With continued charges by the public-at-large that our government is doing nothing about border security, I found it interesting that Obama fell asleep at the switch on the subject of who's going to run the FBI.
Robert Mueller, the current director, is set to step down on September 4, 2011 (the end of his one ten-year term), as required by law. Surprisingly enough (or not?), President Obama has failed to nominate a successor, preferring instead to ask Congress for a two-year extension, to September 2013.
Senior administration officials are falling back to the already dead and beaten trick of screaming "9/11!" to try and get their way. Insert "hope and change" joke here. It wasn't like they didn't see this coming, and this just casts a dangerously lazy shadow on how the Obama White House views national security.
The Government Accountability Office said in February that less than half our border with Mexico is under "operational control" of the government. Obama can paint the picture however brightly he wants to, but when you tilt it just right, you can see the illusion. My favorite so far from the El Paso speech was the statement that apprehension of illegal immigrants is down 40 percent.
Of course apprehension of illegal immigrants is down- the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has already said that deporting arrested illegal immigrants is not the best use of agency resources, so if no one is going to get deported, why bother making the arrests? Maybe that agency should be given a ten-year term to justify it's existence. Then we would see how serious people are about doing their jobs if there is a question mark at the end of that ten years.
Bottom line- President Obama needs to nominate someone for FBI Director now, and let Congress get off this issue, which shouldn't even be an issue to begin with. Same old nothing plus "9/11 Hail Mary" trick play equals the system you said you were going to change. Not sure how you read it into the polls, but we're still waiting on that...
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