Janet Napolitano’s point of view about the Christmas Day attempt to blow up an American airliner with over 300 souls on board appears to differ from that of President Obama’s.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Sunday that the thwarting of the attempt to blow up an Amsterdam-Detroit airline flight Christmas Day demonstrated that “the system worked.”

Asked by CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union” how that could be possible when the young Nigerian who has been charged with trying to set off the bomb was able to smuggle explosive liquid onto the jet, Napolitano responded: “We’re asking the same questions.”

Napolitano added that there was “no suggestion that [the suspect] was improperly screened.”

Obama had played it cool on the attempted plot when it happened, then yesterday he spoke about the reviews he had ordered of terrorist watch-lists, but today’s statement was much harsher.

Apparently as an answer to the blistering attacks from critics over Napolitano’s flippant remarks about the state of our domestic security system, President Obama struck a harsher tone today (December 29, 2009) on the attempted terrorist bombing over Detroit, telling reporters in Hawaii that “a systemic failure has occurred, and I consider that totally unacceptable,” adding that he would “insist on accountability at every level.”

The no-fly-list system is “not sufficiently up to date to take full advantage of the information we collect and the knowledge we have,” Obama said, according to reports from Hawaii.

Two days after the successful attempt (read that carefully) to blow up the airliner, I called for the resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. I hope Obama’s statement about insisting on accountability at every level includes Napolitano.

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