrey

    If I'm not mistaken, didn't Napolitano have to apologize back in April over a statement about returning vets? Sounds like this women opens her mouth before she engages her brain . Is this what we need for for the leadership of of one of the most important depts. in the Govt. I don't think so

    January 6, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  193. Doug in Miami

    I am really getting tired of these Republicans calling for the dismissal of anyone in the Obama administration who has made an error of public speaking. Where were these partisans when President Bush screwed up so many times and yet there was silence from their camp. How many of them seconded the notion to fire "you're doing a heck of a job Brownie" after Hurricane Katrina? How many were calling for Rumsfeld's resignation when it clearly became evident he didn't know what he was doing? Where were these critics when Gonzalez re-wrote the Constitution for the benefit of his friend and boss? The Republicans should be the last to criticize anyone for their lack of germane experience. After repeated errors by members of the Bush administration they were silent. Now after the Secretary of Homeland Security has hit her first speed bump, they say "off with her head.' Such hypocrites.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  194. Brenda Waggoner

    Janet Napolitano does not have the experience or grit to handle our national security. She was soft on border control in Arizona as governor
    and brings the same naivety to her job now. This was a political appointment that has backfired on President Obama and he needs to act swiftly to correct the situation. Nothing is more important than our national security and I have no faith in Napolitanos' judgement.

    Brenda Waggoner Mesa, AZ

    January 6, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  195. Eric Kipnis

    Based on the current information we have, no. Your reference to Obama "reputation for being indecisive, wishy-washy, governing by consensus, etc." is a meme developed by opponents who want to see him fail or media types who are after controversy and ratings. He's been anything but indecisive. You're mistaking a contemplative approach with indecisiveness. When he decides he decides, and with complete information. Your assertion that there is "precious little in Janet Napolitano's background that qualifies her to be in charge of homeland security" is specious. She governed an entire state and so has executive experience, she was a state attorney general and a US attorney for five years for the District of Arizona, appointed by President Bill Clinton. As U.S. Attorney, she supervised the prosecution of more than 6,000 immigration cases. Immigration issues = homeland security issues.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  196. Ralph

    Be gone Napolitano. Someone in that position at least should be able to at least think before speaking. This is not an OJT job. Send her back to Arizona now. Scarey politics.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  197. matthew t. gibbs

    For the safety and protection of the American,( I am FILING MY FIRST COMMENT), Napiolano MUST GO. PERIOD> 'NUFF SAID IIII
    A Patriot, an Army veteran, a father, a grandfather and ALL AMERICAN, PLEASE save our country from obiteration by Napiotanio!!!! HELP!!!!!
    With LOVE of country, Matt and Marlene Gibbs

    January 6, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  198. Jack Duke

    Dear Jack: In light of her first comment to terrorist attack A BIG YESSec,y Napolitano should be fired.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  199. steve in florida

    I don't see her being directly responsible for anything other than a mis-statement in the spirit of trying to reassure the public. The Monday morning QB, finger-pointing, blame-o-rama, blame Obama and fire everyone in sight atmosphere in this country is ridiculous. It's non-productive at best, and in truth it's exactly the kind of chaos our enemies are trying to create. They're getting maximum bang for their buck out of a little PETN sewn into some Fruit of the Looms. As far as I'm concerned, the GOP and the Chicken Little media are almost overshadowing Al Queda in trying to destroy this country.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  200. Terry, Ft. Bragg

    Yes! She was not even qualified for the border issues of her former job. She is way over her head now.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  201. Tim R

    No! If you have not noticed it's the republicans who did nothing to stop terrorism except line their neocon pockets when they had the chance to do something that are now complaining. They should hide their shameful faces. The secretary is right the system worked we can expect to have to protect ourselves from terrorist as a last line of defence and the passengers on that flight did just that. Certainly we are disappointed that it came down to the last line of defence, but, to insist on firing people willy nilly is just about as goofy as invading a country looking for WMD with absolutely no evidence it existed to cover up a failure to follow up on known terrorist threats.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  202. Don

    I agree heads should roll, but she's the wrong target. The specific failure was at the National Terrorist Information Center, whose purpose is to "connect the dots" – that is exactly what failed here. How about sacking the director of that operation? And there's that glib, arrogant John Brenner. He's said to have the president's "full confidence", but in his talk-show tour Sunday, he sounded like someone whose main skill is to talk fast, and sound like he knows what he's talking about, while saying nothing.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  203. Charles Winget

