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Bush homeland security adviser resigns

By Michelle Malkin  •  November 19, 2007 09:12 AM

Just in this morning. If you’re saying to yourself “Fran who?,” don’t feel bad. And if you’re also saying to yourself, “She’s not the only one who should be resigning,” you’re not alone:

Fran Townsend, the leading White House-based terrorism adviser who gave public updates on the extent of the threat to U.S. security, is stepping down after 4 1/2 years.

President Bush said in a statement Monday morning that Townsend, 45, “has ably guided the Homeland Security Council. She has played an integral role in the formation of the key strategies and policies my administration has used to combat terror and protect Americans.”

Who’s going to resign over the failure to protect Americans from security lapses like those that led to the Nada Prouty debacle?



Illegal immigration is still out-of-control, the deportation system is still an abyss, employer sanctions are still a joke, and jihadists are still among us, but at least Fran Townsend brought “glamour” to homeland security. “Glamour.” For crying out loud:

Townsend, the assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, was one of the president’s most valued and trusted advisers, with a phone on her desk connecting her to No. 10 Downing Street, the British prime minister’s office.

She also brought a touch of glamour to a buttoned-down administration, and was one of the White House’s most popular television guests.

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