Tuesday, September 20

BUSH CONTINUES TO DISCOUNT BORDER ENFORCEMENT

Michelle Malkin proves something that the Left is unwilling to accept (or to emulate) even when the evidence is staring them in the face: conservatives will criticise their own when bad behavior occurs or bad decisions are made, or rank politics gets in the way of doing the right thing. Michelle is justifiably livid this morning over "Bush cronyism" and the president's penchant, seen in bold relief in Michael Brown's appointment to head FEMA despite his lackluster credentials, for placing politics before competency and exerience in staffing decisions, particularly in the unwieldly Department of Homeland Security.

Here are selected excerpts:

This is Julie Myers, President Bush's nominee to head the the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency under the Department of Homeland Security.

Her nomination is a joke.

This nomination is a monumental political and policy blunder in the wake of the Michael Brown/FEMA fiasco. And I can tell you that contrary to the Miss Mary Sunshine White House spokeswoman's comments, rank-and-file DHS employees and immigration enforcement officials are absolutely livid about Myers' nomination.

Everything was supposed to change after 9/11. No more business as usual, blah blah blah. But when it comes to immigration enforcement and border security, Bush keeps installing clueless cronies.

Good for Michelle Malkin! Do read her entire post.

After you do, please read this post of Juan Mann's, published at Michelle Malkin's "The Immigration Blog." These two posts are a solid one-two punch that should put the Bush Administration on the canvas for its virtual indifference to the national security issue that is our nation's porous borders. The laws are not vigorously enforced and the people in high places charged with their enforcement are inexperienced and beholding to the president.

More than the war in Iraq or the perceived slow response of FEMA to the Katrina disaster, the president's (and Congress') wholesale indifference to the porous borders/illegal aliens problems should become the front burner issue of the 2006 elections. If a terrorist attack on this country comes from operatives who have been smuggled across the border, the Republicans will have hell to pay.