    "Throw the bums out!" - the battle cry of the clueless. The only thing that would change would be the presence of yet another ruling party insider. If anyone ever felt secure because of Janet's presence in Homeland Security, shame on them.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  204. Les

    How about some real questions Jack like why do we need all this security. Couldn't be our foreign policies could it. Or how about asking why a $636 million military budget flies thru congress while healthcare is a yr long battle. Or how about why are we spending billions on wars and other countries come in and reap the benefits with oil and resource contracts? Sounds like you guys are beating the drums of war again, this time for Yemen. It's getting old. We've heard this story before. Janet is just another way to keep the story going.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  205. Michael (St Paul)

    Ah, the American Way – when something goes wrong, find someone to blame and make an example of them. We assign blame, and punish, to appease the folks who are angry the situation happened in the first place.

    Should she be fired? Was she derelict in her duty? I think he real measure of that, and the measure of all the others who head up homeland defense and counter-terrorism should be based on their actions and deeds as a result of the incident. It's one thing to make a mistake, but the person who recognizes the mistake, and swiftly corrects what led to it is exercising the duty of their office or position.

    If corrective measures aren't in place fast, and tested, then yes, she should be fired. But firing her for the fact it happened, certainly we can do better.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  206. southerncousin

    When the head of FEMA screwed up, Bush fired him.

    That is the differene between democrats and Republicans. Republicans actually practice accountability. Democrats will blame someone else. They are already talking how the Christmas incident was Bush's fault.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  207. Barry Campbell - Austin, Texas

    "The system worked" - wrong answer
    "Parts of the system worked – other parts did not" - wrong answer
    "The system did not work" - wrong answer

    "We don't really have a system" - right answer
    Why do we need someone to head a system we do not have ?

    January 6, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  208. Joanne

    As soon as she opened her mouth it instantly popped in my head.
    She hasn't got a clue. She must go! By the way I'm a Democrat !

    January 6, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  209. kerry


    Napolitano sounded more like one of Bushes buddies, pacifing the american public with lies-" don't worry your pretty little heads with this national security stuff. The systems worked, now go back to your lives and let us worry about this stuff. We will let you know on a "need to know bases only". I voted for Obama because he is real and a straight shooter. He needs to kick Napolitano off the team.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  210. b.objective

    She shouldn't be fired if she had no actionable intelligence on the terror attempt. Does she solely have the power to ultimately determine who boards a flight in a foreign country that's headed to the U.S.? The individuals who dropped the ball that had actionable intelligence should be fired.

    How many times did you pose a similar resignation question about the numerous individuals that headed up various agencies responsible for national security when thousands lost their lives on Bush's watch?

    January 6, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  211. Mary in Phoenix, AZ

    Yes. Napolitano was quick to get in front of the camera to reassure us the system worked. When I heard Gibbs echo her comments, I realized it was the White House party line and a pitiful PR move. It was obvious the system failed. I'd have more confidence in a Secretary knowing when to stay silent, rather than be quick to make such lame statements. If Napolitano can't think for herself and speak clearly, she has no business running Homeland Securiy.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  212. edward c heil jr

    yes i think she should we keep playing nice guy in all the things we
    do in the world trying not to hurt peoples feelings do any of you
    remember world war 2 when the usa had a big part in saving
    countrys did you here complaints then nice guys finish last
    we need a person in there who is tough and fair thanks

    January 6, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  213. Carlos from San Diego, CA

    No. McCain and his friends are just picking on Napolitano. From what I heard, the guy who tried to attack the plane lit his crotch on fire. Suddenly, we have another national security issue reminiscent of the Bush era.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  214. Kevin Kohlmeier

    Should Janet be fired? I would feel a lot safer if Yogi Bear was the Homeland Security advisor. He'd do his job well and it would only cost the tax payers a picnic basket.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  215. Gloria

    Napolitano is not and never has been qualified for the position she holds. For once, put the safety of the American people first and fire her.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  216. Gordon

    Why fire her? By golly, if we were to fire all the government brass who misspeak we might not have any one left. I seem to remember a recent ex-president who habitually mis-spoke – possibly lied, god forbid. Napolitano did not create the problem. The security measurs in place were designed by the Bush people,
    Admittedly, it seems like a good idea to fire folk in times of crisis - but that does not solve problems. It is the system that needs changing, not the folk who are trying to run it.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  217. chris forest

