JANET NAPOLITANO’S FAUX “APOLOGY” TO VETERANS…
Apologies coming from this administration are mounting as fast as the outrage from the very people who put them in power. The afterglow following Obama’s inauguration is dimming just as fast as the hope and change that was to come from this new administration. We can’t count on the Obama administration to help build America up. In reality, they’re tearing it down. We can’t even count on the media to give us an accurate assessment of how the Obama administration is faring, except for Fox News. Yes, the left wing is taking flight against Fox News, but I’ll tell you, I read everything from the left and the right, and I have found that anything left has been wrong and anything right has been…well, right! We can build up America ourselves, as Americans have successfully been doing without the government’s intervention. Our government would fare better by reading and abiding by our Constitution which is what America was built on. We used to have a government of the people, by the people and for the people. More people are seeing the destructive consequences resulting from the consistent missteps of our current government, that is now of the government, by the government and for the government. This will not work! We deserve better, and future generations deserve better. We, the people of this country, are very powerful in our own right. This new administration has been making so many mistakes, apologizing at every turn, and as a result, our beautiful country and the freedom our forefathers fought so hard for, are slipping out from under us. Obama would be doing our country a favor if he would just bow out from the presidency as fast as he bowed to Abdullah, where a Washington Times editorial called it “a shocking display of fealty to a foreign potentate,” adding, “The bow was an extraordinary protocol violation.” The Weekly Standard added that “American presidents do not bow before foreign dignitaries, whether they are princes, kings or emperors.” Of course, Obamabots raced to do some damage control. “It wasn’t a bow,” an Obama aide was quoted as saying to The Politico. “He grasped [the king’s] hand with two hands, and he’s taller than King Abdullah.” LOL! That’s one for the books, just like Bill Clinton’s question as to the definition of what “is” is. When Bush kissed Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in 2005, he was raked across the carpet by the media and Democrats. If the Democrats didn’t lie about Obama’s obvious action, this would have died down. The fact that they’re lying to cover up the bad action of Obama tells us that even they knew that it was a very wrong move. You be the judge. Here’s the action in question.
Does it look like Obama is bending down to “double handshake” a shorter person as the Obamabots want us to believe or does it look like a very deep bow with a handshake? I say the double handshake is more double talk from the Obama administration. Hey, they’ve got to protect their investment, right? A bow precedes the end of a performance on a stage. Too bad an exit from the presidency is not followed by this bow. With all the crap that we’ve been taking from this administration, a president would be facing impeachment proceedings if this were happening under a Republican administration, but just as Bill Clinton dodged the impeachment bullet, so will Obama.
Here is the faux apology of Janet Napolitano (video follows story below). All you have to do is watch her body language and you’ll see that this is not a heartfelt apology, and she doesn’t believe a lot of what she is “forced” to say. She says, “An apology is owed, and stops short of an apology. As she says, “We greatly respect our veterans”, she shakes her head as if to say, “No”. Even her mannerisms mirror Obama’s when she uses her index finger to make a “point”. Timothy McVeigh, a U.S. Army vet and security guard who was convicted of bombing the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, was brought up. Napolitano uses the phrase, “situational awareness”, naming Timothy McVeigh’s bombing, as a vet gone bad. What an idiot! You can’t judge a whole group of people by the actions of one lunatic, unless you’re talking about the government we currently have, which is actually the opposite. One would be hard pressed to find an ethical politician under the administration we are stuck with for the next four years. Asked if she signed off on the report before it was published, she stated that she “was briefed on it”. You can’t tell me she didn’t read it. She then goes on to quote some specific sections of the report which clearly shows that she did, indeed, read it. She’s the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, for crying out loud. You’d better believe she read it, agreed to it, and signed off on it. This new administration doesn’t do anything without examining it first, and if they are that negligent about overlooking important issues that affect our country, then they shouldn’t be running this country. Toward the end of the video, Napolitano goes on to say, “It’s the violence we’re trying to protect”. Wow! Now that, I believe! The rest of us are trying to protect against violence.
Our new administration would be wise to walk even half a mile in military boots before they even think about talking so derogatorily about our all-volunteer military—the very people who helped to make America the great country it is today.
I will end this post with a quote of my own…
“It’s easy to tell people that they need to change their habits, their attitudes and the way they live their lives, but I find that the very people who preach those words are the ones who don’t live by them”—QueenBee…
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano apologized to veterans after a report issued by her department said troops returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were at risk for being recruited by right-wing extremists.
“To the extent veterans read it as an accusation … an apology is owed,” she said during an on-air interview on FOX News Thursday, a day after veterans’ groups and members of Congress blasted her for the report, which they said libeled members of the armed forces.
“This was an assessment, not an accusation,” Napolitano continued. “It was limited to extremists those who seek to commit violence within the United States. And all this was meant to do was to give law enforcement what we call ‘situational awareness.'”
“The last thing I want to do is offend or castigate all veterans. To the contrary, let’s meet and clear the air,” she said.
A footnote in the report, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” said that while there is no specific information that domestic right-wing terrorists are planning acts of violence, such acts could come from unnamed “rightwing extremists” concerned about illegal immigration, abortion, increasing federal power and restrictions on firearms — and singled out returning war veterans as susceptible to recruitment.
