It’s the question ricocheting around Washington: which official gets to step down for family reasons or to pursue other opportunities after recent security scares?
There was White House crasher-gate — the Salahis who sashayed into President Barack Obama’s first formal state dinner bedecked in red sari and tuxedo but missing one key item — an invitation.
Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan fell on his sword before Congress and shouldered the blame. White House social secretary Desiree Rogers was shielded from a public appearance on Capitol Hill by the White House.
Both are still in their jobs and not seeing any smoke signals about change.
There was certainly smoke on Christmas Day when a Nigerian passenger tried to bring down a Detroit-bound airplane by igniting an explosive substance in his underwear. And now the maze of intelligence agencies is trying to explain to the president why the suspect wasn’t on the terrorism no-fly list when his own father tried to warn the U.S. Embassy of his son’s radicalism.
In a “not connecting the dots” problem it is usually difficult to lay blame at any single agency’s feet because bits and pieces of information were floating in various hands and were not joined together to provide a clearer picture.