A recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) disclosure revealed what conservatives have long since suspected: Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was not exactly available during his “paternity leave,” in spite of literally just assuming his responsibilities.
For instance, while luxuriating on one of his many lavish holidays, Buttigieg apparently couldn’t be bothered to give Republican Senator Chuck Grassley the time of day.
When Grassley attempted to get in touch with Buttigieg regarding a bridge in Iowa, he received a rather crisp reply from one of Buttigieg’s army of assistants.
Whatever “assistance” they give remains to be seen as Buttigieg does next to nothing, so probably about on par with the “assistance” offered by Kamala’s revolving door staff.
“Unfortunately, the Secretary is currently on leave due to the birth of his twins, and that may lead to a delay in possibly scheduling in the future,” a Buttigieg “staffer” informed Grassley.
Buttigieg also dodged request from Indiana, with staffers apparently deliberating over the ways in which the Transportation Secretary could further dodge his responsibilities.
“I think we can delegate? Can say he’s on leave,” Buttigieg Staffer 1 suggested.
“Sounds good will do,” Buttigieg Staffer 2 replied.
Ah. To be a coddled Cabinet member in the Biden administration.
If only the railroad workers the White House apparently screwed were given such freedom to blow off their responsibilities.
Indeed, the White House move against railroad workers was apparently so egregious that it irked both Senators Josh Hawley and Bernie Sanders, who issued public statements regarding the maltreatment of workers.
That said, as ineffectual as Buttigieg has largely been, he at least deals with some actual questions, especially relative to the bungling press secretary in the White House now.
When he bothers to make an appearance, that is, typically on a leftwing media channel.
During an appearance on MSNBC, Buttigieg weighed in on the crisis afflicting the FAA, which is quite shocking considering that planes had not been grounded since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Mitchell noted that the FAA crisis, which has caused the types of disturbances that terrorists love, may well be the result of a possible attack, as evident from the tough question she asked.
“We have seen domestic attacks on other aspects of our critical infrastructure, power substations. Are we absolutely positive this was not the result of any nefarious activity, either domestic or foreign?” host Andrea Mitchell inquired.
At least this time, unlike Ms. Jean-Pierre, who continues to (poorly) spin up a storm over the classified documents, Buttigieg did not issue a massive lie regarding the presence, or lack thereof, of nefarious activity.
On the contrary, he made it clear that the Biden administration would not be ruling anything out. Or, at minimum, Buttigieg wouldn’t be ruling anything out.
“We’re not prepared to rule that out. There hasn’t been any indication of that. The FBI has spoken to this, and of course, FAA is looking at that as well as they work to see exactly what was going on inside the files that were in the system leading to this irregularly. Again, what I would say is there’s no direct indication of any kind of external or nefarious activity. But we’re not yet prepared to rule that out,” Buttigieg asserted.
Mitchell then proceeded on with other difficult questions, or at least certainly more difficult than the president himself ever has to deal with.
“How old is the software? Was it being updated? How long will it take to get it back up and running?” Mitchell pressed.
Buttigieg noted that the software in question has indeed been utilized “for many years,” indicating that it is pretty old.
“It’s been used for many years. It’s based on a standard. Every country has a version of this global standard to get this safety message traffic through their aviation system. It is periodically and continuously upgraded and updated,” Buttigieg replied.
In other words, subject to mass vulnerabilities, especially from nefarious actors.
The fears regarding a cyberattack are reasonable, especially since several official airport websites were already disrupted in the fall.
Elsewhere, Buttigieg made an appearance on the ailing CNN network, where he made his views clear.
“We need to design a system that does not have these kinds of vulnerabilities,” he asserted.
You don’t say.
Now why don’t the Democrats propose that kind of improvement to the aviation plan in their so-called “infrastructure plan” or any other mega-spending plan?
Probably because it’s too logical. Currently, Democrats apparently think endless debt is the most logical approach to prosperity.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a statement regarding the attacks, warning other individuals in charge of key critical infrastructures to be aware of potentially nefarious activities from foreign actors.
“CISA is aware of reports of DDoS attacks targeting multiple U.S. airport websites. We are coordinating with potentially impacted entities and offering assistance as needed,” the CISA warned.
As time passes, it will be interesting to see the real source of the disruption … in particular what relation, if any, that source may have to the endless supply of classified documents strangely turning up in all kinds of Biden-affiliated locations.
Author: Jane Jones