“If there’s one part of this report that I would rewrite … it would be that footnote,” Napolitano said.
American Legion National Commander David Rehbein, who blasted the report earlier this week as incomplete and politically-biased, said he was pleased with Napolitano’s apology.
“I am glad that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has apologized for the language used in the report about ‘Rightwing Extremism,'” Rehbein said in a statement obtained by FOXNews.com. “I look forward to meeting with her next Friday, putting this behind us and discussing critical issues involving Homeland Security and The American Legion.”
At least one veterans group, however, wasn’t moved by Napolitano’s mea culpa.
“It wasn’t an apology in my view,” said Pete Hegseth, chairman of Vets for Freedom. “It was one of those non-apology apologies. She was sorry that veterans were offended. She should either apologize for the content of the report as it stands or they should rewrite the report and reissue it.”
Hegseth, an Army veteran who served in Iraq, said the report represents a “gross misunderstanding and oversimplification” of the country’s service members. He did not call for Napolitano’s ouster, but said he would accept her resignation.
“If she volunteered to step down, that’d be very honorable of her,” Hegseth said. “It would be a recognition of what she did.”
Napolitano defended the report Wednesday, saying it is part of an ongoing series of assessments to provide information to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies on “violent radicalization” in the United States.
“Let me be clear: we monitor the risks of violent extremism taking root here in the United States,” Napolitano said in a statement. “We don’t have the luxury of focusing our efforts on one group; we must protect the country from terrorism whether foreign or homegrown, and regardless of the ideology that motivates its violence.”
But the unclassified report, which was produced by DHS’ Office of Intelligence and Analysis also cited the case of Timothy McVeigh, a decorated Gulf War veteran who was executed in 2001 after being convicted of killing 168 people during the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995.
“The willingness of a small percentage of military personnel to join extremist groups during the 1990s because they were disgruntled, disillusioned or suffering from the psychological effects of war is being replicated today,” the report reads.
Rehbein criticized the report in a letter sent to Napolitano on Monday.
“The American Legion is well aware and horrified at the pain inflicted during the Oklahoma City bombing, but Timothy McVeigh was only one of more than 42 million veterans who have worn this nation’s uniform during wartime,” Rehbein wrote. “To continue to use McVeigh as an example of the stereotypical ‘disgruntled military veteran’ is unfair as using Osama bin Laden as the sole example of Islam.”
Hegseth said he found it “amazing they would single out veterans as a threat to this country. It underscores a pervasive belief that some are trying to spread that veterans are victims and we’re coming home as damaged goods that need to be coddled instead of celebrated.”
Napolitano acknowledged Rehbein’s letter on Wednesday and said she plans to meet with him sometime next week. But she told FOX News that the report’s reference to the Oklahoma City bombing “rang true” to her.
“Unfortunately [McVeigh] was a vet, that’s where he got his training and so when I was told about the report, it rang true with me, this has happened in the past,” Napolitano told FOX News. “That is a far cry, however, from saying veterans somehow are at risk.”
Hegseth said he was also troubled by the report’s assertion that returning veterans who face “significant challenges reintegrating into their communities” could be easy targets for extremist groups seeking new members.
“If anything, veterans have an allegiance to this country greater than the average citizen,” he said. “Veterans have learned where their allegiances lie and are less prone to extremism. Something’s wrong with the editing process or [DHS officials] just don’t understand veterans. The report demonstrates a true lack of understanding of who veterans are.”
House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, also criticized the report, saying its portrayal of veterans was “offensive and unacceptable.”
The report follows a similar DHS assessment released in January that detailed left-wing threats, focusing on cyberattacks and radical “eco-terrorist” groups like Earth Liberation Front, accused of firebombing construction sites, logging companies, car dealerships and food science labs. The report noted that left-wing extremists prefer economic damage to get their message across.
“Their leftwing assessment identifies actual terrorist organizations, like the Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front,” House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said in a statement issued Wednesday. “The rightwing report uses broad generalizations about veterans, pro-life groups, federalists and supporters of gun rights. That’s like saying if you love puppies, you might be susceptible to recruitment by the Animal Liberation Front. It is ridiculous and deeply offensive to millions of Americans.”
FOXNews.com’s Joshua Rhett Miller contributed to this report.
Napolitano Apologizes to Veterans
By Spencer S. Hsu
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano apologized today to U.S. military veterans who took offense at being mentioned in a domestic intelligence report that concluded that a declining economy and the nation’s political climate could fuel a resurgence of right-wing extremism, saying any slight was unintended.
In the report, dated April 7 but begun last year, the Department of Homeland Security’s intelligence section stated, “The return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks.”
A footnote that defined rightwing extremist groups as primarily hate-oriented or anti-government also stated, “It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.”
Acknowledging criticism by veterans’ groups, Napolitano said yesterday on CNN, “I apologize for that offense. It was certainly not intended.”
She told Fox News, “If there’s one part of that report I would rewrite, in the word-smithing, Washington-ese that goes on after the fact, it would be that footnote.”
Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) the top Republican on the House intelligence committee, asked the director of national intelligence’s ombudsman to investigate the report for “evidence of unsubstantiated conclusions and political bias.”