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Farmer by genetics, Lawyer by training, currently "vacationing" in Iraq and advising the Iraqi government on border security issues. Before moving to Baghdad, I served in the White House as Deputy Counsel for the Homeland Security Council. I can be reached at opusxryanathotmaildotcom.

Sunday, December 05, 2004

New Secretary of Homeland Security

So President Bush has tapped his new Secretary of Homeland Security. I think Kerik is an interesting choice. He shuld be easily confirmed, but the real challenge begins after he is put in place. DHS, even under the remarkable leadership of Tom Ridge, often was on the losing end of bureaucratic battles. I'm not convinced Kerik has the soft touch required, but hopefully he will surprise me. I know one thing for sure though, he won't receive the same courteousness and benefit of the doubt that Secretary Ridge often received when he went up on the Hill to testify.

In the six degrees of separation world, Kerik would have been my current boss had he decided to stay in Iraq. He was the interim Iraqi interior minister under the CPA . . .