The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Tuesday, December 07, 2004  

Hitting Him With the Door on His Way Out

Mike Signorile comments on the resignation and departure of Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson in “Wrapping It Up,” in the New York Press (December 7):

In a bizarre parting shot -- an attempt, perhaps, to save whatever was left of his integrity -- Thompson issued a dire warning to the public and to his replacement regarding the threat from a human flu pandemic, which he called a “really huge bomb.” He then offered terrorists some ideas about how to attack us next time.

“For the life of me,” Thompson said, “I cannot understand why the terrorists have not attacked our food supply, because it is so easy to do.”

It would have been nice if the HHS secretary had told us earlier how he has not been able to sleep “every single night” because the food supply is not thoroughly inspected, like the 95 percent of containers entering U.S. ports that Bush refuses to put under scrutiny. If Thompson had a spine, he’d have stepped down before the election and announced his fears, putting the country and American lives ahead of his own and Bush’s career. But like [Colin] Powell, Thompson is just another hack looking out for himself.

Just think. With all the cabinet resignations we’ll soon be faced with a new team of clowns.


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