Saturday, December 4, 2004

NY's Finest

(New York-WABC, December 3, 2004) — President Bush made it official just before 10:00 a.m. He named Bernard Kerik as his nominee to head the Department of Homeland Security. New York's former top cop has what may be the ultimate resume for the job, having managed the city's response to the 9/11 attacks.

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Kerik currently works for Giuliani. He has worked in Iraq, helping to establish and train their new police force. That followed his 16 months as police commissioner and an earlier stint as corrections commissioner.

His confirmation hearings may not be tranquil. There will be questions about $800,000 dollars that vanished during Kerik's days at the corrections department. And in Iraq, he agreed to serve eight months but left after just four.

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This man is nothing more than a dumb street cop, overpaid bodyguard, and the luckiest motherfucker on 9/11. I don't care what Schumer and Hillary say, this is not good.

Update: 13:45:

Josh Marshall

Update: 06:45 Sunday:

Lambert at Corrente has more:

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Appointed by President Bush to train a new Iraqi police force in 2003, Kerik came under criticism for inadequate screening of recruits as U.S. authorities rushed to deploy the force. It has been plagued by desertions and by allegations that insurgents have infiltrated the ranks.

Kerik quit four months into his six-month tenure in Iraq, telling New York reporters later that he needed a vacation.

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