McCain also the subject of Canadian derision
The daily’s Dennis Wagner has written an odd piece regarding the “political heat” he says former Arizona governor and current Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is taking for her intemperate remarks and public gaffes. In office barely 100 days, Napolitano has embarrassed herself and the Obama administration at a brisk pace. There are numerous calls for her resignation.
Trying desperately to put “lipstick on this pig,” Wagner writes that border security is supposed to be her forte. Further, he calls her a “moderate Democrat.” Surely he remembers her repeated attempts to thwart any actual border enforcement and her historic number of vetoes of bills that the Republican dominated legislature passed. How “moderate” is that?
And to further complicate her record of faux pas, legal eagle Napolitano has even managed to misstate the law governing illegal entry into the United States. When interviewed on CNN’s John King show, discussing illegal border crossers entering the United States at an alarming rate, the former Arizona Attorney General – who should know better – stunned many listeners when actually misstating the law by saying, “…crossing the border is not a crime per se.” The transcript is available here.
Sen. John McCain has peculiarly given her a pass, but Canada hasn’t. The Canadian embassy and press are none too happy with Arizona’s senior senator, either. Both Canadian ambassador Michael Wilson and Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty expressed exasperation at their persistent misstating that 9/11 hijackers entered the U.S. through Canada, despite years of efforts by Canada to inform U.S. lawmakers of the fallacy of the claim. “It is unfortunate that what is a statement that is not true is repeated from time to time. It’s just factually wrong,”says Flaherty.
As to McCain, the Canadian National Post newspaper writes: That a senator who could have been U.S. president still thinks the 9/11 attackers came from Canada startled embassy officials.
Could a visit to the zoo be any more entertaining?