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Napolitano’s wordplay

Janet Napolitano is taking heat for comments she made following the attempted-attack on Christmas Day aboard a Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines flight.

Even though airport security played no role in preventing the attack, Napolitano said on television over the weekend that “the important thing to recognize here is that once this incident occurred, everything happened that should have.” Later, she backed off, telling NBC’s Matt Lauer that her comment is “being taken out of context.” Napolitano says she was talking only about what happened after the attack. And she agreed with Lauer that the system “failed miserably” in preventing the attack prior.

Still, the verbal damage is done. The Washington Post editorial board today criticized Napolitano’s original comments – the latest in a series of public relations gaffes and missteps by the former Arizona governor.

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