. . . Tuesday December 7, 2004

Why Kerik?

Slate’s Fred Kaplan has a few questions for Bernie Kerik:

- What did you do to combat terrorism, either as New York City police commissioner or as a partner at Giuliani Associates (his former boss’s consulting firm)?

- What did you accomplish as Iraq’s interim interior minister in the summer of 2003, and why did you leave that job two and a half months earlier than you’d planned?

- What in your experience qualifies you to run the largest federal department created in the last half-century?

On one hand, you’ve got to like a Homeland Security selection who reflects the fact that the homeland will ultimately be secured at the the local level. On the other hand, why Kerik?

Concentration is important!