Had Katrina fizzled somewhere south of the U.S. coast, Michael Brownâ€™s shocking lack of qualifications to run the Federal Emergency Management Agency might never have been exposed. At least members of Congress are trying to show they learned something, by publicly questioning whether 36-year-old Julie Myers, a Shawnee native, is the right boss for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a crucial agency with 20,000 employees and a $4 billion budget. Maybe her experience as a federal prosecutor and an associate to Whitewater prosecutor Ken Starr is apt; sheâ€™s said to know a lot about money laundering and drug smuggling. But especially post-Brown, itâ€™s hard not to suspect that two other credentials made her Bushâ€™s pick: Her uncle is Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, the departing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and she just married the current chief of staff of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff (also her former boss).
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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