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Op-Ed: Janet Napolitano apologizes after insulting veterans

By Larry Clifton     Apr 16, 2009 in Politics
Janet Napolitano used Mexico City as the back drop for apologizing for her official offensive memo naming American combat veterans as likely terrorists.
Barack Obama's Secretary of Homeland Security on April 9th issued a national security assessment that named veterans as potential home-grown terrorists. Many say any conservative American voices might be scooped up as suspects in the wide profile net flung by the Obama appointee.
Napolitano angered veterans and millions of Americans with her official assessment stating that American combat veterans are a threat to the country because of "right-wing extremism growing in the nation's current economic and political environment - citing the potential recruitment of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities''
Members of the Republican Party have expressed outrage at Napolitano's remarks claiming that " . . . to characterize men and women returning home after defending our country as potential terrorists is offensive and unacceptable.'' That Napolitano is unable to cite or reference any evidence of her claims being real or legitimate serves the impression that the Obama Administration is using the power of government to selectively intimidate groups of Americans who may not march in step with its ideology and agenda.
Napolitano maintains that her agency is not monitoring ideas, and not warning anyone about any political ideologies. Rather, it is on the lookout for actual threats to homeland security, and that includes violence by extremists. Nevertheless, her written words clearly suggest and plainly name America's combat veterans as potential terrorists and Napolitano has summoned the press to clarify the meaning of her comments and convey her apologies to the country amid nationwide calls for her resignation.
Napolitano's report cites "disgruntled military veterans as being possible security threats, either by acting as lone wolves or as being targeted for recruitment into right wing extremist groups who are hate-oriented (religious, racial or ethnic), or driven by domestic issues ranging from the economy and gun control to illegal immigration and abortion, among others.''
Napolitano was unable to offer any real evidence for her fears when questioned about the report, saying only that it is her assessment, not an accusation. Veterans groups and conservatives from all over America outraged by Napolitano's insulting assessment and unconvinced of the sincerity of her ensuing apology made in Mexico City are calling for her resignation.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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