    The failure to connect the dots before 9/11 happened because we had bureaucracies, FBI, CIA, NSA and DoD who didn't really talk to each other. Government solution create new ones Department of Homeland Security DHS and National Counterterrorism Center NCTC. Any child who has ever played Telephone or Grapevine understands that when a message gets passed along to too many people, it either gets lost or completely distorted

    January 6, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  218. Harriet, Berkley, MI

    Don't think she should be fired. That flight probably flew close to my home on its way in. I would really like to know how a guy flying to Detroit as his final destination can get on a plane without any luggage or even a couple of warm sweaters and snow boots. I would fire the guys who ignored all the warning signs from his family and whoever let him on the plane. Is it all about the fact that he paid the highest fare for a last minute booking? Maybe the airlines should review their profit motives before just selling tickets to anyone.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  219. Pete

    Firing poor embattled J.N. would just personify what is wrong with our "war on terror". It is our looking backwards and blaming each other, instead of forwards and preempting them, that gives them the initiative.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  220. Jamal St. Petersburg, FL

    No, who should lose their job is the agency who ignored the bomber's father's warning about him. If they had just listened, the christmas of 2009 would've just been about kids getting less presents, because Santa was hit by the recession. Instead about 300 Americans almost lost their lives, don't just lop off the head sometimes you have to amputate a finger.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  221. Karl from SF, CA

    Have we actually found out where the Bush-Cheney system failed or are we just whizzing in the wind again? Who got fired after 9-11? No one to my knowledge and Bush had been warned and ignored it. We need to institute the Israeli security system at our airports. It works.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  222. Deborah Williams from Anchorage, Alaska

    Her assistants should have "assisted" by helping with her written response. She gets a very low grade for not being smart enough to know how her comment would be perceived...but No, she shouldn't be fired for it. If I were given a dime for every government official that spoke out of turn and was fired then I'd be rich....and we would not have had anyone running our government departments.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  223. Will

    One thing pointed out by you jack was the fact that she has no security background; which ticks me off about some political appointments. In which after some investigation the advisor has no background in the field they supposed to be advising the president on. Makes me say "WT??? " If that is okay, I would like to be a CEO over AIG because I can use an ATM.

    Nonetheless, I guess she might have experience in organizational management which should help her to manage all of the organizations under DHS.

    In any case, I say wait for the review to complete before calling for heads to roll because you might do more damage without actually fixing the problem.

    Thanks Jack,


    January 6, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  224. sally

    Frankly I am encouraged that President Obama gathers the information of what is factually known before exhibiting a political, kneejerk reaction to calling for "heads to roll." What have the critics (McCain, Kyle, etc) really done to address pressing issues....just say "no," "heads should roll"????? Frankly President Obama has done more in these few months to restore my faith that there really is a thoughtful, intelligent problem-solver in the White House. Are there no Republicans who can gather their wits and exhibit concern for the American people to actually work on solving this nation's problems?????

    January 6, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  225. Rob Vancouver Canada

    Who in the Bush administration was held responsible when the US was successfully attacked on September 11, 2001?
    If my memory serves me correctly Bush and Cheney were hailed by CNN as national heroes for their failure to protect America on that day. No one questioned their leadership and now they want to hold Obama personally responsible for this botched attempt. What hypocrisy.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  226. Joan Finch

    Yes, yes....the responsibility far exceeds Napolitano capabilities. It is not an apprentice postion that one can learn with time. Look for a replacement with strong leadership skills. Perhaps someone from the military that has dealt with those who wish to do harm to our Country and is ready to take action that suits the crime.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  227. Bronwyn, Winston-Salem, NC

    I find the possibility that agencies may be continuing to withhold information much more significant than any supposed shortcomings of Janet Napolitano. If agencies continue to hoard information or hold it for ransom, then tragedy is in our future.

    I continue to wonder why there have not been more successful suicide attacks in our country. As long as our enemies are willing to sacrifice their lives in order to pull off a successful attack within the US, there will be a high probability of such attacks succeeding. It speaks well of our government that there have not been more. Rest assured (if you can) people are trying every day.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  228. Bill in Amado, AZ

    Yes. But not for the failure to detect and/or prevent a terrorist from getting on a plane bound for Detroit. There are persons who are much more at fault for that. The CIA for not pursuing the evidence. The NCTC for not sounding the alarm. The Dept. of Interior (Hillary Clinton) for not blocking the Visa of the terrorist. Before we give someone the ax, we first have to know who had control and responsibility for the intelligence. But Janet Napolotano should go only for the statements she made that "the system worked as it should".

