TSA Candidate Thinks Terrorism Is Sort Of Important, And Our Fault

Good think Obama has nominated someone who thinks terrorism merits some slight importance

Erroll Southers, President Obama’s nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), said the war on terror should be given “some parity” with other national priorities such as global warming, education, and the economy.

In the online interview (from 2008), Southers was asked, “How high should the ‘war on terror’ be on our list of national priorities?”

Southers answered: “It should be high on our list of priorities because of, speaking globally, the threat that exists. Due to connectivity that we have with countries such as Israel, France, countries that are seen by groups, by Al Qaeda as being infidels or anti-Islamic, by the true nature of our alliance with them means that we are subject to being attacked as well.”

“I do think, however, it deserves to perhaps have some parity with global warming, with education, with the economy,” said Southers.

Got that? It’s kinda important, and we should at least pay lip service to it, almost as much as AGW! More importantly is that fourth paragraph, where he seems to be saying that it is our alliances with other countries, such as one with Jews, that makes the nutjob Islamics attack us, so, it is our fault. Hmm, actually, I’m not that shocked that a far end lefty nominated by Obama thinks Islamic terrorism is our fault. Are you shocked?

“What’s interesting, though, is that next year the Department of Homeland Security has already announced they are going to be reducing their grant funding by about 50 percent,” said Southers. “So that would suggest to someone like me that they have a reasonable expectation that the risk has been reduced, and they can reduce accordingly.”

Southers said that he would like to see the money previously spent on homeland security re-directed to “those other efforts” he previously referred to: global warming, education, and the economy.

“I would hope that funding would then go to some of those other efforts, nationally, that are priorities for us,” he said in the online interview.

I wonder how he feels about that after the attempted bombing and other airline security issues?

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