FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
Monday Morning Quarterbacks Bother Poor Leon Panetta
“Did your son always have balls the size of cue balls?”
– Vice President, Joe Biden.(It figures…) to Charles Woods at the funeral of Navy Seal Tyrone Woods.
You know what? SECDEF Leon Panetta is way too important for any of you to criticize. Unlike the rabble, he knows about running operations. He manages risk. He bristles at the Monday Morning Quarterbacks who deign to question his perspicacity and strategic brilliance in how he handled the tragic events of September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya. He also has a rather pompous 4th point of contact in need of cover and concealment. He throws General Ham, and General Dempsey under the bus below.
“(The) basic principle is that you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on; without having some real-time information about what’s taking place,” Panetta said, according to The Associated Press. “And as a result of not having that kind of information, the commander who was on the ground in that area, Gen. Ham, Gen. Dempsey and I felt very strongly that we could not put forces at risk in that situation.”
Well, SEC Panetta, one the reasons the plebeians get so uppity is that you and the rest of the merry crew running the show these days have been completely uninformative as to what happened, what they knew, and when they knew it. Charles Woods, after having been “comforted” by the loveable VP Biden, spoke toRadio Host Lars Larson about the ordeal of having our current leaders attend his funeral.
“When [Obama] came over to our little area” at Andrew Air Force Base, says Woods, “he kind of just mumbled, you know, ‘I’m sorry.’ His face was looking at me, but his eyes were looking over my shoulder like he could not look me in the eye. And it was not a sincere, ‘I’m really sorry, you know, that your son died,’ but it was totally insincere, more of whining type, ‘I’m sorry.’ Woods says that shaking President Obama’s hands at his son’s memorial service was “like shaking hands with a dead fish.”
He further went on to question the response that The Pentagon dialed up on 9/11/12.
“When I heard, you know, that there’s a very good chance that the White House as well as other members of the military knew what was going on and obviously someone had to say, don’t go rescue them. Because every person in the military–their first response [would be], we’re going to go rescue them. We need to find out who it was that gave that command–do not rescue them.”
And SECDEF Panetta wonders who this guy Charles Woods is to question his brilliance. Joe Biden greets him at his son’s funeral with locker room humor. He even got the dead fish handshake from President Duplicity himself. Now I could see Mr. Panetta respectfully disagreeing with Charles Woods’ assessment while expressing an honorable gentleman’s remorse at the death of Tyrone Woods. That’s the classy way to differentiate his views from the grieving father. I would respect Panetta’s right to do that.
But no, at altitude and distance, Mr. Woods is just some whinny MMQB. Panetta doesn’t have time for this mess. Woods got the photo-op funeral with Sec Clinton, President Obama, and good, old Joking Joe. What did he expect, straight answers? Yeesh, what a yutz! America deserves so much better from its leaders. They are duly elected citizens, not peers at the Palace of Versailles.