TSA nominee: Global warming deserves parity with war on terror

posted at 11:36 am on January 11, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

David Freddoso thinks the takeaway from this interview of Errol Southers, the embattled Obama nominee to run TSA, is his observation that our alliance with Israel is the reason for the acts of terrorism against the US. VideoJug asked Southers where the US should prioritize the war on terror, and he offered a few more thoughts than just about alliances:

The War On Terror

“Due to connectivity that we have with countries such as Israel, France — countries that are seen by groups, by al Qaeda, as infidels or anti-Islamic — by the true nature of our alliance with them means that we subject to be attacked as well. I do think, however, it deserves to perhaps have some parity with global warming, with education, with the economy, but national security is always going to supercede everything else. I don’t think you can have all of those other entities flourish in a state where the security is not felt to be confident, comfortable, and intact.”

Until he got to priority parity, I think Southers did OK. After all, we know that radical Islamists hate Israel and attack us for our alliance with them. That’s hardly news, and Southers didn’t say that in terms of reassessing our alliance — just that we need to recognize that the alliance makes us a target, and we need to act accordingly. He didn’t try offering the detention center at Guantanamo Bay as a reason the radical Islamists hate us, for example. Maybe he should sit down and have a chat with his boss about that.

However, should a TSA nominee really argue that global warming deserves the same amount of attention and prioritization as the war on terror? Even if we weren’t having a record “cold snap” this winter, the notion that terrorism poses the same or lesser danger than AGW will strike most Americans as ludicrous. The only reason Southers sees for not granting AGW the same priority as terrorism is that a nation that doesn’t feel secure won’t take anything else seriously. That’s a point Southers should have considered before making that foolish statement.

Try asking anyone traveling over the next few weeks whether they think AGW is as high a priority as keeping the next EunuchBomber from actually detonating something more than his own nuts, and see whether they agree with Southers.

Update: Erick Erickson catches another part of the interview where Southers identifies what he sees as the biggest security threat:

But now there is new and far more troubling information about Mr. Southers caught on video. According to Erroll Southers, pro-life Christians and our support of Jews is a bigger threat to national security than Al Qaeda.

Mr. Southers, in 2008, said he was more worried about “Christian identity” terrorist groups inside the U.S. than islamic terrorists. What are “Christian identity” terrorist groups? White-supremacists naturally. The KKK. And the Southern Baptist Convention.

Southers identifies pro-life groups and anti-government activists as particular problems.

Terrorist Groups

To be fair, the question was posed as “which home-grown terrorist groups present the greatest danger to the US”.  I’m not sure one can fault him for the answer in that context.  The “anti-abortion” comment does seem gratuitous, however, considering the rest of the qualifiers Southers uses which reflect poisonous ideology: xenophobes, anti-Semitic, anti-government.

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You mean the same Fox News Channel (the ONLY news channel that) that constantly reports on Radical Islam? The one run by Roger Ailes?

Are you serious?

margategop517 on January 12, 2010 at 1:32 AM

Yes, the facts are not in dispute. Israel is one issue that FNS does pretty much the same as NPR/CBS/NBC/ABC/NYT/WAPO etc.

If you follow the issues and the facts, it is what it is.

georgealbert on January 12, 2010 at 6:46 AM

Could this be Napolitano’s replacement?

Cybergeezer on January 12, 2010 at 9:05 AM

One more Ultra left moonbat in a senior position.

Alden Pyle on January 12, 2010 at 9:06 AM

The current turmoil surrounding the TSA is out of control. Many attribute this to a lack of leadership, and my doctorate studies show this to be partly true.

However, as more background information surrounding the TSA Administrator nominee, Errol Southers, is released the more rational justification that Mr. Southers is not the leader the TSA needs at this time. Primarily, because the negative issues being attributed to the TSA are the same for its appointed leader. The result would only exacerbate the problems and the public image will be further tarnished and it will twice as hard to regain the public trust.

MSGTAS on January 12, 2010 at 9:23 AM

“Due to connectivity that we have with countries such as Israel, France —

They’re jealous of our broadband? This is embarrassing.

ddrintn on January 12, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Ben Smith who went on a shooting spree in three different cities where he killed a number of African Americans and Jews and Asians that day. Those groups are groups that claim to be extremely anti-government and

Ben Smith killed 2 people.
Matt Hale didn’t kill anyone.

Both of those people lost it after being denied the ability to get a law license, for being members of those groups. Anyone know of anyone denied a law license because of belonging to any other group know to kill innocent people, for no reason?

How many people did the muslim sniper John Mohamhead and his accomplice kill? 10.

Just sayin’

How did the group that Hale and the group that Smith belonged to get to be classified as Terrorist? What other things have the groups done? Why the disinformation from Sothers? Those 2 groups and those body counts…2, over a number of years, are more of an example of terrorist activities than the body counts of that one other group?..can’t seem to remember what you call that group?? Seems a little slanted imo.
Not to diminish those 2 lost lives….just sayin’.
Just sayin’

Itchee Dryback on January 12, 2010 at 7:52 PM


throw out ALL of the bums in congress/senate and WHITEhouse

AMERICAN VETERAN on January 12, 2010 at 9:22 PM

………..P R E S E N T…………

AMERICAN VETERAN on January 12, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Affirmative action in da White House.

daveinguelph on January 13, 2010 at 12:52 AM