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April 14, 2014

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April 11, 2014

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Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

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Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

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Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

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April 2, 2014

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Jewish World Review May 14, 2007 / 26 Iyar 5767

An idea to write home about

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When I was a young pup in journalism, one of my editors had a hundred different story ideas — every day! By the law of averages, only some could be good.


Sen. Chuck Schumer is like that. He is never at a loss for an idea — he wrote a book full of them. His regular Sunday press conferences are a fountain of suggestions, demands and proposals.


Now the New York Democrat has a Really Big Idea. He's talking about breaking up the Department of Homeland Security. He thinks it's a failure and says the component parts are worse than before they were thrown together in 2002.


"The whole idea was that the agencies would share information" to stop terror attacks, Schumer told me. "But nearly all of them are having big problems. Compared to the rest of government, this one has done the poorest job of all."


Schumer is on to something, and his main evidence is the failure of FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] during Hurricane Katrina, the scandalous procurement issues at the Coast Guard and the failure to close gaps in our defense. Immigration, another major part, is a mess and a disgrace. The other major Homeland agencies are the Transportation Security Administration, the people who make you take off your shoes at the airport, and the Secret Service, which Schumer said is the only part that hasn't had major problems.


"There's just a lack of focus," he said. "Homeland security is just too important for the way this thing operates. It's a big bureaucracy that, at the least, needs to be streamlined."


I agree that Homeland Security, like our mission in Iraq, is running out of time. It was created in November 2002, a month after the vote authorizing the invasion, along with the 9/11 commission. The mood of unity was already starting to crumble over revelations that nobody had connected all the data dots that might have revealed the plot before it happened.


Five years later, the agency is ripe for a review. (On the other hand, the talk by Sen. Hillary Clinton of voting to revoke the war authorization is a bad idea. It's pure politics with no national benefit.)


One of Schumer's main worries about security is the lack of screening at cargo ports, saying, sensibly, that "we should be making as much effort to prevent a nuclear bomb from getting into the country as we are fighting terrorism overseas."


It's also true that neither the first Homeland Secretary, Tom Ridge, nor the current one, Michael Chertoff, has mastered the art of management. And Congress has made it worse by directing much of the funding stream into pork-barrel projects. It ought to be a crime when even a penny gets diverted.


Yet it's not a slam dunk that a breakup is the answer, and Schumer allows as much. He emphasizes he doesn't have a plan, just an inclination to see if there is a better way to do the job.


There is a reason to be cautious. We have not been attacked since 9/11, and it's fair to ask if Homeland Security is the reason. Schumer, after a brief pause, said no, adding: "I think intelligence and law enforcement, the FBI, get the credit for that."


He cited the arrests in the alleged plot to attack Fort Dix as an example.


There's one way to find out if he's right. Let's have an open and honest debate on Homeland Security, and let's make sure the presidential candidates are included. After all, one of them is going to get the job of keeping us safe.

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