    January 6, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  229. EugeneWiese

    Janet Napolitano does not have to apoligise. Her job is Secretary,not a security agent at the boarding gate,or a baggage handler.The pants on fire guy should have been stopped at the boarding gate. When are we going to realize that our enemies were here long before 9/11 and will be here when we are dead and gone. these so called terror attacks are assasinations and are impossible to to prevent.I don't see how Israel has dodged as many attacks as they have had . Maybe we should learn a lesson from countries who are hated as much as we. Obama is trying to give wisdom and understanding,most of us still have to learn. Party on Dudes. Gene

    January 6, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  230. Peg OShia

    Sen John Kyle & McCain have political motives for speaking out against Napolitano & her history of fighting corruption in Arizona government. Her influence with the Federal Justice department & furthering investigations in Arizona Sheriff, and prosecutors office has Republicans up in arms. She said that systems worked......."after the attempted attack". Responding to alerting airports etc. The CIA, State Dept & Terrorist Dept, had information prior to attack, but failed to put suspect on the no-fly list, and provided a Visa. Fixing "lapses in systems" should be everyones focus instead of firing someone. She is the most competent, crimefighter this state ever had, and put into place immigration policies ..e-verify...and others that actually worked.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  231. Herb

    Glad you asked. My answer is absolutely. Not because she has done a bad job up to now. In fact, I don't know that and most people don't know because there is not enough focus by the media on what they are doing unless there is another incident. However, she needs to be fired to shake up the security establishment. In addition, we should fire the people that failed to take this threat serious. I would say that they need to come up with at least 3 or 4 from different levels, that number should be no problem. This will get the attention of others and it will show that the president is serious (which I think he is) and is not dancing around the issues. It's only logical. Sorry for the scapegoats, but this happens in business America every day. These people are connected, they'll find another job. By the way she was intentionally misleading us when she said in her first interview that "all 128 flights in the skies were immediately notified". We all know there is about 10x as many flights in the air at any given time. Note to the President: Fire her now!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  232. Romie

    The Repulicans are not letting our President do his job freely.
    They want so badly do be in charge and at war.
    The majority forget where we were 1 yr. ago
    At this point; Our president will be criticized no mater what he does. Change does not happen overnight.
    Our President needs to be able to meet his campaign promises without the republicans breathing down his neck.
    Our president wanted transparency; how can it happen when every move he makes is-taken out of context
    I believe our President is being undermined by a handful of people who need to be in power; Who ever they are do not have the Americans security and safety in mind.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  233. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    To fire Janet N. would send the wrong message to the country that Bush/Cheney shouldn't be held responsible for 9/11 which wasn't an attempt and they both deserved to be fired.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  234. Barb - Arizona

    Yes, she needs to go. She was unable to stop illegals from entering our State, not sure she even tried. Now, she is the head of protecting this Country. Must say, that is a JOKE .

    January 6, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  235. SUSIE

    I think this is just another way obamo is hurting our country,he needs to quit too.they all scares me

    January 6, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  236. Jamie

    Jack, I do think she should be fired. She's not qualified and never has been. That being said, the buck stops with President Obama and he has regressed to the Clinton policies on homeland security. We're trying to defend ourselves while at the same time appeasing far left European nations and the ACLU. President Obama set the tone and now he's trying to act tough and spin the fact that he is dismantling a system that worked for 8 years. I don't know why Napolitano or anyone else would want the job under this President.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  237. Dan McWilliams

    Janet Napolitano never was qualified to be Homeland Security Secretary and should not have been appointed. As Governor of my state of Arizona she had an abysmal record with our severe illegal immigration issues and was a mediocre Governor, at best. This would be a convenient time for President Obama to rectify a mistake and place someone in the Homeland Security position who background qualified past being a "politically correct" placement.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  238. Shirley

    If Janet Napolitano had a shred of integrity she would resign – even if the president begged her to stay. Her "system worked" comment was as inane as the turf wars between FBI, CIA and others.

    The ones who should be fired are the ones who knew of the Nigerian father's concerns about his son and did not move heaven and earth to get that information to the right people. I've worked as a lowly clerk in government caverns. The very thought of going over or around your immediate supervisor can be intimidating but sometimes you just have to do what you have to do. We're not talking about ratting on some co-worker's minor infraction of government "rules"; rather, we are talking about the lives of people on a plane.

    Oh, by the way, I voted for Obama and supported Janet Napolitano's appointment 100% – but she should go. The American people are sick of BSS (bull shit spin). Shirley in Florissant, CO

    January 6, 2010 at 6:40 pm |