Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Annals of Asshattery

Dan Emmett, a former Secret Service agent, wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post suggesting that the current head of the service Julia Pierson be replaced.

Pierson should be replaced and the next director should come from outside the Secret Service, with the deputy director remaining an agent. In this role, a true leader, not a bureaucrat, is needed. Someone like Florida congressman and retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Allen West would be perfect for the role. West has successfully demonstrated that he possesses the leadership skills of a combat officer as well as managerial and diplomatic skills of a congressman, exactly the traits needed in the next director. Highly competent and beholden to no one in the Secret Service, he would be a superb director.

Yeah, that Allen West, the former congressman from Florida who is a Tea Partier and who believes that the military has a duty to commit mutiny against the president if they don’t agree with his orders and is basically the dictionary definition of a right-wing crazy guy.

Meanwhile, the good folks at Politico are suggesting that the only way to get things right at the Secret Service is to have a tragedy occur because President Obama is such a lousy manager.  As if the president is the person in charge of running the Secret Service and his death would be the only way to get the point across.  WTF?