Originally published November 9, 2009
Before anyone gets their prayer rugs in a twist, we are not equating Islam with swine flu. We are, however, suggesting rather strongly that Janet Napolitano shows a continuing inability to identify or act on real threats to our country.
The Homeland Security Secretary, while visiting Abu Dhabi, told Arabs that her department would be working to prevent any possible "wave of anti-Muslim sentiment" after the killing spree of Major Nidal Malik Hasan.
That's an interesting choice of words, Janet. Why should Homeland Security be involved with shaping the "sentiments" of the American people? Shouldn't you be doing other things like, oh, giving heightened scrutiny to people with access to military bases who post praise of suicide bombers online?
And why, when speaking at an international forum, would the Secretary continue to paint an ugly, untrue picture of America's citizenry as a potentially dangerous, anti-Muslim mob? Apparently, encouraging a wave of anti-American sentiment is still considered acceptable by this administration.
Update May 22, 2011
Today's cartoon has had the cobwebs brushed off in honor of Barack Obama's big speech this week in which he made yet another outreach to Muslims, offering them billions of taxpayer dollars and, as a special bonus, throwing Israel under the bus.
Since the cartoon above originally ran, we haven't seen a wave of anti-Muslim sentiment or actions in the United States...which could mean that Americans are basically decent people, or that Homeland Security is working overtime to keep us from hearing anything we might consider "upsetting."
Like, oh, making sure that most mainstream media outlets didn't report the story of the crazed Muslim on American Airlines Flight 1561 who tried to crash through the cockpit door while screaming "Allahu Akbar" a few weeks ago. Pro-Islamic supporters point out the possibility that the man thought it was the bathroom door...and that culturally, "Allahu Akbar" is always the pair of magic words one uses if "Open Sesame" doesn't do the trick.
As always, Mr. Obama and Ms. Napolitano would appreciate it if none of us "jump to conclusions" when it comes to such incidents.
Or about their increasingly indefensible policies.
Readers: Sorry about the technical snafu in getting today's cartoon posted on time. It was a little technical glitch (in fact, my very words on discovering it were "son of a glitch!").