It's Obama and Napolitano basically is someone who is a figurehead. And that also reminded me how, back in the old days the Soviet Union, in the early days when Stalin was around, and my parents had to live through this, there was the same situation where all kinds of atrocities were taking place, people used to talk, and my parents told me that, if only Stalin knew what's happening, if only --
What is amazing is that we now know that none of the oppression and murder in the Soviet Union under the communist regime was done without the direction of the leader. Stalin’s henchmen would not have dared to lift a finger unless he directed them. But the state press portrayed Stalin as a supremely wise and compassionate figure, so many of the people assumed that when people were shot or starved or thrown in the Gulag, it was a low level official run amuck.
Throwing people under the bus is not a new phenomenon. The echoes of the past are getting louder.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday that she was briefed before the release of a controversial intelligence assessment and that she stands by the report, which lists returning veterans among terrorist risks to the U.S.
Obama will see how much anger is raised by this report and if Napolitano needs the bus treatment.
Asked about the report at Wednesday's White House briefing, press secretary Robert Gibbs said he has not spoken with President Obama specifically about it.
Playing good cop to Napolitano's bad cop:
"Without getting into the report, I think the president works hard every day to make sure that all Americans are safe and secure," Mr. Gibbs said.
"And I would say that, as it relates to some aspect of the report, that the president believes those who serve our country represent the very best of it," Mr. Gibbs said.
If only Obama knew...