December 3, 2004

New Secretary of Homeland Security

And an excellent choice too. Bush announced this morning that he had nominated Bernard B. Kerik ex-NTC Police Chief to replace outgoing Tom Ridge. The NY Times has the story: bq. Bush Names Ex-Police Chief to Top Security Post President Bush today nominated Bernard B. Kerik, the street-savvy former New York City police commissioner, to replace Tom Ridge as secretary of homeland security, saying Mr. Kerik has the "background and the passion that are needed to protect all our citizens." bq. "I'm grateful he has agreed to bring his lifetime of security experience and skill to one of the most important positions in the federal government," Mr. Bush said of Mr. Kerik, who is subject to confirmation by the United States Senate. The homeland security post was created after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and the Pentagon. The attacks took a significant toll on New York's fire department and its police force, at a time when Mr. Kerik was the police commissioner of the city. His most recent job? Kerik went to Iraq last year at the behest of the White House to help the Iraqis set up a security force. Kerik and Giuliani personified what true leadership is all about during the recovery from 9/11. He is definitely the right person for this position... Posted by DaveH at December 3, 2004 9:43 AM