November 7, 2007

The Guys Who Can't Shoot Straight Do It Again

This from the Washington Post:
There He Goes Again -- by Al Karnen

'Seems that Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff has become a serial apologist of late. Every time you turn on the tube, there he is, apologizing for some bonehead move by a senior agency official. Might as well just book a daily half-hour into his schedule for the morning mea culpa.

'First there was the now-classic phony FEMA news conference on the California wildfires by Deputy Administrator Harvey E. Johnson a couple weeks ago, which White House press secretary Dana Perino and Chertoff roundly condemned.
'Yesterday, Chertoff was at it again, apologizing at length for the latest blunder, this one by DHS Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement Julie Myers.

'At an agency Halloween party Oct. 31, Myers was on a three-judge panel that gave a "most original costume" award to a white employee dressed in prison garb. He wore dreadlocks and dark makeup, making him look African American or Hispanic, according to a source who was there.

'Myers had her picture taken with the winner.
. . . [Then] the costumed employee was put on administrative leave while the agency determines "the appropriate sanction," Chertoff said, adding that he has "zero tolerance for racism or discrimination." '
So, DHS giveth and DHS taketh away.
First, they give the guy a prize, then they suspend him.
Meanwhile, does ANYTHING happen to the bonehead who tolerated racism at the party?
And what does this say about their policies generally?

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