Janet Napolitano, the most inept DHS secretary thus far, is essentially throwing in the towel on securing the U.S.-Mexico border:

Napolitano spoke and answered questions at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on “Securing the Border: A Smarter Law Enforcement Approach,” on Wednesday.

When asked if she could give a timeline on when the border would be secured, Napolitano said, “The plain fact of the matter is the border is as secure now as it has ever been, but we know we can always do more. And that will always be the case.

“It’s a big border,” she said. “It’s 1,960 miles across that Southwest border. It’s some of the roughest, toughest geographical terrain in the world across that border. And so, the notion that you’re going to seal that border somehow is something that anybody who’s been involved in the actual doing of law enforcement, the front office work or the front line work of the law enforcement, would say, ‘You’re never going to totally seal that border.’”

Arizonans aren’t expecting it to be 100 percent sealed. I suspect that they’d be thrilled having the federal government go after the drug cartels that are waging war where killing, kidnapping and intimidating people, including law enforcement officials, is commonplace.

Apparently, it’s asking too much of Ms. Napolitano to aggressively go on the offensive against the drug cartels’ campaign of violence and intimidation. What’s particularly aggravating is that the Obama administration isn’t putting any sort of high priority on stopping the violence against Arizonans. Apparently, they think that fulfilling their responsibilities isn’t part of their job description.

Napolitano was also asked if she thought that Republicans withholding support for comprehensive immigration reform until the border is secured was political posturing.

“The notion that you’re gonna’ somehow seal the border, and only at that point will you discuss immigration reform, that is not an answer to the problem,” she said.

If we apply that logic to the Gulf oil spill, then Ms. Napolitano’s question would read like this:

“The notion that you’re gonna somehow cap the well and stop the environmental damage first and that only then will you talk about putting a new energy policy together, that isn’t an answer to the problem.”

This notion that the federal government doesn’t have the wherewithal to stop the violence the drug cartels are visiting upon Arizonans is disturbing and absurd. If this administration stopped pussyfooting around on this issue and went on the offensive against the drug cartels, this issue would show significant improvement in a relatively short period of time.

What’s particularly aggravating is that Napolitano sees this solely as an immigration issue. That’s wrong-headed thinking. It’s also a public safety/law enforcement issue. Certainly, it isn’t illegal for Arizona’s law enforcement officials to protect Arizonans. If the Obama administration wants to try making that case, they’re in for a difficult fight.

What Ms. Napolitano and others in the Obama administration have done is they’ve talked about Arizona’s crisis in merely immigration terms. People are getting kidnapped, murdered and threatened by invading drug cartels. If people started focusing on the fact that this isn’t just about immigration, the Obama administration would lose this fight in a heartbeat.

It’s time that people understood the impact the coyotes are having on Arizona’s safety. It’s long past time that President stepped up and did his job of protecting all United States citizens. If he isn’t willing to do that, then it’s important that we remove him in 2012.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

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