And in the ‘sometimes the jokes just write themselves’ category, this is a bit from our Commandante-in-chief on October 18:
‘THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. Please have a seat. As President, my most solemn responsibility is the safety and security of the American people. And we’ve got an outstanding team here of folks who work every single day to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to fulfill that responsibility. And that means that our entire government — our law enforcement and homeland security professionals, our troops, our diplomats, our intelligence personnel — are all working together. It means working with state and local partners to disrupt terrorist attacks, to make our borders more secure, respond to natural disasters, and make our immigration system more effective and fair.
Addressing any one of these challenges is a tall order. Addressing all of them at once is a monumental task. But that’s what the dedicated men and women of the Department of Homeland Security do every day. And today I’m proud to announce my choice to lead them — an outstanding public servant who I’ve known and trusted for years — Mr. Jeh Johnson.
When I directed my national security team to be more open and transparent about how our policies work and how we make decisions, especially when it comes to preventing terrorist attacks, Jeh was one of the leaders who spoke eloquently about how we meet today’s threats in a way that are consistent with our values, including the rule of law.
Jeh also knows that meeting these threats demands cooperation and coordination across our government. He’s been there in the Situation Room at the table in moments of decision, working with leaders from a host of agencies to make sure everyone is rowing in the same direction
in choosing our ‘clients’ on Terror Tuesday . And he’s respected across our government as a team player, somebody who knows how to get folks who don’t always agree to work towards a common goal.
And finally, Jeh believes, in a deep and personal way, that keeping America safe requires us also upholding the values and civil liberties that make America great. Jeh tells the story of his uncle who was a member of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. And he and his fellow airmen served with honor, even when their country didn’t treat them with the dignity and the respect that they deserved. And it was a lesson that Jeh never forgot. “We must adopt legal positions that comport with common sense,” Jeh says, “consistent with who we are as Americans.” Jeh is a pretty good lawyer, so he knows what that means.
from December, 2012:
* the creator of Just War Theory
should we be grateful or anxious that this is a ‘homeland’ position? ‘don’t drone me, man!’
‘Perfect: Obama nominated the DoD lawyer who signed off on all the drone & cruise missile strikes to be head of Dept. of Homeland Security’
The bureau of investigative journalism’s ‘name the dead’ project has names of those reported killed in Pakistan (in the Pashtun areas); between two and three thousand; They say only one in five has been identified. The tab concerning the reason only two women have bee identified is difficult to read.
When I’d first read about, and reported on, the three men who made it their life’s work to go to every drone murder strike to bear witness and try to identify the dead…they spoke about the fact that when children were (sorry) ‘vaporized’, often all that was left to mark their lives was a rubber zori that they had worn on their feet; Reading that can be life-changing, if you know what I mean.