Now It Didn’t Work

What a difference a day makes. On Sunday, Janet Napolitano, US Homeland Security Secretary, insisted “the system worked” when it came to the failed underpants bomber airline attack. Today, though, when asked whether the US security system “failed miserably”, she responded, “It did”. How come the change? Possibly, the outrage her Sunday remark generated on the Internet and on talk shows, although the main American newspapers remained respectful. Personally, if I were still in the newspaper business, I would have been lobbying for the front-page headline on Monday to read: “The System Worked?!”