Krauthammer: Napolitano's Record 'Was the Underwear Didn't Explode'

July 12, 2013 - 7:40 PM

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Syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer.

(CNSNews.com) - Political commentator Charles Krauthammer said the record of outgoing Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was that "the underwear didn't explode."

When discussing the announcement of Napolitano’s resignation on Special Report with Bret Baier on Fox News on Friday, political analyst for Fox News Juan Williams offered a defense for her tenure:

“Can I just offer one contrary note, which is under her tenure we've had no attacks, we've been safe as Americans—

"Fort Hood," Bret Baier interrupted.

"We've had no attacks--I mean she has managed this, to me, very well,” Williams said. “They're now looking at people like Bill Bratton, the former Police Chief in New York, Ray Kelly the current police Chief in New York, people like that.”

“And the idea would try to be to downplay some of the tensions between FBI, Justice and Homeland Security,” he said.  “But you have to say if you look back on her record, I think she did a pretty good job.”

“Her record was the underwear didn't explode,” Krauthammer said.

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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. (AP Photo)

Krauthammer was referencing the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas Day 2009, where Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab failed to detonate his underwear bomb on Northwest flight 253, which was carrying nearly 300 people.

Abdulmutallab's father had warned the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria that he was concerned his son was planning a terrorist attack, but he was not put on a no-fly list.

In 2010, 13 Americans were killed and 40 were wounded when Major Nidal Hassan opened fire yelling “'Allahu Akbar,” or “God is great” in Arabic, at the military base Fort Hood.  The government, however, still considers the shooting “workplace violence.”

Earlier this year, the U.S. suffered another terrorist attack with the Boston Marathon bombings, which killed three and injured at least 264.

Napolitano announced her resignation on Friday, after serving as DHS Secretary since 2009.  She will leave the department in September to become the next president of the University of California.