... (Tom) Ridge resigned as director of Homeland Security, and probably is sleeping well at night for the first in a long time. ...
Some will judge Ridge's tenure in that new Cabinet-level position as only average, but his true accomplishments, like the man himself, aren't flashy or worthy of many television sound bites.
Ridge managed to combine 22 different and competitive agencies and make a department of Homeland Security. The department has about 180,000 employees and is three times the size of computer giant Microsoft.
If any one person managed to do that in the private sector, in a mere three years, he or she would be honored and touted as a business guru; his or her model would be emulated and duplicated and studied in business schools.
... Say all you want about duct tape and orange alerts, America wasn't attacked under Tom Ridge's watch.
And that's good enough for us to rank his performance as highly satisfactory.
-- The Tribune-Democrat (Johnstown, Pa.)
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