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Janet Napolitano on her 'Big Sis' nickname

By Ed O'Keefe

Homeland Security Janet Napolitano doesn't think the United States has overreacted to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, thinks current terrorism threats are smaller and from newer groups and has kind words for a nickname she's earned from Matt Drudge.

The secretary spoke Friday at a luncheon sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, where she described the types of threats currently facing the country and defended her department's 22 components.

"We have to be continually thinking about what well makes sense," as threats evolve, she said in response to questions about the size and scope of DHS. "How do we best minimize risk? How do we make sure that we don't have unnecessary duplication, realizing that duplication in the [intelligence] area makes sense? There should be some planned redundancy in this area."

Napolitano is a frequent target of conservative web guru Matt Drudge, who calls her "Big Sis." Reporters asked her what she thought of the nickname:

"I am amused," she said to laughs. "I've made it. Drudge has a nickname for me!"

Read more of Napolitano's comments here.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | September 20, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
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I have a name for Napolitano too but I am
will not use volgarity on this open forum.
Needless to say she is less than what we should have and deserve to have serving in this position.

Posted by: jerry110 | September 20, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

The ONLY good thing about Obama's win in 2008 is that we got to get rid of this wretched woman as our governor. Don't come back, even for a vacation.

Posted by: AnnieP1 | September 20, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

what a waste of tax payer money.paying her for a job she cannot handle.

Posted by: SISSD1 | September 20, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

No real desire to defend the Department of Homeland Security ... which I consider a stupid Bush idea and something that I was hoping Obama would dissolve ... but I am wondering what you people think JN is doing wrong here? Have there been a bunch of "homeland" terrorist attacks I'm somehow unaware of? If all you've got is empty partisan chatter then I hope you're just here cause you like hearing yrselves talk, cause you accomplish nothing else. An idea: if you use yr bathroom mirror instead of the internet you'd get to see your mouths move too. Doesn't that sound like fun?

Posted by: MacinPhoenix | September 20, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Drudge is still around? Who knew.

Posted by: jckdoors | September 20, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

dredge and his f@g 'friend' breitbart will print anything for a page view.

Posted by: calif-joe | September 20, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Napolitano is doing a great job. Drudge is merely sludge for the gullible.

Posted by: angie12106 | September 20, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that Teahadists can't spell? [SEE BELOW] I mean really, if
you are going to call someone incompetent... TRY and look semi-
intelligent yourself. Would help your argument. Spell check is free.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld1 | September 20, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Remind me:

Is Matt Drudge Ann Coulter's "beard"?

Or is it the other way around?

Posted by: WhateverHeSaid | September 20, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Napolitano, an illegal alien's best friend.....

Posted by: jeffreid1 | September 20, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

What's with the Republican hate for women? You hate any woman with any success and in fact you keep nominating half-retarded women for serious political positions. Republicans hate successful women, that seems pretty obvious.

Posted by: TwoTermObama | September 20, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Drudge is used to nicknames too -"closet", for one...

Posted by: LABC | September 20, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Its good to have a competent person in charge at DHS for a change.

Posted by: sjp879 | September 20, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

"Big Sis" sounds sexist to me. And what does Drudge say about Bush pushing FEMA under a horse breeder said Brown?

Posted by: jjedif | September 20, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

"Napolitano, an illegal alien's best friend...."

Bush and McCain were much more friendly to illegal aliens than is an Democrat. In fact, Napolitano is sending more illegals back than ever.

Posted by: jjedif | September 20, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

She has done a great job and receives high marks from people in her department. Considering the isses the US has faces, she has done well in her 18 months.

Posted by: cadam72 | September 20, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

The amount of hate that Napolitano receives is truly amazing. Will someone please speak to what she has done that is so antithetical to the position she holds.

If illegal immigration is your thing, DHS is now deporting far more people than the Bush administration did.

If homeland security is your thing, there have been just as many attacks on the homeland (0, i.e., the least possible magnitude) as there were under Bush.

If you think the government has to foresee every single eventuality in airline security, there have been just as many fortuitously non-tragic incidents on airplanes (1) as there were under Bush.

This list could go on and on, and with the exception of not liking her appearance, or the way she says things, it is not clear that Napolitano's DHS has not done more that CONSERVATIVES (if that is what we are calling populist demagogues these days) want than the DHS of her predecessors.

What exactly is the complaint about Napolitano? Is the contention really that she is not doing her job because her actions have only been slightly to the Right of her nutty right-wing predecessors?

At some point people need to make terms with the logical progression of their arguments. If security is the ultimate goal, well, there have been few states that were more secure than Stalin's USSR and Hitler's Germany. Does Napolitano need to keep their company before her detractors will be able to concede that she is doing, as of now, a pretty good job.

Posted by: orgbluspider | September 20, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

what does she think of the fact that she handed her state to the republicans on a golden platter?

Posted by: jiji1 | September 20, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse





Posted by: STOPAMNESTY | September 20, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

What's "volgarity?" Does this have something to do with a river in Russia?

Posted by: bagofdogs | September 20, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

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