WASHINGTON - The system worked, in the cover-your-backside world of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
The system worked, if you don't count the parts that deal with airport security and screening, and the $50 billion intelligence apparatus that is supposed to keep track of terrorists and terror wanna-bes.
No, Janet, none of that stuff had anything to do with the happy ending for Flight 253. What worked was sheer luck, combined with the incompetence of the undies bomber and the true grit of the passengers and flight attendants.
I'd also ad to the list of incompetents the State Department employee who issued Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's visa.