The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Another loyal Bush crony up for promotion

Here wo go again. There's been a lot of concern over US border security and immigration lately, so the administration is rising to the occasion by... appointing someone with no relevant experience.

The Bush administration is seeking to appoint a lawyer with little immigration or customs experience to head the troubled law enforcement agency that handles those issues, prompting sharp criticism from some employee groups, immigration advocates and homeland security experts.

The push to appoint Julie Myers to head the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security, comes in the midst of intense debate over the qualifications of department political appointees involved in the sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina.

But Myers has vowed to do whatever it takes to succeed. Sort of:

"I realize that I'm not 80 years old," Myers testified. "I have a few gray hairs, more coming, but I will seek to work with those who are knowledgeable in this area, who know more than I do."

Very reassuring. Thank you. So where does the cronyism come in? She's the niece of General Myers, current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. And the wife of the chief of staff for Michael Chertoff. So at least she's seen how a lean, efficient operation like the Department of Homeland Security works...