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Thu Oct 31, 2019, 10:12 PM

NYT Editorial Board: The Mess at D.H.S.

Source: New York Times

The Mess at D.H.S.

The Department of Homeland Security, about to lose its fourth leader in three years, is a laboratory of Trumpian chaos.

By The Editorial Board
The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values. It is separate from the newsroom.

Oct. 31, 2019, 6:57 p.m. ET

Thursday was supposed to be the last day on the job for Kevin McAleenan, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. The fourth person to head the department under President Trump, Mr. McAleenan tendered his resignation three weeks ago, after a brief, turbulent stint in which he — not infrequently — found himself at odds with the president’s more radical immigration policies, statements and advisers.

In announcing Mr. McAleenan’s impending departure via Twitter, the president congratulated him on “a job well done” and said he would name a new acting secretary the following week. That didn’t happen, threatening to leave rudderless the government’s third-largest department, with a portfolio ranging from border protection to disaster management to transportation safety to counterterrorism to election security. In an appearance before a House committee on Wednesday, Mr. McAleenan said that, if asked, he would stay on until a successor was found. “If necessary,” he said, “I’ll absolutely ensure a smooth transition.”

While noble, this seems overly ambitious. In the Trump administration, little at Homeland Security has gone smoothly, with high turnover, vacancies in key posts and a growing number of “acting” officials running major divisions. At D.H.S., the top jobs being filled in a temporary, unconfirmed capacity include the deputy secretary, the under secretary for management, the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the head of Customs and Border Protection and the head of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. There has been feuding among senior officials, and lines of authority have become hopelessly tangled.

Mr. Trump has made clear he likes things this way; he can exert greater control over what amounts to glorified temp workers, and he doesn’t have to bother with obtaining the Senate’s approval of his appointees. But it is a lousy way to run a department — especially one so sprawling — fueling instability, eroding morale and draining vital agencies of experienced, competent leaders.

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Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/31/opinion/department-homeland-security.html

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Thu Oct 31, 2019, 10:22 PM

1. An agency that doesn't need to exist. NT

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Thu Oct 31, 2019, 10:30 PM

2. His "leadership" style:

"But it is a lousy way to run a department — especially one so sprawling — fueling instability, eroding morale and draining vital agencies of experienced, competent leaders."

Is there ANYBODY who thinks IQ45 cares about ANY of that?

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Fri Nov 1, 2019, 01:41 AM

3. Bannon said, "Get rid of big govt"

and the fucking moron has gotten rid of tons of important people in important positions. It will take a generation to get this country functioning and our reputation back again. He has destroyed too much in record time.

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