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2004-12-03 Home Front: WoT
Kerik to head Homeland Security Dept
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Posted by Steve White 2004-12-03 12:40:00 AM|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6463 views since 2007-05-07]  Top

#1 Sounds like a good choice for the job. I do hope he's up to making Homeland Security more effective...and seen to be so.
Posted by trailing wife 2004-12-03 1:19:08 AM||   2004-12-03 1:19:08 AM|| Front Page Top

#2 He spoke briefly at the RNC. If I were to judge by that performance, I'd say that he's far more dynamic than was Ridge. A good choice on that front.
Posted by AzCat  2004-12-03 1:29:29 AM||   2004-12-03 1:29:29 AM|| Front Page Top

#3 Anyone referred to as "Baghdad Terminator" has gotta be a good selection. Besides, he knows the local cops, knowledge that is woefully needed in the DHS job.
Posted by Capt America  2004-12-03 1:57:02 AM||   2004-12-03 1:57:02 AM|| Front Page Top

#4 Yes it is. I'd go you one better and say that our whole federal government is sorely in need of a Jacksonian style revolution.
Posted by AzCat  2004-12-03 2:51:19 AM||   2004-12-03 2:51:19 AM|| Front Page Top

#5 Moustachio - check!
NYPD issue truncheon - check!

Sounds like a winner to me.
Posted by Steve  2004-12-03 11:20:07 AM||   2004-12-03 11:20:07 AM|| Front Page Top

#6 He should make all us US citizens aware of what to look for in the line of threats. He should be setting up websites for making lists of things that citizens should have in emergency kits at home and in their cars. Make people feel and be empowered by being part of the solution to homeland security. Get neighborhoods organized in emergency plans.

Color coded warnings are just so much crap without some specific plans and means of action down to John Q citizen's level. I think that we have a lot to learn from the Israelis on this. This type of action will also create more unity in the country by unity of purpose. Ridge failed miserably in this area.
Posted by Alaska Paul  2004-12-03 1:11:01 PM||   2004-12-03 1:11:01 PM|| Front Page Top

#7 Say what you want, but there were no terrorist attacks on Ridge's watch. He had a tough job and he came away with just the always present criticism that he "could have done better". He was riding a bull, but he managed to stay on without getting bucked off. No small accomplishment in my book.
Posted by 2b 2004-12-03 1:28:17 PM||   2004-12-03 1:28:17 PM|| Front Page Top

#8 Agreed, 2b. But, Ridge didn't do the political things needed to help people understand what he'd accomplished. Bits and pieces were reported here and there -- f'r instance, I read a long article about new technologies used to examine shipping containers in Wired Magazine -- but no summaries with numbers of bad things prevented, nor advice along the lines of AP's post. I realize that Ridge was under a great deal of pressure to make things happen quickly, as we all expected another 9/11 size attempt to follow on immediately (I still have a roll of duct tape and a pack of playing cards in my closet in case of a chem/bio attack) and, given the needs of the time, telegraphing his moves would have helped the terrorists. But Ridge did nothing to manage the mockery on the opinion-forming late night comedy shows (Tonight Show, etc), which only emboldened the mockers.

Anyway, I do think Ridge will be vindicated by history, but Mr. Kerik still has a lot of ground to make up in the charisma area.
Posted by trailing wife 2004-12-03 3:00:26 PM||   2004-12-03 3:00:26 PM|| Front Page Top

#9 Color coded warnings are just so much crap without some specific plans and means of action down to John Q citizen's level

Yikes I can't find Frank J specific advice. Anyone got a link?
Posted by Shipman 2004-12-03 3:54:11 PM||   2004-12-03 3:54:11 PM|| Front Page Top

#10 Dang, that glare of his could freeze water.

I bet his New York Police Commissioner demeanor will be a big hit with all the bureaucratic ninnies in Washtown. BUT I bet they will only screw with him once. My take is that he is a dynamic charasmatic leader of the old school who will kick butts take names and give clear directions.

This will be fun to watch. I wonder if Goss would like to borrow him for about a week or two and sic him on the antibushies in the C(no evil except W)IA
Posted by SOG475 2004-12-03 5:59:21 PM||   2004-12-03 5:59:21 PM|| Front Page Top

#11 Next:

Rudy for UN Ambassador.
Posted by Eric Jablow  2004-12-03 6:46:27 PM||   2004-12-03 6:46:27 PM|| Front Page Top

#12 Spitzer for Prosecutor of Kofi.
Posted by lex 2004-12-03 11:10:55 PM||   2004-12-03 11:10:55 PM|| Front Page Top

#13 I'd feel alot better if I heard him say he is against gun control. Ex NYPD. NYPD = ban all private gun ownership.
Posted by Sock Puppet of Doom 2004-12-03 11:21:56 PM|| []  2004-12-03 11:21:56 PM|| Front Page Top

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